Living in Sunningdale
What is life like in Sunningdale?
Sunningdale is a beautiful place to live, with a great mix of charming property, pleasant green surroundings and a vibrant community spirit.
Windsor Great Park and Virginia Water are close to Sunningdale and provide an eye-catching backdrop to life in the area, while there are also world-class sporting facilities at Ascot racecourse.
Many people enjoy a relaxed way of life and opt to utilise the many local open spaces for dog walking, exercising and socialising. Although Sunningdale has only a small village centre, residents do not have to look far for all the shops and restaurants they require in nearby Ascot and Windsor.
What’s more, Sunningdale is the perfect spot for commuters who work in London during the week and wish to relax somewhere quieter and greener while at home. It takes only 45 minutes by rail to reach the city centre, making it a popular base for many professionals.
Sunningdale has a relatively short history in its present form, only coming into existence in 1894 as a result of the implementation of the Local Government Act of the same year. Prior to this point, Sunningdale was simply a part of Old Windsor.
Until 1995, the village remained partly in Berkshire and partly in Surrey, which had caused some disagreements over a lengthy period. Indeed, there were two county councils, three borough councils and four parish councils with an interest in Sunningdale until it was decided to position the village entirely in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, which is part of Berkshire.
For many years the area has been known mainly for its proximity to two prestigious golf clubs, Sunningdale Golf Club and Wentworth Golf Club.
Entertainment, sport and days out
Nearby Windsor offers plenty of opportunities for a great day out, with its famous castle at its heart. Windsor Great Park is a beautiful place to explore, while the Tally Ho Stables are a must for those with a passion for horses.
Golfers will be spoilt for choice if they move to the area, with both Sunningdale and Wentworth golf clubs offering a magnificent course that can be used by the public.
Thorpe Park is only a few miles up the M3 from Sunningdale, so is unsurprisingly a popular destination with local people.
There are plenty of excellent sporting facilities for people who wish to get involved in their favourite game in the town. The local bowling club is based in Whitmore Lane, while there is a recreational ground that features floodlit tennis courts.
Additionally, Sunningdale Golf Club and nearby Wentworth are renowned as two of the finest golf courses in the country.
Horse racing fans should head to nearby Ascot, one of the UK’s finest racecourses, to take in an afternoon of top-quality racing.
Eating, drinking & shopping
Although Sunningdale is only a village of about 5,000 people, it offers a good selection of places to eat. These include the Sunningdale Lounge, which is also used as a bar and is popular with locals.
Other options for a bite to eat include The Tablespoon Brasserie, Bluebells Restaurant and Bar and Fego Café.
If people are looking for a pub to enjoy a relaxing evening with friends, they will find all they are after at the Nags Head, the Belvedere Arms or the Dog and Partridge, as well as several other hostelries in Sunningdale.
There are also plenty of venues on offer in nearby Ascot and Maidenhead, both of which can be easily reached by road or rail.
Shoppers can enjoy the small independent stores in Sunningdale or head to Windsor, where the Windsor Royal Shopping Centre is the obvious starting point. Daniels of Windsor department store is one of the highlights, along with a number of high street names and successful boutiques.
Schools & healthcare
Local schools in and around Sunningdale are generally of a very high standard and offer excellent education to young people. Hall Grove School, St George’s School and Coworth-Flexlands are just three examples of these in the area.
There are also several international schools - such as Papplewick and ACS - that are extremely popular.
Although Sunningdale does not have its own hospital, it is within easy reach of a number of facilities, including Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot and St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey.
Sunningdale is ideally located for those who require easy access to the UK’s motorway network and central London. It is just minutes from the M3, while the M25 is only a little further, meaning anywhere in the south-east can be reached.
The village also has its own train station, providing links with London. Indeed, the service to London Waterloo is direct and takes about 45 minutes.
In addition, there is a local bus service that connects Sunningdale with surrounding towns and the rest of Berkshire.