Crossrail is bringing a number of country towns within a realistic commute of London.

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According to Anna Tyazck in Country Townhouse magazine one of the towns benefiting from the completion of Crossrail is Hungerford, which has become something of a prime residential property hot spot. The promise of Crossrail has prompted a wave of London leavers to look at the area.

It’s surrounded by great countryside, picturesque villages, outstanding pubs, shoots, cycling routes, racing at Newbury, independent shops, and its own literary and arts festival.

Middleton’s country property expert Tom Hudson, asked by Country Townhouse for comment, said that “It used to be the poorer cousin to Marlborough, but its shops and restaurants have become significantly better over the past ten years. Yet it still feels like a big village, surrounded by parkland and a common with cattle roaming over it.”

Nearby schools too, are exceptional, including Pinewood, Cheam, Farleigh, Thorngrove and Horris Hill prep schools, and Bradfield, Marlborough College, St Mary’s Calne, Eton, Sherborne and Wellington within striking distance.