Berkshire House, SL6

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4.46
Facilities
4.63
Design
4.56
Location
4.02
Value
4.61
Management

Berkshire House is a Build to Rent development managed by Essential Living. There are 68 apartments, and these are a range of studios as well as one and two-bedroom apartments. Additionally, Berkshire House has a central location on Maidenhead High Street. Therefore, it is close to Maidenhead station and a short drive from the historical town of Windsor, which hugs the River Thames.

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Andy made our move and our home feel like home

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Review Date Sep 2020

The building is spotless. It makes you feel at home as soon as you enter, all tenants we have met so far are friendly. On our moving day, Andy was absolutely brilliant throughout by explaining everything we needed to know about our move and the building, as well as being so kind and making us feel relaxed on what could have been a very stressful day. He has responded to our inventory very quickly which is great service and he is a big reason in why we feel so safe and happy living at Berkshire House.

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Working in Maidenhead makes this the perfect location for us. The vicinity of the shopping centre is also a huge bonus. The train station is nearby and the transport links are great.

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We were unable to see our flat due to the lockdown restrictions so we were very nervous to see our flat for the first time. It was the best surprise to see that our flat was everything and more that we wanted, we have settled in and are so pleased to call Berkshire House, home.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

As mentioned earlier in this review, Andy George has been excellent in dealing with any requests we had and responding to issues very quickly which has made us feel at ease and in very safe hands.

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5
Design
4
Location
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Thank you for the 5 star review. We are so glad you have settled in well and enjoying your new home. Andy really is a star!

A really great place to live

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Review Date Sep 2020

I really enjoy living here. Great location, cheaper than London, high standards, clean and very nicely designed. The management team is really great. The apartment where I live is small but very cosy and pretty. The only thing I don’t enjoy is that it is extremely dry but I guess it is better than struggling with fungus.

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The area is really convenient:
-lots of shops around
-train station very close
-lots of cafes around

The only thing I don’t enjoy is that because of the central location, it might get loud at night because of people partying.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

How dry it is – it is both an advantage in a humid country like England but also a disadvantage for a person like me with skin problems

What is the best feature of your home:

The location and modern design. It is a really convenient place for a person like me (living alone, working from home, going to London quite often on weekends (well not during the pandemic).

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Thank you for the great review 😊

Unique, great quality and value

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Review Date Sep 2020

I find my studio very well designed and spacious. I think I might use my balcony more if there was more of a screen separating from the neighbours as not to feel I’m imposing! I have lived here for nearly 2.5 years and feel very much at home. The design is of good quality and nothing is falling apart yet like it has in other places I have lived. Andy George is the heart of Berkshire House and has definitely contributed to my ease of living here as everything remains safe and well maintained, it’s one thing less to worry about. Nothing is too much trouble for Andy to assist with. I know that if I ever have any concerns, they will always be taken seriously and dealt with quickly.

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Very conveniently located to the shops where you can get most essentials. I travel to nearby Reading or Windsor every now and then by train if there are other shops I need. The selection of restaurants are of good quality and will be growing in the future with the town’s new developments. The only downside to living in this area I would say is some noise at night and early morning with delivery lorries, but I have got used to it and it is to be expected with the location. During the recent months I have discovered more nice green places to walk (and pubs!). All in all, I intend to be here for a while!

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I think it would be to consider the noise at night if you like to sleep with the window open. But this is definitely something I have got used to and it is not a problem for me now.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

It would be good if the paint on the walls was a bit harder wearing. You notice after living here a while that it becomes a bit patchy.

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Design
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Location
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Thank you for the lovely review, and the special mention for Andy! We hope you continue to enjoy your home with us.

Great place to live

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Review Date Sep 2020

Very good design, nice common areas with wide space to play and sit with other tenants.
Appartments are well projected with a relatively good space.
Building manager Andy is a extremely friendly person that is always keen to help and taking very good care of the place.

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Area is amazing, well located, close to everything, train station 5 mins walk, located right in the city centre

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Nothing to worry about.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Flats could be a little bit bigger only, apart from that, all good.

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Location
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Thank you for the 5 star review! It’s great to hear you are enjoying the communal spaces with your neighbours.

Living in Berkshire House

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Review Date Sep 2020

Berkshire House is centrally located meaning everything is at our doorstep from food shops to cafes and lovely surrounding areas to explore. And we aren’t far from further surrounding areas which is also great.

Living in Berkshire House, is nice and easy! We can make use of the communal area located at the top of the building for socialising with the other tenants, cooking and most recently been using it as an office space. It’s allowed us to create a separation from living and working which in COVID times as been great.

During the hot summer days/nights it can get very hot, and creating a draft to get some cooling in the apartment can be quite difficult. At least there is aircon in the communal area.

We’ve build a nice group of friends that we hang out with almost every day, which without the communal area would not of been possible.

With permanent residents, short term let, and guests staying from various booking websites it does make it hard to know who lives in the building and who doesn’t. Sometimes it feels like those who do not live permanently use the place like a hotel, when to us it is our home.

Andy our building manager is great. If you have an issue, maintenance or repair that needs resolving you can always approach Andy. He’ll address the issue as quick as possible and to the best of his ability. Similarly, Oxana always goes above and beyond to make sure the place is as spotless and clean as it was when we first moved in!

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Maidenhead is becoming a commuter town. It’s got what you need ranging from food shops, clothes shops, pubs, cafes, gym and a cinema. Close to the river, for water activities, and walking. As well as being able to hop on the train and being in London in less than an hour or to Reading in 15 or so minutes. It well connected. It’s under going a lot of development at the moment which is currently quite noisy, with quite a few empty new developments going on.

