This is archetypal Georgian house with its symmetrical large sash windows, its two main reception rooms stretching left and right from the hall, drawing room and dining room, and the hall which enters from the front runs right the way through the house to a door leading onto the rear gardens.
This house is valuably unlisted so, therefore, could be the subject of further extension, if so desired, subject to local authority planning permission.
The house has been kept in excellent order by the present owners who have been in residence now for approximately 25 years, and the previous owners were also in residence some 25 years.
The gardens - there is only one word - wonderful. Sweeping lawns, well-trimmed beech hedges which conceal the tennis court towards the far end of the garden, herbaceous borders planted and tended with loving care for decades, a large productive vegetable garden will be found at the rear of the garden with an orchard to the other side of the tennis court with post and rail fencing bounding natural pastureland owned by the Englefield Estate.. This truly is an inspirational garden, together with this fine period house, make it a very rare property in the market today
Special Features: All the rooms have high ceilings with large panelled doors giving access. * Open fire places in the drawing room, dining and sitting room. * There is a pretty conservatory with direct access to the garden and also access from the sitting room and the drawing room, custom built shading to the roof and windows to side; fabulous for summer dining. * The decor within the property with its original picture rails and high skirting boards, is elegant in its simplicity. * To the rear of the hall there is a range of seven servant`s bells original to the house. * The kitchen/breakfast room is very pretty with its painted pale yellow cupboard and drawer units with porcelain button handles to high and low level cupboards, windows directly overlooking the garden, plenty of space to seat 6-8 people for breakfast or an evening meal. * Attractive Amtico flooring has been put into the kitchen and also to the conservatory. * Door from the kitchen leads to the old domestic quarters with a fine old ventilated pantry, quarry tiled flooring to the lobby, the old housekeeper`s sitting room which has been used at various times as a study. * Other domestic offices including a utility room and a corridor leading to the main study which has French doors leading directly onto the rear garden.
* Wide staircase leads to a galleried first floor landing with window overlooking the gardens with delightful far reaching views over natural countryside owned by Englefield Estate. * There are also fine views from the bedrooms to the front over natural pastureland. * The family bathroom and the en suite shower room have both been totally refitted of recent times to a high standard. * Immediately to the rear of the property is a wide York stone paved terrace which has access from the hall, main study and the conservatory. * There is a wide side access which leads to a detached double garage presently not used by the owners for garaging but for storage, but could be used if so desired with some slight alteration to flowerbeds and hedging on the approach. * The tennis court is screened from the main house by a high beech hedge and is fine order.
Local Facilities: North Street is a tiny little hamlet with a peaceful and secluded lane running past; an idyllic spot, but only about 5 minutes by car to Junction 12 of the M4; so not only a very beautiful place to live, but very convenient.
There are some good pubs in Theale and fine restaurants abound in the area. Theale village has an excellent medical centre, dental practice, post office, shops and a fine church. Just the other side of Junction 12 is Sainsbury`s hypermarket and there is a Waitrose in Tilehurst. There is an excellent farm shop, Fielders, just down the road toward the A4.
The majority of the surrounding farmland is owned by Englefield estate. Horse riding with lots of bridle paths with a riding centre in Bradfield which is only a short driving distance and Bradfield College has a fabulous sports and tennis centre with indoor tennis courts, squash, gymnasium, fitness centre open to public membership, also a 9-hole golf course. There is a sailing club within a short driving distance and Theale Golf Course is within walking distance.
Approximately 1.3 miles is Theale station giving an intercity fast train connection to London Paddington via Reading, with Reading approximately 6 miles away. Pangbourne on Thames is approximately 3 miles with its excellent selection of specialist shops, restaurants, hotels, pubs and riverside walks, further train service giving an intercity fast train connection to London Paddingoton.
Schools: Sought after Church of England village primary school and pre-school at Englefield within walking distance. There is also a nursery school, creche, primary school and secondary education in Theale. Pangbourne College, Bradfield College, The Oratory, Downe House, St Andrews Preparatory School, Cranford House and Moulsford Preparatory School for Boys (all within easy driving distance).
SUMMARY OF ACCOMMODATION: Reception hall, drawing room, dining room, cloakroom, sitting room, conservatory, small study, large study, utility room, kitchen/breakfast room, pantry. First floor: Galleried landing, 6 bedrooms, family bathroom, shower en suite to master bedroom. The forecourt to the house has parking for a number of cars and the front gardens are screened from the lane by a high evergreen hedge.
Gardens & Grounds: Extending to approximately 0.743 acre / 0.301 ha.
DIRECTIONS: From the offices of Dudley Singleton & Daughter turn left, over the mini roundabout, proceed out of the village towards the A4. Proceed through Tidmarsh and after passing over the M4 look out for a sign on the left to North Street. Turn left. Proceed along this sleepy lane until you come to a right hand bend. A short distance down on the left hand side is a recently renovated cottage; Laurel Cottage will be found on the right.
SERVICES:Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil-fired central heating.
POST CODE:RG7 5EX
LOCAL AUTHORITY:West Berkshire Council.
Tel: 01635 42400.
Council Tax: Band G. 2012/13 - �2,448.00
Viewing by arrangement with vendor`s agent, Dudley Singleton & Daughter,
No. 1 Station Road,
Tel: 0118 984 2662.
Fax: 0118 984 5490.
London Office: Cashel House, 15 Thayer Street, London, W1
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.