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Sunningdale Park

The history of the site near Ascot

Nestled in the heart of 79 acres of natural woodland and gardens, Sunningdale Park was designed by James Wyatt in 1785. The new retirement village site sits between the villages of Sunningdale and Sunninghill, not far from Ascot, and in close proximity to many essential amenities, including a selection of shops, restaurants, cafes and a Waitrose supermarket.

The first known owner of Sunningdale Park was James William Steuart (c.1770-1842), great-grandson of General William Steuart (1643-1726), from whom the family’s wealth can be traced.

Close to the north tip of the park stands a magnificent Grade II listed neo-Georgian mansion called Northcote House. Built by Rowland Paul of Cheltenham, it stands on a plateau above the parkland and offers staggering views on Coworth Park and the hills, beyond which lies Windsor Great Park.

The development of this new retirement village includes the restoration of Northcote House and the beautiful land and gardens.

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Charming Windsor

For larger shops or a cultural trip, nearby Windsor is a must. It is a historic market town and unparished area in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, with Windsor Castle at its heart.

Windsor Castle is the historic residence of the British Royal Family and the oldest castle in continuous occupation in the world. The castle is surrounded by stunning grounds and offers an impressive number of pathways. 

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Ascot

Founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, Ascot is one of the greatest racecourses in the world.

It was while Queen Anne was out riding on the edge of Windsor Great Park that she noticed a natural clearing near the villge of East Cote, now called Ascot. Queen Anne ordered a course to be laid out 'for horses to gallop at full stretch' and so the Royal Racecourse was born. The first four-day Royal Meeting was held in June 1768 and it has continued to the present day.

Today Ascot Racecourse stages 27 days of the highest quality flat and National Hunt racing throughout the year. Royal Ascot is internationally renowned as a sporting and social occasion, where tradition, pageantry, fashion and style all meet in a glorious setting.

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Golf Courses

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is also home to two world-class golf courses:

Wentworth, a privately owned golf club and health resort near Sunningdale Park, offering one the most famous golf courses, and Sunningdale Golf Club, consistently ranked one of the World Top 100 Golf Courses.

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Sunningdale to Windsor walk

If it’s a little tranquility you’re after, a walk around Sunningdale Park, with its fine display of trees and shrubs, is simply breathtaking. Whether you want to get some exercise, make the most of the local amenities, or simply take a relaxing walk, here's a scenic route to follow. As well as taking in the beautiful scenery, this route explores striking locations nearby, such as Virginia Water, Valley Gardens, Windsor Great Park and the Long Walk to Windsor Castle.

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The Temple of Augustus

These ruins called Leptis Magna are also known as the Temple of Augustus and consist of a spectacular series of ancient pillars - a snippet of the Roman history just south of Windsor. It is a grade II* listed building in Virginia Water, Surrey.

The surviving columns arrived in the United Kingdom from Libya, 2,000 miles away, and stand as monument to the arrogance of the colonial age. Leptis Magna is now a UNESCO world heritage site and the remaining ruins are among the best-preserved Roman sites in the Mediterranean.

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