Balancing act


It takes a certain skill to blend traditional styling with state-of-the-art modernity. Sherbourne Developments are doing precisely that with their latest luxury residential project. Luke Thomas finds out more

Prime country house developer Sherbourne Developments will unveil the flagship residence in its portfolio - Roden Park. A magnificent manor house located at the end of a mile-long private road, the property comprises almost 14,000 square feet, including a separate guest house, staff accommodation, a workshop, garage, and proposed stabling.

Offering the ultimate in seclusion, it occupies the epicentre of a 40 acre estate of rolling hills and farmland, with over 400 extra acres of land also possible to purchase separately, and is set amidst breath-taking 360 degree views of Berkshire’s chalk downland.

Emulating the finest period design principles, it is evocative of a traditional Georgian house, subtly reimagined for the modern dweller – an offering unique to Sherbourne Developments.

Built from a warm, heritage red brick, Roden Park’s masonry underscores a tangible craftsmanship and attention to detail, and is indicative of the artisanal skill that resonates throughout the architecture and delivery of the property.

Internally, Roden Park is characterised by a host of vast, imposing rooms, starting with a cavernous staircase hall, in which to welcome family and friends when they come to stay.

To the rear of the property, a bespoke, hand-crafted and hand-painted kitchen represents the heart of the home, with ample space in which to cook, dine and entertain.

Says Bruce O’Grady, Managing Director at Sherbourne Developments: “One of the finest houses to reach the market in decades, Roden Park enjoys unparalleled privacy, while its exquisite views offer a complete sense of escapism without sacrificing modern comforts. A truly private, yet accessible retreat in the countryside, we have created an unparalleled mini-estate, harnessing the finest in traditional design principles, to create a timeless residence of extraordinary craftsmanship.”

Nearby, country walks and bridleways abound, while the 40 acres onsite offer an irrevocable immersion into the great outdoors. The land is also classified as agricultural, which brings a favourable 5% Stamp Duty Land Tax tariff.

Ideally located for country pursuits, Roden Park is amidst prime equine territory, with Berkshire regarded as the centre of racehorse training in the UK. Whether owners wish to keep horses onsite or exercise them in gallops, visit the races nearby at Newbury or Ascot, or participate in one of the multitude of nearby hunts – opportunities are boundless. Furthermore, for those who indulge in the serenity of fishing, the Rivers Kennet, Lambourn, Loddon and Pang are known for their clear waters and proliferation of wild trout and grayling.

Rurality aside, Roden Park is remarkably well-connected amidst the established network of transport links for which the Home Counties remain enduringly popular. Furthermore, the site is prime to house a helipad, for those intent on helicopter access.

To find out more about Roden Park, and Sherbourne Developments’ many other projects, visit: www.sherbourne-developments.com

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