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About Calcot

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Calcot Park is a large country house and estate, to the north east of Calcot. Over the years the estate has been the home to Sir Peter Vanlore, Frances Kendrick, and to John Blagrave (a relative of the famous mathematician John Blagrave who built the present house in 1759). Today the house has been converted into apartments and grounds have become a golf course.

Calcot Mill is a former watermill on the Holy Brook traditionally bounding the south of Calcot. On the site of a mill originally owned by Reading Abbey it has been converted into apartments.

Pincent's Kiln is site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on the western border of the area.



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Calcot Travel Links

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Calcot commences east of the M4 motorway allowing easy access to London to the East and Swindon and Bristol to the West

Local bus services are provided by Reading Buses who pride themselves on their green credentials. Around 72% of the fleet of 192 buses are now very environmentally-friendly and includes 21 hybrid, 62 gas and 55 Euro VI diesel buses.

The nearest railway stations are Theale and Reading West which connect to the hub of Reading and onwards to London, Bristol, Swindon and beyond. The trains are run by Great Western Railway.



Taxi Firms in Calcot

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With so much to do within Calcot and the neighbouring towns, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights.

Calcot is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as Millennium Cars, Five Star Cars and Reading Executive Cars.



Hotels and Guest Houses in Calcot

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Best Western Calcot -

Located just off the M4 motorway (0.6m) on the outskirts of Reading, Best Western Calcot Hotel is the perfect location. Situated close to two golf courses, the Madejski Stadium, Beale Park, The Oracle Shopping Centre, Nirvana Spa and the Hexagon Theatre; Best Western Calcot Hotel offers a central location to explore local attractions.

The hotel is ideally situated for access to London Heathrow Airport (40 mins), Reading Station (15 mins) with direct links (28 minutes) to London Paddington Station running every 30 minutes.


Reading Lake Hotel -
Nestling in rural countryside beside a 33-acre lake, the Reading Lake Hotel is a charming country house hotel in a unique setting. The Reading Lake Hotel is located in close proximity to the M4 motorway and makes it easily accessible from all parts of the country and ideal for visiting the many attractions in the area, including Windsor Castle, Legoland, Ascot and Newbury Racecourses.

The Hotel is also well placed for travellers flying into Gatwick or Heathrow airport. The vibrancy London has to offer is a mere 40-minute drive away or 25 minutes by train.


 Hotel Malmaison Reading -
Style and decadence is what this Reading hotel is all about. Think luxe decor, roll-top baths, and gigantic, soft beds and you're on the right lines. Take your pick from 75 fabulous rooms and suites and settle in for the night.

Enjoy a drink or two in the chic Chez Mal, one of the hottest cocktail bars in Reading. Take your pick from our world-class wine list or selection of ice-cold beers, and settle back in this stylish, ambient bar in the heart of the hotel. A far cry from the station tearooms of the past, the Chez Mal brasserie restaurant specialises in locally sourced dishes with a contemporary French influence, including succulent steaks, mouth-watering Malburgers, country lamb and delicious, fresh seafood.


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Places to Get Married in Calcot

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Bel & The Dragon Reading - Bel & The Dragon Reading, a former biscuit factory, is located on the waterfront of the Kennet & Avon Canal and just a short distance from the centre of the town. The unique building has been lovingly refurbished to house a vibrant & atmospheric restaurant and bar as well as five new, beautiful en-suite bedrooms. The boardwalk and dining riverboat, The Majestic Bel, also provide an ideal waterside setting for alfresco & private dining.

Visiting by boat? The venue provides a perfect stopover for yachts & boats of various sizes. Planning a wedding? Bel & The Dragon Reading are licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies both on board The Majestic Bel and on dry land in the main restaurant.


Easthampstead Park -
Easthampstead Park is a Victorian mansion on the edge of Wokingham and Bracknell in the English county of Berkshire. The house is a Grade II listed building “of historic and architectural interest, in Jacobean style.  Set in 70 acres of grounds, with plenty of character and charm, it’s a beautiful venue for any occasion, but particularly comes alive on a Wedding Day.

You will have the choice to be married in either the Terrace Room, Orangery or The Wedding Pavilion which will be followed by a drinks reception on the terrace or in the bar. Your guests will then move into elegant Downshire Room where your Wedding Breakfast and the speeches will take place. After tea and coffee, it’s time to cut your cake and have your first dance, after which you can let your hair down and dance the night away.


The Manor of Hurst -
The Manor of Hurst is a lovely Elizabethan style manor house set in 40 acres of parkland, offering total seclusion and privacy yet within easy reach of London by both road and rail. The Manor has a beautiful York stone, south facing terrace with glorious views over the gardens and park, various areas with garden furniture and a gas BBQ, leading on to the walled outdoor swimming pool lined with white roses most of the summer. The perfect venue for those special occasions located an hour outside London.

The Manor is a sensational ‘dry hire’ venue for the wedding of your dreams.  On the south lawns, next to the house is the marquee site for wedding parties of up to 250 guests.  It is an idyllic

setting for an afternoon or evening of celebrations.  The Manor offers options with recommended marquee companies but also offer flexibility for you to create your bespoke reception.

