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Ascot, Sunningdale & Sunninghill

Also Includes

Virginia Water, Windlesham and Bagshot

Postcode Areas Covered

SL5, GU19, GU20 and GU25.

Our Summary

Ascot, Sunningdale, Sunninghill, Virginia Water and Windlesham rate amongst the top places to live within the UK. They have good reputations, good schooling and are safe places to live. The areas are very affluent and property prices are high.

Bagshot is more affordable with a good range of housing that appeals to locals but is not as well regarded as the other areas.

General Description

Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale are villages which straddle the Berkshire/Surrey borders. They are held in high esteem and attract the rich and famous and some royals too. All of these areas have a very affluent air about them as many people here have high levels of disposable income. However there are still pockets, like North Ascot, in these areas that are more suited to those on a 'normal' budget. Schooling is of a particularly good standard and this is a factor which attracts families into these villages. Also two international schools are located close by, the American Community School (ACS) in Egham and The American School In England (TASIS) in Thorpe. Therefore many expats choose this area to live in and subsequently there is a good cross-cultural community.

Virginia Water is a village that is situated to the East of the three previous areas and on the edge of the Windsor Great Park. The name derives from the man-made lakes that were built in the 18th century when landscaping was fashionable. Again, it is a very affluent area and well-regarded and has a sizeable expat community.

Ascot, Sunningdale and Virginia Water have a reasonable train service to London and a lot of people travel into the City from here. Road links are also well catered for with the A30 taking its course close to all of these places. The M3 motorway is also easy to pick up, and the M25 is not too far away.

Windlesham is a small village to the south-west of Ascot which is mainly residential with just a couple of basic shops in the centre. The M3 junction is close-by and the closest train link is in Bagshot. The majority of housing in the areas are semi- or detached properties and the area is popular with commuters and their families.

Bagshot is a few miles further to the south-west than Windlesham and was once a coaching stop on the route between London and Land’s End (the furthest point south-west in Britain) which is now the A30 road. The surrounding area was a favourite haunt of local highwaymen who would prey on carriages that arrived late from London as dusk fell. Nowadays the town is popular with commuters due to the rail link in the centre and also the access to the A30 and M3. It is also popular with young working locals as property prices here are lower than its more affluent neighbours.

Travel Times

Rail access into London is good, particularly for Ascot, Sunningdale and Virginia Water which are on the main route into London from Reading and beyond, Bagshot is on a spur line from this route so has a less frequent service and the train takes longer as it stops at more stations. There is also good access to the M3 and M25 motorways and Heathrow airport is only a short drive away.

From Ascot to... By Car By Train/Tube
Central London 28 miles, 45 mins 59 mins (direct to London Waterloo)
Heathrow Airport 11 miles, 20 mins  
Gatwick Airport 43 miles, 45 mins 76 mins (1 change)
Reading 16 miles, 35 mins 30 mins (direct)

The journey times detailed above By Car are for driving during off-peak times. The By Train / Tube travel is for the fastest journey that you will get at peak-times during the week.

Types of Housing and Pricing

Housing in Ascot, Sunninghill, Sunningdale, Virginia Water and Windlesham is typically placed at the higher end of the market with many large, individually designed, detached houses standing within private grounds. There are some small housing estates here where you will find the typically English three-bedroom semi-detached house, although even these homes will be more expensive than in other towns and there are several rows of Victorian terraced houses scattered around. There are also a few luxury apartment blocks in the centres of both Ascot and Virginia Water.

North Ascot and Bagshot have a good selection of property from one bedroom apartments through to Victorian and Edwardian houses or the more recently built, 4 bedroom, detached family homes.

Ascot, Sunninghill, Sunningdale, Windlesham and Virginia Water
  To Purchase To Rent
1 bed £250,000 - £290,000 £850 - £1200 per month
2 bed £290,000 - £650,000 £950 - £3000 per month
3-4 bed £400,000 - £1,800,000+ £1300 - £6000+ per month
5+ bed £950,000+ £3750+ per month
North Ascot and Bagshot
  To Purchase To Rent
1 bed £130,000 - £230,000 £775 - £900 per month
2 bed £250,000 - £525,000 £950 - £1500 per month
3-4 bed £350,000 - £950,000 £1100 - £2700 per month
5+ bed £525,000+ £2500+ per month

The above data represents an average range of property prices in the area. We have excluded extremes of pricing from our data set.

Education

Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.

The Local Authorities (LAs) for the area are the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Bracknell Forest and Surrey and they are responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200115/education_and_learning
www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/educationandlearning
www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning

State schools in the area generally attain better than average results. There are a large number of independent schools in the area including two international schools the American Community School (ACS) in Egham and The American School in England (TASIS) in Thorpe.

To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.

