5 bedroom detached house for saleDrift Road, Winkfield, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4
Sold STC £1,795,000
- 5 bedrooms
- 4 reception rooms & study
- kitchen/breakfast room
- 3 bathrooms
- 4142 Approx Sq Ft
- gardens with terrace
- ample secure off-road parking
- opposite Windsor Forest
- EPC rating - E
- EPC Rating = E
Superb Victorian country house, opposite Windsor Forest
Forest Lodge enjoys a semi-rural rural setting in Winkfield. Shopping facilities may be found at Windsor, approximately 4 miles, and Ascot, 2 miles. Road connections are good, with junction 6 of the M4 and junction 3 of the M3 both 6 miles distant; rail access to both London Paddington (via Slough) and Waterloo is available from Windsor.
Sporting and recreational facilities in the area include racing at Ascot and Windsor, polo at Smith's Lawn, golf at Sunningdale and Wentworth, and riding in Windsor Great Park and the surrounding countryside. There is extensive schooling in the area including Eton College, Heathfield, St. George's, Papplewick, Lambrook Haileybury and The American Community School (which offers the International Baccalaureate).
Forest Lodge is believed to have started life as a Hunting Lodge within the grounds of Windsor Great Park and is now presented as a most attractive period residence, situated opposite Windsor Forest (part of the Crown Estate), which has miles of secluded walks and bridal paths. The property has been beautifully and sympathetically refurbished to provide a stylish interior that successfully combines the features of the period with the luxuries of modern day living to create a truly stunning home.
The accommodation is light and gracious with high ceilings, as expected in a property of this style, and is equally suited to family life and formal entertaining.
The house has an interesting history and was also known as 'Gruntfuttock Hall' by its previous owners, the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly and his wife Pamela Stephenson, who lived in the house during the 1990's. He named it after a character in a 1950's radio comedy programme and the Lodge became widely known by this alternative moniker.
The Lodge is entered via heavy double wooden doors opening into a reception vestibule which in turn leads into the welcoming reception hall featuring a fireplace and oak flooring that extends through to the drawing, dining and family rooms. The hall opens out to the spacious kitchen/breakfast room which is fitted with an extensive range of handmade units and granite worksurfaces and boasts a decorative limestone floor with under-floor heating; two sets of French doors open out to the terrace and gardens. There are four reception rooms, all with fireplaces and attractive oak flooring: the drawing room, with its carved marble fireplace and large bay with French doors providing direct access to the rear gardens, a family room, also with direct access to the rear gardens, a good size dining room with a useful adjoining store room and a bright sitting room with access to both front and rear gardens and featuring a large roof lantern. The ground floor further comprises a study, laundry room, and a cloakroom.
On the first floor is a spacious master suite comprising a master bedroom with a deep bay window overlooking the rear gardens, a dressing room and a generously proportioned bathroom with a suite incorporating a 'ball and claw' footed bath and a separate shower cubicle. The guest bedroom benefits from an en suite shower room and there are three further bedrooms, one with a charming bay/seating area and all with built-in wardrobes or walk-in closets, and a family bathroom (also en suite to bedroom 2).
To the front, the property is screened by high level hedging with access via electrically operated, double wrought iron gates opening onto a gravel turning circle with parking for several vehicles. To the rear, the landscaped gardens are principally laid to lawn with a pathway meandering down and around the gardens and through a small wooded ar ea. The gardens enjoy a high degree of seclusion and privacy and there are mature trees, shrub borders and an attractive yew hedge. A large paved patio spanning the rear of the house provides superb 'al fresco' dining and relaxation space.
Reception vestibule, reception hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, family room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, laundry room, cloakroom, storage room, master bedroom suite, guest bedroom with en suite shower room, 3 further bedrooms, family bathroom (also en suite to bedroom 2), secure off-road parking, landscaped gardens
Square Footage: 4,142 sq ft
From Junction 6 of the M4 (travelling west), continue to the roundabout and take the first exit (A332) Windsor Relief Road. Continue to the roundabout at the end and take the fourth exit onto Imperial Road. Proceed to the traffic lights and turn right into St. Leonards Road. Carry straight on at the mini roundabout into Winkfield Road and continue on this road, passing Legoland on your right. At the next roundabout, turn right into North Street and almost immediately right into Drift Road. The property will be found a short distance along on the left hand side (immediately after Cranbourne Hall).
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