Windsor Great Park, Berkshire
Private Residence, bordering Windsor Great Park, Berkshire
Our client bought their estate, an idyllic countryside retreat bordering Windsor Great Park in Berkshire, in 2008. Set in 68 acres of mature garden, it includes ancient woodland once part of the Windsor Great Park. Our client meticulously project-managed the development of their new luxury build, which included a large redbrick mansion and two further buildings on the same site.
Our client had a vision to design and build a luxury residence loosely based on the Queen Anne style of architecture. Keen to ensure every aspect was built with the highest quality materials, our client approached Haddonstone to supply all of the cast stone components for the three buildings on the estate.
As with every project, the team at Haddonstone applied meticulous attention to detail throughout the project by working closely with our client to discuss their vision. It was critical that each stone element was produced to the highest specification, with the utmost level of precision and the choice of stonework was key to ensure the properties were flawless from every angle.
The main property is a handsome 8,450 sq. ft (785 m2), seven bedroom, three-storey redbrick mansion featuring modern, luxurious interiors, marble flooring and large, open living spaces. Our client was keen to ensure the outside façade and the rest of the exterior were similarly elegant and refined and matched the hand made bricks and roof tiles selected for the property.
An elegant William Kent door surround, featuring intricate moulding detail, provides a grand entrance – the scale of the door surround was modified and specifically crafted for the property. To the rear, a Haddonstone portico incorporating an upper and lower cornice, an architrave and two columns, surround the back door, leading to the rear patio and gardens.
Adjacent to the main property is The Lodge, a single storey property designed with the same amount of detail and refinement, including an elegant cast stone portico, sills, window and door surrounds. The third building on the estate is a double fronted, double garage, again built in a similar style.
A variety of plain-ended Haddonstone window heads, sills and surrounds are featured throughout the design of both the main residence and The Lodge.
As is often seen with Queen Anne-style architecture, further principal and highly symmetrical details were achieved by incorporating a stylish balustraded parapet wall along the top of the property. This completely bespoke key design feature integrates balusters, a plinth and rail course, copings and cornice underneath.
The Haddonstone Eton College fountain and pool surround with conch shell vases completes the project by adding an attractive centrepiece which connects the landscape between the three buildings on the estate.
In total, Haddonstone supplied approximately 132 tonnes of cast stone for the three-building project. Haddonstone’s TecStone® in Portland was chosen for its smooth, durable finish and similarity to natural stone. It also enables Haddonstone to incorporate steel reinforcement, lifting sockets and fixings to the larger and structural components.
The development took two and a half years to complete inside and out and our client moved into the property at the end of August 2018. Work on The Lodge continues and the final landscaping and front drive will be finished in early 2019.
Our client said:
“We had a very clear idea of the direction we wanted the design of the properties to take and sourcing the right products was key to achieving that vision. We approached Haddonstone because of their reputation and we knew that incorporating their cast stonework into the build would allow us to achieve both the aesthetic and quality finish that we wanted to achieve. It also meant that we were able to custom-design a large number of the components specifically for the project. Working with Haddonstone has been a pleasure. They approached the project with a high degree of enthusiasm and this continued throughout the duration of the development. We have found Haddonstone very professional to work with and have been impressed by their thorough communication and high degree of customer service. We would have no hesitation in recommending Haddonstone or indeed, contracting them again in the future”.