Why live in Hungerford?

on 27 January 2017.

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Those of us who live here don't have to think twice, we love it and, you've had a job to persuade us to go elsewhere. It's good, comfortable living with a touch of class. But if you were say, considering leaving London, or moving to the South East from another part of the country for work, or to be near family, what would be the convincer? It has good road and rail links for sure and is comfortably within commuting distance from London, but that would be true of anywhere an hour from London. So what else would make you want to make this place your home?

For starters, it's gorgeous. A handsome country town comprised mainly of Georgian and Victorian architecture, Hungerford prettily straddles the Kennet and Avon Canal in the North Wessex Downs area of outstanding natural beauty.bridge street shopping hungerford west berkshire sml Commercially the town is a great mix of rustic and swank, primarily populated by independent traders selling original and useful items you will not find in the larger shopping centres. Hungerford has long been a centre for the antiques trade and the town is crammed with interesting and unusual shops, arcades and yards selling treasure from yesteryear. Bridge Street, just before the canal, is known as the Bond Street of Berkshire, with its upscale boutiques, jewellers and interior design shops. And if you just want a pint of milk, there is both a supermarket and several convenience stores in the middle of town.

With five state primary schools within a three mile radius - all rated as Good by Ofsted - the town is a natural fit for families. There are some eight secondary schools, a mixture of state and independent, all within a ten mile radius,

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giving you plenty of choice for the next stage. Crime is low and employment high. It's a healthy, wholesome place to live; a five minute walk from the town centre brings you to the Marsh and Hungerford Common where both dogs and children can run free. And when you're feeling less wholesome, there are some great pubs..

 

A good selection of restaurants, cafes and a lively local arts scene which includes its own literary festival, a long summer arts festival and a year round calendar of music and films in the local Croft Hall mean that you will never be short of things to do on evenings and weekends. The town is superfast broadband enabled and has a large number of people who run their businesses from home. Not all pretty rural communities are so fortunate. Estate agents and those who relocate here agree that in Hungerford you get a lot for your money. Come and have a look.

Open Studio at Little hidden farm
Local artists Sue and Claire Acworth are participating in Marlborough Open Studios: an event where artists across the North Wessex Chalk Downs (AONB) open their studios for members of the public to come and view their work in its natural setting.

Beautiful Neranjo Limestone: 20% off
Treat your home this summer with these beautiful flagstones in Neranjo limestone.

Three Swans exclusive: 25% off your food bill
The Three Swans in Hungerford are offering a sizzling summer deal this month for Townsite readers.

Getting to know you… Cobbs, much more than a farm shop
As you walk into Cobbs newly refurbished and extended café, it’s easy to see why this business is thriving.

Get pampered at Donnington Grove
This month Donnington Grove Hotel has revealed its grand opening of Avalon Retreat: a purpose built new salon set in the grounds of this beautiful hotel.

#2 laid back honeymoon ideas 2018
Pick an idyllic spot in the Mediterranean, combine it with panoramic coastal walks, snorkeling and beautiful turquoise waters to make it a perfect honeymoon!

Freedom of the town awards
Last month, three upstanding citizens from our local community: Norman Barr, Chris Scorey and Catherine Wooliston were presented with the prestigious Freedom of the Town award for 2018, recognising their unique contributions to Hungerford.

Luxury honeymoon on a budget
Are you getting married over the Christmas period in 2018? Fare Wise Travel are offering an exclusive 7-night winter beach-chillout honeymoon with an all-inclusive luxury package.

Open garden for good cause
On Saturday 7th of July, 76 High Street Hungerford will be opening its secret garden for a day of fundraising fun!

Honeymoon? You need a honeypot!
Over the last century newlyweds have been evolving, much rarer is the trepidation of a blushing bride about to leave her family home for the first time.

18 idyllic championship holes
Once considered the preserve of retired bank managers, the game of golf has been re-branded for a new generation and not only now has mass appeal, but in certain quarters is even considered quite groovy

Those of us who live here don't have to think twice, we love it and, you've had a job to persuade us to go elsewhere.

Compared to many towns, Hungerford High Street is in good shape. It is better now than it has been for years...

Walking in the beautiful areas of outstanding natural beauty in and around Hungerford is a very special experience.

Next time you visit Littlecote House keep a wary eye out for ghosts. That black dog you see on the stairs may not be all it seems!

Enjoy your visit and don't foget to let us know how it went