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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.
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)
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.
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.
Places of Interest
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:
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