Virginia Water enjoys a privileged location in the Borough of Runnymede. Much of the residential development is found in the private Wentworth Estate. Once home to royalty, these scenic grounds now attract the discerning homeowner. A-listers have settled here, while those relocating from London enjoy the convenience of a speedy rail service to Waterloo.
Three acclaimed golf courses and the members-only Wentworth Club cater to the affluent crowd. This is home to world-class facilities ranging from tennis courts to a health centre and spa. Other local treasures include the nearby lake after which Virginia Water was named. This picture postcard setting, nestled on the edge of Windsor Great Park, offers a blissful escape for fans of the outdoors.
Although the exclusivity of Virginia Water makes the village so appealing, it’s not too far from the shopping centres of Windsor or Egham. A selection of independent retailers can be found in the charming village, while large retail parks are within easy reach. The proximity to Ascot and its famed racecourse is another highlight, not to mention the top-performing independent schools – Eton College, St George’s and Sunningdale, to name a few.
Transportation in Virginia Water
Virginia Water station sits on the Waterloo to Reading line and the Chertsey branch line. Residents enjoy a speedy commute to the capital, and many of the surrounding towns are easily reached. Services to London Waterloo take approximately 41 minutes, with no fewer than 73 direct trains on an average weekday. Travel times to Ascot and Woking take nine minutes and 22 minutes respectively.
The excellent motorway links offer a similar appeal for those commuting by car. The M3, M4 and M25 are all situated nearby. Heathrow Airport is only an 11-minute drive, and London Gatwick can be reached in 36 minutes.(pls check this, seems too short)
Primary and secondary schools in Virginia Water
The catchment area surrounding Virginia Water is home to a handful of top-performing independent schools. At the primary level these include Bishopsgate, Cowarth Park and Papplewick. These act as feeding schools into the prestigious Eton College for boys and Heathfield School for girls. The Licensed Victuallers co-educational is another popular choice, as well as TASIS American School for those relocating from overseas.
State schools are just as impressive. Parents have a choice of three local primaries, (pls check other state schools – Charters is in a different county so children in Virginia Water wouldn’t get in)
A wide range of higher education courses are also available at the nearby East Berkshire College. From specialist workshops to apprenticeships and HNDs, this state-of-the-art campus offers something for all young adults.
History of Virginia Water
The rich and famous have been frequenting Virginia Water since the 17th century. Considered a royal playground, much of the area’s development can be attributed to the Wentworth Estate. It replaced a smaller structure known as the Club House, which was home to the Duke of Wellington’s sister. Those days of opulence continued after the acquisition of the country home by the exiled son of Charles IV of Spain. It would later be developed into a vast estate by his widow in 1877.
Today the Wentworth Estate celebrates that regal past with a sense of exclusivity. Following residential development in the early 1900s, newly built mansions attracted the affluent and impressive golf courses were commissioned on the outskirts. The current village of Virginia Water, named after the nearby lake, catered to this growing population while retaining its quaint and rural character.
Things to do in Virginia Water
Home to an exciting mix of local attractions, not to mention the nearby cultural sights of Windsor and Ascot, Virginia Water offers plenty to do and see. Here are some of the highlights:
Virginia Water Lake
Vue Cinema Staines
Windsor Great Park
LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
The Royal Landscape
Theatre Royal Windsor
Wraysbury Lawn Tennis Club
How to get to Virginia Water
By road: Virginia Water can be reached from Junction 13 or Junction 11 of the M25. After leaving the motorway at either junction, Virginia Water is signposted.
By rail: Virginia Water railway station operates frequent services to London Waterloo, as well as other major towns and cities across the south.
Below, you’ll find a selection of links to organisations and businesses serving the local area.
Chancellors estate and lettings agents in Virginia Water is situated next to the train station in the heart of the village. With free parking at the front of the branch, the branch’s location makes it the ideal place to begin a property search of the area. Our expert team are on hand to help buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords understand the Virginia Water property market and determine achievable house prices.
The wide range of sales and letting services available at our Virginia Water branch include free, no-obligation market appraisals, an extensive portfolio of residential and commercial properties, land and new homes, property management support, and expert investment and market advice.
Virginia Water, Wentworth Estate, Englefield Green, Thorpe, Lyne, Egham, Chertsey and Wraysbury.