VIL­LAGE FEEL

Berkshire Life - - Area Guide -

FAM­ILY-FRIENDLY

What more could you want? The big one… de­cent schools, and here Wind­sor gets good marks in both the pri­vate and state sec­tor.

There’s Eton and St Ge­orge’s School at Wind­sor Cas­tle, but most of us will be look­ing else­where.

The usual route is through the mid­dle schools to the highly re­garded com­pre­hen­sive Wind­sor Boys and Wind­sor Girls Schools - yes, this is one of the ar­eas where sin­gle­sex ed­u­ca­tion sets the state stan­dard.

Queens­mead School (for­merly known as Brigi­dine) is an in­de­pen­dent non-se­lec­tive Catholic day school span­ning from two to 18 years, while other favourites in­clude Up­ton House, a nurs­ery and prep (boys un­til seven, girls to 11).

The chil­dren, of course, will be more in­ter­ested that Le­goland is just down the road.

LO­CA­TION, LO­CA­TION

There’s no other word for it, Wind­sor is ‘handy’. There are two rail­way sta­tions, to Water­loo (jour­ney time around an hour) and Padding­ton via Slough (about 40 min­utes). The M4 is eas­ily picked up at Slough or Lan­g­ley, giv­ing ac­cess to the M25, and the M3 is 12 miles away across coun­try. Of course if you live in Wind­sor and also work there, then you are not only lucky but rather clever too! Kerry Man­ning, man­ager at Vine­gar Hill in St Leonards Road, the in­de­pen­dent small chain of just 11 shops spe­cial­is­ing in gifts and home­wares, loves the cul­ture and his­tory of Wind­sor but says: “The best bit is that it still feels like a vil­lage.” Kerry’s ex­pect­ing a baby in the

New Year. She rec­om­mends bou­tique café Madame Posh in Peas­cod Street for a bite to eat.

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