Riseley has long since been known for its association with the Duke of Wellington and the 7,000 acres of parkland adjacent to the village known as the Wellington Estate. But what is life really like in this characteristically British village?
Picture perfect, Riseley is set amongst towering oak trees and arable farmland. The relaxed pace of life reflects its countryside location; with residents enjoying meet ups at the regular book club, Sunday brunch at the much loved Wellington Farm Shop, and family fun at the Wellington Country Park.
Location & Amenities
Neatly placed on the Berkshire and Hampshire border, Riseley couldn’t be better located for outdoorsy individuals seeking the tranquillity of the countryside with the connectivity of a suburban town.
Riseley boasts a variety of local amenities. Gather at the tearoom and you could enjoy the mouth watering, home-cooked scones served fresh out the oven. Socialise with neighbours and local business owners at the traditional village pub – The Bull, sign up for private lessons at the community Tennis Club, or for bookworms head to the repurposed phone box where you can browse the library of books.
Slightly further afield in the neighbouring villages of Stratfield Saye, Swallowfield and Sherfield on Loddon (all within a five minute drive) you can benefit from access to shops, Post Offices, GP surgeries, cafes and sporting facilities.
For a wider range of amenities you needn’t venture far. Residents can reach Reading, Wokingham and Basingstoke with ease to enjoy their retail opportunities, nightlife, cultural attractions, leisure centres and mainline transport links. What’s more, you can reach the M4 within five minutes and the M3 within fifteen minutes if you wish to travel to London or beyond.
Riseley is a village where a rural lifestyle comes as standard and residents can enjoy all kinds of countryside adventures.
A short walk, via a public footpath, takes you to the award winning Wellington Farm Shop. Well known for its high quality, fresh local produce residents can enjoy a shopping experience worthy of a high-end boutique store in London.
For those seeking cultural activities, Stratfield Saye House is worth a visit. Home to the Duke of Wellington since 1817, the house holds all kinds of masterpieces; from ornate portraits, to a historically significant military collection. For around five weeks of the year (during April and August), the house is open to visitors who can also wander through the manicured gardens; perfect for those looking for some horticultural inspiration.
There’s more on offer for those green fingered enthusiasts; Hortus Loci, the award winning Chelsea Flower Show nursery, is a short drive away. Set within 17 acres and with a vast collection of plants, the nursery is the perfect place to spend a quiet Sunday afternoon browsing.
Head over the road and you will stumble across the Wellington Country Park, a 350 acre woodland, celebrated for its offerings to families with young children. Let the children’s imaginations run wild in the outdoor adventure trail, help the farmers as you feed the animals in the paddocks, or challenge each other to a game of mini golf on the quirky course.
For sporting enthusiasts, Riseley is a hub of activity, with countless facilities right on the doorstep. Benefit from fantastic hiking trials including The Devils Highway, a Roman road built to connect nearby Silchester to London, which cuts through the village; and the Wellesley Water Meadow with its picturesque footpath which runs through the open floodplains of the River Whitewater. Aside from hiking, residents can also enjoy horse riding at one of the UK’s best equestrian centres – Wellington Riding, golf at Sherfield Oaks and fishing on the chalk streams of the River Loddon.
Riseley also benefits from access to a number of ‘good’ Ofsted rated schools. For families with young children Farley Hill, Lambs Lane, Whitewater C of E and Daneshill School are all well regarded for their ethos and teaching standard. For families with older children, there are also a number of secondary schools in the local area including Bohunt School, Robert May’s School, The Abbey and Blue Coat School.
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