Ascot, Berkshire


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The Insider Guide


Ascot may come under the spotlight every summer when it hosts the Royal Ascot festival of horse racing but this is a town which deserves attention all year round, offering as it does an attractive and popular place to live just a short commute from the leafy lanes of Surrey into the capital.


Indeed, it’s not surprising given all that Ascot offers that it is accepted as one of the most valuable towns in the UK when taking into account average house prices. That popularity is down to a first class mix of a variety of buying options, from historic properties to modern apartments, plus sympathetic new developments, plus a wide range of shops and amenities.



What a property agent can purchase


£1m buys: A four-bedroom apartment in an exclusive development detached house, in a cul-de-sac location.

£3m buys: A six-bedroom detached house with three acres.

£5m buys: A seven-bedroom detached house, with swimming pool, cinema and south facing garden.


Best hotels in Ascot


Pennyhill Park ( is a super exclusive country house hotel and spa with amazing dining options and fabulous facilities. And if you’re an England rugby fan you may well bump into your heroes – the squad often uses the hotel as its base when preparing for home games. The Beaverbrook Hotel and Estate ( is the quintessential country house estate and hotel. The former country seat of press baron Lord Beaverbrook, it has been transformed into a fabulous hotel, dripping in luxury. Coworth Park ( offers all the luxury and elegance, combined with fine service, one would expect from a hotel in the Dorchester Collection.



Best restaurants in Ascot


If not venturing to one of our hotel recommendations for Ascot – which also offer amazing dining options – then perhaps try The Royal Foresters (, which offers everything from breakfast to dinner in a relaxed setting. Or The Thatched Tavern ( is a super pub, offering a wide variety of quality meal choices in a relaxed setting. La Sorrentina ( serves Italian classics with the emphasis on choice and freshness of the ingredients.


Best schools in Ascot


LVS Ascot ( is an independent school for boys and girls aged 4 to 18, offering first class levels of education, reflected in excellent exam results. Sunningdale School ( offers boys aged 7 to 13 a truly excellent mix of teaching and pastoral care in a relaxed yet focused atmosphere. Heathfield School ( is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18 where the emphasis is on an holistic approach to both pastoral care and educational standards.


Buying Agent Fact


Ascot Racecourse normally employs over 70 full-time staff, which increases temporarily to 6,000 during Royal Ascot week.


How to get to Ascot from central London


Train: 55 mins to London Waterloo.

Car: 1 hour to central London

Helicopter: 25 minutes to Battersea Heliport













James Nightingall