7 bedroom detached house for saleKings Ride, Ascot, Berkshire
Guide Price £3,000,000
- 4 Reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Master bedroom suite
- 6 Further bedrooms (2 en suite)
- 2 Further bathrooms
- Gardens with pool & tennis court
- 6 car garage and store
- Part finished Pool House and Annexe
- Approximately 4.16 acres
As the wrought iron gates part to reveal the conspicuous appeal of Woodstock, it is at once apparent that this is an exceptional country house. Discretely set behind tall trees and mature rhododendron bushes, Woodstock is a substantial residence brimming with character and history.
Located on land which once formed part of the expansive Crown estate, Woodstock is believed to have been built for Charles Lennox Kerr in 1886. Indeed, there is a plaque in the grounds commemorating his planting of two beech trees in 1887, marking the Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
The house provides around 5300 square feet of versatile accommodation arranged over three floors with a wealth of noteworthy period features combining with modern conveniences. There are leaded windows, deep bays, elegant tall ceilings with decorative cornicing and feature fireplaces. It is at once welcoming, with the entrance into a marvellous galleried reception hall with open fireplace and period timber staircase rising to the first floor. This hall leads to all the principal rooms; to the left is the elegant triple aspect drawing room with feature fireplace with a gas coal effect fire, pillars crossing the room and French doors to the terrace.
The dining room is a fine room for entertaining with a lovely outlook and direct access to the gardens via the French doors set within the bay window. An ornate ceiling and a staff bell hark back to a time gone by. Adjacent is the family room with a fireplace and two external doors and the hallway opens to the impressive kitchen/breakfast room with room for both dining and sitting. This is a wonderful bright space with an enviable view over the swimming pool and gardens beyond with French doors in the bay offering access. The kitchen has been fitted with a wealth of bespoke cabinets and integral appliances and features a central split-level island with breakfast bar, topped with granite surfaces. This kitchen area is separate but open plan to the sitting area with room for sofas to cluster around the coal-effect fire in the feature fireplace and a further space for informal family dining. Here, downlighting and wall lights create a more relaxed and less functional ambience.
To the first floor are 5 bedrooms including a spacious master suite with fully fitted dressing room and luxurious en suite bathroom. There are two bedrooms, a bathroom and the laundry room which are situated in the east wing of the house. These can be reached by the rear staircase and could become self-contained accommodation if required.
The upper floor houses a further two bedrooms and bathroom.
GROUNDS AND OUTBUILDINGS
The house is set back from the road and benefits from a large parking area which spans the broad frontage and leads to the garage block. This is a recently completed curved brick building with five electric remote controlled (and keypad operated) doors and in addition to the open garage space, there are two offices.
To the north/east Side of the house there is a part-built building which was intended for use as a leisure complex, comprising a games room with kitchen area, utility room, wine store, changing room and shower, gymnasium and one bedroom apartment with private access and own garden. The shell is complete but all further work is necessary to complete the project; however this does allow for some flexibility in use if required. We are advised this building is being built under permitted development.
By road, Central London is around 29 miles away and is easily reached via the M3 and the M4. Heathrow Airport is around 12 miles away, while private jet facilities are available at Farnborough Airport. There are also regular train services to London Waterloo from Ascot station.
Ascot, Windsor and the surrounding towns and villages are well known for their shops, boutiques, bars and traditional country public houses. The area also boasts some of the finest restaurants with Coworth Park in Ascot, as well as The Waterside Inn and Heston Blumenthal's restaurants in Bray.
There are few places as well located to enjoy some of the country's best known events. Highlights of the local calendar include nearby Royal Ascot, the annual PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club and the Cartier International Polo at Smith's Lawn.
For leisure there are some prestigious golf clubs including Wentworth, Sunningdale and The Berkshire; polo is available at Coworth Park, the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club and Guards Polo Club and rowing and boating on the River Thames at Windsor and Henley. The picturesque Virginia Water Lake and The Savill Garden are both within easy reach, with horse riding at Chobham Common and Windsor Great Park.
The area is also fortunate to have some excellent independent schools including Wellington College, Eton College, Papplewick, Heathfield School, St George's and St Mary's Ascot. For international schooling, TASIS (The American School) and ACS (American Community School) are both situated in Egham.
The grounds extend to some four acres and are beautifully secluded with tall trees and hedgerows to the perimeter, a well maintained sweeping lawn interspersed with mature trees and shrubberies and a woodland path through tall rhododendron bushes and shrubs. It is a wonderfully generous plot for such a convenient location.
A pond stocked with an island adds interest and has a delightful decked area adjacent, perfect for summer relaxation or quiet reflection in this private setting.
The tennis court and heated pool provide additional leisure options.
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