A popular village that boasts an abundance of charm, Twyford secured the top position in Garrington’s Best Places to Live 2024 research.
Nestled between Reading and Maidenhead in Berkshire and to the south of Henley-on-Thames, the village of Twyford, near Wokingham is a highly desirable place to call home.
The village – which has the picturesque River Lodden to its west – has a rich history and an abundance of charm.
Twyford’s exceptional transport connections, with London just a 30-minute commute away, make the village a very attractive proposition for families, young professionals, and retirees alike – offering a quiet retreat from the city.
Here is what you need to know if you are considering living in Twyford …
What types of property are there in Twyford, Berkshire?
From period properties with a unique and charming character to large, detached homes with land; and from cosy bungalows and cottages to modern new builds with riverside views, buyers considering living in Twyford will not be disappointed by the choice available.
In the village centre, housing options span from quaint Victorian terraces to sizable character properties. Many homes in the village maintain their original features, while others have undergone renovations to provide contemporary living spaces.
Modern properties in the area range from one-bedroom flats and apartments to large, detached executive homes.
Schools in Twyford
There is a selection of great schools in and around the area, which makes living in Twyford ideal for families. Once formal education is complete, options include both the prestigious University of Surrey in nearby Guildford and the University of Reading.
Primary Schools in and around Twyford
Polehampton Church of England Junior School;
The Colleton Primary School;
The Charvil Piggott Primary School;
Secondary Schools in and around Twyford
The Piggott C of E School – a co-educational academy, specialising in Modern Languages and Humanities, for pupils aged 11-18;
The Bulmershe School is a co-educational comprehensive school for pupils aged 11-18;
Waingels College is an 11–18 co-educational, secondary school and sixth form with academy status;
Independent Schools near Twyford
The Reading Blue Coat School – an independent co-ed school for students aged 11-18. Founded in 1646, the school has its own orchestra:
Shiplake College – a day and boarding school for boys aged 11-18 and girls aged 16-18;
Queen Anne’s School is an independent boarding and day school for students aged 11–18;
Wellington College is a co-educational boarding and day school for students aged 13-18;
Reddam House is a co-educational day and boarding school, with pupils from 3 months to 18 years (boarders from 11 years of age).
Green spaces in Twyford
Twyford is surrounded by wonderful countryside, so the great outdoors is always on your doorstep. But even in the village itself, there are King George’s Field and Stanlake Meadow, offering recreational amenities.
The abundance of green spaces in and around Twyford makes the area a magnet for walkers, joggers, and families.
Loddon Nature Reserve
The 34-acre Loddon Nature Reserve sits on the edge of the village and is managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.
It is located on the site of a former gravel pit and features several islands and a rugged, scrub-covered fringe encircling the shallows. These conditions create an ideal habitat for wintering birds.
The lake’s shallows serve as perfect feeding grounds for wetland birds, while the islands provide serene nesting spots for common terns and oystercatchers, safe from predators like foxes.
The plant life surrounding the lake attracts dragonflies, butterflies and other aquatic insects. On summer evenings, you can often see bats as they hunt over the lake.
Parking is available 250m from the reserve and dogs on a lead are welcome.
Dinton Pastures Country Park
In nearby Hurst, Dinton Pastures Country Park offers an expanse of natural beauty with multiple lakes, two rivers, and meadows. The park features three public bird hides, including one that is wheelchair accessible.
Visitors can explore various circular footpaths, with lengths ranging from one to three miles. Additionally, amenities such as a café, toilets, and parking facilities are available for convenience.
Outdoor water as well as indoor activities are also available.
Charvil Country Park
Charvil Country Park spans approximately 185 acres and comprises a series of connected traditionally managed grassland meadows that run alongside the river Loddon.
The meadows undergo management practices such as hay-cropping and grazing, contributing to the richness of the site’s flora and enhancing species diversity.
A network of both surfaced and unsurfaced paths offer a beautiful stroll through the grassland meadows and along the River Loddon.
Twyford, Berkshire transport links
The village is extremely well-connected and has its own train station (on the Great Western Railway Line) providing easy access to Reading and Oxford. London Paddington by rail is just over 30 minutes away, making it easy for those who commute to the city.
The new Elizabeth Line has further improved Twyford’s connectivity, giving more travelling options.
The nearby M4 connects Twyford to the national motorway network – all the way to Bristol and South Wales to the west and to London in the east – just over an hour away by car.
Heathrow Airport is approximately half an hour away by road, while Gatwick Airport is around 1.30 hours’ drive. Both airports serve domestic and international destinations.
Places to eat, drink, and shop in Twyford
Twyford’s vibrant high street is home to a variety of independent shops, including a supermarket and pharmacy, meaning all your day-to-day essentials are easy to get.
There are also some great cafes, and restaurants (including delicious Thai and Indian cuisine), plus traditional and gastro pubs.
If you prefer a larger shopping centre and even more choice of where to eat, then the nearby Oracle Shopping Centre has well-known fashion brands, large high street stores, electronics, jewellers, etc., plus restaurants and a cinema.
Are you considering living in Twyford?
Offering a harmonious blend of rural living and a lively, friendly village community, Twyford with its exceptional transport connections, excellent schools and amenities, and picturesque surroundings is a wonderful place to live.
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