Home to a landscape that has barely changed in 1,000 years, Royal Windsor is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. Extending to 4,800 acres, the vast, stunningly beautiful Great Windsor Park stretches from the tree-lined Long Walk at the gates of Windsor Castle to the lovely lake and cascading waterfall at Virginia Water.
In Windsor Great Park, you’ll be able to stroll past herds of grazing deer, wander through the formal gardens and woodlandof The Savill Garden, sample the cuisine at The Savill Garden Kitchen and explore the 250 acres of undulating landscape and exotic blooms at Valley Gardens.
Windsor is set on one of the most scenic stretches of the River Thames. Walk along the riverbank or take to the waters, you’ll have splendid views of Windsor Castle, Eton College, boats and bridges. Set amidst beautiful Berkshire countryside and surrounded by a wealth of pretty villages and historic attractions, Windsor has so much to see – and do.
Pedestrianised shopping centres, attractive shop-lined streets and a wonderful mix of high street names, designer brands, independent retail outlets and specialist stores make Royal Windsor an irresistible shopping destination.
Well-known brands such as Hobbs, Jigsaw and Molton Brown may be found in historic Windsor Royal Station. The department store, Daniel of Windsor, along with retailers selling food, fashion, homeware and more are located in the adjacent Windsor Yards. Peascod Street is lined with popular high street brands whilst Lower Peascod Street and St Leonard’s Road champion independent retailers and cosy cafes.
Living on Hatch Lane, you’ll have plenty of local shops on hand including Tesco Express, a Little Waitrose in the Shell station and a Boots Pharmacy. There’s also a Waitrose supermarket in Windsor Yards and plenty of local produce on sale at Windsor Farm Shop on the edge of the Royal Estate’s Home Park.
Whether you’re looking for a traditional tea shop, riverside brasserie or sophisticated dining venue, you’ll find it in Windsor but, for an incredible dining experience, head to Bray, just five miles away. Bray is famed for its collection of Michelin-starred restaurants run by world-renowned celebrity chefs, including The Waterside Inn, The Fat Duck and The Hind’s Head.
A fantastic range of leisure activities will help you make the most of your retirement in Royal Windsor.
When friends and family visit, a tour of Windsor Castle will top the agenda but there are plenty of opportunities to soak up the area’s history. The Windsor and Royal Borough Museum reveals Windsor’s changing social landscape. Step back in time at Eton College’s Natural History Museum, set in an atmospheric Victorian building, or have a more hands-on experience at the Spitfire simulator at The Maidenhead Heritage Centre. Windsor Theatre, in the shadow of the castle, offers a year-round programme of live performance.
If you enjoy water sports, windsurf, paddleboard, sail or swim at Bray Lake, hire a boat in Windsor or nearby Datchet or head to Windsor Yacht Club. Fitness opportunities abound: walk or cycle in Windsor Great Park, play golf at Sunningdale, Royal Ascot or the renowned Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water. If tennis is your game, Windsor Lawn Tennis Club is Berkshire’s premier tennis centre. The Royal Windsor Horse Show is the UK’s largest outdoor horse show but fans of equestrian sports will appreciate the events at The Guards Polo Club as well as first-class racing at the Royal Windsor Racecourse and the world-famous Ascot Racecourse.
Living in Windsor, you’ll have excellent transport links on hand.
If you’re travelling by road, the M4 is on hand and there’s easy access to the M3, M25 and Heathrow airport. Windsor has two railway stations, within walking distance of each other and both within 1.5 miles of Pinewood Place. Windsor & Eton Riverside is on the London Waterloo line and Windsor & Eton Central is on the branch line between Slough and London Paddington. There’s also a good local bus network and bus services running between Bracknell, Windsor and Heathrow.
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