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2 Bedroom flat Windsor Road, Windsor £585,000

Occupying an enviable position directly overlooking the River Thames in Datchet Village. This spacious split-level raised ground floor classically beautiful Grade 11 listed 2 bedroom apartment dates back to circa 1770.

THE STORY

Opening the French windows from the beautiful apartment at Datchet Lodge, the owners can step out into the tranquil garden. Alternatively, they might head out from the front of their elegant building over to the River Thames, where it is pleasant to sit and watch the boats float by or to stroll along the path by the water's edge. "This is a lovely place to live because from the back of the property it feels very much like a countryside setting," explains the owner. "It is very beautiful and tranquil - and yet it is really just a short distance from Windsor and within very easy reach of London." Datchet Lodge is, in fact, just a few minutes' walk from the railway station, and a few minutes' drive from the M4 motorway, connecting to the M25. "The apartment itself also has a peaceful ambience," he adds. "This is a very pleasant place to live if you wish to be in a calm yet convenient location."

Occupying an enviable position overlooking the Thames in Datchet Village. Datchet Lodge is an elegant split-level 2 bedroom period conversion apartment with origins back to 1770. One of just 6 apartments in this lovely Grade II listed building with a communal garden and private gated parking.

PERIOD FEATURES
Impressive, Grade II Listed Datchet Lodge stands in a prominent position in the Berkshire village and has a long history as one of the grandest homes in the area. It was built by one James Haydock on an ancient plot of land where ferries once crossed the river, carrying people and goods to and from Windsor. Over the years, the main house had many notable occupants and its outbuildings were slowly converted into other homes. The main house itself is believed to have been carefully transformed into apartments in the early 20th century. "It is a lovely old building, which still retains many of its period features, such as high ceilings and large windows," he says. "This apartment is set on a raised ground floor and offers a blend of original character with modern levels of comfort."
BEAUTIFUL BEDROOM
With windows to the front and back, the two-bedroom apartment enjoys a highly desirable corner of the former mansion, which encompasses an elegant, curved window. It is entered via a lobby, where a door opens into the second bedroom. "Having this additional room has been very useful," he says. "While it can be used as a second bedroom for guests, it can also double as a study or second sitting room." The lobby leads through into the central hall, where a door opens into the master bedroom. "This is a beautiful room, with an attractive fireplace, two windows and steps up into an en suite bathroom."
MODERN LIVING
Opposite the bedroom is the drawing room, which offers generous space and is flooded with light, thanks to the large, east-facing bay window. "In the summer it is lovely keeping these doors open," he says. "It is also nice to take a table and chairs outside so you can enjoy a cup of tea in the garden. Although the gardens here are communal, they are always very peaceful." A few steps up from the inner hall lead to the stylish, contemporary kitchen. A shower room is also situated at this end of the home. "My family has owned this apartment since 2006 and we had a new kitchen and bathrooms installed not long after moving in; other fixtures and fittings were also replaced, and new flooring was laid."
OUTSTANDING BASE
The apartment, which comes with two gated parking spaces, could make an ideal lock-up-and-leave property for owners who need to travel frequently or are seeking a second home. "It is in such an ideal location for reaching the airport or getting into London and has such good road and rail connections," he says. "It could be a perfect permanent home but would also suit someone looking for a quiet base in a lovely location to use from time to time. It is safe and secure to leave and is so easy to reach."
Setting the Scene
Datchet Lodge is set in well-maintained communal gardens. The apartment has French windows that open on to the shared outside space. The property comes with two parking spaces.
WITHIN EASY REACH
From the apartment, it is easy to stroll to shops, cafés and restaurants. "There is also a very good pub close by and it is nice to wander along the river to Windsor Farm Shop," he says. "In fact, there are lots of lovely walks in the area, with wonderful views of the river and Windsor Castle. On summer evenings, it is also pleasant to take some drinks and to sit by the river opposite Datchet Lodge. Here you can watch the comings and goings on the water and see the sun go down behind Windsor Castle."

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