4 Bed Detached House  Under-Offer  Dark Lane  Reading  Oxfordshire  RG8  
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Approx 4,507 sq ft / 418.7 m�

M4 Junction 12: 2.5 miles, Reading 7 miles, Heathrow 34 miles, Pangbourne station 2.3 miles

Situated on the edge of the famous period village of Pangbourne on Thames, a lavish, stunningly beautiful conversion of a substantial Victorian building. This restoration and conversion has been created by craftsmen and fitted to the highest standards without thought of cost. It can be said that The Courtyard is the epitome of innovative design and amalgamates all that is best of 21st century technology with all the charm of the bygone Victorian era. This is an elegant country home with traditional 8ft high ceilings to the ground floor and vaulted ceilings to the first floor, retaining the exposed beams, ceiling beams and steel work of the original Victorian construction. This property has a �wow` factor impossible to find. The Courtyard is spacious and light with the large rooms beautifully fitted and elegantly decorated. There is no doubt this could be a magnificent primary residence but, equally as important, as a second home afforded by the extraordinary security including the electrically operated entrance gates and the high walled gardens, and computerised security system, also the lack of maintenance required and an automated garden irrigation system.

The Courtyard is set within the heart of very beautiful countryside and yet is not isolated with other residences forming a small hamlet including a fine old Queen Anne house, a Victorian mill and, just across the lane, the Tidmarsh Stud. All accessed via a no through road which is 0.5 mile long.

Special Features: The walled gardens have been landscaped by a Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning landscape designer in the Mediterranean style with fountains, well-maintained lawns, fine mature topiary and palms, and a large granite flag stone terrace to the side with access from the kitchen and also to the rear for summer entertaining and dining. * There is a wonderful entrance hall with a splendid marble staircase rising gracefully to the galleried first floor. * A very large, beautifully fitted kitchen/living room. * Large drawing room. * Super large master bedroom suite. * The property is nearly 0.5 mile from a public road and only 2.3 miles from the centre of Pangbourne village with all its amazing facilities, station and restaurants. * The extraordinary level of insulation will keep the property cool in summer and warm in winter, even if not attended. * Many of the features of the original Victorian building have been retained, including the beam work and ironwork to the first floor and vaulted ceilings. * The kitchen/living room is a House & Gardens dream with its atrium-like lantern sky light over the far end of the kitchen with superb hardwood doors reaching out into a granite paved patio. * The property is entered through electrically operated wrought iron gates giving access to the 5-bay garage or from a hardwood gate within the wall. * A fountain plays in the front garden and you walk past this fountain to reach the imposing high bespoke glazed hardwood doors which secure the entrance to the grand reception hall. * The magnificent master bedroom suite with its vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and huge Gothic window giving pretty rural views. * The bathrooms too are fitted to exacting standards with the same taste and quality as the remainder of the property. * There are computer linked high security, lighting, heating and media systems.

Technical Specification

The control system for The Courtyard has been created to give superb audio distribution to 7 areas, Rako mood lighting and integration with the central heating. Key to the design of the system is the provision for future expansion with cabling in place for video distribution and other control features if required.

At the heart of the system is a Control4 HC-800 controller, which integrates all the separate systems onto a single platform. It is here that the Rako lighting, heating control, audio and video distribution are managed, enabling control through a single device, whether it be a smart phone, tablet or in wall touchscreen.

The audio amplifier features 120W of high-quality sound from 8 analogue input sources in 8 speaker output zones, advanced parametric equalizer capability with the Control4 Equalizer app, which drives professional quality sound, full matrix switching, independent input-gain control and volume-limiting capabilities. The sound is delivered through Bowers & Wilkins custom 300 series speakers. The controller has a built in TuneIn Internet radio, with access to over 70,000 radio stations.

The Rako lighting is a centralised panel mood lighting system and integrated throughout the ground floor, master suite and outside of the property. The lighting has been designed with wireless integration, so if required, it can be expanded relatively easily, adding further control panels or PIR`s. Lighting scenes can be set and controlled through smart phone apps either in the property or remotely. In the media closet all the control systems have been centralised in a single rack with adequate space for expansion. A local area network is in place for HD video distribution to all areas of the property. In the kitchen seating area, cabling is ready to install a 5.1 surround sound system. In the dining and drawing rooms in wall touch panels provide control over the entire system.

SUMMARY OF ACCOMMODATION: Reception hall with baronial staircase to first floor, cloakroom, drawing room, very large kitchen/living room, dining room, 4 bedrooms (1 presently used as a study), 3 bathroom suites, and the master bedroom also includes a large dressing room and en suite bathroom. Landscaped Mediterranean gardens designed by Gold Medal Chelsea Flower Show award winning landscape garden designers, 5-car garage. Full oil fired central heating system. Full computerised security system, automated irrigation system for gardens, security system with computer linked CCTV system. Gardens extending to approximately 0.214 acre / 0.087 ha.

Local Facilities: There are excellent schooling facilities in the area � Pangbourne College is just along the road, Bradfield College is within easy access, as is St Andrew`s Preparatory School, Moulsford Boys School, Cranford House, Downe House and The Oratory. There is a public sector school at Theale which has a school bus pick up in Pangbourne. There is a first class fitness and tennis centre at Bradfield College which is open to membership with a very fine indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, squash courts, indoor tennis courts. There are also plenty of facilities for the golfing enthusiast in the area � Streatley Hills, Mapledurham and Calcot to name but a few and there are delightful walks from the property by way of footpaths and bridleways. Horse riding stables and livery stables a short driving distance at Buckhold and Upper Basildon. The large supermarkets of Waitrose and Sainsbury`s are also within easy driving distance. Fielders Farm Shop on the road from Tidmarsh to Theale sells all sorts of good quality local produce.

DIRECTIONS: From the offices of Dudley Singleton turn left, proceed over the mini roundabout passing The Elephant Hotel. Turn right into Pangbourne Hill. Proceed up Pangbourne Hill turning second left into Bere Court Road. Proceed as far as you can along Bere Court until you reach a crossroads. Proceed over the crossroads into Dark Lane. A short distance along on the left hand side turn left at the sign for Maidenhatch Stud Farm and Maidenhatch Farm, etc. Turn left. Proceed down this drive, which is a no-through lane, until you reach the end where you will see Tidmarsh Stud on your left and you will pass The Old Dairy House on your right and the entrance to The Courtyard will be found immediately on the right with electric gate giving access to garage and for parking.

SERVICES:Mains electricity. Private water supply. Septic tank drainage. Oil-fired central heating.


LOCAL AUTHORITY: West Berkshire Council. Tel: 01635 42400. www.westberks.gov.ukCouncil Tax: G

Viewing by arrangement with vendor`s agent, Dudley Singleton & Daughter, No. 1 Station Road, Pangbourne, Berkshire, RG8 7AN. Tel: 0118 984 2662. Fax: 0118 984 5490. Email: info@singletonanddaughter.co.uk.

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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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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