Staines-upon-Thames offers the best of all worlds. The town centre is a lovely mix of shops, restaurants, cafes and a cinema, with quieter pockets of green and attractive parks nearby to relax in.
There are hidden gems such as historic Staines Village, a Conservation Area where some of the buildings date from the 17th century. The river is another priceless asset, providing open vistas, waterside footpaths and pubs. Neighbouring towns include Royal Windsor, about seven miles away, and Egham, just over two miles*.
The surrounding countryside is a unique blend of Surrey and Berkshire heath, hills and parkland, and, to the north of the town, the watery landscape fed by the Thames. It means that, within just a few miles of home, you will have a multitude of outdoor pastimes to enjoy, from fishing and sailing, to golf and nature walks.
Staines-upon-Thames has built its prosperity on excellent connections and proximity to key centres of commerce such as the M4 corridor and Heathrow Airport.
Staines station offers direct services to London Waterloo in approximately 35 minutes, with interchanges to London Underground and Overground at Richmond, and London Overground at Clapham Junction.
Staines-upon-Thames also benefits from an extensive bus network serving popular destinations such as Egham, Ascot and Windsor, as well as Heathrow Airport for international flights.
For those travelling by car, the A30 Staines-upon-Thames bypass is 0.4 miles away, and the M25 junction 13 is just 2.4 miles, giving easy access to the motorway network.
Tried and tested favourites such as ASK, Prezzo, Jimmy’s and Pizza Express compete with independent eateries for local custom. Of these, Sushi Nara, Caffé Gondola and Koguryo score highly with local foodies. Riverside pubs are another speciality. The Swan Hotel and The Bells are both traditional establishments that serve classic pub food and a wide range of ales and wines. For an evening out, the Slug & Lettuce offers cocktails and a lively atmosphere late into the night. In nearby Egham, there are additional delicious options, with Loch Fyne, Eat Thai, Bar 163, Sushi Hana, Hugo’s and Villa Rosa extending the area’s international menu. Windsor is another great dining destination. It too has its share of pubs on the river, as well as a restaurant range that includes Thai, Indian, Spanish, Italian, Greek and contemporary English.
When the occasion demands, you might head to the little Thames-side town of Bray, which boasts three Michelin-starred restaurants. The Fat Duck, The Waterside Inn and The Hind’s Head each serve their own version of highly refined, an original cuisine that has established their reputations for excellence.
Staines-upon-Thames has a variety of shopping opportunities. Both of the town’s retail hubs, The Elmsleigh Centre and Two Rivers, are within a few minutes’ walk. Between them, they offer a multitude of well-known shops, including Laura Ashley, Next, Monsoon, Waterstones and Sony. For quality groceries, there’s also a large branch of Marks & Spencer.
In the historic streets of Windsor, there’s an extensive array of shops, including some prestigious fashion brands. Many boutiques cluster within the Windsor Royal Shopping Centre, an ornate Victorian station building which has been transformed into a major retail destination. Aquascutum, Whistles, Jo Malone London, Space NK Apothecary and Mint Velvet are some of the upmarket names that have made their home there. Elsewhere in Windsor, Peascod Street, King Edward Court and St Leonard’s Road are also good hunting grounds for the dedicated shopper.
Parks and open spaces surround Staines-upon-Thames, so that a breath of fresh air is never more than a short drive from home. The close presence of the River Thames creates many lakes and reservoirs, some of which offer leisure opportunities as well as being used for more practical purposes. Sailing, diving, fishing and windsurfing are all possibilities on these vast stretches of calm open water.
Bedfont Lakes Country Park, just four miles away, is one of the nearest natural assets to Staines-upon-Thames, where visitors can enjoy 180 acres of meadows, woodland and lakes. To the north is Colne Valley Park, 40 square miles of farmland and lakes, with an incredible 200 miles of rivers. It’s a wonderful place for walking and cycling.
Windsor Great Park, six miles away, offers a magnificent contrast to all of this wild nature. It has been a Royal Park for over 1,000 years, and today encompasses the Savill Garden, Virginia Water, the Valley Gardens, the Long Walk and Deer Park, with the iconic castle ever present on the horizon. Red deer roam its 5,000 acres, while visitors can stroll, walk their dogs, cycle, ride or go fishing.
Adjacent to Windsor Great Park is Home Park Golf Course, and golfers can also enjoy a round or two at Ashford Manor Golf Club, whose 18-hole course is regarded as one of the finest in Middlesex.
Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic School in Staines-upon-Thames has earned a ‘Good’ accolade from Ofsted, and Staines Preparatory School offers a private alternative for primary education. For older children, The Magna Carta School in Runnymede is a community school with a ‘Good with many outstanding features’ rating.
Royal Holloway University of London, whose spectacular campus is just 2.4 miles away has 20 academic departments spread across 3 faculties: 6 minutes by car or just 5 minutes on the train from Staines train station. From Staines bus station you can either catch the number 44 which takes 19 minutes or number 71 which is just 18 minutes.