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The Insider Guide
Historic and charming, Windsor is a fantastic place to call home with its mix of ancient streets offering everything from Tudor splendour to modern apartments. It is little wonder that Her Majesty the Queen regards the time she can spent at the magnificent Windsor Castle as ‘home’ – the town has an ease about it which makes it a fantastic place to live.
The castle dominates the centre of town and it feels like both geographically and diplomatically life in Windsor revolves around it. The town can find itself at the centre of the world’s attention when pomp and circumstance is required but just as easily retreats back to being an amiable and pleasant county town when it needs to be…albeit with the influx of tourists a constant reminder of its heritage.
Step away from the more obvious hotspots though and the property buyer will find something to suit all tastes, from period homes to modern apartments. And all within striking distance of the capital or, indeed, the countryside.
What a property agent can purchase
£1m buys: A four-bedroom detached house.
£3m buys: A six-bedroom detached town house.
£4.5m buys: An eight-bedroom detached Grade II Listed house.
Best hotels in Windsor
Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa (https://sirchristopherwren.co.uk) makes the most of its fantastic riverside location, offering first class service and fabulous rooms, with excellent dining options. The MacDonald Windsor Hotel (https://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/south-england/windsor/macdonald-windsor-hotel) has an unmatched position right in the centre of the town, with amazing views of the castle and easy access to all amenities. The Castle Hotel (https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-6618-castle-hotel-windsor-mgallery-by-sofitel/index.shtml) is another superb town centre spot with elegant bedrooms, fine dining options and excellent standards in service.
Best restaurants in Windsor
Sebastian’s (http://www.sebastiansitalian.co.uk) offers wood-fired pizza and Italian classics in delightful town centre premises. A la Russe (http://www.alarusse.co.uk) is a Mediterranean specialist restaurant with a varied menu and polished, funky décor. Meimo (http://www.meimo.co.uk) serves Moroccan classics and other specialties in a buzzing atmosphere.
Best schools in Windsor
Eton College (https://www.etoncollege.com) continues to stand as a beacon for all that is right in education and standards, offering an unsurpassed experience to boys from 13 to 18. Sunningdale School (http://www.sunningdaleschool.co.uk) is an independent school for boys aged from 7 to 13 were the subsequent academic record of former pupils is testament to the excellent academic grounding it gives them. St Mary’s (http://www.st-marys-ascot.co.uk) teaches girls aged from 11 to 18 and is proud of both its levels of pastoral care and its academic record.
Buying Agent Fact
Since the time of Henry I (1068-1135), Windsor Castle has been used by all monarchs, and is the longest-occupied palace in Europe.
How to get to Windsor from central London
Train: 30 mins from Windsor and Eton station to London Paddington
Car: 50 mins to central London
Helicopter: 25 minutes from Battersea Heliport