Guide Price £3,250,000 - Available
1.6 miles from Pangbourne village centre & station ● M4 (junction 12) 7 miles ● Reading 8 miles ● Newbury 13 miles (all distances are approximate)
House 6,275 sq ft / 583 m² (including outbuildings)
Cottage 786 sq ft / 73 sq m (not including mezzanine)
Gardens & Grounds 1.36 acres / 0.6 hectares (all measurements are approximate)
A stunning period country house, valuably unlisted, enjoying an idyllic location overlooking pastureland belonging to the Basildon Park Estate, once the home of Lord and Lady Iliffe. This is probably one of the most splendid locations within this part of the world, with a National Trust ownership of the adjoining park and agricultural land making sure no development can alter the outstanding views over rolling countryside as far as the eye can see, this is a truly unique hard to find location.
Mapleton Farm is linked to a renovated 2 storey timber period barn which has been converted to a very high standard in 1995, creating a fabulous ground floor galleried dining room with vaulted ceiling. It has a sitting room with access at one end to the secure swimming pool area and summer dining terrace, created by the present owners. The whole of the property has a wonderful flow of accommodation with excellent ceiling heights, generously proportioned reception rooms, large windows and a splendid open fireplace with wood burning stove to the drawing room.
This is a wonderful house for both family use and entertaining. Within the hub of the house is a fabulous kitchen/living room which has to one side a four oven modern AGA. All the principle rooms to the property enjoy outstanding views along the valley to the south west.
There are a splendid range of outbuildings attached to the property which include an office, workshop, wine cellar with doorway access to the old cart shed which is now used as an open fronted double garage.
Detached Cottage: to the south of the main house is a pretty period building built of brick and flint under a slate tile roof. Renovated to a high standard it is ideal for guests or staff.
• The property has been renovated to a high standard over many years with the owners having been careful to retain the character of the property
• The outdoor heated swimming pool was built in 2012 by the present owners
• The tennis court has been recently renovated and is set away from direct view of the house
• The gardens and grounds have tremendous uninterrupted views along the valley
• Part of the lawn is used for croquet and there is a ha-ha to the south west dividing the National Trust land from the lawns of Mapleton Farm
• There is a productive vegetable garden, a large children`s play area and loggia to the rear of the house, a dovecote and decked dining area with access from the kitchen/living area
• The outbuildings attached on the right hand side of the main property have been converted to form; an office, useful storage, a wine cellar, a workshop and tool shed
• Also linked is the covered open fronted double garage which has recently been roofed and re-lined, all with storage above
Summary of accommodation:
Main House: Reception hall, drawing room, galleried dining room with vaulted ceiling and sitting room with propane fuelled stove, a kitchen/living room with AGA, study, office, utility room, wine cellar, cloakroom. First floor; 4 bedrooms, ensuite bathroom to master bedroom with underfloor heating and dressing area, family bathroom, cloakroom ensuite to bedroom 3, sitting area, galleried playroom, studio.
Detached Cottage: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen/sitting room, and sleeping platform to mezzanine floor/storage.
Gardens and Grounds: Office, workshop, two bay garage open fronted, garden store, tool shed, landscaped gardens, outdoor heated swimming pool with electric safety cover, tennis court, garden stores. Extending to 1.36 acres (approximately)
Schools: Upper Basildon Primary School, St Andrew`s Preparatory School, Pangbourne College and Bradfield College are all very close. There is also The Oratory School, St Finians, Cranford House, Moulsford Boys School, Downe House, all within easy driving distance. There are bus pick up points locally for Abingdon Boys and St Helen & St Katharine Girls schools in Abingdon and Reading School for boys and Kendrick School for girls in Reading are easily accessible by a short train journey from Pangbourne.
Local facilities: Lower Basildon is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Nearby Upper Basildon has a very active community; the village hall hosts a number of events during the course of the year including the popular village Market one Saturday a month. The village recreational ground has a football club and an excellent tennis club. The Red Lion is a popular pub serving local ales and food. Various clubs and activities use the church centre and or the main church.
For the equestrian enthusiast there are livery yards with many bridle paths surrounding the village. There is an excellent sporting complex open to public membership at Bradfield College with tennis courts, squash, indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, etc. There are plenty of golf clubs nearby and the Royal Berkshire Shooting School is within easy driving distance.
Lower Basildon benefits from being a few minutes` drive from the nearby Thames side village of Pangbourne which offers a range of amenities including a butchers, cheese shop, organic farm shop, supermarket, library, doctors, dentists, hairdressers, pubs and restaurants. Pangbourne station offers fast train links to London Paddington (approx. 47 minutes), Oxford and Reading (soon to have Crossrail giving fast links to The City). Junction 12 of the M4 at Theale is only 7 miles drive giving easy access to airports.
Directions: From the offices of Dudley Singleton & Daughter turn right, proceed in the direction of Streatley after passing Child Beale on your right you will go through a set of traffic lights, after which you turn immediately left, this is Mead Lane. Proceed up the lane and the property will be found on the right hand side with electrically operated wrought iron gates giving access with an entry phone/intercom.
Note 1. Tenure: Leasehold – 114 years from 2018. The freeholders are The National Trust
Note 2. If the owners of Mapleton Farm become members of the National Trust, this will give them the right to roam subject to National Trust regulations, across the adjacent 400 acre Basildon Park Estate.
Services: Mains electricity, water, private drainage, oil fired central heating.
Post Code: RG8 9NY
Local Authority: West Berkshire Council, Tax Band: G
Viewing by arrangement with vendor`s agent, Dudley Singleton & Daughter, No. 1 Station Road, Pangbourne, Berkshire, RG8 7AN.
Tel: 0118 984 2662
Websites: www.singletonanddaughter.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk, www.mayfairoffice.co.uk, www.onthemarket.com, www.countrylife.co.uk
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.
- Stunning period country house.
- Adjoining National Trust land
- Six bedrooms
- Approx 1.36 acres
- Pangbourne office 0118 9842662
- Valuably unlisted
- Detached cottage
- Renovated attached period barn
- Short drive to Pangbourne
Nearest train stations (distances are in a straight line)
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