* Reception hall
* Drawing room, Dining room
* Sitting room
* Kitchen/breakfast room
* Utility room, Study, Cloakroom, Cellar
* Master bedroom with en suite bathroom
* Six further bedrooms
* Family bathroom, Shower room
Barn comprising: Two bay carport, Kitchen, Cloakroom, Studio
Situated within a conservation area, The Baulk is a fine Grade II listed country house sitting in the most glorious position with breathtaking views over South Oxfordshire and West Berkshire. Originally built as folly and constructed of attractive brick and flint, the house is believed to date back to around 1870 with later additions sympathetically in-keeping with the period. The house has ample space for formal entertaining as well as family living with a number of reception rooms providing extensive and flexible accommodation. Many period features have been retained, adding to the character of the property including beautiful exposed beam work, charming internal windows and open fireplaces.
Of particular note is the drawing room with wonderful vaulted ceilings, large windows and a door opening onto the terrace. The kitchen features a traditional Aga and bespoke units which flows through to the breakfast room with an open fireplace and a woodburner, and doors leading out onto the terrace. The rooms are well proportioned, light and airy with an eclectic style beautifully suited to the property which adds to the unique and desirable qualities of The Baulk.
The main staircase sweeps up from the reception hall to the galleried landing on the first floor. The master bedroom with its en suite takes precedence with unrivalled views over the gardens and countryside beyond. There are six further bedrooms along with a family bathroom and shower room on this floor. Of note are the stunning views also to be had from bedroom 3.
The Baulk sits in an enviable private position in Goring Heath, just outside the pretty rural hamlet of Path Hill in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between the Berkshire Downs and the Chiltern Hills.
The Thameside villages of Goring and Pangbourne are both only a few miles away and provide a comprehensive range of local facilities and a main line rail link to London Paddington within the hour.
The attractive market town of Wallingford is just 9 miles away and has a range of antique shops and amenities, as well as a Waitrose. Henley on Thames is equidistant and provides a wonderful array of shops and restaurants.
Reading is just 6 miles away and has a wider range of amenities including a train station serving London Paddington in about 27 minutes, and which will be served by Crossrail in the future.
The range of schooling in the area, both state and private, is second to none and the surrounding countryside is renowned for its walks and rides.
The M4 (J12) is about 7 miles away and provides vehicular access to London, its airports and the motorway network.
The property is approached down a smart hedge-lined driveway leading up to a sweeping driveway to the front of the property, which leads right round to the timber barn and carports. The grounds surround the Baulk with the principal lawn lying predominantly to the south. A beautiful stone terrace sits off the back of the house, taking full advantage of the views and providing an ideal dining and entertaining space. This leads down to the heated swimming pool and pool house. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn with herbaceous borders and attractive planting with mature trees and hedging to the margins. Tucked away to one side is a large garden store and orchard, looking out onto open countryside, and to the westerly side of the house lies a beautiful landscaped knot garden. There is a gate to the boundary of the land, leading out to approximately 400 acres of woodland and country walks, belonging to the Hardwick Estate.
To the side of the house is a timber barn with a two bay carport as well as a workshop, cloakroom and kitchen on the ground floor. Stairs lead up to a large studio which would also serve well as an office, games room or ancillary accommodation.