With woodland, water features and wildlife all in abundance, getting out and about in Berkshire has something for everyone.
40-min drive from Littlecote House, SN5 3PE
Expansive parkland, two lakes, pockets of woodland, a six-section Georgian walled garden with fruit trees and colourful flowers, Lydiard Park is as big as 200 football pitches and home to roe deer, badgers, woodpeckers and tawny olds (amongst others).
Cotswold Water Park
47-min drive from Littlecote House, GL7 6FJ
Stretching out over 40 square miles (that’s as big as 250 Vatican Cities) with 14 individual nature reserves and 170 lakes, this is a birdwatcher’s paradise. 20,000 waterfowl winter in the park, often taking to flight en masse if one of the local peregrine falcons is hunting.
Walking in Berkshire
We’ve partnered with Outdoor Active to create walking routes for all levels of ability – click below for more info and a selection of walks near our hotels.View routes
In our grounds and gardens
Littlecote House has been inhabited through Roman times, the Tudor age, World War II and beyond. With so much history it’s easy to find something interesting without leaving our grounds, and our team have picked out three of their favourite things to see nearby.
Ice House & Woodland Walk
Make sure you’ve got your walking shoes on – the atmospheric woodland walk can often get a little muddy, but brave it and you’ll be rewarded with a look at the 17th century Ice House, once used to supply the house and store food.
Just a short walk from the hotel door you’ll find the remains of the Roman villa at Littlecote. It dates back to 360AD and at its heart is the intricate Orpheus Mosaic, sheltered from the elements under a wooden roof.
First planted in the 16th century to provide culinary and medicinal supplies (as well as provide a home for friendly bees), these gardens are surrounded by historic walls and feature a Victorian greenhouse.