Ed Foster of Middleton Advisors: “Many of our clients move out of London and The Chilterns are ideally placed for those wishing to remain within an easy commute of the capital. Over recent years, Crossrail has been a particular focus for clients and with services set to begin in 2018 we are already looking closely at the best villages for our clients.”
The best villages in The Chilterns that we have identified so far are:
Situated close to Henley-on-Thames, on the River Thames, Wargrave is a delightful village with a good range of shops, cafe’s and a lovely golf club. There is a good sense of community spirit and, being situated on the Thames, there are some delightful views of the river. Wargrave is served by a good train service which joins the Crossrail line at Twyford.
Littlewick Green is a small village centred around a delightful green which is used as a cricket pitch during the summer months. There is a lovely village pub overlooking the cricket pitch, and Littlewick Green is a little over 3.5 miles from Maidenhead Train Station which will be serviced by Crossrail.
Close to Burnham Village is Burnham Beeches, an area of Beech woodland covering some 370 hectares which have been used many times over the years as a filming location for the nearby Pinewood Studios. Within the woodland there are multiple footpaths, bridleways and cycling routes which are well used and much loved by the local community. The neighbouring village of Farnham Common has a good range of shops, pubs and restaurants and Crossrail will be coming directly through Burnham.
To the north of Maidenhead, Cookham is a lovely Thameside village with an attractive high street and a large area of open land leading to the River Thames. Cookham is served by a train link to Maidenhead from Cookham Rise giving access to Crossrail services.
A slightly larger Thameside town, Marlow is a delightful location and much loved by the local residents. The large park with a cafe and children’s play area leads to the River Thames and the high street has a good range of shops, cafes and restaurants serving the day-to-day needs of the inhabitants. People looking to use the Crossrail service would commute from Marlow to Maidenhead.”