Welcome to Nashdom Abbey Estate’s Website,
Nashdom offers country life, without country mansion upkeep, within easy travel distance of London, in one of the most tranquil and delightful locations that England has to offer.
The generous dimensions demanded by the regal owners, and the attention to detail reflects the hand of one of Britain’s foremost architects, preserved now for all to enjoy the many aspects of the woodland setting. This historic (grade II*) Edwin Lutyens masterpiece was completed in 1909 for H.R.H Princess Dogorouki, formally Francis Wilson, heiress to her industrialist fathers empire, who married the Russian prince Alexis Dolgorouki.
She was renowned for her love of entertaining and wanted a house near to the Thames that was suitable for exiled royalty and weekend river parties.
‘Nashdom’ is Russian for ‘Our Home’
Nashdom is a particularly good example of Lutyens’s fulfilling of his client’s needs, Lutyens achieved this, not by the expenditure of vast sums of money, but by brilliant manipulation of space and levels.
After the Dolgorouki’s demise, some 15 years later, the building was used as an Anglican Benedictine monastery, hence becoming known locally as Nashdom Abbey. The Monks continued to live and encourage others to study the Benedictine beliefs and practices right up until the mid Eighties before they moved to a smaller property near Newbury.
Closed up, fenced off and boarded up for an additional 5 years it was gradually stripped of its contents and it’s former glory until redeveloped in the mid 90’s.
Nashdom Management Company, represented by Resident owners, is proud of the building, its history and their own achievements in keeping this magnificent building and grounds maintained to the standards you see today.
Representing the building is a thank-less task; a Directors role is an unpaid labour of love, we know that the job is far from over and every day, week, month and year new challenges arise.
We like to think that we are preserving the history of the building and therefore it is a ‘work in motion’.
And we’d like to think that we are all part of a community, and not just neighbours.
We look forward to welcoming you in person, but until then should you have any further questions or queries please contact our Estate services Manager, Lawrence.
Nashdom Board of Directors