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-Limited car parking space and its cost.
-The addition of rules that get implemented after you move in i.e. Curfew for the communal area.
-any issues that can’t be dealt with by the building manager but need to be raised to essential living will require an excessive amount of chasing.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Aircon in the flats would be great, being in an apartment that is primarily glass it gets quite out. And some windows don’t stay open on the latch meaning you cant crest a draft.

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Facilities
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Design
5
Location
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Value
5
Management
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Thank you for the lovely review, Andy and Oxana really are a great team! We are glad to hear you enjoy the local area too. 😊

Watch out when you move out they will charge you for utility Reconciliation

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Review Date Aug 2020

Studio flat very small we were paying £1040 with bills which is over price but we were happy that all bills were including .However on the end when we move out we have been charge almost £300 for Utility Reconciliation . Its a joke studio flat very small and we have been charge that amount !!

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

You are right in centre of town , lots of drunk people after 10pm

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

the actual utility , we have been charge every month £80 yes for the bills and on the end surprise we end up paying almost another £300 .

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Andy who is managing the property he is very helpful and polite

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Thank you for taking the time to write this review, your points have been acknowledged.

Average

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Review Date Aug 2020

Nothing special about the building itself, but it’s very clean and tidy, staff is very careful in that regard, maintenance is also very well taken care of, but do not expect a quiet life living in there, the street noise can get very difficult, be aware of what side your flat is facing, also expect extra bills when moving out.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Great for commute, nightmare for peace and quiet.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish I knew the street noise was that unbearable through the week and specially weekends. It’s on the way for many different pubs, so expect high volume of intoxicated people, walking and shouting late night. In the summer you have to choose between closing your windows to try and have some peace or suffocate (be aware of what side of the building your windows face)

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

I did, I changed myself from living in there, flats are really small but I guess you get what you pay for.

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Thank you for taking the time to write this review, and for raising these points.

A perfect place to live

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Review Date Aug 2020

Perfect design, amazing residents team – super friendly and always ready to asisst when I need their l help.
Both Berkshire house building external and interior design is nice and modern, design of flats is great as well.

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Great location – a lot of shops, supermarkets and pubs around. Only 10 minutes walk to the station.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

There was nothing that I was unaware of. I was given a thorough walk-through when I was moving in

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

The feedback was immediate and the assistance was provides as soon as it was possible

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Design
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Location
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Value
5
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Thank you for all the 5 stars, a great review! 😊

Berkshire House. Berkshire WOWse.

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Review Date Aug 2020

A brilliant use of a repurposed building, with fanatic views spanning well over 30 miles towards the horizon, seeing both Ascot and London. Building management is second to none with attentive staff on hand when needed. The building is never anything less than spotless. Wonderful communal area with working space, kitchen and outside area. This could only be improved by the use of a small gym (1 treadmill / cycle machine / weight set). Possibly worth a survey on the use of the office area and it’s use as I have never seen anyone use this! Could be a wonderful addition to the building and attractive to tenants in comparison of Maidenhead a high gym costs.

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A beautiful building just 18 minutes from central London. World class doorstep bars and restaurants. Surrounded by classic countryside views. There’s as much to do in Maidenhead as your heart desires!

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Good – the flat retains heat well so you almost never feel the winter chill.

Bad – Due to the flat retaining heat, the flat can be unbearable during the hot summer weeks (pushing 34/35 degrees on the thermostat!) Airconditioning units would be a huge added benefit.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Currently awaiting a new balcony window due to a large crack on the interior glass – manufacturing fault (going on 12 weeks).

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Design
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Location
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Value
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Wow! Thank you for the great review and for the suggestions above. These have been passed on to the team 😊

Stylish home with a family feel

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Review Date Aug 2020

I am currently in a one bedroom apartment which has been stylishly design and furnished accordingly.

I like the design layout as everything is at hand but not on top of everything else.

I am fortunate to have balcony which feels like having another room.

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I love the professionalism with all the team at Berkshire house , they do really make you feel like you are part of their extended family. Nothing is ever to much trouble, they take the time to ask how you are and genuinely care about the response you give back to them.

I really love that Berkshire house is always kept clean and tidy, there are flowers to greet you as you walk into the lobby, it makes me really comfortable to invite family and friends to visit as I know they will always be treated respectfully by anyone they meet in Berkshire house.

It truly is a home away from home where I know I am safe comfortable and is a stylish place to entertain when restrictions are not in place.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish I had known how hot the apartment got in the summer time.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I have had a few issues and they have been very responsive

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Location
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Value
5
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Thank you for the wonderful review, great to hear you feel part of the Berkshire House family.

Best renting experience in 10 years!

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Review Date Aug 2020

Berkshire house is a great new build property bang in the centre of town. Andy the Building Manager is a great neighbour and sorts any issues out quickly with minimal hassle! I’ve been in the property for 2 years and my fridge broke, Andy came and fixed it in the space of an hour and installed a new one!

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Berkshire is so central to town, the station and some lovely local coffee shops and restaurants. The building is new and has a great shared rooftop space which can be hired out for private events. They allow pets too which is great, my dog loves it and he loves all the neighbours! They are also flexible about furniture and decorating as long as you return to original state on departing, so you can really make it feel like home.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

None, Essential Living are very transparent upfront about costs.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

The only slight thing that lets the building down is its ability to control tempature. When it’s hot the flat is hot and when it’s cold it takes a while for the underfloor heating to heat up.

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Design
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Location
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Value
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Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so glad to hear you and your dog are enjoying living with us!

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Facilities

Bike Parking

Bike Parking

Concierge

Concierge

Lounge

Lounge

Parking

Parking

Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Private Dining

Private Dining

Resident Events

Resident Events

Roof Terrace

Roof Terrace

Service

Service

WiFi Included

WiFi Included

Location

Essential Living
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4.55

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