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Spotting Berkshire wildlife at Donnington Grove

Published by: Belinda Dixon

As well as a charming country house hotel, Donnington Grove encompasses a 500-acre estate. This mix of gardens, parkland, woods, river and lake offers endless opportunities to relax, reset and recharge. The estate is alive with wildlife – looking out for it turns a walk into a richly-rewarding adventure. So here are our top tips for spotting Berkshire wildlife at Donnington Grove.

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Fun Outdoor Activities in Berkshire

Published by: Bethany Preston

June officially marks National Great Outdoors Month. There’s no better time to step away from the screen, lather on the Factor 50 and soak up some much-needed vitamin D. With the warmer weather at our fingertips, why not pay a visit to the charming province of Berkshire, home to some of the most impressive countryside in England, an array of idyllic market towns and a plethora of things to do. 

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The History of Afternoon Tea

Published by: Bethany Preston

From ancient Chinese Emperors to Victorian ladies-in-waiting, the tradition of afternoon tea has been honed for centuries. But have you ever stopped to wonder just how the ancient custom came to be so widely loved? Well, look no further, as we’re about to take you on a brief detour into the fascinating history of the afternoon tea. 


Things to do at Donnington Grove

Published by: Alice Beresford

We’re all raring to get into the great outdoors and explore areas near and far. At Donnington Grove, we have a range of Springtime activities to suit all ages, abilities and group sizes.

Below is a list of five Springtime activities to enjoy here in our 500 acres of stunning grounds. 

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Spring walks in West Berkshire

Published by: Alice Beresford

As the days get longer and, hopefully, a tad warmer, there’s a growing number of reasons to pause the series you’re binging, pull on your coat and wellies, pack a picnic and start exploring the many scenic walks, hikes and strolls around West Berkshire. 

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See in the Spring at Donnington Grove

Published by: Belinda Dixon

Despite the storms, the rain and the still-short days, February and March also give us a real treat. Because these are the months when the signs of Spring start to emerge. From snowdrops and daffodils to birds rediscovering their voice, it’s an exciting time of year...

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The Top Wedding Trends of 2022

Published by: Belinda Dixon

Perhaps you delayed a wedding until 2022. Or perhaps 2022 was always going to be your year. Either way, the style and type of wedding you’ll have this year is influenced by everything from fashion and finances to viruses and environmental concerns. So even if you’re only just beginning to think about getting married, it’s time to get ahead of the curve with Donnington Grove’s look at 2022 wedding trends...

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A three-day winter break at Donnington Grove

Published by: Belinda Dixon

After the sparkle of Christmas, the New Year feels like its ushering in duller days. The key to combating the gloom is having something special to look forward to. Time then to book your very own country house escape. With beauty treatments and golf, afternoon teas and clay pigeon shooting, theatre shows and fine foods - not to mention a dash of Downton Abbey - here’s how your three-day break in Berkshire could look at Donnington Grove...


Gift a Donnington Grove Experience This Christmas

Christmas is a time for memories and sharing with others, so why not make it last even longer by gifting someone an experience to look forward to. From afternoon tea vouchers, to clay pigeon shooting and golf lessons, you can gift your loved ones a truly unique experience this Christmas...


Top Five Walks Near Donnington and Newbury

Published by: Donnington Grove

Getting out in nature is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind. As well as the physical benefits of taking a stroll in the countryside, the gentle exercise helps release mood-boosting endorphins. According to studies, being in nature reduces anger, fear and stress, to help you feel better emotionally. So if you're looking for things to do in Berkshire, be sure to tick these walks near Donnington Grove off first!