DH has had a really good interview, likes the sound of the job, is feeling pretty positive, etc., etc. but I know very little about the area (apart from 'The Office' type jokes) and Slough is not commutable from here.
So, in preparation/anticipation, where should we consider? We would probably rent as nothing is selling and we need a good infant/primary school. We have 3 young children and I would like a nice town to wander around, parks, playgrounds, the usual.
I was talking on the phone to a customer at work the other day who lives in Burnham - she said that where she lives she can easily nip to Slough, Windsor or Maidenhead by back lanes all in about 10 mins. Property prices look quite reasonable in Burnham too. (She did say Slough itself is ghastly.)
I grew up not far away - we used to go for Sunday walks at Burnham Beeches which is beautiful & there is some lovely countryside all around there. You could also look at Iver & Langley (from my vague recollections ).
Depending on budget lots of nice villages - go any direction out of Slough except down M4 to London as more likely to be on Heathrow flightpath. So for example Farnham Common, Farnham Royal, Taplow, Burnham, Holyport. If you want a town, try Maidenhead. Don't know the facilities as I moved out of area many years back (though DH still commutes to Slough from North Hampshire but wouldn't recommend it!)
Brilliant playground in Marlow - they should all be like that - good clean cared-for equipment, a cafe and OK loos! Marlow nice but pricey!
John Betjeman published his poem about Slough in 1937 in the collected works Continual Dew. Slough was becoming increasingly industrial and some housing conditions were very cramped. In willing the destruction of Slough, Betjeman urges the bombs to pick out the vulgar profiteers but to spare the bald young clerks
my pref would be for "nowhere near Slough" but Burnham is nice enough, as are Farnham Common and Farnham Royal; Bourne End is a bit further out but nice. Langley is fairly horrid; Colnbrook not great (some bits are ok)
Dorney is the best village ever (Elizabethan houses abound, whole area is listed/protected) so prob v.expensive but worth a look and lunch at the Palmer's Arms