Guide Price £719,000 - Sold

  • Detached part tiled and thatched cottage
  • Three double bedrooms
  • Refitted bespoke kitchen
  • Detached garge
  • Pangbourne office 0118 9842662
  • Wonderful village location
  • Spacious reception rooms
  • Ample parking
  • Thatched roof overhauled 2016

Didcot train station 2 miles ● A34 5 miles ● Wallingford 3 miles (all distances approximate)

1,589 sq ft / 148 m² (all measurements are approximate)

A delightful 3 bedroom detached, slate tiled and part-thatched cottage, set within one of the most beautiful, sleepy and sought after period villages.

Forge Cottage started life in the 17th century, and, as the name denotes, was the village forge with blacksmith's accommodation, yet unusually for the period, this property enjoys high ceilings throughout. The cottage is Grade II listed and in immaculate order throughout, having undergone a tasteful and imaginative interior redesign and decoration of recent times.

Nestled amongst other period properties and situated near to the fine medieval church dating from the 13th century, you are within easy walking distance to open countryside and footpaths on all sides of the village.

In the centre of the village is the Bear at Home; a thriving and privately run village pub with an excellent restaurant, and behind it is the village green, home to Moreton Cricket Club founded in 1858, a large children's play area, football pitch, and a number of events during the year such as the Village Fete.

The beer and cricket festival is a very popular annual event spread over 4 days offering the tried and tested formula of cricket matches, superb guest ales and ciders, nightly live music and splendid BBQ food.

North Moreton has a thriving village community, whilst benefiting from being in close proximity to tremendous shopping facilities and amenities in both Wallingford and Didcot, the latter of which offers fast train links to London Paddington, Oxford and Reading for commuters.

The landscaped rear gardens are part-walled and secluded, with a well-maintained lawn, mature shrubberies, fruit trees and some 70 foot in depth. There is off-road parking for 3 to 4 cars and a single detached garage, both of which are behind a secure gate.

Special features:
● High ceilings throughout, unusual for a property which started life in the 17th century
● The fine quality and substantial golden oak entrance door to a pretty reception hall with limestone flooring
● Spacious sitting room with open fire and beam across fitted with a wood burning stove
● Large dining room with open fireplace with beam across
● Further large reception room with access from the garden and the kitchen which can be used as a breakfast room, study or family room, this room has lime oaked flooring and a splendid dresser unit with lots of shelving and cupboards, and a central area for a TV to be mounted, if so desired, with aerial and power sockets located in the cupboards
● The outstanding bespoke kitchen has been recently refitted with an extensive range of high and low level painted panel units, very pretty figured granite work surfaces, ceramic under mounted sink unit with swan neck mixer tap, splendid Falcon electric range with three ovens, grill and 5 ring gas hob, extractor over, fitted dishwasher, impressive large flag stone limestone flooring, utility area at one end with plumbing for washing machine and vent for tumble dryer, large storage/pantry cupboard, windows overlooking the garden and stable door giving access to the garden
● All 3 bedrooms are doubles, with bedroom 1 enjoying an extensive wardrobe and dressing table unit with drawers
● Outside there is parking for 3 to 4 cars plus a detached single garage with delightful landscaped gardens, a large terrace area for summer dining, well-maintained lawns, herbaceous borders, fruit trees, a large garden store
● The thatched roof was overhauled in February 2016 with a new ridge fitted

Summary of accommodation: Reception hall, cloakroom, sitting room, dining room, family room, kitchen/breakfast room, 3 double bedrooms, family bathroom. Large detached single garage, garden shed. Full gas central heating.

Gardens: Rear gardens are landscaped and part-walled, extending some 70 feet and feature a well maintained lawn, herbaceous borders and fruit trees, a large terrace for summer dining, and a large garden store.

Local facilities: North Moreton is a fine period village which benefits from being close to lots of shops, amenities and transport links in neighbouring towns.

The village has a large well-maintained village green which doubles as a playing field with an active cricket club who cater for all ages and both men's and women's cricket. There is a football pitch, basketball hoop, table tennis table and dedicated children's playground with zip wire. The village green is the hub for many events during the year such as the village fete, beer festival, apple pressing, and Boxing Day kick arounds.

The award winning Bear at Home is a popular and busy village pub which serves fine real ales and excellent food. It has a beer garden which overlooks the village green and hosts many events during the year. The village hall has a full programme of activites from Pilates to quiz nights. The mid-13th century church, All Saints' has been described as the most perfect medieval church in Oxfordshire and hosts bell ringing, coffee mornings, and charity events. There are also many individual events such as horticultural (RHS) open days, safari suppers, opera evenings, to name but a few.

The countryside surrounding North Moreton is noted to be of outstanding rural beauty and footpaths are within easy access enabling very pretty walks through open countryside. This is also excellent riding country with the nearby Downs giving access to gallops, bridle paths and the Blewbury Riding Centre for the equestrian enthusiast.

Wallingford, on the River Thames, is a few minutes' drive away and offers fantastic walks, riverside pubs, restaurants, a Waitrose supermarket, many independent and popular shops, a fine antiques centre and regular farmer's markets. Didcot is home to many popular high street retailers and its supermarkets include Sainsbury's, Tesco and Aldi, there are numerous banks, health services, leisure centres, arts centre and a multiplex cinema.

Didcot Parkway is a mainline station offering superb commuter links to London Paddington, Oxford and Reading (with Crossrail coming soon), as well as the West Country and South Wales. The A34 is only a 10 minutes' drive, offering easy links to both the M4 and the M40.

Schools: The close neighbouring village of South Moreton has a highly regarded Primary School. North Moreton is inside the catchment area for Didcot Girls School which is Ofsted rated as outstanding, St Birinus (Didcot boy's school) and King Alfred's in Wantage. Independent schools within easy driving distance include; The Oratory, Cranford House, Mouslford Preparatory, St Helens & St Katharine in Abingdon, Pangbourne College and Bradfield College.

Directions: From the offices of Dudley Singleton & Daughter, turn right, proceed in the direction of Streatley, pass through the Streatley traffic lights with The Bull public house on your left, cross over the crossroads and take the next turning to the left signposted to Wantage. Proceed along this road passing the turning for Cholsey and there will be farmland on both sides of the road, and continue until you see a sign for Aston Tirrold and South Moreton to the right. This is a 7.5 tonne limited access. Turn right. Continue down the lane, pass the 30 mph restriction sign, and with a high red brick wall on the right, bear left at the fork into Baker Street. Proceed to the end of Baker Street, turning right at The Sweet Olive public house. Continue to the T-junction, go straight over and over again onto the Moreton Road (do not bear around to the right). Proceed along the Moreton Road into South Moreton. Continue straight through the village passing South Moreton Primary School on the right. Cross over the railway bridge into North Moreton. Drive down the hill passing The Bear pub on the right. At the T-junction, Forge Cottage is straight ahead.

Post Code: OX11 9AX

Tenure: Freehold

Services: Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage

Local Authority and Council Tax Band: South Oxfordshire, Band F

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

London Office: Cashel House, 15 Thayer Street, London, W1.

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:
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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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The Environmental Impact Rating is a measure of a home's impact on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide (C02) emissions - the higher the rating, the less impact it has on the environment.

Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) current value 70, potential value 71