Along the river from Staines-upon-Thames to Windsor and beyond..
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Riverside living has always been popular – there is something about the tranquillity and ever-changing landscape that people love. And with early morning mists and long summer days enhancing the stunning scenery, riverside properties are in demand, often commanding a premium if the property comes with a mooring and access to the river itself. A boom in riverside development in recent years has brought a buzz from Staines-upon-Thames to Windsor and beyond with residents able to take advantage of the views, light and riverside amenities.
Staines-upon-Thames itself has many strengths - proximity to Heathrow and London, blue chip employers, excellent transport links and competitive house prices, and its riverside location allows it to capitalise increasingly on its greatest asset; the River Thames. It’s a vibrant riverside town offering a lifestyle to match. Staines Bridge was completed in 1832, spanning the Thames with a three arch structure. It’s been the focus of a redevelopment area in recent years with apartments, cafés, and other leisure facilities along the riverside conservation area and waterfront promenade. Transport connections to London and beyond are excellent; close to the M25, Heathrow Airport just three miles away and rail links to London Waterloo and Reading. Riverboats connect Staines with Windsor, Runnymede and Hampton Court, Shepperton and Sunbury.
Just a few miles upriver, and with a real village feel to it, Wraysbury has two local stations, both on the line from Windsor to London Waterloo. With easy access to the M25, M4 and M3 and overseas via Heathrow, Wraysbury is ideal for city commuters and international travellers, yet retains its village charm and riverside appeal. History and romance are inextricably linked in its heritage – the area is reputed to be where Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn, and the real site of the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. The George, a 14th century Grade II listed coaching inn whose head chef trained under Heston Blumenthal, produces “simple food, expertly cooked” using fresh ingredients from local sources including its own garden. The Perseverance, also Grade II listed, is a “great traditional English pub with fantastic home-cooked food”. During the 1930s, gravel pits were an unwelcome sight in the area but have come into their own as beautiful lakes for which Wraysbury is well known, where wildlife can flourish, and where sailing, fishing, bird- watching and diving are now enjoyed throughout the year.
Windsor needs no introduction having hosted the global spectacle of fairytale royal weddings and Olympic events. Windsor Castle is in the heart of the town, which is packed with entertainment, shopping and an array of bars and restaurants. The River Thames separates Windsor from equally historic Eton and provides the ideal opportunity to hire a boat for a leisurely cruise along the river. You’re spoilt for choice when eating out in Windsor: Côte Brasserie boasts excellent value and river views. Across the bridge Browns also has a cracking spot by the Thames and is quintessentially British. Gilbey’s in Eton is excellent for lunch or dinner while Antalya is hugely popular with locals and brings a sizzle of the Mediterranean.
Further upriver still you’ll find the riverside towns of Marlow and Maidenhead, both of which enjoy riverside walks, parks, hotels and restaurants. From historic landmarks and royal pageantry to scenic parkland and the picturesque River Thames, there’s much to explore this summer to inspire those seeking a riverside property from Staines-upon-Thames to Windsor and beyond.
For more information about the area or to see our portfolio of properties for sale or to let in Staines-upon-Thames, Wraysbury, Windsor, Taplow, Maidenhead, Bourne End and Marlow, please visit frostweb.co.uk.