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- GRADE II LISTED SPLIT LEVEL APARTMENT
- THREE DOUBLE BEDROOMS INCLUDING MASTER WITH EN-SUI
- KITCHEN WITH BREAKFAST BAR
- MEZZANINE DINING FLOOR`
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 1628 SQ FT
- HEATED OUTDOOR POOL
- GYM, TENNIS COURT, COMMUNAL KITCHEN AND BARBEQUE
- FULL TIME ESTATES MANAGER
When Roisin Cassidy stepped into her Edwin Lutyens-designed home for the first time she was blown away by it.
The dramatic black and white tiled floor of the entrance to her apartment in Nashdom Abbey, built in 1905, was what captured her imagination.
I was from Scotland when I came south and wanted a quiet place in the country but also close to work in London, and this apartment was perfect, she said.
Just 40 minutes by train to Central London, imposing Nashdom Abbey was built for the Russian Prince Dolgorouki and his bride.
It really is the best of both worlds. I'm close to the M25 and yet here it is so quiet and calm - complete escapism. I have the luxury of space and being able to park in beautiful, grand grounds, she said.
I have so much indoor and outdoor space. It's fabulous.
GLASS WITH CLASS
Neo-Regency Nashdom Abbey presents Tuscan entrance columns and sweeping lines. And Roisin's home is very much a part of this.
I chose my apartment because it was the old orangery, which means my drawing room has double height windows, from ceiling to floor. The natural light absolutely floods in, she said.
She continued: It's the size of the rooms that are so stunning. They are all so grand, and yet is very much a home.
The ground level is open plan, which makes it a delight to live in. It is very sociable too - we've had about 30 people here for a Christmas party.
The master bedroom is so huge I could be 100 miles from anywhere, said Roisin.
The room has super high ceilings, deep cornices and skirting boards, as well as cream carpets and curtains.
I can sleep really easily here, which is great after being in the centre of London, she added.
The sense of ease and comfort continues with an all white tiled en-suite bathroom, with discreet lighting. The second bedroom is also dramatically spacious with the added value of opening out on to its own private terrace.
It's lovely for people staying because they can sit outside here with a coffee or orange juice and read the papers until the rest of the house gets up.
WINE & DINE
The Nashdom apartment has a gallery dining room on the level above the drawing room, and both rooms enjoy the light coming in from the exceptionally tall orangery windows.
It's lovely to have dinner here and look across to the glass chandelier I bought for the drawing room, said Roisin.
A wooden, hand-carved Victorian fireplace, framed by tall windows either side, in the drawing room makes a dramatic statement.
I got that to give the room focus, she said. Three old Victorian radiators bring even more personality to the elegant drawing room, which has French windows opening out on to a sunlit terrace.
WALK RIGHT IN
The streamlined galley kitchen is well designed.
The kitchen, dining and drawing rooms are open plan, which I love. It's all inclusive and no-one is cut off, she said.
The theme of comfortable, open space continues on to the main terrace.
This is a real sun trap, a delightful place to have a glass of wine after work and it's a wonderful safe area for my two-year-old to ride her bicycle.
This Grade II Listed duplex apartment opens its doors to a voyage of discovery within this well thought out, splendid conversion. Nashdom Abbey was commissioned by a Russian princess as a weekend retreat and was built by Edward Lutyens. Later it was to become the residence for a sect of Benedictine Monks and in the late 90s became an award winning conversion of luxury apartments.
Each apartment is unique and different, working to highlight the period features and maximise living space. Number 15 is a perfect example. Light, airy and spacious the apartment also has the luxury of two private outside spaces, a courtyard from the second double bedroom and a private sun terrace leading from the drawing room. As we enter the black and white chequered tiled hallway our eyes are drawn through the interior sash window to a glimpse of the elegant drawing room, situated on the lower floor. Firstly we shall proceed with the ground floor accommodation. The master bedroom is a real delight, with its large en-suite period style bathroom complete with independent shower cubicle. The high ceilings and two huge sash windows bathe this elegant, spacious bedroom with light.
There is a second generous period style bathroom tiled in white and enhanced by marbled deep blue ceramic floor tiles, which services the two further double bedrooms. The larger of these bedrooms leads onto a private courtyard terrace, a useful outside space to enjoy breakfast, relax with the paper or ideal as a secure area for children to play. The independent fitted kitchen has ample wooden storage cabinets with a half breakfast bar for further food preparation or relaxed family meals. Additionally you will find an integrated fridge/freezer, a four ring gas hob with oven under and appliance space for a washing machine.
From the kitchen we ascend the pale wooden flooring onto the half landing and on to the mezzanine dining level. The drawing room below is perfect for entertaining and boasts an ornate, carved antique Victorian fireplace, embellished with fruits and vines and sitting proudly on the black hearth. Attractive radiators sit charmingly against the walls and enhance the period feel of this glorious and light filled room. A double Palladian window can be opened on to the gated, private sun trap terrace, a great area to enjoy a glass of the coldest Sancerre and relax as the sun sets.
SETTING THE SCENE
The communal grounds are painstakingly manicured, maintaining the stunning views at every turn. Sit and relax within the scented rose garden, enveloped within box hedges in a Victorian style maze. Bordered on three sides by white washed walls it's the perfect place to enjoy early evening drinks with guests. Walk through the leafy woodlands discovering glades, seating areas, deer and rabbits. Stunning rhododendrons give deep dramatic shades of colour, whilst the canopy of trees shield from the warmth of the sun.
Nashdom Abbey is further complemented by a heated outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium with shower and cloakroom, a recently fitted kitchen and a superb tennis court. Unlike many secure gated apartment developments, 15 Nashdom Abbey has not only a private garage but also two further parking spaces.
Everybody is lovely, said Roisin. In the summer, we have barbecues and every Christmas there is hand bell ringing by the old monks who come back. We have mince pies and mulled wine in the main reception area and it's great.
within easy reach
Nearby National Trust owned Cliveden is an Italianate Mansion run as a five star hotel. The house has been home to an Earl, two Dukes, a Prince of Wales and the Viscounts Astor. As home of Nancy Astor the house was the meeting place of the Cliveden Set of the 1920s and 1930s - a group of political intellectuals. Later, during the 1960s, it became the setting for key events of the notorious Profumo Affair - Truly a wonderful place to visit or dine. Local pubs abound offering superb pub food, great after a visit with the children to the local Odds Farm.
Venture a little further afield and visit Beaconsfield Old Town which offers a wide variety of dining experiences such as Loch Fyne for fresh fish, Indian, Sushi, Chinese, excellent pub grub or, for a special treat, visit the renowned Crazy Bear boutique hotel. Pop in to a traditional tea room or trendy café, especially on a trip to the Tuesday open-air market or Saturday Farmers market, which is buzzing with visitors and locals alike. For your day to day requirements, the village of Burnham is close by.
Nashdom Abbey is a short drive from the Lambourne Golf Club, Burnham Beeches and the excellent facilities found at The Huntswood Golf Club. Buckinghamshire is renowned for its traditional state grammar schools and there are several private schools in the area.
Take the M4 heading west and exit at junction 7 (signposted The West, Reading, Slough). Continue forward onto the M4 Spur. At the roundabout take the first exit onto the A4 (signposted Maidenhead). At the next roundabout take the third exit onto Lent Rise Road (signposted Burnham), then at the mini roundabout continue forward onto Lent Rise Road. Bear left onto Taplow Common Road. After approximately a mile turn right onto Nashdom Lane.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode for the property is SL1 8NJ.
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