A magnificent newly built country house by the renowned Sherbourne Developments and set in an outstanding, tranquil setting in the Berkshire Downs.
Roden Park uses a traditional palette of vernacular materials that roots the house to its setting. The house is constructed in warm red brick with stone detailing to the quoins, gate piers and entrance porch. The house is designed to suggest an early Georgian gentleman's manor house, with courtyard pavilion wings wrapping around the main entrance and sweeping driveway. These flanking buildings provide garaging, storage and additional accommodation. The design has a relaxed and inviting style but, with all the formal architectural traditions that are expected in a country estate of this status. The design cleverly incorporates some of the older farm buildings on the site, creating a gentle mix of the old and new.
A large, semi-circular stone portico frames the entrance, creating an impressive formal transition into the classically designed interior. Palladian proportions quickly become evident high ceilings amplify the natural light and highlight the detail of elegant cornicing in the reception rooms. There is impeccable detailing and proportions throughout, with bespoke skirting, architraves and door linings completing the Georgian inspired interior. Sherbourne Developments source the finest natural stone and wood flooring, beautifully detailed fireplace surrounds, traditionally crafted joinery and luxurious bathrooms and kitchens. The wooden box-frame sliding sash windows are made by local joiners and are hand-painted. The house strikes a perfect balance between comfortable modern living and classical design integrity.
The main house is centred upon an impressive central staircase hall, which leads out to all of the large, well proportioned living spaces. On the first floor are five bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, and dressing rooms to the major suites. The roomy attic floor contains two further large bedrooms and bathrooms. There is an extensive cellar containing the cinema, as well as areas for wine storage, and gun space for when hosting a shoot.
Whilst the house is designed to exemplify quiet, rural living, it can easily adapt to entertaining, transforming into the ultimate party venue. Visitors can be effortlessly accommodated in one of the specially designed guest houses, set just to one side of the main house. A swimming pool, tennis court, games room and cinema provide modern luxury entertainment and there is ample staff accommodation to support the running of the house to whatever scale required. The house looks out onto a semi-formal country garden that is ideal for hosting events, before opening out to uninterrupted views into the natural wider landscape, abundant with wildlife.
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This secluded estate within the Berkshire Downs will be one of the finest new country houses in the area. It is an amazing and unique setting.Camilla Elwell