Guide Price £765,000 - Available
Whitchurch-on-Thames. Pangbourne centre & railway station 10 minutes` walk (fast trains to London Paddington 47 minutes) ● Easy access Reading (6 miles) & Oxford by rail & road ● M4 (junc 12) 6 miles ● Heathrow 45 minutes by car (all distances approximate)
Note: Summer 2017 photographs taken for Spring 2018 marketing
2,495 sq ft / 238 m² (all measurements are approximate)
An elegant, 18th century 4 bedroom cottage enjoying unusually spacious accommodation, set within the heart of the village. The property has undergone extensive restoration and modernisation over the 6 years of the present owners` occupation (see note).
The property is valuably unlisted. The present owners have recently introduced the garden/dining room with its attractive lantern skylight flooding this part of the house with light. French doors lead from this room into the garden and further French doors open to the garden from the kitchen/breakfast room.
Primrose Cottage has very pretty and useful family accommodation, with on street car parking in front of the property and a garage within a short walking distance. There is a large wine cellar with access from the reception hall, and the cellar has high ceilings, is ventilated and has not been known to flood.
Whitchurch-on-Thames has long been noted as one of the most exclusive and sought after Thames villages and Primrose Cottage is within easy walking distance of the River Thames and the vibrant period village of Pangbourne with its specialist shops, station, pubs and restaurants. The property is also within easy walking distance of the highly regarded Whitchurch Primary School.
● The kitchen/breakfast room is a splendid feature with its high vaulted ceiling and original solid light maple parquet flooring. It has been fitted with an extensive range of bespoke high and low level cupboard and drawer units; a pair of pull out larder units; two high level glass fronted display cabinets with internal lighting; a Belfast ceramic under-mounted sink with mixer tap; quartz work surfaces with matching upstands and cooker splashback. One end of the work surface has been created as a breakfast bar and the three sets of windows overlooking the garden make this a bright, attractive room. It is well equipped with a Rangemaster Professional+ cooker with 6 ring gas hob; extractor hood; two large electric ovens; grill; warming drawer; a Rangemaster two door fridge with ice and filtered water dispenser and two freezer drawers under; concealed dishwasher; wine rack; a number of oak floating shelves for further storage and display
● The barn is accessed from the garden and has been beautifully restored for residential use with a ground floor with bathroom, sitting room with open fireplace, a mezzanine floor with kitchen/dining area. It also has a number of cupboards and under eaves storage; plenty of space for a double bed so could be used as a self-contained annexe if required
● New modern wood-burning stove and flue in the sitting room
● Large garden/dining room with lantern skylight, windows to side and French doors to garden
● Modern bathroom and ensuite shower room to bedroom 1
● All the bedrooms are doubles
● The totally enclosed gardens enjoying the Southerly and Westerly sun, are a very special feature and have been beautifully landscaped with a large terrace suitable for summer dining and a brick pavier path leading to the upper terrace with seating area and small garden store
● There is a private passage way with entrance from the front for storage of bicycles, coats, etc. which has also been fitted for a washing machine and electricity for a condenser dryer
● Both the house and the barn are connected to telephone, broadband and satellite TV
Summary of accommodation:
Main house; Reception hall, cellar, garden/dining room, large sitting room, large kitchen/breakfast room, utility area with entrance for storage from the front, study/play room, family bathroom, ensuite shower room to bedroom 1, 3 double bedrooms to first floor.
The barn; entrance lobby with maple flooring, bathroom with shower, cloakroom, separate gas fired boiler for central heating/hot water, sitting room with open fire and beamed ceiling, spiral staircase to first floor, modern fitted kitchen/breakfast bar, fridge/freezer, wide working surfaces, stainless steel sink with mixer tap, high and low level storage, exposed beams, attractive stone chimney breast, windows overlooking the garden. Large built in cupboards above the bathroom accessed by bespoke oak ladder.
Garden: The recently landscaped rear garden will be a delight in all seasons. The main terraces are paved with fossilised sandstone and running from the kitchen around the garden/dining room is a further black sandstone terraced area. A number of red brick walls and a dry stone wall add further character and interest to the garden.
Note. The property has undergone extensive restoration and modernisation to include:
• New gas fired boiler with filter and a further gas fired boiler of a modern design in the barn
• A number of ceilings have been replaced
• Primary double glazed windows fitted to the front of the property on both ground and first floors
• Engineered golden oak flooring to reception hall and garden room/dining room
• Lantern ceiling light to the garden/dining room
• Overhauled plumbing for central heating, most radiators replaced, full electrical overhaul, pumped water to the shower in the ensuite bathroom
• New ash balustrade and handrail to first floor
• Beams in the sitting room and hall have been stripped and cleaned
Local facilities: Primrose Cottage is within easy walking distance of Pangbourne village centre with its fine selection of award winning independent shops, a supermarket, health centre, dentists, library, hairdressers, riverside pubs and fine restaurants. The River Thames runs between the villages and has riverside meadows, part-owned by the National Trust, the Thames Path, a children`s play area, tennis courts, football pitches, a bowling club and Pangbourne Adventure Dolphin centre offering canoeing and climbing instruction. Whitchurch-on-Thames also has two fine character pubs in The Greyhound and Ferryboat. Just a few minutes` walk from the cottage is beautiful open countryside with many scenic footpaths and bridle paths.
Beale Wildlife Park & Gardens is a couple of miles up the road and is a lovely place for young families with amazing animals, birds, gardens, play parks, a splash pool and miniature train. Near to Beale Park is Basildon Park, the National Trust property, featuring a splendid Georgian mansion surrounded by 400 acres of parkland.
Pangbourne offers superb transport links with a fast train service to London Paddington, Oxford and Reading which will benefit from the upcoming Crossrail, offering fast links to the City, as well as buses to all local areas. Waitrose can be found at both Tilehurst (approx. 4 miles) and Wallingford.
Schools: Whitchurch-on-Thames is located within easy reach of a number of independent schools; Pangbourne College, Bradfield College and St Andrew`s Preparatory School are within easy driving distance, as are The Oratory, Downe House, Cranford House and Moulsford Preparatory School. The property is in the catchment area of Langtree Secondary School at Woodcote, and Whitchurch Primary School itself has an outstanding record.
Directions: From the offices of Dudley Singleton turn left and left again at the mini roundabout. At the next mini roundabout turn left at The George Hotel, cross over the River Thames toll bridge and enter the village of Whitchurch. Continue along the High Street Primrose cottage is on the left before you leave the village, next door to the art gallery, parking can either be in front of the property or the beginning of Hardwick Road,
Post Code: RG8 7EX
Services: Mains gas, water, electricity and drainage
Local Authority and Council Tax Band: South Oxfordshire, Band F
Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.
- 18th century period cottage
- Valuably unlisted
- Four bedrooms
- Detached barn over two floors
- Garage in walking distance
- Unusually spacious accommodation
- Extensively restored and modernised
- Three bathrooms
- Beautifully landscaped garden
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