- A hidden jewel in the crown nestled in this Thameside village
- An elegant and distinguished Victorian property set in extensive gardens and grounds
- Wonderful family and entertaining accommodation
- Walk to in 10 mins to Pangbourne's shops amenities and train station to London Paddington
- Spectacular drawing room with fine carved beams enriched by dentil cornicing
- 6 bedrooms
- High quality fittings and decor throughout, tasteful and elegant
- Secluded, secure and away from busy roads.
- Stunning grounds with an impressive productive vegetable garden
- Orangery believed to have been designed by Frank Loughborough Pearson who designed Truro Cathedral
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 and timings are approximate)
Main House 4735 sq ft / 440 m² Outbuildings 591 sq ft / 55 sq m.
Gardens & Grounds extending to 0.8 acre / 0.3 hectare
(all measurements are approximate)
A hidden jewel in the crown of this sleepy period village; a 6 bedroom detached Victorian property. Whiteways is one of the most important houses within the heart of this sought-after village, set amongst spectacular and beautiful gardens and grounds.
This is a distinguished Victorian house built in the late 1800s with some later additions. The private and secluded gardens have been laid out, planted and maintained with dedication over many years and are full of excitement and mystery as an old garden should.
This is a wonderful family house, ideal for large scale entertaining with a wonderful flow of accommodation throughout.
Set within this sought-after period village on high ground, Whiteways is within easy walking distance of the village pubs, a highly regarded primary school, the River Thames and just across the bridge, Pangbourne village and train station with fast commuter links to London Paddington. Whitchurch-on-Thames has a thriving community spirit.
• The orangery is a very special feature, bringing the garden into the house even in winter with its terracotta tiled flooring, glazed ceiling and bi-fold doors, probably constructed in the 1920s
• Detached garden studio with pressurised shower, bi-fold doors opening onto the gardens, wi-fi, grass roof, underfloor heating, and mains drainage
• Wildflower meadow with separate covered terrace area
• A covered porch from the road with terracotta tiles leads down to an Italian arched walkway giving access to the main entrance and flanked by pretty gardens with koi pond and fountain
• Beautifully fitted kitchen with bespoke breakfast table in oak and granite to suit the shape of the bay, designed and built by the noted designer & craftsman in wood, Petter Southall
• The kitchen is comprehensively fitted, with an extensive range of oak fronted units and drawers, pantry units, fitted side by side fridge and freezer, dishwasher, porcelain double sink, granite worksurfaces, undermounted microwave, Britannia cooking range with 6 ring gas hob, double oven. Underfloor heating
• Large dining room with splendid open fireplace and polished flooring, 2 pairs of doors opening into the orangery and overlooking the splendid gardens
• The drawing room has a spectacular ceiling with fine carved oak beams enriched by dentil cornicing, oak flooring and twin pairs of French doors giving access to the orangery. This room was believed to have been designed by Frank Loughborough Pearson who designed Truro Cathedral
• Fine examples of original leaded light, windows in ornate patterns
• On the north side of the property, several rooms could be utilised as a self-contained guest area with a separate staircase to the first floor and 2 bedrooms and a guest kitchen fitted. There is planning permission for a door in this area to the exterior if required
• Sitting room is split level, with oak flooring, a splendid Piazetta ceramic wood burning stove
• The boot room is fitted to a high standard with oak panelled units, butler sink, and granite worksurfaces
• Main bedroom suite is splendid with bathroom comprising modern tub, mosaic tiled walls curving round, marble fitted dressing table with wash basin and separate fully fitted dressing room
• Reception hall is a fine example of a Victorian house of this standing; large with a pretty staircase winding to the first floor
• Splendid bedrooms with fine views, double aspect and sash window
• One of the bedrooms is presently used as a study
• Wonderful family bathroom with original Victorian bath tub, lavatory and fittings, manufactured in 1901, which have been restored. Open fireplace, typical of the period and half oak panelled walls
• Staircase rising to an attic bedroom/play area/study, also access to a large walk-in loft
• A number of the rooms have original fireplaces
• Wonderful high ceilings throughout typical of the period
• Ample wine cellar
• Central heating throughout the house, with each room separately zoned
• The property by the nature of its walled frontage to the lane, is very secure
Summary of accommodation: Reception hall, drawing room, sitting room, TV room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, boot room, cloakroom, second split-level sitting room, second kitchen area (in the guest area).
First floor: five bedrooms, utility room, family bathroom, ensuite to principal bedroom, shower room.
Second floor: bedroom/play room/study.
Detached garden studio with sitting room/bedroom, shower room.
Gardens: Southerly facing gardens are very private and secluded. They have been delightfully planted to give year-round colour. The kitchen garden has an Amdega greenhouse with a peach tree, and is completely wire net caged. This area has a workshop with power and lighting. Mature trees to include judas, magnolia, tulipfera, black pine, western red cedar and mimosa. One lawn maintained as a croquet lawn, others are just for fun of the family. Garden has an irrigation system. Separate covered terrace area set in a wildflower meadow. Koi carp pond on terrace.
Off-street car parking for a number of cars and EV charging point. Possibility subject to LAPP to create a further garage with access from the lane.
Gardens & Grounds extending to 0.8 acre / 0.3 hectare
Local Facilities: Whiteways is within easy walking distance of 2 fine character pubs in The Greyhound and Ferryboat. Just a few minutes' walk from the property is beautiful open countryside with many scenic footpaths and bridle paths. Hardwick Estate is a few minutes' walk along Hardwick Road, and offers an organic veg hut, a livery yard, and many events for the community.
Pangbourne village centre is within easy walking distance, with its fine selection of award-winning independent shops, a supermarket, health centre, dentists, library, hairdressers, restaurants and riverside pubs. The River Thames runs between the villages and there are 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.
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. Waitrose can be found at both Tilehurst (approx. 4 miles) and Wallingford.
Pangbourne offers superb transport links with a fast train service to London Paddington, Oxford and Reading, soon to be offering Crossrail, giving fast links to the City.
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. Whiteways 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 & Daughter, 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, past the Greyhound Inn on your right, turn right into Hardwick Road and Whiteways is the fourth house on the right.
Post Code: RG8 7HW
Services: Mains water, drainage, gas and electricity. High speed broadband connected (BT).
Pressurised hot water system. 7kw electric car charging point.
EPC Rating: E
Local Authority & Council Tax Band: South Oxfordshire, Band H
Fixtures and fittings: Only those mentioned in these sales particulars are included in the sale.
Note. The stained glass pictured in the garden studio is not included.
Viewing by arrangement with vendor's agent, Dudley Singleton & Daughter, No. 1 Station Road, Pangbourne, Berkshire, RG8 7AN.
0118 984 2662
Websites: singletonanddaughter.co.uk rightmove.co.uk, mayfairoffice.co.uk, onthemarket.com, countrylife.co.uk
London Office: Cashel House, 15 Thayer Street, London, W1U 3JT.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Dudley Singleton & Daughter for themselves and for the vendors of this property, whose agents they are, give notice that:
1. The particulars are intended to give a fair and substantially correct overall description for the guidance of intending purchasers, and do not constitute part of an offer or contract. No responsibility is assumed for the accuracy of individual items. We relied upon our own brief inspection and information supplied to us by the vendors.
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