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Stanlake Park Wine Estate

Stanlake Park Wine Estate

Picture acres of neat vines laden with many varieties of plump grapes; Gamay, Ortega, Wurzer and the classic Champagne varieties : Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They ripen in the warm sun and thrive in the loamy, well-drained soil before being harvested and turned into wine in the start-of-the-art and on-site winery. You're probably thinking of a vineyard in France, or Australia.

But no, this is Stanlake Park Wine Estate just outside Twyford in Berkshire, and it is leading the way in English wine production.

Today, Stanlake Park is one of the UK’s most successful wine producers. In a high yielding vintage, we will press as many as 200 tons of grapes and make more individual wines than any other winery in Britain.

Silchester Roman Town Walls and Amphitheater

Silchester Roman Town Walls and Amphitheater

Silchester was originally the centre of the Iron Age kingdom of the Atrebates tribe from the late 1st century BC. After the Roman conquest in AD 43 it developed into the town of Calleva Atrebatum.

Laid out on a distinctive street grid pattern, the town contained many public buildings and flourished until the early Anglo-Saxon period. Unusually among the Roman towns of southern Britain, it was not abandoned until the 6th or 7th century.

Substantially excavated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and over the last 30 years, Silchester remains one of the best preserved Roman towns in Britain and is one of the few that were continuously occupied from the Iron Age.

Basildon Park

Basildon Park

Basildon Park is a country house situated 2 miles (3 kilometres) south of Goring-on-Thames and Streatley in Berkshire, between the villages of Upper Basildon and Lower Basildon. It is owned by the National Trust and is a Grade I listed building. The house was built between 1776 and 1783 for Sir Francis Sykes and designed by John Carr in the Palladian style at a time when Palladianism was giving way to the newly fashionable neoclassicism.

Thus, the interiors are in a neoclassical "Adamesque" style.

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