About this office
Our team of estate agents in Windsor occupy one of the oldest buildings in the heart of town and have been selling and letting property in Windsor, Old Windsor, Eton, Winkfield, Datchet and Wraysbury since 1979. Within the established team is a wealth of experience and knowledge to assist you in your property search.
Our guide to Windsor.
Why move to Windsor?
Windsor is a delightful town which surrounds the illustrious Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world frequented by members of the royal family. Situated on the south bank of the River Thames, the town is connected to Eton in the north by the Windsor Bridge. Windsor is renowned for its eclectic mix of cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as many great tourist attractions, including the castle itself and the world-famous Legoland, a firm family favourite. The area is also home to several fine walks, including the tree-lined Long Walk leading up to Windsor Castle which is a scenic route that residents and tourists alike can enjoy.
Commercially, Windsor is close to the largest trading estate in Europe, situated in Slough. Two mainline train stations provide services to London Waterloo and Paddington, while excellent road links allow easy access to the national motorway network and Heathrow Airport.
A little bit of history
Windsor began life as a Saxon village and its name is believed to be a corruption of the Saxon words 'windlass oran' meaning a bank with a windlass. After the Saxons founded the settlement, it grew into a town due to its position by the river, as it was then cheaper to transport goods by water than by land. The Thames was an important artery between London and the heart of England, so it was inevitable that a town would grow up on the site of Windsor.
Just across the bridge lies historic Eton, home to the world-famous Eton College, a seat of learning since the 1400s. Nearby Runnymede is also on the river and is famed as the site where King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215.
Architecture and property
The Royal Borough of Windsor is the epitome of quintessential English charm. The imposing Castle acts as a regal and historical backdrop to this charming town, which combines cobbled streets and riverside views with a bustling high street. Wherever you walk in Windsor and neighbouring Eton there are countless examples of heritage buildings to marvel at. With a history dating back as early as the 7th Century, the evolution of British architecture can be charted as residents and visitors move from one period property lined street to another. As the town has expanded so have the styles of property within it, making for an eclectic and varied architectural landscape.
Shopping and amenities
There are lots of great shops to browse in Windsor, selling everything from souvenirs to fresh farm produce. As well as the mainstays of most major UK high streets, there are lots of smaller, independently owned shops and boutiques in the area, adding to the local charm. Windsor hosts a monthly Farmers' Market offering a wide range of fresh local produce and the Royal Farms Windsor Farm Shop and Coffee Shop, situated on the edge of the Home Park, sell locally sourced goods and produce from the Royal Estate and the Great Park. A short stroll across Windsor Bridge lies historic Eton, offering an abundance of quaint shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to enjoy.
The restaurant scene in Windsor is lively, featuring staples like Bill’s, Côte Brasserie and Wagamama alongside local independent eateries such as The Windsor Grill, Gilbey’s Eton, The Boatman, Meat at The Parish and many more. There is a good selection of pubs including The Two Brewers, The Bel & Dragon and the Queen Charlotte, as well as an eclectic bar and club scene. Windsor is also home to the historic institution of the Theatre Royal, superbly located opposite the Castle and featuring a wide repertoire of shows spanning all genres for entertainment all year round.
For those in need of open space, Windsor Great Park surrounds the town and provides public access to 4500 acres of beautiful grounds owned by The Crown Estate. The historic centre of Windsor is instantly recognisable with the castle dominating the landscape and the River Thames providing a host of lovely riverside walks, cycle rides and sporting opportunities such as sailing, rowing and fishing.
In terms of schooling, Windsor boasts some great first, middle and secondary schools, namely Trinity St. Stephens Church of England First School, St. Edwards Catholic First School, Homer First School, Alexander First School and Queen Anne Royal Free First School, with the major state secondary schools Windsor Boys School and Windsor Girls School. Locals have their pick of several private schools in both the town and the surrounding areas, including St. Georges School Windsor Castle, Upton House, St. John's Beaumont, Papplewick, Lambrook School and, of course, Eton College.
The Royal Borough of Windsor is located less than 25 miles from central London and enjoys excellent transport links. Junction 6 of the M4 provides easy access to the M25, Heathrow Airport, Central London and the national motorway network. In addition, regular commuter trains run directly from Windsor & Eton Riverside to London Waterloo in around 50 minutes and from Windsor Central to Paddington, via Slough, in around 30 minutes.