- A magnificent and spacious converted barn
- Main house 6,354 sq ft/ 594 sq m - Outbuildings - 1595 sq ft / 144 sq m
- Could be a fine equestrian holding with Ridgeway access
- Large air conditioned cellar
- Easy access to A34 and M4
- Beautiful location with fantastic far reaching views
- 3.8 acres (approx) further adjoining 79 acres (approx) available if required
- Detached health and fitness building with gym and exercise pool
- Within The Downs school catchment
- Tel 0118 9842662
Pangbourne 9 miles ● Newbury 11 miles ● Didcot Parkway 12 miles (trains to Paddington 45 minutes) ● M4 (jct 12) 11 miles ● M4 (jct 13) 8 miles ● Reading 15 miles ● Oxford 20 miles ● Heathrow 1 hour (all distances /timings are approximate)
Barn: 6,354 sq ft / 594 m² Outbuildings: 1,595 sq ft / 144 m²
3.8 acres / 1.5 hectares (all measurements are approximate)
The late 12th century Painsbridge Barn is a wonderful 5-bedroom detached Country House, valuably unlisted and set within the extraordinarily beautiful Berkshire Downs which are part of the very famous North Wessex Downs, an area noted to be of outstanding natural beauty.
The barn has been lavishly and lovingly restored and reconstructed to exacting standards by the present owners for their own use. The conversion has been an extraordinary labour of love.
The property as a whole enjoys wonderful far-reaching views over natural countryside with the pretty nearby village of Compton which is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and retains traces of Roman occupation.
Painsbridge Barn could become a fine equestrian holding if so desired. It has a number of out-buildings which might be converted to loose boxes. The grounds and paddocks belonging to Painsbridge Barn immediately adjoin Lot 2, which is 79 acres.
● Unusual to this style of period barn conversion, the construction has many windows throughout creating a very light and bright family home
● The stunningly beautiful central drawing room with dining area is perhaps one of the most important features within this period house, with a high vaulted ceiling, the length of the room and an imposing open log fireplace
● The insulation levels throughout are extremely high, to include the primary double glazing
● An extraordinary amount of thought has been given to making absolutely sure that within the design a splendid flow in the accommodation is achieved
● To both sides of the chimney breast is an oak minstrel gallery, with a small sitting room overlooking the whole of the drawing room
● The kitchen/breakfast room has an extensive fitted range of bespoke oak cupboard and drawer units at low level, also including glass and china cupboards, pantry units, fitted fridge/freezer, LG microwave unit, pull-out pot shelf, fitted Bosch dishwasher, modern 3 oven propane gas AGA with state of the art bolt on unit to one side, 4 ring propane hob above with electric oven with grill fitted within a range area. To one side there is extensive book shelves and windows overlooking the garden gaining wonderful views on three sides. The work surfaces are all in granite, with undermounted 1½ bowl stainless steel sink unit and under mounted stainless-steel draining board with swan neck mixer tap. There is ceramic flooring throughout with a glazed panel door leading into the rear lobby and laundry room where there is plumbing for washing machine and venting for tumble dryer, a ceramic salt glazed butler's sink
● In the kitchen/breakfast room there is an underfloor access into a large purpose constructed air-conditioned wine cellar
● The main bedroom is a very pretty, spacious room with a dressing area fitted with bespoke high-quality cupboards, some racked for shoes, with an ensuite bathroom and separate ensuite shower room
● There is a right of way access at all times from the Wallingford Road showed on the plan coloured green
● At the time of the conversion and reconstruction, the external boarding was re-clad in oak which substantially reduces the cost of future maintenance
● The water from the bore hole is very pure and is obtained from subterranean streams, the winter brook and to the east of the property the pang. The extraction of water is checked on a regular basis for purity by the environment agency
Gardens and Grounds extending to 3.8 acres / 1.5 hectares (approx.)
3.8 acres of grounds, split into 1.6 acres of lawned and landscaped gardens and 2.2 acres of ring-fenced pastureland, immediately adjoining and with access to Lot 2, the 79 acres/32 hectares.
There is a wide frontage to the property with a cobbled forecourt. A central island octagonal building was created to cover the ancient Garret's seed dresser, which is early 19th century.
