At the time of the Domesday Survey, Kintbury (one mile from Inglewood), included lands on both sides of the River Kennet. The southern side was held by William the Conqueror and Inglewood was one of its manors. Passing through the hands of the Blandy, Walmesley, Shaw and Bevan families – and turbulent times in English history – the estate was sold in 1828 to a Thomas Dunn for £26,000 and greatly extended. In 1928 it became a training centre for young men entering the Catholic Order. And in 1972 it became a luxury spa called Inglewood Health Hydro.
Incidentally, you are not far from Highclere Castle - remaining in the Carnavaron family for well over three hundred years and whose 5th Earl discovered the tomb of Tutankamun in the 1920s. It is better known today as Downton Abbey from the popular TV series.
Kintbury was named by the Sunday Times in 2007 as in the top ten of England's most sought after villages. And one can see why. This pretty village boasts some of the best countryside in West Berkshire and yet is conveniently close to the A4 and main line station from London, with junction 14 of the M4 nearby.
However, when you want to travel at a more leisurely pace, The Kennet and Avon Canal quietly connects the famous antique shops and independent boutiques of Hungerford with Newbury's colourful markets and contemporary retail shops.
A walk around these parts is good for body and soul, and if you take a leisurely stroll up and around Walbury Hill, you will be rewarded with views over Kennet Valley and south over the Hampshire Downs.
Newbury: 7 miles by car
Hungerford: 2 miles by car