- Uniquely beautiful small country estate
- Set in a very beautiful location within grounds of 18 acres (approx)
- 6 bedrooms
- Enormous potential
- Spectacular far reaching views
- 8 acres of paddocks/pastureland, 8 acres woodland, 2 acres of gardens
- No onward chain
- Pangbourne office 0118 9842662
Pangbourne village centre, train station & shops 4 mins drive/1.8 miles ● Reading 6 miles ● M4 (junc 12) 5 miles ● Fast trains to London Paddington 47 minutes ● Heathrow 46 minutes' drive
Gigaclear superfast broadband is available
(all distances/timings approximate)
Gardens, woodland, paddocks & pastureland extending to 18 acres (approx.)
Total floor area 3,255 sq ft/302 m²
Situated on the edge of Pangbourne, a uniquely beautiful small country estate, comprising of a 1930's 6 bedroom country house together with two acres of lawned gardens, paddocks, pastureland and woodland extending in all to approximately 18 acres.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a country house in a beautiful location and with such enormous potential. Enjoying rural peace and tranquillity, with wonderful far-reaching views over natural rolling countryside, Bowden Hill is a haven for wildlife.
Entered from a private drive owned by the property, overlooking to the front bluebell woodland, and to the rear the gardens in Spring are carpeted by a sea of golden daffodils planted many years ago.
The property has been in the same family ownership for over 40 years. The following is a quote from the book ‘Daffodil - biography of a flower' the author of which is Helen O'Neill, daughter of the family, who spent many of her formative years living at Bowden Hill. It sums up the magic and joy of owning Bowden Hill:
'…by the time I hit my teens my family travelling had halted and we settled in the countryside a few miles from a Thames Valley village (Pangbourne). My new home was surrounded by towering woodland dissected by pathways and dappled meadows carpeted all too briefly with bluebells, and in spring what felt like acres of drifting daffodils. My parents had inherited a remarkable landscape where each spring a multitude of daffodils bloomed in flashes, clumps and languid drift; my mother was entranced.'
An additional quote from the English poet William Wordsworth 'I wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o'er vails and hills, when all at once I saw a crowd a host of dancing daffodils.'
* The enormous potential to either modernise and/or substantially extend the existing dwelling, or construct a one for one replacement character country house of quality, subject to local authority planning permission
* The property, situated on a hilltop, faces due south over its gardens and pastureland
* Bowden Hill's position is so valuably important, tucked away in the sleepy part of the Berkshire countryside on the edge of the famous Thameside village of Pangbourne, yet only a matter of minutes away from the thriving village centre
* The original servants bell and butlers bell box with room numbering windows
* The original dresser within the kitchen/ breakfast room
* The large reception hall with staircase winding gracefully to the first floor with windows on two half landings
* A large galleried landing to the first floor
* Second floor has a large bedroom 5 with adjoining 6th bedroom with window and under eaves storage
* Double aspect windows within the sitting room overlook the wonderful grounds with picture window and original open fireplace
* The splendid informal gardens directly overlooking the paddocks/pastureland
* A mature orchard with many different varieties of apples
Summary of accommodation: Reception hall, cloakroom, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/ breakfast room, pantry, utility room, 4 bedrooms, bathroom, separate wc.
2nd floor – bedroom 5 and 6. Tank room.
Two small timber constructed garages and wood store, summer house, field shelter.
Gardens / woodland/ paddocks: The land comprising 18 acres (approx.) is divided into 8 acres of paddocks / pastureland. 8 acres of woodland and approximately 2 acres of garden. The property has a long private drive from the highway which is owned by Bowden Hill. The mature orchard has several types of apples both cooking and eating which produced a bumper crop last year. There is a small natural pond and nearly every year ducks and wildfowl nest there. There are plenty of footpaths and bridleways in the area, to include a pretty footpath through the top of the woodland which allows access for walks for several miles through beautiful countryside.
Gardens & Grounds extending to: 18 acres / 7 hectares (approximately).
Local facilities: Pangbourne is a wonderful period village with a fine selection of award-winning independent shops, a small supermarket, health centre, dentists, library, hairdressers, riverside pubs and fine restaurants. Beale Wildlife Park & Gardens is a lovely place for young families with amazing animals, birds, gardens, play parks and miniature train. Basildon Park is a 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, the imminent Crossrail offering fast links to the City in the coming years, as well as buses to all local areas.
Bradfield College has a fabulous sports complex open to public membership, with a fine indoor pool, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, squash, gym and fitness centre. There are plenty of courses nearby for the golfing enthusiast.
The large supermarkets of Waitrose and Sainsburys and Fielders Farm Shop on the Englefield Road, the other side of Tidmarsh, are all within easy driving distance.
Excellent schools: Bowden Hill is located within easy reach of a number of fine schools. Pangbourne College, Bradfield College and St Andrew's Preparatory School are within easy driving distance, as are The Oratory School, Downe House, Cranford House and Moulsford Preparatory School. There are bus pick up points in Pangbourne 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. Pangbourne Primary School is in the village and within walking distance, which has foundation stage 1.
Directions: Proceed up Pangbourne Hill, passing the Pangbourne College entrance on your left, pass two further Pangbourne school signs, pass some woodland on the left and you will find the entrance drive on the left with a 5-bar gate securing. If you have gone too far you will see the large house Bowden Keep on your left and then Tysoe's Farm. The entrance to the Bowden Hill drive is just before Bowden Keep.
Post Code: RG8 8PT
Services: Mains water, mains electricity, oil fired central heating, septic tank drainage.
Electricity to the summer house. Broadband currently through Sky.
Mains water supply and a separate access to the paddocks.
Bowden Hill the house has a metered water supply with a separate meter for the supply of water to the paddocks. Gigaclear super-fast broadband is available and the hub and is located at the start of the driveway access.
EPC Rating: G
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.
Tel: 0118 984 2662
Websites: www.singletonanddaughter.co.uk, www.rightmove.co.uk, www.mayfairoffice.co.uk, www.onthemarket.com, www.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. (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.
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