Inside the Queen’s Rise development in Old Windsor
PUBLISHED: 10:34 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:34 17 July 2013
It’s not just the magnificent views of Windsor Castle that make these superb new homes at Old Windsor very special indeed. Jan Raycroft took a peek inside.
With one property sold, another reserved and huge interest as building work reaches the final stages, the six new family homes towards the top of Pelling Hill offer some of the most desirable addresses in Berkshire.
This is one of the grandest viewing points towards Windsor Castle, with the whole of the iconic outline of the historic building visible across open countryside as it appears to sit on its own majestic perch. You can see what a formidable sight the castle would have been to approaching visitors in times gone by, well before they reached The Long Walk.
I imagined one or two castle residents getting their high-powered binoculars out and peering across to what Antler Homes are up to ‘across the way’ at the Queen’s Rise development.
But for the best views you need to see inside these five-bedroom homes and this month we toured the show house, finding both the spacious accommodation and lavish craftsmanship you expect from Antler… and one or two surprises.
From the outside these are sturdy and imposing properties. Some have two floors above basement level accommodation, while others are three storeys without a basement. They sit well with the existing homes at Pelling Hill, a winding lane with mature trees. Double garages and balconies add to the prestigious feel as you climb the steps to the double front door.
A central hall with French polished oak staircase provides access to the rest of the ground floor, including a dining room, study, drawing room and expansive kitchen and family area. But the first quirk (and a hint of the humour of interior designers Lucy Manchester and Claire Grant of the LandC Company), is found as soon as you pop into the cloakroom and close the door. Sit on ‘the throne’ here and the wall facing you is covered with a floor to ceiling print of Windsor Castle in all its glory.
As regal in their own way as these houses undoubtedly are, this is just one of the quirks that offer more than a nudge of modernity. So let’s take a pictorial tour which reveals some super designer skills. trickstricksgive your property that edge… and make you want to live at Queen’s Rise.
Just imagine the gatherings in this superb media and games room at the basement level. The show home version’s got the lot: pool table, bar and wine cooler, big screen and seating that should be renamed sprawling. But you may want to use the pool table area as a mini gym – there’s plenty of space. You’d have to install your own home cinema, but Antler pre-wire the room for this, and there’s an advanced cabling infrastructure for a home network.
Like most of the looks you will see in this feature, it’s possible to recreate this and merge it with your own style and personal pieces, courtesy of Antler’s Designer Collection which assists with everything from curtains to floor coverings.
You’ll find the ultimate modern edge in the kitchen. Note the lighting, which provides both curves and a near industrial look. Take your pick of luxury custom built kitchen designs with granite worktops. The fittings include a pair of Siemens stainless steel ovens and an integrated steam oven plus induction hob. Then there’s the Siemens built-in microwave, integrated fridge and freezer, Quooker hot tap and a wine cooler in the central island. Enjoy lots of natural light, courtesy of those doors to the garden.
There’s been some excellent work done here, as the ground is rising towards the farmland beyond. That terrace is perfect for entertaining, or little tots to pedal up and down during the daytime. The design of the formal lawns and shrubs reflects all the great use of curves and angles inside the property.
We really liked the use of tones from cool and subdued natural beiges to ‘Belgian chocolate’ browns here. The bedrooms merge top class chic hotel style with home comforts. How about one with ‘his and hers’ bathrooms – one with a luring tub, the other with a wet room style shower? There’s also plenty of storage space to keep those lovely lines looking clean and uncluttered.
Those clever designers have produced a look of slightly funky city living under the cover of ‘country formal’ style here, I think. A real eye-catcher is the ‘fish eye’ mirror giving a fascinating view of the rest of the room and seeming to increase its size even though this is pretty spacious already.
Want to know more?
Queen’s Rise properties are priced from £1.675m to £1.795m.
Pelling Hill, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 2LL.
Telephone: 07730 658 931 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.antlerhomes.co.uk.