Pangbourne: One of the best commuter villages in Berkshire

A picturesque place to live with great travel links, a host of excellent schools and colleges; a thriving village centre and all nestled alongside the River Thames. No wonder Pangbourne is a hit for commuters looking for the perfect location away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Life in Pangbourne

Pangbourne is a charming village full of history and character; made famous by Kenneth Grahame, author of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and Jerome K Jerome’s ‘Three Men in a Boat’. The village centre hosts an eclectic mix of shops with a bakery, a butchers and an artisan cheese shop alongside florists and a popular supermarket.

Reading is a short distance away and provides plenty of prosperous job opportunities. In addition visitors can explore the vast array of shops and restaurants at the Oracle centre.

With so much to explore, see how Pangbourne can enhance your way of living.

Local Amenities

National Thames Pathway

The Pathway starts in the Cotswolds and stretches for 184 miles where you can explore historic nearby towns, such as Henley on Thames, Marlow, Maidenhead and Windsor.

Beale Wildlife Park and Gardens

With a miniature train, play areas, and gardens, Beale Park is the perfect day out for families and friends. The Wildlife Park also has a collection of small exotic animals, farm animals, and birds.

Moor Copse Nature Reserve

Moor Copse consists of 65 hectares of tranquil woodland, surrounded by meadows and pastures. Throughout the year you will be able to see blankets of woodland flowers, a vast variety of butterflies, dragonflies and other British wildlife.

Basildon Park

A stunning Georgian house where visitors can discover great walks in the parkland or follow the Wild Play Trail or simply enjoy the house and gardens in all their splendor.

Bars and Restaurants

The Swan is the most popular pub in Pangbourne & made famous by featuring in ‘Three men in a boat’. The beautiful 17th century listed building is nestled next to the river, providing some of the best views of the village. Other popular pubs and restaurants include:

  • The Herd Restaurant
  • The Cross Keys
  • Nino’s Trattoria Italiana
  • The Ferryboat

Local Schools

Pangbourne has some exceptional schools in the area*:

Pangbourne College

  • Private School
  • 21 GCSE courses offered
  • 25 A Level courses offered
  • A Level exam results better than 66% of other schools nationally


Denefield School

  • Ofsted rating: Good
  • Exam results in the top 46% of all schools nationally
  • 10% higher than the national average in achieving 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above (including English and maths)


Whitchurch Primary School

  • Ofsted rating: Outstanding
  • Exam results in the top 20% of all schools nationally
  • 92% of pupils meet the expected standard (28% higher than the national average)
  • 17% of pupils achieve a higher standard (7% higher than the national average)


Purley CofE Primary School

  • Ofsted rating: Good
  • Exam results in the top 20% of all schools nationally
  • 100% of pupils meet the expected standard (36% higher than the national average)


Pangbourne Primary School

  • Ofsted rating: Good
  • Exam results in the top 46% of all schools nationally
  • 72% of pupils meet the expected standard (8% higher than the national average)


* The schools listed may not be within the catchment area but will still be nearby. For more details regarding the catchment area, please contact the appropriate school for more details. All of the statistics from the schools were taken from admissionsday.co.uk 12th April 2019.

Travel Links

Pangbourne benefits from some excellent transport links. From Pangbourne station, it takes 50 minutes to arrive at London Paddington*. Reading train station is also nearby, and has many links across the country. The 143-bus service takes around 10 minutes to arrive in Reading*.

*Source: Google Maps

Discover our delightful collection of houses on Pangbourne Hill

In an elevated position above the village of Pangbourne, Breedon Place provides far reaching views of the surrounding countryside.

Perfect for families, this beautifully appointed collection incorporates an impressive range of three, four and five-bedroom homes. From the highest level of style and craftsmanship, traditional architecture, and state-of-the-art interiors to sumptuous living spaces, each property at Breedon Place offers luxury living at its finest.

If you are interested in moving into a new beautiful home at Breedon Place please contact us on 0118 4300050 or email breedon.place@haslams.net.