Visit Lambourn and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Lambourn, Berkshire, on the River Lambourn, lies in a hollow between downs that are ideal for exercising horses. Today Lambourn is famous for its racing stables, but past centuries are recalled by Roman pottery found in the neighbourhood, and it is thought that a resounding defeat was inflicted on the Danes nearby in 871.
Lambourn featured as Maryland in Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. It is a pleasant village, with some 19th century almshouses built round a courtyard, and an old cross with the original shaft and steps standing near the church. This impressive cruciform building shows many styles, the earliest being late Norman, with 15th and l6th century chapels added later. Inside there is much to see, including good brasses of the 14th, 16th and 17th centuries and a delightful carving of hounds hunting a hare in an arch in the south transept. Another alabaster relief carving shows Charles I flanked by two angels, and in the north chapel the old village stocks have found their last curious resting place.
Two miles north is an area called The Seven Barrows, where in fact more than 20 barrows lie grouped together in a hollow of the downs. Membury Camp, covering some 30 acres, is also nearby, though this is mostly in Wiltshire.
Away from the hills, travelling down the Lambourn River is a great pleasure, since the waters are clear, and open frequently into a series of deep transparent pools. Eastbury is only 2 miles south east downstream, and here the little bridges leading to cottages have distinct charm, while the King of Mercia used to have a palace at East Shefford.
Nearby villages: Woodlands, Sheepdrove, Upper Lambourn, Bockhampton, Mile End, Eastbury, Woodlands St Mary, Fawley, Kintbury, East Garston.
Nearby towns: Hungerford, Wantage, Swindon, Newbury.
Have you decided to visit Lambourn or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Lambourn bed and breakfast (a Lambourn B&B or Lambourn b and b)
- a Lambourn guesthouse
- a Lambourn hotel (or motel)
- a Lambourn self-catering establishment, or
- other Lambourn accommodation