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What makes Windsor so special…?

signsWith Windsor Castle as a backdrop and within 20 miles of London it ticks a lot of boxes location wise.  Add in the history, charm, Royal connections, fabulous shopping, tourist attractions, rail and road links, high employment, low-crime, great schools (both state and private) and you start to build up a picture of what draws people to this unique area.

Windsor has a thriving social scene with bars, restaurants and clubs for all age groups.  It’s big on families too so really easy to make new friends and settle the kids in.  There are lots of local attractions including a Leisure Centre with swimming pool, fabulous National Trust properties, Royal Parks, its own Theatre, International Racing and Legoland theme park and all just a hop and a skip from London with all of its shopping, activity and employment opportunities.

The town centre is delightful, nestling on the River Thames with stunning swans, summer boating, kayaking, river trips and a Duck Tour - it’s fun to live in a tourist town and never have to leave.  The pavements can get a little congested in the peak season, but equally there is a vibrancy and excitement to living in Windsor; and knowing people travel from all over the world to visit your town.

15CC-sofa-englandLots of clients use Accommodation Windsor as a stop gap, whether relocating from overseas or closer to home, its a chance to settle in and have a look around the area before taking the plunge and buying or renting something longer term.  With prices from just £595 pw for a 2-bed town centre apartment, properties are available to let from a minimum of one week for as long as you want to stay. 

Our stylish and well-located Properties are fully furnished right down to the garlic press and prices are inclusive of all utilities meaning that you can move on when you’re ready to do so.

Our helpful and knowledgeable team can also advise on schools, doctors’ surgeries and all the essential local amenities that you need to know about to make life a little simpler.  Windsor is a relatively small town and a hugely welcoming community and you will find lots of networks and support groups to help you and your family settle in.

Let us know what you think makes Windsor so special…

National Trust Days Out

Cliveden Parterre

 Following the mantra that there is no such thing as bad weather… only inappropriate clothing, some of our best days out with the kids have been to National Trust properties. With beautiful gardens, wonderful cafes (often serving home-grown produce) and play trails / adventure areas for the kids, it’s a great opportunity to get the whole family outdoors. Educational too, with fantastic historical properties, although the kids usually groan when we suggest going inside the houses they always find something interesting to look at from Tudor bedrooms slept in by Kings and Queens  to Victorian kitchens (…and a promise to swing by the sweet counter at the NT shop usually helps.)

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Sometimes we’ll meet up with a crowd; it’s fun for the kids to dress up and do the mazes and trails with their friends or cousins. On these occasions we tend to take picnics as a big crowd with kids can be overpowering for other diners as well as frazzling for parents, but often if it’s just the four of us, we’ll grab something to eat in the delightful cafes and restaurants. Whenever we travel in the UK, we’ll find a National Trust place to stop and recharge our batteries at a half way point. The properties are everywhere and much nicer than stopping at a motorway cafe (sorry Heston!) After a couple of hours in the car, a stroll around stunning gardens letting the kids run off pent-up energy is just what we need and as we visit regularly, the Family Membership is excellent value for money at under £100 per year (see link for special new member deals).

Throughout the year there are a host of additional activities and especially during the summer months, there is outdoor theatre, live music, guided DSC_3846walks and afternoon teas – booking essential. We’re spoilt with Cliveden in Burnham Beeches, Basildon Park near Pangbourne and the Vyne in Basingstoke all on Windsor’s doorstep, but if you’re travelling further afield there are hundreds of place to visit.

