Top places to live in Oxfordshire Goring
Rolling hills, picturesque river banks, plus you're only an hour from the Big Smoke by train - this pretty village offers the best of both. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Well it’s on the Thames encased by both the Chilterns and North Wessex Downs for a start so it has all the lazy-English-summer-loveliness that you’d expect from such a scenic setting. A bridge connects the village to Streatley in Berkshire (on the right bank of the river) – the two settlements share most of their facilities including the train station which is served by the Great Western Mainline, snapping you into the capital in double-quick time.
The Miller of Mansfield is a top-notch gastropub with rooms, brought to Goring by two former members of The Fat Duck team so not altogether unsurprising that the food, drink and service are exemplary. Fancy taking it outside? Garden Pizzas serves authentic Italian fresh pizzas in the gardens of The Catherine Wheel pub nearby – jump off your bike, find a spot to sit and you’re away. A five minute meander will find you in the next village, and The Swan at Streatley, a gorgeous riverside country house with rooms, restaurant, café and gym where you’ll probably spend much of your free time.
Artisan foodies, listen up. The Goring Grocer is where you need to be as it’s a shop laden with fresh vegetables, condiments, wines, pasta, nuts and pulses and all the things that will allow you to make an Ottolenghi recipe without crying. Nearby, Faulkner and Wells is a rather upscale gift shop with a nice line in candles and homeware if bags of porcini mushrooms ain’t your thing. Virgo Beauty is your go-to for body primping and Albert Fields for your barnet.
There’s the river, of course, and the picturesque weir, and glorious walks on the nearby hills. It is a region ripe with nature reserves (Withymead, Hartslock) so you probably need to dig out your walking boots. Basildon Park is the National Trust’s nearest outpost just two miles from Goring. The house remains shut for the moment but the gardens and parkland are now open.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICES
Not hugely affordable. The average price of a home in Goring was around £656,553 over the last year. Most were detached, selling for just under £950,000 while semi-detached sold for around £550,000. Warmingham & Co are based in the village so have a good grasp on the market.
The best independent options nearby are the idyllically-situated all boys prep Moulsford, the nurturing Manor Prep in Abingdon, the Catholic mixed day and boarding Oratory Prep, Cranford House School (co-ed, with a sparkling new sixth form), and over the border in Berks Pangbourne College, Queen Anne’s and The Abbey. In terms of state schols, both Goring and Streatley have C of E primary schools rated ‘Good’. Langtree School is the nearest secondary, also with a ‘Good’ from Ofsted.
BEST KEPT SECRET
It has rock credentials. The Who’s Pete Townshend was born here and the lovely George Michael had a house on the river.
It’s just under 90 mins in the car but you’ll have to haggle with both the M4 and the M25. Far more sensible to catch the rush hour train and it’ll whip you into Paddington in under an hour. Season tickets from £4,736.
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