Berkshire holiday cottages are perfect for visitors who want to discover some of the country’s most idyllic countryside. Berkshire’s woods, hills, fields and rivers are criss-crossed by footpaths, many of which provide far-reaching views across the county. The route from Savill Garden to Virginia Water is a good place to start, with tree-lined avenues, vast lakes, and spectacular sculptures along the eight-mile path. The tearooms in the semi-wooded gardens, or the Belvedere Arms, are both excellent places to stop for a refreshment. The nine-mile walk from Newbury to Hungerford is another favourite, following the Kennet and Avon Canal, passing historic locks and bridges, and the pretty village of Kintbury.

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Escapade is an exceptionally sophisticated townhouse on Eton’s High Street in Berkshire a short walk from Windsor Castle the Tube and riverside walks along The Thames. Escapade spans four floors and boasts contemporary design touches and the height of luxury with two living rooms for relaxation.

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The magnificent estate of Highcleare castle is a must-see on self-catering holidays in Berkshire. Best known for its appearance in the period drama, Downton Abbey, its grounds include an Iron Age hillfort, and a Jacobean house with lakes and gardens to explore. A hike to the summit of Berkshire’s highest point, Walbury Hill, is also highly recommended, with stunning views across the county. Berkshire has a variety of family attractions, including Legoland, home to a driving school for kids, and loads of other Lego-themed rides and shows. The county is renowned for its award-winning restaurants, which include Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, and Daniel Galmiche’s The Vineyard. Reading Festival is one of the country’s best-loved music events, with top acts every summer, while Ascot is a world-famous racecourse, where you can enjoy a day of thoroughbred horse racing.