Yattendon makes Country Life’s Top 50


Yattendon is one of only 3 villages in Berkshire to make Country Life’s list of the 50 best places to live within an hour of London, alongside neighbouring Bucklebury and Bray. The article provided guidance for those seeking to be able to live within striking distance of the capital.

The Country Life verdict

This is real shooting, game-cooking country. The village is largely owned by the Iliffe family, who brought bulk selling to the UK Christmas-tree industry in the 1970s. The estate has preserved the picture-book look of the square, which is surrounded by black-and-white 17th-century cottages and Cromwellian red-brick houses. The Royal Oak pub serves good grub and there's a shop, post office and butcher

Best address

‘There is a striking Queen Anne house in the village called England’s Piece, owned by the estate and let to a tenant. You can't buy it, but letting it is almost as good,' believes Alex Barton of Strutt & Parker Pangbourne


Frilsham (home to The Mike Robinson Game & Wild Food Cookery School and the excellent Pot Kiln restaurant), Upper Basildon, Compton, Goring & Streatley (which has its own station).

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Yattendon makes Country Life’s Top 50