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5 bedroom detached house for sale
- DELIGHTFUL PERIOD HOUSE CIRCA 1895
- FOUR RECEPTION ROOMS
- MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOM
- FOUR FURTHER BEDROOMS, FAMILY BATHROOM
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 3138 SQ FT
- ESTABLISHED GARDENS AND TERRACE
- DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE, WORKSHOP
- WALLED CARRIAGE DRIVEWAY
Paul Godman still remembers when he and his wife first set foot in Westfields about 24 years ago.
The house, which was built between about 1890 and 1895, is the largest of three similar properties in the area.
We have been told it was built for the equerry to Queen Victoria around that time and once part of a much larger estate,
Westfields is such a beautiful house, we had noticed it years before it was for sale and had said then that it was the home we would like to own. When it finally came onto the market we decided to look at it. As the agent opened the front door on that first visit we were so taken by the hallway we requested to view the house unaccompanied as it was unoccupied.
We walked in and viewed the house in silence, the first real exchange was as we got into the car to leave, we uttered simultaneously, this is the one. The decision was made.
LABOUR OF LOVE
Despite having been closed up for some time, and with most of its period features boarded over, the couple could see the huge potential of the house.
Everything was there, from the cornicing to the skirting boards - it just had to be uncovered and restored, he recalled. We did the bare essentials fairly quickly and then the rest of it was a long labour of love to get it as we wished.
The Godmans made a determined effort to ensure the work they did to the property lived up to its significant history.
We re-used all the original fittings, cast iron fireplaces, the mirrored mantelpiece etc, in trying to return it to its former style, he added.
Today, Westfields, which is often much-admired for its brickwork, boasts impressive reception areas, including the drawing room, dining room and library. The drawing room was opened up by the couple to create the library space.
It is wonderful at Christmas - there is plenty of room for family and friends, he said. We have had many very happy times here.
We have held all sorts of events and special occasions here, casual and formal, family gatherings, engagement parties, weddings and all the other usual parties and celebrations. It is a delightful family home and perfect for entertaining.
The Godmans admit they will miss the house dearly and all the memories it holds. There is plenty of room here; in the past we have had members of our family staying on a long term basis and there has still been lots of space. We have also had at times as many as 8 guests to stay, comfortably in the privacy of their own rooms!
He said that with its long brick wall and attractive façade, Westfields was something of a landmark in the area.
This is the kind of place you may well wish to move to if you were leaving London, he added. It is a large house and it is imposing, but at the same time it is safe and welcoming, and very much a home.
This landmark Datchet house exudes warmth and welcomes you in through the wooden front door which lies under an arbour of scented pink roses. Stepping inside you will find the impressive period reception hall, which has an arch of plasterwork that frames the staircase of this delightful Victorian house. The original wooden doors have been lovingly restored and feature traditional brass fittings. The light and airy drawing room/library boasts a beautiful deep mahogany fireplace, inset with marbled stone of variegated green and cream hues and a black tiled hearth, adding a wealth of charm. The amalgamation of these formerly separate rooms has successfully been combined with an arched plaster opening, ornate cornice and coving. The capacious dining room is ideal for formal lunches and dinners. A commanding cast iron fireplace with striking carvings sits proudly within the same wall as the quirky serving hatch, which opens into the breakfast room.
Returning to the hallway you discover a period style cloakroom, further storage and the former scullery which has been re-christened the Flower Room, complete with Butler, sink and wooden cupboards. The cosy breakfast room has a large open chimney breast with an amber tiled hearth and is a great space for informal dining. You will find a plethora of rustic style wooden cabinets with leaded light glazed display units, which blend with the pale golden wooden flooring, while a single French door frames views of the terrace. Alongside we have the bright kitchen with white cabinets, a double oven and grill, a four ring gas hob and a fitted microwave. The white and grey ceramic floor tiles continue through into the useful utility room which has a door to the garage and a further opening into the garden room. The garden room would make an ideal playroom as there are double doors leading to the garden beyond.
Ascending to the first floor, you will marvel at the glorious ceiling heights that typify homes of this era, along with elegant landings, generous proportions, bespoke plasterwork and architrave. On the half landing there is a traditional white period style family bathroom with a separate shower cubicle. The bathroom is of an excellent size and is enhanced by the black and white chequered floor tiles, while three sash windows allow an abundance of natural light to flood through. The master suite features a delicate Victorian cast iron fireplace with grate, along with sash windows giving views over the rear garden. The generous en-suite has a cream corner bath, bidet, WC and basin, all set in a cream tiled surround. Completing this floor are three further inviting bedrooms, plus a fifth room that is currently utilised as an office, but would make a perfect nursery.
SETTING THE SCENE
The large garden at Westfields has been the setting of many celebrations and lots of happy family days.
When we first came here we played cricket that was developed to suit the garden, with a full-size pitch and trees for fielders, remembered Paul. The garden is smaller now but we still have room for croquet, boules and other games.
We have a beautiful York stone terrace, where it is glorious to sit on a summer's evening with a glass of wine watching the bats or parrots fly overhead.
A silver bark eucalyptus evergreen tree adds to the sculpture that lies within the garden, challenged only by the superb copper beech tree. There is a fig tree that yields its fruit several times a year, while two ornamental plum/cherry trees and a wild plum also enhances the garden.
Within the garden evergreen clematis weaves through the hedging and Lily of the valley and wild bluebells come into bloom in the spring. Additionally, there is a magnificent holly tree at the front of the property.
WITHIN EASY REACH
There is a mainline rail link from Datchet station to London Waterloo while London Paddington may be accessed via Slough station.
Road connections are good with junction 5 of the M4 being approximately two miles away, providing access to Heathrow Airport, central London and the M25, and the M40.
I have to travel a lot and need good motorway and railway services. Living here has been ideal, he said.
The house is within a short walk of the village and it is pleasant to go for a Sunday lunch or an early summer evening visit to The Stag. In the winter you can hear stories of the ghostly hand print of a little girl that appears on one of the windows of the pub at certain times.
Datchet offers a good selection of shops catering for day-to-day needs with further extensive shopping and leisure amenities in nearby Windsor. There is also an impressive range of schools nearby.
There are many pleasant walks, parks and open areas close by and in the surrounding area there is the Jubilee River which runs from Datchet to Maidenhead. A bridle path runs alongside the river and is a lovely place for a long walk, cycle or ride. There are many special events in the area including the Horse Show and drama and music festivals. The Windsor Theatre shows many good productions, plays, music, ballet and opera. The pantomime is traditional and well loved.
Exit the M4 at junction five and take the second exit onto the B470, Majors Farm Road. This becomes London Road, proceeding towards Datchet Village. At the mini roundabout facing the village green, with the Church on the right hand side, bear right onto the B376/ B470 Horton Road. Continue past the garage and school on the right hand side and at the next mini roundabout turn left onto Eton Road /B3026. Westfields can be found after a short distance on the right hand side
For those with satellite navigation the postcode for the property is SL3 9AY.
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