As the dust settles after another action packed week at Royal Ascot, life begins to return to normal. There is no escaping the buzz and anticipation that this infamous racing week brings to the residents of this normally sleepy little village. Some residents choose to holiday that week in a more peaceful spot to avoid the crowds and the organised chaos.
For most residents of Ascot, however, this is the highlight of the year. Many house owners take the week off work and enjoy the extraordinary excitement that no other racing week in the UK can match for pomp and ceremony.
Local businesses take advantage, where they can of the cheerful crowds that weave their way back to the train station after a day of playful racing and socialising. Other businesses that struggle to function as they would normally grin and bear it – organising shift work and car shares to keep the wheels turning for the week.
Local schools are lenient with tardy students and try to adapt their working day to alleviate painful collection and drop offs for school.
Despite all this disruption, there are few that would consider moving away.
Resident Mr Philips explains:
“I just love Royal Ascot week. I used to live in Monaco and I felt the same when the Formula 1 was being raced there – the noise, the excitement, it is wonderful. This week I have had my television on screening the racing and the patio doors to my wonderful new garden apartment in Westbrook House have been thrown wide open. This way I can watch the horse racing on the TV but hear the crowd cheering and as the horses go past our property I can hear the thunder of their hooves.”
Westbrook House Mr Philips has been a resident in Ascot for several years and has just recently moved into a brand new apartment block which has views towards the grandstand at Ascot. This luxury apartment block was completed by Millgate earlier this year and all but one of the beautiful homely apartments have been snapped up by buyers who were looking for an alternative to a detached home that makes up the majority of stock in the Ascot area.
Berkshire was recently listed in fourth place in Britain’s 20 classiest counties by the Telegraph and was the only Home Country that made it onto the list. Desirability in the area continues to be high, although the supersized houses have stuck since the stamp duty increase was levied in April 2012.
New build luxury apartments are extremely scarce which is undoubtedly why 13 of the 14 apartments in Westbrook House sold at such speed. Mr Philips moved here for ease of living. His apartment spans 2000 square feet which is almost identical to the size of his previous detached house:
“My new apartment has as much space as I had before but I have the luxury of a brand new home with the most wonderful display of fixtures and fittings. And, much as I enjoy the outdoors, I no longer have a garden to worry about.”
Millgate are thrilled to announce that they have secured a further land acquisition in Ascot close to the High Street so buyers looking for a new home that is an easy walk into the town will find this the perfect location. Construction is already underway and the finished property will include seventeen super high-end apartments which are being created in 12 acres of stunning landscaped grounds.
Englemere is a former Royal Residence and the beautifully landscaped gardens include a delightful formal garden, fountain and a woodland walk. A feature of the garden is the range of mature trees, including a magnificent oak that dates from the time of Henry VIII. Residents will also enjoy tennis courts and a swimming pool.
The original house was occupied by the late Field Marshal Lord Roberts (1832 – 1914), whose occupancy ran between 1903 – 1914. The existing building is being replaced with something that compliments and is sympathetic to the original architectural style of the property yet will also include the latest in design technology and luxury fittings.
The launch date for Englemere is estimated to be Summer 2016. Apartment sizes range from 2000 – 3500 sq ft in size. Price on application.
For more details contact Millgate on 0118 934 3344 or visit http://www.millgatehomes.co.uk.