Small market towns and quintessentially English villages are what gives West Berkshire and the surrounding district a sense of history and character that make it a very desirable place to live.

Cricketts, based in Newbury, are a truly local estate agent, specialising in properties in Newbury and Thatcham, and other town and villages within a 20-mile radius. If it is rural living that you yearn for but with a real community feel, some of the most sought-after villages include:

Chieveley

Named as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with working farms in the parish and close to Newbury Showground where the fantastic Royal County of Berkshire show is held annually, Chieveley offers country living at its best. Village life is busy with a village hall, many clubs and societies – including a cricket and tennis club, a gardening club and a cinema club. There’s also a primary school, GP surgery, plus village store and Post Office. On top of this, both the popular Red Lion pub and the famous Crab at Chieveley restaurant are great places to dine.

Cold Ash

A large village that is great for families as it boasts a primary school, a Post Office and village store, village hall, pubs, a recreation ground, allotments – as well as being home to the exceptional Downe House School for girls. This is a busy, friendly village with many community groups such as Guides and Scouts, plus a cinema club, a horticultural society and theatregoers’ group.

Hampstead Norreys

A vibrant village with a primary school, church, village hall, community shop and wide range of activities available, such as badminton, cricket and tennis clubs, a youth group, a men’s breakfast club and a WI. In a recent survey, many of the residents said that two of the things they most like about living here is the community spirit and friendly people. 

Kingsclere

Equal distance between Newbury and Basingstoke, and an easy drive to Reading, Kingsclere is a large and thriving village with a comprehensive range of shops, a primary school, healthcare services, pubs, a fabulous Italian restaurant and churches. This is true horsey country in rolling countryside – close to Watership Down, the area on which Richard Adams based his famous book – and home to the stables where Clare Balding grew up. 

Tempted? Get in touch with Cricketts so that you can be first in the know about properties available in these lovely villages.