4 Bed Detached House  Under-Offer  Mead Lane  Reading  Oxfordshire  RG8  
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Gardens extending to approximately 0.862 acre / 0.349 ha

Approx. 2642 sq ft / 245.4msq.

Pangbourne 2 miles (the Station giving Intercity fast train service to London Paddington), Reading approx. 8 miles, Newbury 13 miles, M4 Junction 12 at Theale 7 miles

Park Farm House is an outstanding Grade II Listed country house designed by the iconic Arts & Crafts Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, who is often described as the greatest British architect of his age. Sir Edwin Lutyens designs are shown across the country with manifest numbers of country houses, fine commercial buildings, monuments and perhaps his greatest achievement Viceroy House, the centre piece of New Delhi.

The property was constructed originally as part of the Basildon Park Estate which surrounds the fine 18th Century Georgian mansion Basildon House, which lies adjacent.

Basildon House was built in 1776 for Sir Francis Sykes later sold to James Morrison and his family and on his death his nephew inherited the property, Major James Morrison. In 1910 he commissioned the Architect Edwin Lutyens to design workers cottages in the neighbouring villages and who also designed Park Farm House. In 1929 Morrison sold Basildon Park and the new owner Lord Iliffe later sold Park Farm House to the present owner some 30 years ago.

The design of Park Farm House can be instantly recognised as the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens and has attained many of his interior designs to this day. The situation is outstanding, the property enjoys peaceful, rural seclusion and privacy and set high above a sleepy little used lane overlooking beautiful rolling countryside in all directions.

There is easy access to Pangbourne with its fine selection of shops and station and just along the road at the end of Mead Lane there is a petrol station which has a good Mace mini market selling all the necessities including papers and further along the road an excellent Indian Restaurant The Tamarind Tree.

Special Features:
Some special features of the property are:
*The large drawing room with open log fire presently fitted with wood burning stove, large master bedroom, original parquet flooring and large windows looking down the gardens to the South with a fine built in dresser with cupboards, drawers and bookshelves. *The kitchen/breakfast room has the original quarry tiled flooring with a modern rayburn cooking range with ovens and also supplying hot water in winter. *Electric supplementary heating for hot water in the summer by way of an immersion heater. *The kitchen also has an excellent range of built in cupboards and drawers in pine with a fitted ceramic four ring hob with modern electric Neff oven under for summer use.

*There is also a door to a large ventilated pantry and further door to china cupboard. *The utility room is large with a large storage cupboard and door to the exterior. *The property has a downstairs bedroom 4 or study which has an en-suite shower room. *The entrance to the property is by way of double doors to a glazed original enclosed entrance porch which in turn gives access to a reception hall with fine original parquet flooring and staircase rising gracefully to the first floor. *The hall also gives direct access to the kitchen, dining room and drawing room. *All the rooms have fantastic views over very beautiful countryside on all sides and far reaching views to the South and West.

Schools & Local Facilities:
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 on the top of Whitchurch Hill.

Shopping facilities: There is a small supermarket in the petrol station at Lower Basildon on the main road, the excellent Tamarind Indian Restaurant which is also just past the petrol station, the newly built village hall in Upper Basildon is only a short distance by car which has all sorts of activities during the year including a regular Farmers Market and adjacent to the village hall there is a good tennis club with excellent tennis courts and a green with children`s play area.

Pangbourne has a splendid selection of specialist shops including an excellent butcher`s shop making its own pies and sausages, cheese shop, organic farm shop, a Co-Operative supermarket, library, doctors and dental practices, banks, pubs and restaurants.

The station giving Intercity fast train link to London Paddington which is approximately 40 minutes has excellent parking facilities.

Bradfield which is about 10 minutes away by car has a fine sports complex with indoor tennis courts, fabulous indoor swimming pool, squash, gymnasium and fitness centre open to public membership. It also has an 8-hole golf course which is still open to public membership and there are a number of golf courses within the area including Streatley Hills.

The M4 Motorway Junction 12 at Theale is approximately 10 minutes away and there is an excellent Waitrose at Tilehurst the other side of Pangbourne and a Sainsbury`s hypermarket on the A4 near Junction 12 of the motorway.

SUMMARY OF ACCOMMODATION: Large enclosed entrance porch/boot room, reception hall, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room with large walk-in pantry, utility room, 4 bedrooms including study/bedroom 4 on the ground floor with en-suite shower room and family bathroom to first floor. Double garage with electric up and over doors, single garage, 2 summer houses.

Note 1: There is a covenant in favour of The National Trust who own Basildon Park which lies adjacent, that any additions or alterations to the property must be sanctioned by them to prior to any work commencing. The National Trust have no ownership of any part of the property or the grounds.

Gardens & Grounds: Extending to approximately 0.86 acre. The gardens are a stunning feature of the property with an orchard to the North, well maintained lawns to the South with a number of mature flowerbeds, herbaceous borders, rosebeds and shrubberies. The gardens have been kept relatively simple for ease of maintenance.

The main access from the lane is by way of a gravelled tarmacadam drive retained and secured by electrically operated wrought iron gates. The drive leads round to a car parking area which also gives access to a detached pair of double garages with electric up and over doors and a further single garage. To the rear of the garage is a lean-to garden store and log store. There are also a pair of summer houses.

SERVICES:Mains water, electricity. Oil fired central heating. Septic tank drainage.


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

Viewing by arrangement with vendor`s agent, Dudley Singleton & Daughter,
No. 1 Station Road,
RG8 7AN.
Tel: 0118 984 2662
Fax: 0118 984 5490

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:
3. No person in the employment of Dudley Singleton & Daughter has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatever in relation to this property or these particulars, nor to enter into any contract relating to the property on behalf of the Vendor.
4. No responsibility can be accepted for any expenses incurred by intending purchasers in inspecting properties which have been sold, let or withdrawn.
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.

From the offices of Dudley Singleton & Daughter turn right, proceed in the direction of Streatley after passing Child Beale on your right you will go through a set of traffic lights, after which you turn immediately left, this is Mead Lane. Proceed up the lane and the property will be found on the left hand side, pass the house and you will find some electrically operated wrought iron gates which open up into a tarmacadum drive rising to a car parking area before the garages, park here.

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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