WEST STREATLEY HOUSE
STREATLEY ON THAMES – BERKSHIRE
*Goring & Streatley Station – 0.6 miles *Pangbourne – 5 miles
*Wallingford – 6 miles *Oxford – 19 miles
*Newbury – 13 miles *M4 at J12 (Theale) – 10 miles
An important village house Listed Grade II of handsome appearance dating from the late Georgian period with generous family accommodation of elegant proportions and character, occupying a prominent central position overlooking grazing meadows, and with south facing gardens of nearly half an acre.
• Excellent road and rail communications
• First-class range of Private and State schools in immediate local area
• Grand Reception Hall
• Three Reception Rooms
• Large Kitchen/Breakfast Room
• Period Orangery/Conservatory
• Utility Room and Cloakroom
• Four principal Bedrooms
• Two Bathrooms (one en-suite)
• Two large second floor Bedrooms
• Third Bathroom on second floor
• Railed frontage with views across to protected meadows and parish church
• Expansive lawned South facing gardens with shrub and tree-lined boundaries
• Rear access also off Vicarage Lane with potential for garage in
The picturesque village of Streatley on Thames lies in a wide valley on the Berkshire side of the river between Reading and Oxford, opposite Goring on the Oxfordshire bank with the surrounding countryside designated an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. Historically the two villages are located at a natural crossing point of the river, set between the Berkshire Downs and Chiltern Hills, known geographically as the ‘Goring Gap' where the ancient Ridgeway path comes down to meet the river after its long journey across the Berkshire Downlands before continuing up onto the Chiltern Hills and the Icknield Way.
The interesting High Street, which forms the central part of the village running down to the river and the bridge over to Goring, is now a ‘Conservation Area' with a wealth of period properties many of considerable architectural merit including a thatched cottage, a beautiful William and Mary house and an Elizabethan Farmhouse.
The village has a parish church with Norman origins, “The Swan” a luxury 4 star riverside hotel also offering a leisure and fitness club, and at the top of the High Street is the Bull Inn being an old coaching inn from the era when the Royal Mail stopped en route from London to Oxford. There is also a prestigious Golf Club, established over 100 years ago, set amidst beautiful rolling countryside. Streatley has a highly rated Primary School with a separate Nursery and is also is in the catchment area for the much acclaimed Downs Secondary school in Compton.
Across the river, the larger village of Goring on Thames offers a wide range of amenities and facilities including shops, modern health centre, traditional inns, choice of restaurants, Gourmet Deli, a riverside café, “Boutique” hotel, library, dentist and importantly a main line railway station providing excellent commuter services to Reading and up to London (Paddington) in under the hour and with connections for the future Crossrail services into central London.
Behind Streatley the ground rises steeply where the Berkshire Downlands meet the Thames Valley and from the top there are panoramic views far into Oxfordshire. The woodland and hills surrounding Streatley have been acquired in recent years by the National Trust and there are extensive bridleways and footpaths open to the public.
N.B. Crossrail services are scheduled to be commencing from Reading in approx. 2017 which together with the electrifying of the line will significantly improve travelling times to Paddington and central London destinations
West Streatley house occupies a central and prime position in the village directly opposite grazing meadows which extend across to the parish church of St Mary's. The meadows have been acquired by the village and are now protected.
The house itself forms an integral part of the history of the village and dates from the early 1800s with a truly impressive period façade typical of this era
Internally the generous accommodation reflects the grandeur of the period with high ceilings, excellent room proportions, original windows with internal shutters, period fireplaces with decorative cast grates, and heavy wood panelled doors. There is an arched theme throughout the central hall area on the ground floor as well as deep ceiling cornicing both adding architectural interest.
The well fitted kitchen/breakfast room at the rear boasts a gas-fired Aga. Adjoining the kitchen is a Victorian Orangery/Conservatory, with wrought iron fittings, terracotta tiled floor and a mature and productive grapevine. At the side of the kitchen are covered steps which lead to the Cellar.
Decorative wrought iron railings extend across the frontage to the house with brick piers astride a pedestrian gate which opens onto a flagged path leading to the front door.
To the rear are magnificent South facing gardens with sweeping lawns, well-stocked shrub and flower borders and with a wooded copse at the bottom.
Integral at the rear of the house is a useful store/garden room.
From the rear boundary there is a fenced strip which has Rights of Way for vehicular access of Vicarage Lane and provides potential for garaging to be built subject to planning permission.
In all the gardens/grounds extend to approximately 0.46 of an acre.
Services: all main services are connected. Central heating and hot water from gas fired wall boiler.
Council Tax: Band G
Postcode: RG8 9HY
Energy Efficiency Rating: E/47
Local Authority: West Berkshire District Council – Telephone: 01635 42400
From the centre of Goring on Thames proceed down the High Street and over the River Bridge into Streatley High Street. West Streatley House will be found on the left hand side opposite the open meadows on the right.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co