Summer Highlights – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southeastevents


BASILDON PARK - Berkshire – 0118 984 3040

Nature Walks 2013

Every Friday 11am-12 noon

Free Guided walks with a ranger or wildlife volunteer

Climb a Tree on Father’s Day

Sun 16 Jun 10am-5pm

With ropes, harness and karabiners, see www.bigtreeclimbing.co.uk

From £6

Finding Mr Darcy tour and tea

Sun 7 Jul 1pm-3.30pm

Hear about films that have been shot on location here followed by cream tea

Adut £25

CLIVEDEN HOUSE – Buckinghamshire – 01628 605069

Family Camping, Moths and Moonlight

Sat & Sun 13, 14 & 20, 21 July 2pm-11.30pm

With bat watching, moth trapping, bug hunts, camp fires and storytelling.  Breakfast provided

Adult £27 Child £17

Wild Wednesdays

Every Weds from 31 Jul – 4 Sep

Drop in sessions for children (must be supervised by an adult)

Child £2

Outdoor Theatre – Babe the Sheep Pig

Tues 6 Aug 2.30-4.30pm & 6.30-8.30pm & Weds 7 Aug6.30-8.30pm

Bring a picnic and some friends to enjoy this tale in the Water Garden

Adult £13 Child £10

THE VYNE – Hampshire – 01256 883858

Outdoor Theatre – Alice, an Extraordinary Adventure

Fri 28 Jun 6.30-9.30pm

Bring a picnic and join the fun

Adult £12 Child 7 Family £30

Summer Holiday fun at the Vyne

Wide range of school holiday activities.  See website for more details.

Top Ten Things to do in Windsor for FREE

Days out and weekends away can be expensive, especially with the kids in tow, so we thought we’d have a look at how much you can do in Windsor for FREE.

1.       THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Position yourself on the High Street at 10.50am on selected days of the week to watch the Guards as they march past on their way to the Castle.  The march lasts around 20 minutes and is heralded by the accompanying band.

 

2.       THE LONG WALK TO THE COPPER HORSE

The straight path which links Windsor Castle and Snow Hill in Windsor Great Park is known as the Long Walk and is 2.64 miles in length.  Lined with elm trees, this walk is stunning in all seasons and as a result very popular.  You will often see couples enjoying a romantic stroll, families playing with their children and people walking their dogs.

 3.       ROYAL WINDSOR (WINDOW) SHOPPING

 The Royal Windsor shopping area is largely covered and built on the site of the 100 year old railway station right in the centre of town.  It boasts an array of top retail brands and chic cafes for a great combination of shopping and relaxing.  You can plan what to buy after pay day!

 4.       VISIT ST JOHN’S CHURCH

St. Johns Parish Church is located in the centre of town just along the High Street from the castle.  Built in a medieval style in 1822 this grand church contains the Royal Borough’s war memorial to the fallen soldiers of the Second World War and a spectacular painting of the Last Supper.

5.       FEED THE SWANS

Feeding the swans is an activity which can be enjoyed by people of all ages and there is certainly no lack of swans to feed at Windsor Bridge.  You can either bring your own leftover bread or purchase a bag of swan feed from the food stall located near the Bridge.

 6.       ETON

Eton High Street offers a range of galleries, boutiques and antique shops which are great for a gentle browse.  Once you cross over the Barnes Pool Bridge you are within the boundaries of Eton College so continue on to see the most prestigious school in the country.

7.       EXPLORE WINDSOR GREAT PARK

This beautiful and vast open space provides the perfect setting for picnics, ball games, kite flying and cycling- you can bring your dog too.

8.       ALEXANDRA GARDENS

Take a picnic along to Alexandra Gardens where you can relax in a beautiful setting with a perfect view of the castle, kick-back and enjoy the Windsor Wheel gently revolving in the summer season or watch the ice-skaters throughout the winter months. 

 9.       WALK ALONG THE WINDSOR TRAIL 

Enjoy an easy stroll along the River Thames Path in either direction from the Castle to see some wonderful countryside and historic locks and towns.  Walking from Windsor to Old Windsor offers wonderful views of the Castle and provides the opportunity to explore Datchet on the way.  Keep going past Old Windsor to Runnymede to see where King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215.

10.   WINDSOR CASTLE

Residents of Windsor can enjoy unlimited free entry to Windsor Castle with their Advantage Cards.  Non-residents who don’t want to pay to enter can still enjoy walking around the outside of the Castle where it meets the High Street with lots of lovely photo opportunities.