Nestled in the heart of 79 acres of natural woodland and gardens, Audley Sunningdale Park is a luxury village near Sunningdale, Sunninghill, Ascot, and in close proximity to many essential amenities, including a selection of shops, restaurants, cafes and a Waitrose supermarket.
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. It is 40 minutes by train to Reading and 50 minutes to London, with easy access to the M25 with connections to the M3, M4 and M40.
Distance to Windsor - 7 miles. Distance to Heathrow - 10 miles.
The history of this place dates to the 18th Century when the mansion was built in 1785 as a private home and designed by James Wyatt.
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.
Following a few different owners, the site was purchased in 1931 by Sir Hugo Cunliffe-Owen who replaced the original mansion with the current Grade II listen neo-Georgian mansion. When he died, Sunningdale Park was sold to the Crown in 1947.
From 1975 until its closure in March 2012, Sunningdale housed the National School of Government and is then occupied temporarily by the College of Policing and managed by De Vere Venues as a whole site under a PFI contract providing conference, meeting and events facilities.
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.
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.
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.
Sunningdale Bowling Club, a great place to make new friends, learn new skills and have a lot of fun.
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.
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.