Guide Price £1,750,000 - Available

  • A charming, detached period cottage in superb condition throughout
  • Once the home to the Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame
  • Spacious ground floor living area - sitting room, dining room, study and a oak framed garden room
  • Quality kitchen with large walk in pantry
  • In the garden, Pangbourne's period lock up/ jail with a mosaic of Mr Toad holding the jail keys
  • Double garage with room over
  • Detached Bothy / office, green house, lock up, double garage
  • Stunning landscaped gardens with famous prize winning Dahlia bed
  • Overlooking the beautiful ancient Church of St James The Less
  • Beautiful oak framed garden room with bi fold doors

A charming 4 bedroom detached 18th century period cottage, with some later additions. Once the home of Kenneth Grahame, the famed author of Wind in the Willows, who lived here for the last 8 years of his life. Generations of children have grown up with the adventures of Ratty and Moley messing about on the river, protected from the wild wood on the hill by Badger and the infamous, Toad of Toad Hall.

Church Cottage is situated in the centre of this pretty Thameside village, and set in very beautiful landscaped gardens, which include a useful bothy/office, and the 18th century lock up village jail.

Within easy level walking distance of the specialist shops, pubs, restaurants, health centre, hair salons, mini supermarket, amenities, and station.

The property, which is Grade II listed, has been the subject of continuous restoration and improvement over the years and is in splendid order throughout. Recent modernisation to very high standards include the kitchen, bathrooms, and the addition of a fine oak garden room. Yet the property retains all of the best of the period features, and the charm associated with an historic house overlooking the ancient church of St James the Less.

Special features:
• Stunning landscaped gardens are a beauty to behold in every season
• Pretty lock up/jail, where the village drunks would be incarcerated for the night in case they got out of order, and the magistrate would let them out in the morning for a payment of say a farthing. Just in front of the lock up is a mosaic laid into the path, depicting Mr Toad holding the keys
• The lock up has also been a Dovecote, with a conical roof surmounted by a weather vane depicting a cockerel inscribed underneath 'Vigilante'
• Oak garden room has oak bi-fold doors opening onto the gardens. With underfloor heating, an oak sky lantern and primary double glazing; this is a wonderful room
• Drawing room with pretty bay window, oak panelling, bookcases, and wood burner
• Kitchen/breakfast room is well fitted with an AGA Mercury cooking range and additional Neff steam oven. Pretty window overlooking the church, and windows overlooking the garden. Large walk-in pantry, underfloor heating, secondary double-glazed windows. door to area next to the church, useful for dropping off shopping
• Dining room has a fireplace, a large window with leaded light glass panels, one depicting a cockerel entitled 'vigilante' and the other with a man with a cudgel entitled 'defend'
• Study is well equipped, with French doors opening onto the gardens
• The Bothy is presently used as a workshop, and has an attached small greenhouse. Divided into 2 insulated rooms with windows overlooking the gardens, an original Victorian fireplace in one corner, a sink with hot water, power, and light
• A gate gives access to the churchyard, which is an easy shortcut to the village, especially with children and pets

Summary of accommodation: Reception hall, sitting room, dining room, study, 2 cloakrooms, kitchen/breakfast room, garden room, rear lobby. 4 bedrooms, family bathroom, Principal bedroom has a dressing room and an ensuite bathroom.
Double garage with room over. Bothy/office. Jail/Dovecote.

Gardens: The beautiful landscaped gardens are an exceptional feature, with two separate lawned areas, and brick raised flower beds, which include the famous prize-winning dahlia bed.

One tree is a very unusual ancient specimen called Parrotia, or Persian iron bark. This tree is a delight in the autumn and changes through many colours. High hedges give privacy and the main gardens are set well away from the road, and side on to the church yard.

Double garage is entered from Riverview Road, with electric roll up door securing. Windows to the rear overlook the gardens. Oak door to a garden machinery store/workshop. Staircase to first floor room, boarded with light and power and could be used as a studio or further accommodation if required.

Local facilities: Pangbourne is a wonderful period village with its fine selection of award-winning independent shops, a supermarket, health centre, dentists, library, hairdressers, barbers, restaurants, and riverside pubs. By the River Thames 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 kayak, canoe, SUP and climbing tuition.

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 with the Elizabeth Line offering fast links to the City. Waitrose can be found in Tilehurst, approx. 3 miles away.

Excellent schools: Church Cottage is located within walking distance of Pangbourne College. Just a short drive away are; Bradfield College, St Andrew's Prep, Brockhurst & Marlston House, The Oratory, Downe House, Cranford House and Moulsford Preparatory School.
There are bus pick up points in Pangbourne for many schools, including Abingdon Boys and St Helen & St Katharine Girls schools in Abingdon. Reading School for boys and Kendrick School for girls are easily accessible by a short train journey. Pangbourne Primary School has foundation stage 1.

Directions: Immediately past St James the Less Church on Pangbourne Hill, turn right into Riverview Road and the parking for Church Cottage is the first on the right.

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Post Code: RG8 7AX

Tenure: Freehold

Some material information to note:
Gas central heating. Mains water, mains electrics, mains water & drainage. Pressurised water heating system with Megaflo.
Substantially constructed of brick under a tiled roof
The property has driveway parking and a double garage.
The property and the Lock up/jail are Grade II listed.
Offcom checker indicates standard to superfast broadband is available at this postcode. Offcom checker indicates mobile & data availability with a variety of providers.
The property is within the conservation area.
The government portal generally highlights this as a low-risk postcode for river flooding.
We are not aware of any Tree Preservation Orders.
We are not aware of any planning permissions in place which would negatively affect the property. For details of any restrictive covenants please contacting the selling agent.

EPC Rating: n/a

Local Authority & Council Tax Band: West Berkshire, Band G

Fixtures and fittings: Only those mentioned in these sales particulars are included in the sale.

Viewing by arrangement with vendor's agent, Dudley Singleton & Daughter, No. 1 Station Road, Pangbourne, Berkshire, RG8 7AN.
0118 984 2662


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.
(i) The description, including photographs of the property and its contents, are intended to be a guide only rather than a detailed and accurate report and inventory. (ii) Floor plans, measurements, areas and distances are intended to be approximately only. (iii) Prospective purchasers are strongly advised to check measurements. The position of bathroom fittings as shown on the plan is indicative only – sizes, shapes and the exact locations may differ. Wall thicknesses, together with window and door sizes are approximate only and window and door openings are shown without frame details. (iv) Photographs are not necessarily comprehensive or current and no assumption should be made that any contents shown in them are included in the sale.
2. All descriptions, dimensions, references to condition and necessary permission for use and occupation and other details are given in good faith, and are believed to be correct, but any intending purchasers should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them:
3. No person in the employment of Dudley Singleton & Daughter has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatever in relation to this property or these particulars, nor to enter into any contract relating to the property on behalf of the Vendor.
4. No responsibility can be accepted for any expenses incurred by intending purchasers in inspecting properties which have been sold, let or withdrawn.
FIXTURES AND FITTINGS: The agent has not tested any apparatus, equipment, fixtures, fittings or services and so cannot verify that they are in working order or fit for their purpose. The buyer is advised to obtain verification from their Solicitor or surveyor.

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.

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Garden/Outside Space Yes
Parking Yes
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