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Discover Berkshire’s Englefield Estate
May 23, 2022
A captivating history
With its royal connections and assassination plots, Englefield House holds a fascinating past. The house dates back to the 1500s, when Queen Elizabeth I was an occasional visitor. Sir Francis Englefield plotted to assassinate the monarch, but after his plan was exposed, Parliament seized the estate and bequeathed it to a royal advisor, Sir Francis Walsingham. Today, the house is occupied by Walsingham’s descendants. While it’s not open to the public, you can still explore its magnificent grounds.
Englefield, Berkshire RG7 5EN
A perfect English garden
Created in the late 1860s, the 12-acre garden of Englefield Estate pops with colour all year round. Spring blooms with azaleas swaying along a stream and rhododendrons and bluebells carpeting woodland, while roses flower in summer, attracting blue tits, goldcrests and the occasional red kite. Join a garden tour and while away an afternoon ambling over lawns and down staircases handcrafted by Italian masons, leading to a pebble garden and grotto. Little ones will delight in the stumpery – home to dinosaur-shaped logs – and playful water jets hidden in statues near slides and swings in the children’s garden.
More to discover
There’s more to the estate than first meets the eye, as it’s enclosed by a deer park, with lake views and countryside that’s part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rambling through the valleys, woodland and chalk pits you may come across a 12th century church, a garden centre and Hereford cows grazing in Englefield Home Farms, home to 2,000 acres of wheat, barley and oats. For a quintessential taste of English countryside, the estate’s Englefield Stores & Tea Rooms in Englefield village offers sandwiches and homemade cakes.
What’s on at Englefield Estate
With its ancient brick walls, country gates and flowerbeds bursting with peonies, poppies and lavender, Englefield Estate is a picture-perfect venue for a village fête, flower show or classic car auction set on its sprawling lawn. Coming up, The Last Night of the Heritage Proms on Sunday, July 24 hosts The NHS Choir, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and an opera medley by Russell Watson. The following day, Flackstock festival honours the late TV presenter Caroline Flack with performances by contemporary stars from the music and dance world.
Delighted Englefield village
Once you’ve explored the estate, Englefield village is a charming spot for a stroll. If you’re peckish, stop for lunch or tea and scones at Cobbs Farm Shop, which is home to a café and deli, or amble along a gravel path towards the archway that marks the entrance to St Mark’s Church. For a more leisurely afternoon, find a shady spot to watch the local cricket club play. What could be more quintessentially English than that?
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