Have you ever wondered if there is somewhere in your neighbourhood that has remained a secret to you after all these years? 

With Berkshire's vast amount of rolling countryside and famed history, it is not surprising that there are some 'hidden gems' that always remain a mystery.

Unsuprisingly, alot of these villages are the birthplaces of many a world famous celebrity or have links to the literary history.

Here are the eight hidden gems we have found that you may or may not know about.


This tiny village just off Ascot high street has been named one of the UK’s best places to live because of its proximity to world-famous sporting venues, thriving independent shops, and excellent schools.

It really is a playground for the rich and famous, including some of the world’s most famous celebs.in the famous Wentworth

With the amount of publicity it has had over the past few years, it is techniquly not a hidden gem. However, if you’re looking for a relaxing day of quiet refection and independent shopping, you will find it in Sunnnghill.

This is also minutes away from Virginia Water, on the outskirts of Surrey which houses some of the most expensive houses in the famous Wentworth estate.


Sonning is described as the most ‘fairy-tale little nook in the whole river.’ The riverside and stunning nature trails are something to behold when you come across them.

Attractions include the annual Sonning festival which takes place in May in the form of a regatta.

Although there may not be much in the way of shopping, if you want to experience the beauty, peace and extremely expensive houses it is the perfect place to go.


Located in the North Wessex Downs this little village is a hidden gem of antique shops and quaint boutiques.

For all those fashionistas out there, who adore one of a kind bespoke fashion, Hungerford’s Bridge Street has been described as The Bond Street of Berkshire.

Designer womenswear is available from Mojo & McCoyWhite Coco, sexy smalls from Angela Knight Lingerie and elegant bridal gowns from Miss



Because this little patch of heaven is technically a suburb of Reading, it is often overlooked by those who may be new to Berkshire as just another section of the town.

However, the Reading suburb of Caversham has it’s own identity and community that sometimes surpasses the town centre.

Surrounded by a little touch of greenery, visitors and residents can expect an array of independent shops and restaurant, instead of the big chain stores.

Only a 15 minute bus ride to Reading town centre, it is the ideal spot for those looking for town, country, river, and rock ‘n’ roll.



Wokingham is one of the biggest boroughs in Berkshire, with almost as many people as the capital town itself, however the town itself has been transformed in the last few years into a gorgeous market town.

It is known for it’s great schools and amazing transport links to Reading and east Berkshire.

The one thing that does set this town apart from other bigger areas is the number of independents and small chain shops, including it’s weekly market in the town centre.


This rural village takes country life to the next level. With actual thatched roofed houses it is a common haunt for celebs wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of London.

The plentiful shopping and community vibe make it a perfect home for families starting up or settling down.

The town is also famous for the Gravity Grand Prix soapbox race which draws people from all over Berkshire to watch this display of speed, engineering, and comedy.

Cookham’s best kept secret is that it is a hidden gem for the celebrity elite who are often seen around town.


For those not from the Royal Borough, Yattendon may not seem like a popular location however t is actually a firm favourite among families leaving London for more tranquil living.

The village boasts a wide range of cocktail bars and pubs popular for a girls night out or a pint after an outdoor activity.


This beautiful river location boasts excellent schools and cosy pubs with fantastic links into London – 45 minutes to Paddington in total.

Pangbourne has a beautiful literary connection also. DH Lawrence and Kenneth Grahame both lived here and EH Shepherd’s famous illustrations for The Wind in the Willows were inspired by Pangbourne. It’s also the birthplace of Led Zeppelin.