Berkshire’s Royal Town: Why is Ascot a great place to live?

When the name “Ascot” is mentioned, most of us think of horse racing and fascinators, but there is so much more that this affluent town has to offer.

Ascot is one of the most luxurious towns in Berkshire to live, with many reasons for people wanting to move there:

The location

If you aspire to live near beautiful countryside with quick and efficient ways to travel to London, Ascot is in the perfect location. There are many famous places of interest on your doorstep:

Ascot Racecourse

The most obvious place to start. In a commanding position located at the western end of the High Street, this famous sporting venue draws in excess of 300,000 people annually with a whole host of events and regular race meetings. The grandstand offers the perfect place to watch the ‘Sport of Kings’ (and Queens) in comfort, whilst being wined and dined, and surrounded by stunning views over the Berkshire landscape of open fields and woodland.

Windsor Castle

One of the most famous attractions in the world is Windsor Castle. It has hosted some memorable events this year including the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This magnificent castle is only 8 miles away from Ascot.

Windsor Great Park

Adjacent to the Castle is 4,800 acres of beautiful ancient forests at Windsor Great Park. This area is perfect for picnics, cycling, dog walking, hiking or even horse riding. If you walk up to The Copper Horse statue, you are able to appreciate some of the best views in Windsor.

Virginia Water Lake

If you are looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, Virginia Water Lakes offers a perfect place to go and relax. With its natural lakes and abundance of wildlife, Virginia Water defines nature with its cascading waterfalls, ancient monuments and woodland.

Swinley Forest

Less than 3 miles distant is the popular Swinley Forest. Owned by the Crown Estate, Swinley has many activities for children and adults alike. The Look Out Discovery Centre is a large science exhibition, to teach, entertain and inspire children of all ages. There is also a Go Ape high ropes course, a Café, and the Swinley Bike Hub to test your skills on the many biking trails for all abilities.

There are many other outstanding places to visit, which include:

  • Coral Reef, Bracknell's very own waterworld
  • Chobham Common
  • LEGOLAND® Windsor
  • Thorpe Park Resort

If you are a sports enthusiast, Ascot is close to many famous sporting venues:

Castle Arena

Home to the famous Royal Windsor Horse Show, this stunning venue hosts many sporting events including horse jumping, dressage and endurance riding.

Guards Polo Academy

For more than six decades, this outstanding venue has been providing world class polo action. Notable by its royal connections, it is the largest polo club in Europe in terms of membership and number of grounds and set within the Windsor Great Park.

Wentworth Golf Club

One of the most prestigious Golf Clubs in the country, which plays host to one of the biggest events, the BMW PGA Championship. Known as the “home of golfing champions”, Wentworth gives you the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the greatest golfers to have lived.

Twickenham Stadium

With fantastic travel links, you can easily take the train to Twickenham to watch the International Rugby. The stadium also hosts a variety of events from international music tours to exhibitions.

With so many famous points of interest near the town, Ascot has become a very sought after location to live, and a great central hub to work from.

The Schools

One of the most important reasons why families move home is because of the quality and variety of Schools in the area. Local to Ascot are some of the most prestigious Schools in the country, including;

  • Ascot Heath Infant School (Ofsted rating: Outstanding)
  • Cheapside CofE Primary School (Ofsted rating: Outstanding)
  • Charters School (Ofsted rating: Outstanding)
  • Sunningdale School (Ofsted rating: Outstanding)
  • Licensed Victuallers’ School
  • Papplewick School
  • St George’s School
  • St Mary’s School Ascot

Nearby Shopping Centres

Ascot is close to many high-quality shopping centres, boutique shops, restaurants and independent stores:

  • Ascot Highstreet
  • The Lexicon, Bracknell
  • Windsor Royal Shopping Centre
  • The Atrium, Camberley
  • Elmsleigh Shopping Centre, Staines-Upon-Thames
  • Woking Shopping Centre
  • To explore further, The Oracle in Reading is easily accessed by rail.

Bars and Restaurants

There are many places to enjoy a meal with family and friends in Ascot. Some of the most popular delicacies include:

  • Bluebells Restaurant & Bar
  • The Belvedere
  • Coworth Park - The Barn
  • The Thatched Tavern
  • The Stag Pub
  • Ascot Grill

Travel Links

Ascot Train Station

Located on the southern side of the town centre, the mainline rail station offers travel to London Waterloo Station within 1 hour. Ideal for commuters travelling into London for work.

Heathrow Airport

If you are looking to travel outside of the UK, Heathrow Airport is about a 30-minute drive by car. With a total of 81 airlines travelling to over 200 locations across 85 countries, Heathrow is one of the most popular, and the busiest airport in the UK.

Bus Services

There are currently 11 bus services that run through the town. The 01 bus service can take you to Windsor, while the 702 bus service travels to London.

Move into a luxury home in Ascot

Millgate are delighted to have built a variety of luxury homes and apartments in Ascot:


The beautiful 22 acre Kingswood development includes new detached and semi-detached homes ranging from three to five bedrooms surrounded by stunning woodland. The interiors are beautifully appointed, which is the hallmark of a Millgate home.

Millgate have also launched a stunning collection of luxury apartments with occupation due early in 2019. The two and three bedroom apartments vary in their layouts and offer both separate kitchen arrangements for open plan living with large rooms filled with natural light.

If you are interested in living in Ascot at the Kingswood development, please contact us on 01344 870 325.

The White House

Set with the Englemere Estate’s 12 acres of stunning landscaped grounds, The White House is positioned in one of the most sought-after locations in Ascot. Once you have moved into the White House, you will enjoy access to the tennis courts, residents gym and outdoor heated swimming pool in this secure gated development.

These apartments have now been sold, but if you would like to see our new developments in Berkshire, please click on the link below:

New Homes in Berkshire