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Nature meets machines in this affluent nook

Surrounded by the abundant nature of the North Wessex Downs countryside, Pangbourne’s characterful streets are brimming with thatched cottages and pretty indpendent shops. Interestingly the village also has showrooms for both Lamborghini and Aston Martin, so provides a great spot for petrolheads to come window shopping and catch a rare glimpse of the iconic motors.

A literature lover’s dream

The quintessential British way of life in pretty Pangbourne is probably what has drawn writers and playwrights to this pretty Berkshire village over the years. Church Cottage is the spot that Wind in the Willows writer Kenneth Grahame chose to retire to, and The Swan Inn pub was the starting place of the humours tour documented in Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome.

Nature on the doorstep

Within the boundary of the North Wessex Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Pangbourne draws in nature lovers and families who are looking to explore its beautiful surroundings. It’s also less than 2 miles away from Basildon Park, part of the National Trust. Looking for accommodation in Pangbourne? Reading is just just a 10 minute train journey away and there can be up to 50 trains a day between the two stations, making it easy reach from the Travelodge Reading Central Hotel and the Reading Whitley Travelodge Hotel.