5 bedroom semi-detached house for saleClarence Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4
- Fantastic period townhouse with some unique period features
- Featured in the book 'The Kiss' written by writer and royal biographer Hugo Vicker
- Separate apartment accommodation
- Pretty walled garden
- Off-street parking for several cars
- EPC Rating = E
Fine Victorian villa with separate apartment.
Clarence Road is situated near to Windsor town centre which offers an excellent range of shopping and leisure facilities. Schools in the area both state and independent are excellent.
Rail services to London (Waterloo) from Windsor & Eton Riverside Station and to London (Paddington) from Windsor Central Station (via Slough). Road connections are good with the M4 (J6) providing access to Heathrow, Central London, the West Country and the M25.
One of six impressive townhouses thought to have been built for Queen Victoria’s equerries in 1859. This wonderful period home has high ceilings, generously proportioned rooms and numerous superb fireplaces. This has created a flexible family home of character.
The ground floor features a reception hall with gothic style front door and stripped pine French doors opening into the main hallway with cloakroom. A spacious drawing room with front facing window, window shutters and feature fireplace.
The charming sitting room has a particularly handsome fireplace and French doors opening into the dining room. The kitchen has an extensive range of modern country style units, large central island with breakfast seating, access to loft storage, integrated appliances all complimented by contemporary styling. The light filled dining space has vaulted glass roof with wooden beams and exposed brick walls. This ends in a semi-circular seating area with charming views over the garden.
Additionally there is a utility room with a range of units and laundry plumbing and small boot room.
On the first floor, there is a spacious front facing double bedroom and rear facing double bedroom with dressing area and en suite shower room as well as a family bathroom
The second and third floors have a further 3 bedrooms 2 en suite) and a family bathroom.
At the end of the garden in the converted stables is a delightful 1 bedroom apartment with its own entrance.
To the front of the property is a formally planted garden with evergreen lawn and gravelled pathway leading to the covered porch. This is all set behind a low wall with shrub planting providing a welcoming entrance.
To the rear of the property is a charming walled garden principally laid to lawn with pear and walnut trees. At the end of the garden is a pergola covered terrace which is planted with red & white grape vines. A further sun terrace adjoining the house provide wonderful spaces for outdoor entertaining. The property also has ample parking for several cars at the rear of the property.
Additional historical information on 159 Clarence Road
• Built in 1859
• Thought to have been built by Queen Victoria for her equerries
• The one bedroom apartment is situated in the former stables. The original wood panelling and tie rings are now a feature in the sitting room. The manger from the stables has been attached under the window and is now used as a window box. The bedroom would have housed the carriage with the siting room being the stables for 2 horses. Above the apartment is what would have been the stable boy’s quarters. It has shuttered windows with the shutters angled so the stable boy could not observe the family in the garden. The original water pump and trough, used for washing the horses and carriages, still exists in the now current car park. The car park area would also have been used to plant vegetables.
• ‘The Kiss’ written by writer and royal biographer Hugo Vickers documents a charming account of events surrounding a kiss, all of which took place at 159 Clarence Road referred to as ‘Dargai’ in the book. The house was named ‘Dargai’ by Mrs Kappey in memory of the place in India where her husband died. It was then left to the Kappey sisters to look after their mother for the next 60 years.
• The current owners are acknowledged by the author.
• The garden would also have been used to grow fruit and vegetables. The square holes in the brick wall close to the terrace were for cloche posts. They would have inserted horizontal posts in these hole supported by vertical uprights and draped with cloth to protect the fruit & vegetables. This also explains the well-established pear, apple & walnut trees as well as the red & white grape vines.
• The Kappey dogs are buried somewhere in the garden. The wooden plaques are still there, the oldest being 1899.
Square Footage: 3,051 sq ft
Travelling westwards, exit the M4 (J6), proceed to the roundabout and take the first exit (A332 Windsor Relief Road). Proceed to the large roundabout controlled by traffic lights, take the fourth exit into Clarence Road and turn immediate right into the access lane to the parking at the rear of the property 159 Clarence Road.
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