Rashleighs Business Centre

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About Rashleighs

Gardens
History
Contact
Directions

The Gardens

Rashleighs is set within 4.5 acres of tended formal Victorian gardens and retains many of its original trees and features. Two of the original ponds still exist and set with ornamental fountains, aquatic life and water lilies. Each sits within its own feature garden with flowers and seats.

Notable trees that are still thriving include two mature Japanese acers, a selection of cedars and conifers and a large copper beech on the main lawn. The yew hedges lining the driveway give the impression of an approach to a stately abode and estimated to more than a century old.

The old apple orchard next to the tennis court forms a picturesque arch way with eating varieties on one side and cookers on the other. You can taste the delicious fruit in some of the puddings prepared by our chef. The apple trees still retain their metal tags with their names; Bramleys, King of the Pippins, Laxton Superb, Lane's Prince Albert, Newton Wonder, Norfolk Royal and Allington Pippin.

The site also boasts of migratory birds making it their home where they nest and mate during the summer. Birds like wild duck, parakeet, owl, robin, pheasant the rare and elusive red kite have made Rashleighs their summer home and our feathered friends fly back every spring without fail from thousands of miles and continents apart.

Map of the garden

History

The elegant house was built in around 1900 and was once the home of Dr. Rashleigh, whose family can be traced back to the days of Sir Frances Drake and the Spanish Armada. It was a private home until World War II when it was acquired by The Home Office.

The Southern Command established temporary headquarters here but its primary function was as a maternity hospital within the administration of Berkshire County Council. More than 1000 babies were born during the four years it was open. Rashleighs also provided a comfortable home to some children evacuated from London during the war.

The late owners of the house were Mr & Mrs Johnson. Mr Johnson was a director and shareholder of the Basset confectionary company. At this time, the whole estate was self-sufficient with food grown in the kitchen gardens and even a dairy!

When Mr Johnson died in 1954, Mrs Johnson moved to one of their smaller properties in the local area.

The house was purchased by Nestle UK in 1956. Initially it was used to accommodate employees attending courses at the company's then head office in Hayes, Middlesex. In 1963 the process of enlargement and improvement commenced and further major development took place during 1986/7 introducing mains gas, a modern kitchen, enlarged dining room, new bar and providing all rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Contact Details

For all bookings and enquiries please contact our administration office.

Phone & Email

External phone: 01628 622361

Address

RASHLEIGHS
Darlings Lane
Pinkneys Green
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 6PD

Rashleighs entrance

Getting to Rashleighs

RASHLEIGHS
Darlings Lane
Pinkneys Green
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 6PD

Please note: Satellite navigation device users are advised to input the address above and not the postcode.


By Rail

The nearest railway station is Maidenhead and is located 10 minutes by taxi from the property.
Depending on the train service you board, the journey takes between 21 to 45 minutes from London Paddington station to Maidenhead station.

Click to book your train or check times from other stations.

By Road

  • Reading town centre: 35 minutes
  • London Paddington: Typically 45 minutes - 1 hour 5 minutes depending on traffic
  • Windsor: 20 minutes

By Air

Heathrow airport is 35 minutes away by taxi. The local taxi company Golden Executive will be glad to be at your service: +44 (0)1628 622955.


Directions by road

Travelling from the N.East
  • M1 leave junction 6A
  • Join M25 at junction 21 anti-clockwise
  • Leave M25 at junction 16
  • Join M40 at junction 1A travelling towards Oxford
  • Leave M40 at junction 4
  • Turn left to join A404 towards M4
  • At roundabout turn left signposted to Maidenhead (A303)
  • Take the 2nd road on the right - Pinkneys Drive
  • Take the 1st right - Lee Lane by Pinkneys Arms PH
  • Take the 3rd left into Darlings Lane
  • Rashleighs is 200yds on the left
Travelling from the N.West
  • M40 to junction 4
  • Join A404 towards M4
  • At roundabout turn left signposted to Maidenhead (A303)
  • Take the 2nd road on the right - Pinkneys Drive
  • Take the 1st right - Lee Lane by Pinkneys Arms PH
  • Take the 3rd left into Darlings Lane
  • Rashleighs is 200yds on the left
Travelling from the West
  • M4 to junction 8/9
  • Follow A404M
  • Take exit 9b (2nd exit)
  • Take 3rd exit off roundabout - A4 towards Maidenhead
  • At small roundabout turn left towards Pinkneys Green/Stubbings
  • Take 1st right (500 yds) into Pinkneys Drive
  • Take 2nd left by the Pinkneys Arms PH into Lee Lane
  • Take the 3rd Left into Darlings Lane
  • Rashleighs is 200 yds on the left
Travelling from the South
  • M23 leave at junction 8
  • Join M25 at junction 7
  • Leave at junction 15 to join the M4 heading West
  • Leave M4 at junction 8/9
  • Follow A404M
  • Take exit 9b (2nd exit)
  • Take 3rd exit off roundabout - A4 towards Maidenhead
  • At small roundabout turn left towards Pinkneys Green/Stubbings
  • Take 1st right (500 yds) into Pinkneys Drive
  • Take 2nd left by the Pinkneys Arms PH into Lee Lane
  • Take the 3rd Left into Darlings Lane
  • Rashleighs is 200 yds on the left