- Charming period country house
- Five bedrooms
- Interesting spacious reception rooms
- large open fireplaces
- Gardens approx 0.7 acres
- Attributed to Sir Edwin Lutyens
- Three bathrooms
- High ceilings
- Valuably unlisted
- Garaging and parking.
Pangbourne village & station 2.5 miles ● Goring 3 miles ● M4 (junction 12) 7 miles ● Reading 8 miles ● Newbury 14 miles (all distances approximate)
3,192 sq ft / 297 m²
Gardens & Grounds 0.7 acres / 0.29 hectares (all measurements are approximate)
A charming 5 bedroom family house attributed to Sir Edwin Lutyens. This is a period house of distinction situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, in a peaceful and tranquil location. Accessed from a small lane and overlooking the walls bounding Basildon Park.
Hillside House was built in 1913 on the instructions of Major James Archibald Morrison, for the Basildon Park estate. Lutyens firm was commissioned to design the house and the strong lines associated with Lutyens are clear in the detailing. Major Morrison commissioned Sir Edward Lutyens to design a number of new houses for Basildon Park estate to help create a 'model village'.
The house benefits from its immediate proximity to the historic Basildon Park, the former home of Lord IIiffe and his family, and now gifted to The National Trust.
The house is valuably unlisted and is outside the conservation area. There is a traditional plaque which Major Morrison placed on most of the properties he had constructed at this time. It shows the original name Upper House, and a further stone plaque with his initial JAM 1913.
This was a wonderful period of architecture and Major Morrison made absolutely certain that the Lutyens designed houses were constructed under the watchful eye of Edwin Lutyens.
Edwin Landseer Lutyens was born in 1869. One of England's iconic architects noted for his versatility and range of invention along traditional lines. He is especially known for his planning of New Delhi and the design of the Viceroys House there. Lutyens was knighted in 1918 and is often referred to and chronicled as England's greatest architect.
● A wonderful example of the design made so famous by Sir Edward Lutyens with its large windows giving light throughout the property and tall imposing chimney stacks
● The entrance hall is another feature with a large original oak ledge and braced imposing entrance door with staircase rising gracefully to the first floor landing which has lots of cupboards and an airing cupboard, 5 double bedrooms and three bathrooms all enjoying wonderful views
● There is a large kitchen/breakfast area which easily holds a table for 8-10 people
● The kitchen is fitted with bleached oak cupboard and drawer units, a 2 oven AGA, an auxiliary electric oven and 4 ring AEG hob with extractor over
● The reception rooms are interesting and spacious with traditionally high ceilings and large open log fires
● Drawing room is a fine feature with its large open fireplace with carved mantle, slate hearth, double aspect room with windows giving wonderful views over the gardens on all sides
● Sitting room also enjoys a fine open fireplace with double aspect garden views
● Dining room with its herringbone woodblock flooring, fireplace and large double windows overlooking the garden
● Large level gardens lie high above the sleepy lane, mainly laid to lawn with some shrubberies and high hedges and mature trees giving seclusion
● To the rear of the property there are further large lawns, to the right hand side protected by hedges are the old vegetable gardens and orchard
● Immediately to the rear of the property is a terracotta tiled terrace, taking the full benefit of the afternoon and evening sun. This is an area ideal for an infill extension for perhaps a conservatory with direct access from the kitchen and drawing room, subject to planning permission
Summary of accommodation: Reception hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, garden shed and timber constructed garaging for 2 cars.
Gardens and grounds: Secluded and private with high hedges and mature trees, mainly laid to lawn with shrubberies, old vegetable gardens and orchard. Terracotta tiled terrace, garden shed. Gardens & Grounds extending to 0.7 acres / 0.29 hectares.
Local facilities: Hillside House is situated on the edge of the much sought after village of Upper Basildon, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoying 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.
For the equestrian enthusiast there is a large livery yard with many bridle paths surrounding the village. There is an excellent sporting complex open to public membership at Bradfield College with indoor 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.
This semi-rural location benefits from being just a few minutes' drive from the nearby Thames side village of Pangbourne which offers a range of amenities including a splendid selection of independent award winning specialist shops including a butchers, cheese shop, organic farm shop, pet shop, supermarket, library, doctors, dental practices, 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.
Schools: There are lots of local schools within easy access including Pangbourne College, Bradfield College, Upper Basildon C of E Village Primary School, St Andrew's Preparatory School, Cranford House Girls' School, Moulsford Preparatory and Senior School for boys, Downe House Girls' School and The Oratory Preparatory and Senior School.
Directions: From the offices of Dudley Singleton & Daughter, turn right, proceed out of the village, after passing Child Beale Wildlife Park on your right you will go through a set of traffic lights. Pass the National Trust Basildon Park entrance on your left and enter a 30 mph zone, opposite the petrol station, turn left into Park Wall Lane. A short distance down on the right hand side you will pass the entrance to Hillfields Farm, proceed a short distance and it is the first driveway on the right hand side, just after a brick pedestrian entrance to the property. There is a sign on the tree which says Hillside House.
Post Code: RG8 9PA
Services: Mains water, electricity, oil fired central heating, modern septic tank drainage
Local Authority and Council Tax Band: West Berkshire, Band G
Viewing by arrangement with vendor's agent, Dudley Singleton & Daughter, No. 1 Station Road, Pangbourne, Berkshire, RG8 7AN.
Tel: 0118 984 2662
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