Under an hour’s drive from London, yet worlds away from city life where deadlines and tube delays are swapped for fresh, countryside air and messing around on the river. Welcome to your luxurious new lifestyle.
Escaping the electric pace of the everyday world is something we all crave, but the sought-after quiet life can often feel like an unattainable ideal for most city dwellers. When life’s pressures and lack of time seem to engulf us and an escape to the other side of the world feels impossible, a restorative staycation seems more achievable, especially if you have a second home within easy reach.
Having a weekend bolthole close to the city means you can switch between two properties at will, or even use it as a leisure base from where to indulge in your favourite outdoor activities. Endless studies tell us that enjoying the great outdoors and interacting with the physical environment around you is good for your health and wellbeing. What’s more, a proximity to water has even greater benefits, and is associated with many positives, such as less polluted air and more vitamin D-boosting sunlight. People who live near water tend to be more physically active too, whether it’s water sports, walking or running, there are far nicer locations in which to enjoy nature at its finest.
As humans, we have a burning desire to deepen our connection to nature, be it in the form of grass roofs, spring-fed pools or greenery-filled orangeries – homes that seamlessly connect those inside to the outside world. Combine that with waterside living and you’re creating a lifestyle that’s both luxurious and great for your health.
A luxury living enclave right on the water’s edge
Designed to take advantage of the idyllic location and stunning views, Windsor Racecourse Marina is a lodge development like no other in the UK, not only offering a luxury retreat but a great investment opportunity too.
Each lodge has been thoughtfully designed to create an exceptional environment for everyday modern living, from the sustainable build, through to the high-quality fittings and exquisite finish, every detail has been meticulously planned and beautifully delivered. They are constructed to order, which gives the buyer an opportunity to create a bespoke interior, both in structure and design.
The incredible interiors pack a punch with bags of personality and feature open-plan, free-flowing rooms that are filled with natural light and adorned with elegant design flourishes. The bold and evocative interiors come alive with the breath-taking views from the large windows that beautifully frame the vista from every vantage point. Opening out onto a private deck, the lodges are weaved into their natural surroundings, creating homes that embrace the living world with open arms offering owners the opportunity to enjoy the spaces inside and out.
The convenience of living in the best locations
If you’ve always wanted to draw back the curtains and feast your eyes on a waterside, then the location of Windsor Lodges couldn’t be better, with the marina literally on your doorstep and the racecourse in your back garden. Close to commuter links with beautiful views of lush Berkshire landscape, they offer the best of town and country.
Windsor Racecourse Marina’s location is unbeatable for boating enthusiasts. It has over 250 berths accessed via the Clewer Mill stream just off the main Thames, offering views across the Royal Windsor Racecourse.
With this wonderful countryside setting in the heart of the Thames Valley, and easy access from the M4, M25, M3 and M40, Racecourse Marina is a perfect central location from which to explore the Thames. Add to that the range of quality services and the highest standard of facilities and the marina provides the perfect base for all your yachting and motorboat needs.
If life on the open river is your thing, then you can combine your new lodge home with a sports cruiser or motor yacht from Cranchi. Based at the marina, Tingdene Boat Sales has a full range of new and used boats that you can moor right outside your lodge.
Second home investment
In recent years, we have seen a positive upturn in major global economies and, after a few years of uncertainty, buyers are heading back to the second homes market in their droves. As well as looking for a better, healthier lifestyle, they are seeking income in a low yield environment and are finding that short-let residential property and holiday homes can provide it, offering additional impetus for those who wish to own second homes.
Never has the phrase ‘home sweet home’ been more apt, as a major trend in recent years has been the tendency for buyers to purchase in their home country rather than abroad. This is particularly true of British buyers with some 39% of Brits buying their second home in the UK in the last three years. This is a trend that is likely to continue because properties are easier to visit, manage and service if they are in the same country as the owners who are seeking to enjoy a luxurious, leisure-rich lifestyle, as well as maximising potential rental income.
What are purchasers’ priorities when choosing a property? The availability of broadband is the single most important feature cited by owners when choosing a property. In the digital age, connectivity is key. The next most important factors are property-specific, such as balconies and terraces and also the availability of parking. Proximity to water is an absolute must-have for many, as is air conditioning. Local amenities come into play as proximity to shops, restaurants, and local cultural attractions all rank highly in a desirable location.
Windsor Lodges can be purchased as a second home offering a real investment opportunity in a prime location. Whether it becomes your weekend crash-pad, a family holiday home or a rental prospect, you’re investing in a lifestyle like no other – the highest quality, in the best location, without compromise.
Prices start from £500,000 for a two-bedroom lodge.
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