Peaceful spots in Berkshire and Oxfordshire

Sometimes, we all need to escape to a quiet corner of beauty to recharge. With schools breaking up in summer, the decibels can rise in some of our gardens with the glorious sound of children playing. If you’re looking for tranquillity, here are some peaceful spots around Berkshire to relax in.

The garden of reflection at Sandham Memorial Chapel

Sandham Memorial Chapel, nr Newbury

The garden of reflection at Sandham couldn’t be more peaceful. You’re surrounded by colour with foxgloves, ladies mantle, hostas, alliums and gerberas and sweet peas fill the air with their fragrance. Pause in the shade of the crab apple tree on a sunny day.

Ashdown House, Berkshire

Ashdown House nr Lambourn

This unusual Dutch style house tucked away on the Berkshire Downs is packed with history and impressive paintings. Guided staircase tours run from April to October on Saturday and Wednesday afternoons. The deer-dappled woodlands are open all year and are perfect for a gentle stroll.

The house and gardens at Nuffield Place

Nuffield Place

Nuffield Place is a hidden gem with an Arts and Crafts house, lush herbaceous borders, a kitchen garden, three lawns and a wild-flower meadow. There’s a little seating area overlooking the meadow which is a perfect sun trap. There are also accessible shady woodland walks through the copse surrounding the garden.

Maidenhead Thicket - Hugh Mothersole

Maidenhead and Cookham commons

This string of landscapes is hugely diverse in terms size and character. There are riverbanks and wetlands, woodlands and wildflower meadows, each criss-crossed with paths and studded with pretty villages and plenty of pubs for refreshment. There are lots of short and longer walking routes to follow on the website.

Buscot Weir at The Buscot and Coleshill Estates Oxfordshire

Buscot and Coleshill estates near Faringdon

These two working country estates have miles of footpaths to wander with river weirs, historic parkland, woodland and wild flower meadows to explore. The villages themselves are a pretty place to wander with fantastic tea rooms and in the case of Coleshill, an intriguing Second World War history to explore.