Fine Grade II* listed Georgian house in central Windsor
Listed Grade II*, due to both its architectural and historical importance, Hadleigh House is an elegant red brick house of typical Georgian symmetry, arranged over a total of five floors.
The house is set behind a high brick wall graced with a decorative iron entrance gate beneath a complementary overthrow, set between brick piers. The gate opens onto a flagstone courtyard where a small flight of stone steps lead to the porticoed entrance. Vehicular access may be gained along the right hand side of the property where double gates open onto a block paved driveway providing ample parking for several cars and providing access to the 3-car garage (formerly a coach house). Situated above the garaging is a bright, self-contained apartment comprising of a sitting room with kitchenette, bedroom and en suite bathroom.
Hadleigh House has some unique features, of particular note is the impressive central staircase which has been featured in published articles, apparently for its unique design and which extends the full height of the house. The house incorporates a magnificent stained glass window, sash windows with some working shutters, fine period fireplaces, oak flooring, original servants' bells, excellent ceiling heights, decorative moulded cornices, dado rails and concealed radiators.
The generously proportioned reception rooms combine to provide excellent entertainment space, particularly as the dining room has a dumb waiter' which connects to the spacious kitchen. During the installation of the kitchen and breakfast room, portions of the original York stone flooring were uncovered, a theme which has been reintroduced. The bespoke kitchen has been comprehensively fitted with a range of units incorporating a central island, granite work surfaces, integral appliances and an Aga.
The walled gardens are a fine feature of the property and have been creatively designed to incorporate a paved patio area providing a pleasant al fresco' dining area that may alternatively be used as additional parking if required. Steps rise up to the meticulously maintained lawn, edged by well stocked herbaceous borders and inset with various trees including a magnificent magnolia, a mature walnut tree, a plum tree, conifer and weeping willow.
History of the House
Built in 1793 by William Thomas, an apothecary and later Mayor of Windsor, Hadleigh House was sold in the early nineteenth century to Mr John O'Reilly, SurgeonApothecary to King George III. On O'Reilly's death, Hadleigh House passed to his partner, Henry Brown, who was later appointed Surgeon-Apothecary to King George IV. King George IV seemingly became incensed that Brown used the Castle driveway, through that part of the Great Park that is today known as the Long Walk, and required him to alter the house so as to have the front entrance on Sheet Street.
Brown was forced into turning his house around and evidence of this may be seen when studying the back of the house as it is today. Later appointed as Surgeon-Apothecary to Queen Victoria, Brown died in 1868, leaving the property to his son Henry. Upon Henry's, death in or around 1890, the house was sold to the Leveson Gower family who were the maternal family of the late Queen Mother. They resided at Hadleigh House for more than 30 years and their family crest appears on the stained glass window.
Cuthbert Harold Blakiston, a senior master at Eton College, purchased Hadleigh House from the Leveson Gowers in the early 1920's and on becoming headmaster of Lancing College, sold the house to John Millar Watt. Watt was a famous cartoonist, sketching under the name of Puck' and whose work was published in Punch Magazine. He leased the house to Lady Hazel Macnaughton, whose son, a historian of some note, purchased the house before setting off to war in 1940. He wrote a charming book of the house in wartime, based on the letters his mother sent to him in the field.
In 1959 Hadleigh House was sold on to a development company but within a short time was purchased by local solicitor, P.J. Willmett, who ran his legal practice from adjacent premises. He sold the house on to David Bain, a Windsor surgeon in 1999.
Agents note photography taken 11/11/2013
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Considered to be the most spectacular house in Windsor! Located in the heart of the town centre, this stunning family home has a superb garden, garaging and self-contained annex - the perfect property!Suzy Lambert