Charters is a rare, classic example of the best in art-deco design. An architectural gem set amidst an enviable and privileged setting of more than twenty acres of landscaped gardens.
Overwhelmed with history: Country Life in 1944 called Charters “One of the last great country houses to be built in Britain” and the “Blueprint for future country-house living”.
Following records showing a small group of cottages standing on the site of Charters, the potential for a purpose built mansion in the elevated position was realised by Edward William Terrick Hamilton, who built the first house in the late 1860s. Edward Hamilton was appointed the High Sheriff of Berkshire in 1879, and Charters remained in the Hamilton family until 1901 when it was sold to Egbert Iveson before being sold again, soon after WWI, to Colonel Ralph Peacock. On his death the house was bought by the Shaws, a ‘high society’ family, who sold it in 1936 to the successful industrialist Frank Parkinson.