28 Mar Ravello: A right royal Race
The tension is building in Ascot with less then two weeks until the Royals, Lords and Ladies and the general hoi polloi arrive in their finery with an exotic array of hats. The ladies racing season kicked off last Friday with the Epsom Derby. Much is now made of ladies day in Epsom but quite frankly it is not a patch on the sophistication and lavishness that will be seen in Berkshire. The gentlefolk of Surrey would like to think that their race is every bit as equal to the neighbouring event in Berkshire but sadly the Derby does not quite cut the same mustard.
Ascot has it all; fine dining, an array of beautiful shops, some of the finest schooling in the country, not to mention it is situated in ‘Royal’ Berkshire – not just plain old Berkshire and the homes that adorn this wealthy area are something to be seen.
James Wyatt of Barton Wyatt has a special affinity with Ascot and enjoys a good day at the races like many country gents. “There is something so remarkably British about donning top hat and tails, mixing with an array of champagne Charlie’s and hoping to win a couple of quid in the meantime. Saying all that, racing at Ascot is big business for many. The weeks and weeks of preparation that goes into training those wonderful beasts to be at their peak – it is a massive investment and it is certainly not all fun and frolicks for the racing yards.’
He goes on to say ‘I have many clients that live in the Ascot area and for that brief moment in time Ascot can occasionally grind to a painful stop. But there is not a local that I know of who would swap their location for something different. The excitement of living and breathing Royal Ascot for those few days a year is something to be believed and if you have never been then I would highly recommend a visit. Even if you aren’t fortunate enough to be included in the Royal Enclosure, your chance of seeing one of the Royals is extremely high – particularly when they arrive in the Royal carriages travelling the length of the race-course’.
Barton Wyatt has just been appointed as agents for a beautiful home less than two miles from the race course. Priced at £3,150,000 it is not for all markets but for a few this home will be a tremendous find. For more information on this property or other houses for sale in Surrey available from Barton Wyatt please contact us on 0134 484 3000.