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Introduction to Yateley, Hampshire
Yateley remains one of only a few local councils in the UK to be recognised under the national ‘Quality Council’ award scheme. It recognises that the council practises good community engagement, governance and council improvement. Anyone thinking of moving to the area will quickly warm to the close-knit community in this suburban Hampshire town, which has much to offer people of all age groups.
The name Yateley comes from Middle English language, with ‘Yate’ meaning ‘Gate’ (for Windsor Forest) and ‘Lea’ translating into a ‘forest clearing’. Early references to the area can be found in the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was called Effelle, with Yateley Hall (which is still standing today) dating back to the 13th century. It’s an historic and quiet part of the British countryside waiting to be discovered.
Schools and Colleges
Ofsted has rated several schools in Yateley as 'Outstanding', with Frogmore Infant School, Uplands Primary School and Nursery, and Westfields Junior School being the pick of the bunch at primary level. Edgbarrow School is a secondary that achieved the same rating, and also accommodates 16 to 18 year olds. Frogmore and Yateley Schools are secondary schools that have been rated as ‘Good’. Yateley School also teaches 16 to 18 year olds, as does Sandhurst School, which also achieved a ‘Good’ rating through Ofsted.
Expansive open countryside dominates the landscape surrounding Yateley, with dozens of pretty greens, lakes and heathlands. The likes of Yateley Common Country Park, Royal Oak Valley and Wellington Country Park offer plenty of acres to enjoy and explore. Wildmoor Heath Nature Reserve covers 91 acres and offers a beautiful variety of wildlife for enthusiasts and lovers of the great outdoors. The network of Yateley lakes is another excellent place to relax, with some wonderful fishing spots available too. A little further out, Mizens Railway is a miniature railway travelling across a 10-acre site. Surrey Heath Museum offers walks, talks and children’s activities and Aldershot Military Museum looks back at the area’s rich military history.
Shopping Facilities, Restaurants and Leisure
Locals enjoy a healthy selection of brand names in Yateley, with everything from Boots and Tesco, to the Co-op and Waitrose all available. There are also a good number of smaller, independent retailers owned and run by people who live in and around the region, adding to Yateley’s close community feel. For a bigger shop, Princes Mead shopping centre in Farnborough is a short 16-minute drive away. To grab a bite to eat Zee Dining is renowned for its Indian cuisine. Casa Hotel’s Sapori di Casa is one for lovers of Italian food. You need not venture far to find many idyllic Hampshire country pubs in surrounding villages too.
There is very much a village feel to Yateley, with old farmhouses, traditional inns and country houses all adding to its suburban character. You’ll find bungalows along Freshwood Drive, terraced houses on Elm Bank and Robins Grove Crescent. Large detached houses are located in Old Welmore, while there are some semi-detached properties on Greenleas Close. Newer builds are situated in nearby Hawley, which is around 3.5 miles, or 10 minutes drive away.
While not a commuter town as such, many people living in Yateley travel into London daily. Farnborough, Fleet, Wokingham and Basingstoke close by, this means local workers also have straightforward travel connections into the capital if needed. This is one of the reasons why Yateley remains a good choice for professionals in all age groups, while families looking for larger properties enjoy plenty of options. The town offers a quieter way of life and slightly lower property prices compared to some of the busier surrounding areas. Yateley really suits retirees and anyone who enjoys the countryside and a more relaxed lifestyle.
The nearest train station is Sandhurst, which is approximately a 5-minute drive away from Yateley centre. Trains here journey into London Waterloo, taking around 90 minutes, with Farnborough only 4 minutes away by train and Wokingham at 8 minutes. Many commuters who reside in Yateley, travel to Fleet and Farnborough stations to get a much faster train connection into London.
Heathrow airport is very accessible from Yateley, driving via the M3 or A30 to access the M25. Gatwick is also accessible by car via the M3 and M25, as is Southampton airport, which is an easy drive down the M3.
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