Yattendon

Yattendon stretches from Everington in the west to the hamlet of Burnt Hill in the east and the woodland just east of Yattendon Court, including Mumgrove Copse, Bushy Copse, Clack’s Copse and Gravel pit Copse. The M4 forms most of its southern boundary and some of the houses on the northern edge of Frilsham are also in Yattendon. The Yattendon Estate is centred around the picturesque village of Yattendon and offers residents a unique sense of community. The unspoilt village is steeped in tradition whilst also offering excellent facilities.The Estate extends to nearly 9,000 acres with over 84 kilometres of footpaths and bridleways. there is also properties in and around other villages such as Frilsham, Bradfield, Ashampstead and Aldworth.

Amenities & Facilities.

Yattendon has a very active community and the village boasts many facilities. A village shop, post office, garage, pub/hotel, hairdressers, blacksmith, primary school, Montessori school, tennis courts and a brewery.

There is a versatile, newly refurbished and beautiful Village hall, that can be hired for private functions. There is also Yattendon Stores and P.O a social club and Yattendon estate.There is a village agent.

Transport

There is a bus from reading to Yattendon one day a week. The handy bus leaves Frilsham every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at around 10:00 a.m. for Newbury Town Centre and then Sainsbury’s. It returns to Frilsham at around 1:45 p.m. There is a small charge to use this service. Want to use this service? Call Dave Morris 01635 578149

Food and Drink

There is a local pub, The Royal Oak which is first and foremost a country dining pub, and Head Chef Nick MacGregor’s ethos is very simple – the very best ingredients, cooked simply, cooked well. His team work tirelessly to create dishes that shows off the diverse. Nick lets these amazing ingredients do the talking, creating simple, unfussy food that gains annual recognition in the Michelin Guide amongst others. There is also the pantry a village café with food, quality coffee tea and fruit juices. There is also the Pot Kiln at Frilsham on the Yattendon estate. Hawkridge Wood is home to Pheasant Partridge Rabbit Roe, Fallow Muntjac, mushrooms and edible leaves and fruit and this provides their wild food larder. The policy is to avoid using mass produced food.

Schools

There is a school for children aged seven to eleven, priding themselves on setting high standards and striving to enable all children to excel.They are a foundation school which means they own their own land and assets enabling them to fund a huge whole school project resulting in unrivalled facilities.

Communication

There is a village website for Frilsham

Churches

There is St Peter and S. Paul’s part of the Hermitage team and St. Frideswide

  • St Peter & St Paul
  • St. Frideswide

Health

The local surgery is at Chieveley, the Downland Practice.

Sports

The Yattendon and Frilsham Sports and Social Trust is a registered charity it owns and manages the Village Hall recreation ground, Football pitch, social club and holds a lease of the cricket field. There is football, cricket, tennis and walking organisations.

Other

There is also the West Berkshire Brewery. Also, a notable green telephone box! Mike Robinson and Oliver Shute set up The Wild Fork in 2006 in response to a growing demand for traditional country cooking at private events and parties in the local area. Walters Turkeys have been part of the Estate for over 100 years there is a blacksmith, Vicars Game, The Wine Man, Top Nosh Cuisine and Party Pieces.

Parish Council

Frilsham consists of six Parish Councillors

History

Yattendon is in many ways a traditional farming estate. The Estate operates a large farm and also has two tenanted farms. The Estate farm covers an area of 2,201 hectares (5,438 acres). The crops grown are Wheat, Barley, Oil Seed Rape, Maize and Lucerne. The land is also used to keep a herd of rare breed British White cattle.We also rent additional arable land and undertake contract farming activities for local landowners. The two tenanted farms extend to 352 hectares (869 acres). Bower Farm, Aldworth has been farmed by the Walters family for over 100 years and Buckhold Hill Farm, Bradfield has been farmed by the Ward family for over 50 years.

Christmas at Yattendon is not to be missed! We have the largest and freshest range of Christmas trees to suit your requirements, offering great value and quality. All of our trees are homegrown and from sustainable stock. The trees are cut before being displayed in the Yattendon Christmas Barn and each tree is graded for height and quality and pre-priced for ease of purchase. The Yattendon Estate in its present form is the amalgamation of several smaller estates acquired by the first Lord Iliffe between 1925 and 1940. 

The Iliffe Family also used to own and live at Basildon Park which adjoins the Yattendon Estate. Most of this Estate was sold in 1925 including the villages of Lower and Upper Basildon. Basildon Park was rescued and restored by the 2nd Lord & Lady Iliffe but was gifted to the National Trust in 1978. The Family now live at the heart of the Estate in Yattendon village.

Yattendon has a long history of agriculture as you can see from the photographs on this page. The Estate was also a pioneer in the UK Christmas Tree industry in the 1970’s and this continues today. The Estate has always been home to a number of rural businesses and, of particular note in the last century were the Yattendon brick kilns, charcoal burners, wheelwrights and numerous other rural industries. These have now evolved into the mix of businesses that work from the Estate today.

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