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10 bedroom house for sale

Newington House, Windsor, Berkshire

£4,900,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 4 reception rooms
  • 7 bedrooms + guest wing
  • Indoor pool & tennis court
  • Gardens, grounds & parkland
  • About 15.6 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Ascot 4 miles, Windsor 5 miles, Maidenhead 7.5 miles, M4 (J6) 6.5 miles, Heathrow Airport 14.5 miles, Central London 27.5 miles



Situation

Newington House is the principal manor house in the village of Maidens Green, set within beautiful and extensive landscaped gardens and grounds which, while ensuring total privacy, benefit from all the conveniences of a superbly accessible location. Maidens Green is considered to be one of the best villages on the periphery of Windsor Great Park with its well regarded gastro pub, The Cottage Inn, and polo clubs for the equestrian enthusiast. Ascot, arguably the best racecourse in the country, lies 4 miles away.

- Mainline Rail Services:
Maidenhead station (7.5 miles) offers a direct Great Western service to London Paddington (journey time from 38 minutes).

- Comprehensive Shopping:
Windsor, Sunningdale, Maidenhead, Bracknell, Wokingham and Reading.

- Schools:
Good local schools are numerous and include Eton College, St. Mary's Ascot, Heathfield, St. George's, Papplewick and The American Community School.

- Leisure Facilities:
Golf at Wentworth, Sunningdale, The Berkshire and Swinley Forest. Racing at Ascot, Windsor, Kempton, Sandown, Epsom and Newbury. Polo at Guards Polo Club and Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club. Rowing at Dorney Lake and on stretches of the River Thames. Theatre in Windsor at the Theatre Royal or at any of the six theatres in Reading.

- M4 (junction 6) can be reached in 6.5 miles. Heathrow Airport is less than 15 miles away and central London can be reached in 27.5 miles.



Accommodation

The parish of Winkfield boasts a number of great houses. One of the best known is the vast and magnificent mansion and estate known as Folijon Park.

Newington House has, historically, been referred to as - Little Foliejon' (source: The Winkfield Chronicles) in recognition of its beauty and elegance. As soon as one enters via the sweeping driveway, it is not hard to see why.

Built in the mid 18th Century, Newington House is Grade II listed and today, it succeeds in being a substantial family home, yet managing to do so without losing any feelings of intimacy. Rooms are beautifully proportioned, built with the poise and balance that the Georgians were famous for. Cornices grace most rooms in the house and there are fine, feature fireplaces in all the principal reception rooms, as well as a great number of bedrooms.

Rooms of note include the wide, welcoming Entrance Hall which leads through to the elegant double aspect Drawing Room with easy access via double doors to the formal gardens surrounding the house. The Library is an impressive room with a beautiful fireplace. The Dining Room lies in convenient proximity to the Kitchen/Breakfast Room which boasts a bespoke range of wooden wall and floor units, topped with a sleek work surface and fitted with new appliances. There is also a charming Conservatory which opens out onto the wide Terrace. There are also spacious Cellars comprising three rooms and wine bins.

The Master Bedroom Suite has lovely views to the open countryside beyond. There is a Sitting Room/Dressing Area as well as an under floor heated En-Suite Bathroom, showcasing a handsome roll top bathtub. There are a further two Bedrooms on the first floor, as well as a spacious Family Bathroom. The part panelled stairway leads up to the second floor - ideal for teenagers - which houses four further Bedrooms and an additional Bathroom.

Off the half landing, en-route to the first floor, lies a discreet Guest Wing that could also offer excellent staff accommodation if required. The flat comprises a good sized, fully equipped Kitchen, a Bathroom, 2 Bedrooms and a Sitting Room (or third bedroom).

OUTBUILDINGS
To the side of the house lies an attractive, listed, timber framed Barn, currently used for storage and garaging.

There are various attractive stone Workshops near the Swimming Pool as well as a Pool House Boiler Room.

GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The grounds surrounding Newington House are a large part of its charm. The present owners have undertaken a significant restoration of the garden with a landscape designer who won gold at the Chelsea Flower Show." Around the perimeter of the property the gardens are formal in style: a box-edged Parterre interlaced with pretty brick and York stone walkways sets a precedent and is prominently positioned to the right of the front door, making for a wonderfully formal framework to the house. The Formal Garden at the front of the property - that features the former front door and a lovely wide Terrace that can be easily accessed from inside - is reached via four half-moon steps and comprises neatly clipped box and yew hedging, all centralised around an ornamental Pond. A Wild Flower Area lies beyond, under planted with a variety of crocus, daffodils, snowdrops and tulips which come alive in the springtime. The rest of the immediate gardens are laid to lawn, studded with a large variety of specimen trees which include majestic cypress, various oak trees, liquid amber and Italian cedars, to name but a few. Manicured and well maintained herbaceous borders curved and shaped, hold a wide variety of specialist shrubs and saplings, including acers, magnolias and rhododendrons.

The main Terrace, skirting the perimeter of the Conservatory and beyond, is framed by two monkey puzzle trees and to the right, an avenue of limes leads to the Swimming Pool. This partially walled, enclosed area is well thought out and lies in close proximity to the house but is completely hidden from view. The heated Swimming Pool building also contains two Cloakrooms, a Shower, a Sauna and space for a Gym. There is an outdoor, hard Tennis Court and adjoining five-a-side Football Court, framed by an Exotic Garden of olive trees, acers and palms. Behind the other side of the court lies a leafy avenue of pollarded lime trees, providing the perfect summer canopy. There is the partially walled Sunken Garden as well as the Principal Pond, believed to have occupied the site since Benedictine times. Skilfully planted with a host of reeds, lilies, holly and acer specimens, the safety fencing surrounding the water is completely disguised, lost in the undergrowth. Water lilies float on the water's surface and it is sheltered by the shade of an ancient weeping willow.

The Land
This remaining land comprises park and pastureland, containing three newly fenced Paddocks and three timber framed Loose Boxes. There is a fourth Paddock, accessed via a gateway, to the southwest of the boundary. Mature trees lend permanence and include cedars, beech, oaks and chestnuts. There is a Pond as well as a fringe of old English Woodland.



Directions

From London take the M4 to Junction 6 and at the exit roundabout turn left, signposted to Windsor (A355). Proceed along the dual carriageway and continue straight on at the next roundabout. Turn right at the traffic lights at the next T-junction, signposted to Ascot Racecourse and Legoland (B3022). Go straight over the Legoland roundabout and at the next roundabout, take the second exit into North Street, remaining on the B3022. Immediately take the first turning on the right into Drift Road and then take the next left into Winkfield Lane. The entrance to Newington House will be found after about 1.5 miles on the left hand side, immediately before the crossroads junction.


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