Schools Map

Key

  • Primary
  • Ranked in Top 10%
  • Requires Improvement
  • Secondary
  • Oustanding
  • Inadequate
  • Primary and Secondary
  • Good
  • Independent School

We can help you to get round the nuances of the British schooling system with our school search services. We offer a range of programmes, from basic consultancy with one of our education specialists, to detailed reporting on every suitable school for your child or children, through to fully accompanied school inspections where we take you to see your top school choices.

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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council, Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Runnymede Borough Council and Surrey Heath Borough Council are the administrative authorities responsible for the local areas. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
www3.rbwm.gov.uk
www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200124/council_tax
www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk
www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/counciltax
www.runnymede.gov.uk
www.runnymede.gov.uk/article/4635/Council-Tax-and-Benefits
www.surreyheath.gov.uk
www.surreyheath.gov.uk/counciltax

The police authority for the area is Surrey. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.
www.surrey.police.uk

Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps

A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
illustreets.co.uk/explore-england

Shopping

Shopping in Ascot, Sunninghill, Sunningdale, Windlesham, Bagshot and Virginia Water is limited to small high streets that are able to cater for day to day essentials, but would not be enough for clothes shopping or the weekly grocery shop (though there is a Waitrose in Sunningdale).

Staines, Bracknell and Windsor are larger towns that are close by with centres that are well stocked for regular and designer clothing brands as well as a selection of supermarkets. Reading is only a little further away and offers a full retail experience with high street and shopping centre offering a multitude of brands.

Ascot Farmer’s Market is held on the third Saturday of every month in the Race Course’s grounds and offers a wide variety of food and plants.
www.tvfm.org.uk/market/2/ascot

There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.

Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.

As part of our Home Search Programme, we will orientate you around your target areas and show you where the nearest shopping centres and supermarkets are.

Home Search Programmes

Leisure Facilities

There are many private gym and pool facilities in the area, some based within local hotels that offer membership.

Charters Leisure Centre, Sunningdale offers a 50 station gym, a 4 court sports hall and all-weather pitch.
http://www.leisurecentre.com/charters-leisure-centre

Windsor Leisure Centre has a great leisure pool for the children with wave machine, giant slides, water features, interactive water play feature and spa pool as well as regular gym and sports facilities.
www.leisurecentre.com/windsor-leisure-centre/Facilities

John Nike LeisureSport Bracknell has a dry ski slope for ski or snowboarding and an Olympic sized ice rink.
jnlbracknell.co.uk

Wentworth Club is home to the world famous golf course as well as a country, tennis club, health club and contemporary dining.
www.wentworthclub.com

Foxhills Club and Resort has two 18 hole courses one 9 hole course set in parkland and heathland with members, guests and visitors welcome. It also offers four fantastic restaurants, a full spa, tennis swimming, gym and cycling as well as accommodation.
www.foxhills.co.uk

The Berkshire Golf Club is a member’s only club with two 18 hole courses. Visitors are allowed but there are handicap restrictions and rounds must be booked in advance.
www.theberkshire.co.uk

Windlesham Golf Club is a lovely parkland course with two loops of 9 holes that welcomes both members and guests.
www.windleshamgolf.com

Sunningdale Golf Club has two 18 hole courses set over hills, heath and woodland. Visitors are allowed but there are handicap restrictions.
www.sunningdale-golfclub.co.uk

Odeon Cinema Bracknell is a 10 screen cinema showing all the latest releases. On the same site, there is also a 10 pin bowling alley and restaurants.
www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/bracknell/2

Local Attractions

Ascot Racecourse - home to Royal Ascot and Ladies' Day. Horse racing throughout the year with both flat and hurdle races.
www.ascot.co.uk

The Savill Garden - beautiful gardens that are open to the public all year round.
www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk/en/experiences/the-savill-garden

Virginia Water - man-made lake set within the Great Park of Windsor.
www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk/en/experiences/virginia-water

Magna Carta Site - memorial to the site of the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 by King John.
www.visitsurrey.com/explore/history-of-surrey/runnymede-and-magna-carta

Windsor Castle – is the largest occupied castle in the world, parts of which are open to the public year round.
www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/windsorcastle

Legoland - great adventures for children of all ages.
www.legoland.co.uk

South Hill Park – a magnificent mansion house which hosts various arts, craft and musical productions.
www.southhillpark.org.uk

Thorpe Park - a theme park complete with white-knuckle rides for the whole family.
www.thorpepark.com

Windsor Great Park - covers 4,800 acres and is ideal for picnics and strolling around.
www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk

Runnymede Pleasure Grounds - located next to the river Thames complete with children’s playground and a paddling pool.
www.visitsurrey.com/things-to-do/runnymede-pleasure-grounds-p1067391