6 bedroom semi-detached house for saleWinkfield Row, Winkfield, Berkshire
- 2 Reception rooms
- Kitchen/family room
- Master bedroom suite
- 4/5 further bedrooms (3 en suite)
- Family bathroom
- Laundry room & cloakroom
- Detached triple garage with annexe above
- Pool house
- Gardens of approx. 1.85 acres
Birley House is a substantial attached family house, forming part of a larger property believed to have been built around 1820. It is a fine example of a 19th century home and both the pool house and detached garage have been designed in a similar style. In addition to the main house, there is useful ancillary accommodation to the side and above the garaging.
The house has been updated in recent years to provide exceptionally light and airy accommodation arranged over three floors with many of the rooms enjoy a pleasing outlook over the gardens. There is a blend of traditional and modern features, resulting in stylish living space that is particularly suited to entertaining.
The ground floor is arranged to provide three reception rooms: an elegant drawing room featuring a contemporary fireplace and a bay window overlooking the gardens, a separate dining room with oak flooring, a bay window and a fireplace, and a family room with a stripped wooden floor. The Siematic kitchen/breakfast room provides excellent entertaining space and is extensively fitted with a range of units incorporating a large central island, zodiaq worksurfaces and integral Miele appliances including a Ceran 4-rin hob and gas 2-ring hob, two ovens, a steam oven, a microwave and dishwasher; French doors open out to a paved patio and the gardens.
Located on the first floor is the master suite comprising a bedroom that boasts a decorative ceiling and enjoys wonderful views over the gardens, a good size dressing room with fitted wardrobe cupboards and also featuring a decorative ceiling, and a marble tiled shower room. There are two further bedrooms on this floor (one with an en suite shower room), a family bathroom and a separate laundry room, fitted with a wall of linen/storage cupboards and a worksurface with an inset sink. Two additional bedrooms, both with en suite shower rooms, are situated on the upper floor, in addition to a useful store room.
Access to the self-contained annexe may be gained at the rear of the triple garage where there is a kitchen, a cloakroom and stairs rising to a good sized sitting room/bedroom. To the side of the garaging is a good sized workshop.
This building houses a swimming pool, a changing room with a shower and a separate wc, and a plant room. Three sets of bi-folding doors open up to combine indoor and outdoor leisure areas.
The gardens extend to almost two acres and provide a wonderful setting for Birley House, being enclosed by mature trees, hedging and fencing, and affording a high degree of privacy and seclusion. Access to the property is gained via double electrically operated gates opening onto a gravelled driveway that culminates in large parking area enclosed by picket fencing. A paved patio spans the width of the house and extends to the pool house. Discreetly positioned toward the rear of the garden is an office, a machinery store and a small enclosed 'natural' garden.
Birley House enjoys a semi-rural location in Winkfield Row yet is well placed for transport networks and local amenities. Heathrow airport is about 13.6 miles away while executive/private aviation facilities are available at Fairoaks, White Waltham or Farnborough Airport. There are also regular train services to London Waterloo from Ascot and Bracknell stations; London is accessible from Maidenhead. (Crossrail, the high-speed service is due to begin running from Maidenhead in December 2019).
Ascot, Windsor and the surrounding towns and villages are known for their shops, boutiques, bars and traditional country public houses, including The Don Beni restaurant which is within walking distance of Birley House. The region also boasts some of the finest restaurants with Coworth Park in Ascot, as well as the Roux's The Waterside Inn and Heston Blumenthal's restaurants in Bray.
Birley House is well located to enjoy some of the country's best known events. Highlights of the local calendar include 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, Dorney and Henley.
The picturesque local countryside and Swinley Forest boast excellent walks with horse riding at Chobham Common and Windsor Great Park. The area is also fortunate to have some excellent independent schools including Lambrook (within walking distance), Papplewick, Heathfield School, St. George's, St. Mary's Ascot, Wellington College and Eton College. For international schooling, TASIS (The American School) and ACS (American Community School) are both situated in the Egham area.
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