Well-maintained lawns surround the property with the frontage overlooking the 2-acre meadow and 79 acres of arable land.
A 5-bar entrance gate gives access to Painsbridge Barn and the garden is secured by a 3-bar and 4-bar ring fence.
There is a pretty bridge over the stream. On the northern side of the garden is a productive vegetable garden with a greenhouse and potting shed.
There are a number of outbuildings which are used for storage and garaging some of which might become useful loose boxes.
Adjacent health & fitness building:
Situated just across from Painsbridge Barn, this is a splendid modern building, fitted with state-of-the-art equipment to include a large well fitted gym (equipment available by separate negotiation), an exercise pool with adjustable current, a steam room and a cloakroom with shower.
The pool is enclosed by glass and is heated by its own unit and kept at about 26˚c. The water has its own separate heater and is kept at 31˚c.
The gym is air conditioned and is kept at approximately 17˚c.
Summary of accommodation:
Magnificent drawing room with open log fire and dining area to one end, minstrel gallery, mezzanine floor with small sitting room, large kitchen/breakfast room, fully air conditioned large wine cellar, utility room, rear lobby, 2 cloakrooms, master bedroom suite with ensuite shower room, dressing area and separate bathroom, a large office, 4 further bedrooms with 4 further shower/bath rooms.
Double garage with service pit and workshop and machinery store, adjacent health and fitness room, 3 further outbuildings used as stores/garaging. Koi carp pond which might be included if so desired.
1. Electric gated entrance from the highway. Electric entrance gates are owned and maintained by the owner of Painsbridge Barn. An annual amount of £100 is to be paid to 1 Queensborough Cottages to cover the cost of the small amount of electricity used to operate the gates.
2. There is a right of way access at all times from the Wallingford Road showed on the plan coloured green, subject to payment by the owners of Painsbridge Barn, of a fair share according to use towards the maintenance, the owner/occupier of PB for the time being of the property shall be at liberty at their own expense to repair/improve the access way in accordance with the planning permission dated 10/10/2001. Or at the choice at the owner/occupier of Painsbridge Barn.
3. The Painsbridge Estate is registered with DEFRA's rural payment scheme. A field data sheet is available on request from the vendor's agent.
4. The water supply from Painsbridge bore hole serves adjacent land owned by Church Farm and Meadow Farm Lot 3. The owners of Church Farm and Meadow Farm Lot 3, pay a contribution of £50 per annum towards maintenance of the bore hole and pump.
Local facilities: Compton is a quiet rural village on the edge of the Berkshire Downs, which is part of the very famous North Wessex Downs, an area noted to be of outstanding natural beauty. Situated just north of Newbury, yet extremely conveniently located with excellent access to major road and rail routes.
Mentioned in the Doomsday Book, Compton has a beautiful 13th century flint walled Parish church and many period buildings reflecting its long architectural heritage. There is a Post Office with a village general store, a barber, surgery, village hall, a play group, crèche, a Scout/Guide hut and a sports and recreation Centre. There is a cricket club and a running group. For the walker and equestrians there are many lovely footpaths and bridle paths around the village and on the Ridgeway.
Compton has long been associated with horse racing, and the village pub is named after the famous Grand National winner Foinavon, the pub has a restaurant and boutique hotel accommodation.
Schools: The village has two highly regarded schools with the same head teacher. The CE primary school and The Downs secondary school which is Ofsted rated 'Outstanding'. There are excellent schooling facilities within easy driving distance to include; Pangbourne College, Bradfield College, St Andrew's Preparatory School, Downe House, Brockhurst & Marlston House Preparatory School and Elstree Preparatory School.
Directions: In the village of Compton, with the Foinavon Public House on your left, turn into Horn Street, proceed along this road and bear round to the right into the Wallingford Road. Proceed to the end of this road and you will come to a bridge on your right, bear left before the bridge and there is an electric gate with a push button control to open, proceed onto the track, past Queensborough Cottage, proceed along the drive to the very end where Meadow Farm will be on the right, and on the left, the entrance to Painsbridge Barn.
Post Code: RG20 6PU
Services: Mains electricity, estate water supply, modern sewage treatment plant drainage, propane gas for central heating, hot water, hob and AGA. The propane gas tank is concealed underground.
EPC Rating: D
Local Authority & 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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