Sunningdale, Sunninghill & Ascot

This prestigious corner of Berkshire attracts discerning visitors and residents from across the world with its PGA Wentworth golf course, racecourse and elite polo clubs.

Aside from events the towns of Sunningdale and Ascot, with the pretty village of Sunninghill nestled in-between, have an impressive choice of restaurants, shops and historic parkland popular with locals and visitors.

Only 20 miles from London and 10 miles from London Heathrow it’s no wonder this area is  sought after for commuters and international travellers.

Culture & Entertainment

Wentworth Club

The privately owned members only golf club and health resort was founded in 1922 and hosts trophy games including the British Masters and PGA Championships. It has three world class golf courses as well as tennis courts, swimming pool, health spa and a selection of bars and restaurants popular for special occasions and meetings.

Guards Polo Club

With a global membership including some of the highest rated players in the world, Guards Polo Club has been lauded as “the most prestigious polo club in the world”*. Located in Windsor Great Park, the club hosts 500 events a year including the Cartier Queens Cup, a staple of the polo social calendar.

Dining Out

There is an enviable choice of restaurants in this area for any occasion or cuisine, notably:

Bluebells Restaurant (Sunninghill). Fine dining with exceptional cuisine

Pazzia Trattoria (Sunninghill & Sunningdale). Serving inventive Italian cuisine

Coworth Park (Sunningdale). Two restaurants for formal or more relaxed occasions and an alfresco terrace

A little further afield is Bray with its Michelin starred restaurants; The Fat Duck, The Waterside Inn and The Hinds Head

Parks & Recreation

Windsor Great Park

At almost 8 square miles Windsor Park stretches from Sunningdale to Windsor, including the 2 mile Long Walk and Virginia Water lake. The park is beautiful year round and popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists.

Savill Gardens

Alongside Windsor Great Park is Savill Gardens, one of Britain’s finest ornamental gardens. With regular events, a café and shop this is an ideal park for a day out.

Shopping

Sunningdale, Sunninghill and Ascot have a fine choice of boutiques, cafés, interior design stores, arts, crafts and gift stores, beauticians and florists.

A few miles further afield are the larger shopping centres of Windsor, Staines, Reading, Guildford and of course London all of which offer theatre and dining options in addition to shopping.

Schools & Education

This area is renowned for excellent schools, both private and public.

The Marist School

The school is an Independent Day School for girls aged 3-18 and was rated was rated 7th in the Telegraph Best Small Independent Schools 2019 for A Level results.

The Sunningdale School

Sunningdale is a small Independent school for boys aged 7-14 and has been rated by the ISI as Excellent. The Sunningdale School has a track record for achieving placement at Eton and Harrow.

St Mary’s Ascot

Voted one of the best schools in the UK, St Mary’s Ascot is a Catholic school for girls aged 11 to 18, with both day and boarding attendance.

Papplewick

Known as a ‘feeder’ school for Eton, Papplewick is for boys aged 6 to 13, day, weekly and fully boarding. Located in the heart of Ascot.

TASIS (The American School in England)

Despite its name, students are from all over the world. TASIS educate boys and girls from 3 to 18, with both day and boarding attendance. Located in Thorpe, a few miles from Sunningdale.

ACS International School

Educating children from 2 to 18, this school is a big draw for international families. Located in Egham, alongside Sunningdale.

The Charters School

Charters school is a mixed academy for children aged 11-18 and has an Ofsted rating of Outstanding.

St Francis Catholic Primary School

Located in South Ascot, this state school is rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

Ascot Heath Primary School

Located in Winkworth, this state school is rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

Location & Connections

Road

Sunninghill is 11 miles from the M4 and 10 miles to the M25

Sunninghill is a convenient 20 minutes taxi ride from London Heathrow airport

Train

The nearest Train Station is Sunningdale which a 5 minute taxi ride

Sunningdale reaches London Waterloo direct in 48 minutes

 

Discover…

If you’re planning a trip to the area, below is a suggested itinerary, taking in the top spots favoured by locals.

Pre-walk brunch

Eliane’s

3 Station Parade, London Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, SL5 0EP

Eliane’s is a popular spot with locals, serving fabulously healthy smoothies, brunches, herbal teas and coffees, or cake if you’re feeling indulgent.

5 Mile circular walk

Virginia Water Lake

London Road, Virginia Water, GU25 4QF

Part of the 4800 acre Windsor Great Park, Virginia Water Lake is beautiful year round. Always a hub of activity, you’ll pass strollers, dog walkers and runners on this lovely route around the lake.

There are a choice of car parks, including accessible spaces

Place of historical interest

Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial

Coopers Hill Lane, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey TW20 0LG

In memory of 20,000 soldiers lost in World War 2, for whom there are no graves, this memorial is a peaceful spot to reflect.

Shopping for interior design

OKA

Crossways Village, Silwood Road, Sunninghill, SL5 0PZ

If you’ve not been to an OKA store before, you’re in for a treat. OKA stock a range of furnishings that are hard to resist – their cushions are a favourite of mine, and my clients’. Well worth a quick trip to the local branch for interior design inspiration.

Dinner

La Cloche at The Carpenter’s Arms

78 Upper Village Road, Sunninghill, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7AQ

Tucked away behind Sunninghill High Street, The Carpenter’s Arms pub is a cosy spot with a great selection of wines and friendly service, very popular with locals. La Cloche French restaurant have a wonderfully indulgent menu for some well-earned treats after your long walk.

Interested in moving to the area?

If you’re considering moving to this area, do give us a call, we have several properties available in Charters Estate, Sunninghill. This exclusive 24-acre estate has exceptional facilities, unrivalled except for One Hyde Park. Call us to find out more or take a peek at our available properties here.

https://www.kaicarterestates.com/our-properties/

 

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