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Sunningdale Golf Club, a prominent Berkshire golf club with two eighteen-hole golf courses.
Sunningdale is located in Berkshire
Population 4,875 (2001)
5,347 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SU955675
Civil parish
  • Sunningdale
Unitary authority
  • Windsor and Maidenhead
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ascot
Postcode district SL5
Dialling code 01344
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
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51°23′53″N 0°37′34″W / 51.398°N 0.626°W / 51.398; -0.626

Sunningdale is a large village with a retail area and a civil parish in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. It takes up the extreme south-east corner of Berkshire, England. It has a railway station on the (London) Waterloo to Reading Line and is adjoined by green buffers including Sunningdale Golf Club and Wentworth Golf Club. Its northern peripheral estates adjoin Virginia Water Lake.


Sunningdale is located close to the present border with Surrey, and is not far from Ascot, Sunninghill and Virginia Water. It is situated 24 miles (38 km) west of Central London and 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Camberley on the A30 old trunk road. Sunningdale has a railway station on the Waterloo to Reading line of which its level crossing is the only one found on the entire length of the A30.


The present-day civil parish of Sunningdale came into existence in 1894 under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894; the village had previously been part of Old Windsor. It was, until 1995, partly in Berkshire and partly in Surrey. The Surrey area of the village, known as Broomhall, was also split between the boroughs of Surrey Heath and Runnymede. This original arrangement caused problems and was resolved only after much consultation locally between the two county councils, three borough councils and four parish councils. As a result, Sunningdale is now situated entirely in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, in the Royal County of Berkshire. The area is popular with professional golfers due to the proximity of Sunningdale Golf Club and Wentworth Golf Club.



Charters is a Grade-2 listed art deco mansion, built in 1938 for the industrialist Frank Parkinson by the architects Adie, Button and Partners. It was built on the site of an earlier house built in the late 1860s by William Terrick Hamilton. Parkinson’s guests included Winston Churchill and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. In 1949, the house was bought by Sir Montague Burton. It later became a corporate headquarters and has since been redeveloped as an apartment complex and spa.

Coworth House

Now the Coworth Park Hotel, this is a late 18th-century country house. It was the home of Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby, the early 20th century Secretary of State for War and British Ambassador to France.

Sunningdale Park

The Sunningdale Agreement was signed at Sunningdale Park, at the Civil Service Staff College (now the National School of Government) on 9 December 1973, a precursor of the Northern Ireland peace process.

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