St Nicholas Hurst church, set adjacent to the grounds, is an easy walk along a private, tree-lined avenue from house.  St Nicholas is a large, Grade I listed building in a rural conservation area. The original building dates from 1078 and the tower has a peal of 8 bells with a team of bell ringers.

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Event Planning in Calcot

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Complete your event in Calcot with DarkStar Discos, the Calcot marquee hire experts who offer the following services which can reduce your planning stress. Bars - you don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - no need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing - let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the one taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering. For all your event-planning needs, contact DarkStar Discos, the Calcot marquee hire experts.


Top Restaurants in Calcot

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The Spice Lounge –
You are invited to come and sample some of the most exquisite & delicate flavours in Indian cuisine. The head chef has carefully put together a stunning list of dishes, many to his own special recipe. He insists on using the freshest meat, vegetables and spices, all locally sourced from high quality suppliers, creating some extraordinary dishes you will want to sample again and again. You are guaranteed food that is freshly prepared each day to ensure your dining experience is paramount.

The Bull –
The award-winning family-friendly Bull pub is in the picturesque village of Theale in the heart of West Berkshire, located less than a mile off the M4 motorway Junction 12 (Ikea Junction) on the central corridor. They have a pretty patio garden and outside seating and car parking.

They serve delicious traditional pub food using local butchers and suppliers.  Food is served all day every day.  The delicious homecooked Sunday Roasts are served every Sunday from 12 noon until 7.30pm with a choice of meat.  



Top Things to do in Calcot

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Basildon Park -
Sitting elegantly in 162 hectares (400 acres) of historic parkland and gardens, this 18th-century house was purchased by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the 1950s, when it was de-requisitioned after the Second World War. With extraordinary vision, the Iliffes brought Basildon Park back to life, acquiring a collection of fine furnishings and carefully selected Old Masters.

The wooded parkland offers glorious seasonal colour, with spring bluebells, summer buttercups and autumn leaves, while the landscape has been carefully restored to offer wonderful views, peaceful trails and picnic places, with areas for children to run and play. Winter walks are a must.


Forbury Gardens -
Forbury Gardens is a delightful Victorian town garden, created at the height of the urban parks’ movement. The gardens have recently undergone major restoration. They are located between the town centre and the ruins of the 11th century abbey, not far from Reading Station. The ornamental gardens have a wall around which provides a peaceful and tranquil retreat. There is a bandstand, and bands play every weekend in the summer. The Forbury Gardens is home to the famous Maiwand Lion statue. Although there are no formal children's facilities, the gardens are wonderful for play, and the kiosk serves coffee, ice-creams and light lunches. The gardens have been entered for three national competitions and have so far won a Green Flag Award every year since re-opening, along with annual accreditation as a Green Heritage Site, the BALI award and Best Regional Park in the Britain in Bloom competition.


Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre -
Silchester in Hampshire has its origins as Calleva, a centre of the Iron Age Atrebates tribe from the late 1st century BC. After the Roman conquest of AD 43 it became the large and important town of Calleva Atrebatum. Unlike most Roman towns, it was never reoccupied or built over after it was abandoned in the 6th or 7th century, so archaeological investigations have given an unusually complete picture of its development.

The complete circuit of the Roman walls, some of the best-preserved Roman town defences in England, and remains of the amphitheatre still stand.

Things to note:

Parking: There is a charged car park at Silchester Roman Town, not managed by English Heritage. The site is about a ten-minute walk from the car park. Please note that there is no car parking available at the amphitheatre so visitors should park at the main car park.

Access: The site is reached by a footpath, parts of which may be uneven and can become muddy. Recent heavy rains have badly affected the stability of the footpaths that run around the amphitheatre and they should not be used.

School Visits/Large Groups: Prior notice of tall vehicles (such as coaches and minibuses) wishing to park in the car park is needed. Please contact Hampshire County Council on 01189 700132 to open the height barrier.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.



Calcot Today

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Calcot, or Calcot Row, is a suburb west of Reading in the English county of Berkshire. Calcot straddles the historic A4 Bath Road and is between ex-hamlet Horncastle and Junction 12 of the M4 motorway. The suburb of Tilehurst is to the north, taking up the hills above the place; the populous village of Theale is west, across the motorway. Its named neighbourhoods include Beansheaf Farm and Fords Farm mainly of the early 21st century to the south.

Although unquestionably a suburb of Reading, Calcot is not within the Borough of Reading. Rather it is split between the civil parishes of Holybrook and Tilehurst Without, with that part of Calcot north of the Bath Road in Tilehurst parish and that part south in Holybrook parish. The whole of Holybrook parish and the part of Calcot within Tilehurst parish, form the Calcot electoral ward of the unitary authority of West Berkshire. Both parishes have elected parish councils and, together with the unitary authority, are responsible for different aspects of local government. Calcot is part of the Reading West parliamentary constituency.

The Calcot ward of West Berkshire has an area of 324 ha and a total population of 9,093 living in 3,554 dwellings.

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