Windsor Park Hall in Surrey, a magnificent 29,000 sqft / 2,700 sqm neo-classical mansion, whose design was inspired by Winfield House and Osterley Park House, has been purchased for £21.5 million by a Russian billionaire, the deal, brokered by Beauchamp Estates, is one of the biggest house sales in Surrey in the last five years.
Located in Englefield Green, directly adjacent to Windsor Great Park, Windsor Park Hall is set in seven acres of landscaped gardens incorporating formal lawns, parterre gardens, water features, fountains, a tennis court, private helipad and extensive alfresco dining and entertaining area.
Offering luxurious accommodation over lower ground, ground and two upper floors, connected by a sweeping main staircase and a passenger lift, the grand nine bedroom English country mansion has a spectacular double-height entrance hall, three reception rooms, study/home office, a family kitchen and breakfast room with pantry, guest powder room and a games room. In a side wing of the mansion there is a swimming pool, designed in the style of an orangery, with doors from the pool room opening onto a terrace and the gardens.
On the first floor is the principal bedroom suite – the size of a conventional apartment – which has two walk-in dressing rooms and two marble bathrooms. There is a guest bedroom suite, with a walk-in dressing room and marble bathroom, and then two further bedroom suites, each with ensuite bathrooms. On the top floor there are three bedroom.suites, each with ensuite facilities, and a club room with kitchen/drinks servery.
One side wing of the house provides the garaging, and above this there is an annex which provides two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living room with open plan kitchen. The annex could provide a separate wing for staff or for family and guests.
The leisure and entertaining facilities for the mansion are on the lower ground floor and include a ballroom/entertainment suite, private cinema, wine room, bowling alley and leisure complex with gymnasium, sauna, steam room and changing facilities.
The history of Windsor Park Hall dates back to the Victorian era when an original mansion was built on the site, owned by Lord Clive Baillieu, Baron Ballieu of Sefton, who made his fortune from Dunlop Tyres where he served as Chairman between 1945 to 1967.
Lord Baillieu grew Dunlop into an international business with 70,000 employees, supplying 50% of the UK tyre market in the 1950s. To promote Dunlop Lord Baillieu would host grand parties at the mansion for famous British motorcar manufacturers such as Rolls Royce, Bentley and Jaguar, the motorcars doing speed races around the estate and local area. The estate was then owned by Rank Hovis and the mansion became a conference and training centre, falling into disrepair after Rank Hovis vacated the site.
In 2012 a new mansion, known as Windsor Park Hall, was built on the estate with the architecture and design of the neo-classical brick and stone mansion inspired by the facades of Winfield House in Regent’s Park and Osterley Park House in Isleworth.