About this office
Hamptons Sunningdale has been in the area since the early 1900s, with our first office being on Sunningdale station platform. With over 100 years combined experience in selling and letting property amongst its office staff, we believe this to be a major factor in us being able to achieve the best sales and lettings figures the market will support.
Why move to Sunningdale/Ascot?
The general locality of Sunningdale has always been popular for people who need access to Heathrow and London and to families who want to take full advantage of the high standard of both private and state schools this area offers.
The Sunningdale/Ascot areas provide wonderful amenities for both village and rural living, which therefore caters for professional couples, families and retirement, all complemented by the excellent access we have to the national motorway network, London and Heathrow.
The area is renowned for the famous Ascot racecourse and for some world class golf courses at Sunningdale and Wentworth.
Sunningdale/Ascot is only 27 miles from the centre of London and therefore caters well to the family market with a varied range of property both in size and price, so providing a whole market environment, allowing you to move up the housing ladder within the same area. With its Michelin star restaurants and wonderful Spa’s, we believe the Sunningdale/Ascot area provides a great place to start your family, grow your family and later retire to. A place providing a modern approach born from traditional values.
A little bit of history
Historically, Sunningdale and Ascot areas consisted of dangerous heathland, with very few trees, frequented by highwayman and lawless individuals.
The villages relied on the local transportation routes for prosperity, one of these was the magnificent Roman Road, the remains of which run parallel to the current A30.
King George 111 set up the first Royal Stand at Ascot, which became known as ‘The Royal Enclosures’ and subsequently Ascot racecourse.
Agatha Christie lived in Sunningdale at ‘Styles’, named after her first mystery novel and it was from here that she mysteriously disappeared for eleven days. The famous Sunningdale golf course featured in one of her short stories called ’The Sunningdale Mystery’.
Architecture and property
The first major improvements in local fortunes occurred in the late 1600s. The initial attraction was the discovery and subsequent popularity of the local waters. The second string to the area’s bow was the advent of horse racing on Ascot Heath, which grew into the major event which we know today. It was the arrival of the railway in 1856 that led to significant residential development in the area, all during the late Victorian era. Around the same time, the success of the British economy, primarily through the Industrial Revolution, led to an explosion in many other areas of life, ranging from the numbers of churches and schools through to the formal establishment of many sports and other leisure activities.
The latest phase in the growth of this area was arguably brought about by the introduction of the motorway network from the mid 1960s through to the early 1980s. The development of businesses along the M3 / M4 corridor and the ability to commute by car inevitably led to increased residential development in Sunningdale/Ascot.
With the above, the architecture is varied ranging from the period Georgian houses to the Victorian terraces or semi-detached homes. With the better access came the more modern neo Georgian family homes, some of which have been further developed to provide some of the most expensive mansion houses in the country.
Shopping and amenities
Sunningdale/Ascot has a good mix of shops, cafes and restaurants both independent and national chains. From essentials such as opticians, pharmacists (Lloyds/Boots), post office, butcher and supermarkets (Sainsburys, Waitrose and M&S) to more specialist shops for residents with a good selection of clothing and gift shops.
Sunningdale has some of the best golf courses in the world at Wentworth and Sunningdale and polo at The Guards Polo Club at Smiths Lawn, Windsor Great Park and at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club.
The restaurant/pub scene in Sunningdale/Ascot is popular, including Fego brasserie, Piccolino, The Belvedere Arms, The Fours Horseshoes, Eastern Oriental and many more, catering for different food types.
From Sunningdale, theatre and cinema can be accessed at The Ambassadors Cinema, Woking, New Victoria theatre, Woking and Theatre Royal, Windsor and with Central London only 27 miles away.
If you’re in need of open space, there are some great parks on offer including Windsor Great Park, Savill Gardens, the lake at Virginia Water and 1,700 acres at Chobham Common, ideal for walking and riding pursuits.
In terms of educational facilities, the Sunningdale/Ascot area boasts some excellent schools for children of all age groups, which include Eton College, St. Mary's School, Lambrook, Coworth Flexlands, Heathfield, St. George's, Papplewick, Charters, as well as the American Community School and TASIS in Egham.
Train to London Waterloo – Sunningdale (54mins), Ascot (57mins), Virginia Water (45mins), Woking (24mins), Egham (48mins).
Road from Sunningdale to: Central London (27miles), Heathrow (14miles), Gatwick (37miles), Fairoaks Airport (1.5miles). Easy access to M3, M25 & M4.