LAWN COTTAGE – RECTORY ROAD
STREATLEY ON THAMES – BERKSHIRE
* Reading - 9 miles * Henley on Thames - 13 miles * Wallingford - 4 miles
* Oxford - 16 miles * Newbury - 14 miles * M4 motorway (J.12 at Theale) - 8 ½ miles.
* M40 motorway (J.6 at Lewknor) – 14 miles
A detached family residence in premium road in an elevated position enjoying breath-taking far reaching open views over the Berkshire Downlands & Chiltern Hills beyond. Beautifully presented with flexibly arranged accommodation of 4 bedrooms and 4 reception rooms, set in delightful mature gardens & grounds adjoining National Trust land to the rear.
Traditional Detached Family Home
Stunning far reaching views of the Berkshire Downs & Chiltern Hills beyond
Spacious Reception Hall
Cloakroom / Utility Room
Family Room with wood burning stove
Sizeable mostly boarded loft providing a large storage area with good access, fitted lights and dormer windows in situ affording natural light
Master Bedroom with en-suite Shower
3 further Double Bedrooms
Large Family Bathroom
Mature & Secluded Gardens & Grounds of approximately ¼ of an acre
Detached Double Garage
Direct access onto adjoining National Trust land
The picturesque village of Streatley on Thames lies in a valley on the Berkshire side of the river between Reading and Oxford, facing Goring on the Oxfordshire side. The surrounding countryside is designated an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty' and historically this was a natural crossing point of the river, set between the Berkshire Downs and Chiltern Hills, known geographically as the ‘Goring Gap'. The interesting High Street, which forms the central part of the village running down to the river and the bridge across to Goring, is now a ‘Conservation Area' where there are a wealth of period properties many of considerable architectural merit including a thatched cottage, a beautiful William and Mary house and an Elizabethan Farmhouse, supposedly haunted by a lady in white.
Following the building of the railway through the Thames Valley by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in approximately 1840, the villagers of Streatley decided the railway should go on the Goring side with the result now that while Streatley has changed little, the village of Goring on Thames has grown substantially and is now the larger village.
In the village there is a parish church with Norman origins, a luxury riverside four star hotel, The Swan, which also offers a leisure and fitness club and at the top of the High Street is the Bull Inn which was an old coaching inn when the Royal Mail stopped en route between Oxford and London. There is also a prestigious Golf Club, established over one hundred years ago, set amidst beautiful rolling countryside, a nursery and a highly regarded Church of England primary school. The local area generally is well catered for by private and state schools.
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, a hotel, library, dentist and importantly a main line railway station providing excellent commuter services to Oxford, Reading and up to London (Paddington).
Behind Streatley the ground rises steeply where the Berkshire Downlands meet the wide 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 the extensive bridleways and footpaths are now open to the public.
The village has good road and rail communications with easy access to the surrounding towns, motorway networks and for London (via train forty-five minutes, by car approx. one hour).
Rectory Road is a sought after residential area, leading out of the village past the golf course and ending at Warren Farm, where it meets the ancient historic Ridgeway Path, which continues over the Berkshire Downs. Rectory Road is approximately ¾ of a mile from the village centre and comprises mainly individual properties, many dating back to the earlier part of the century.
Situated in an elevated position taking full advantage of the simply stunning far reaching views of the Berkshire Downs and Chiltern Hills beyond, Lawn Cottage is a home of traditional design and impressive proportions, affording spacious and flexibly arranged family accommodation.
The front door opens into a large reception hall with all principle rooms leading off. There is a Utility/Cloakroom, Sitting Room, Kitchen/Breakfast room opening onto the generous Family Room with wood-burning stove. A central Dining Room opens onto the delightful glazed garden room bringing you into the garden.
Upstairs the galleried landing leads to the sizeable Master Bedroom with en-suite Shower and ample built in wardrobes, three further Double Bedrooms and Family Bathroom with separate Shower. The accommodation is arranged with delightful views from both the front and rear.
To the front of the property is a brick built double garage with electric door and fitted light and power, with an additional parking space in front. Off to one side, wide brick steps lead up to the front of the house. The house sits well back from the road in an elevated positon commanding magnificent views with a spacious lawned garden to the front.
Access can be gained around both sides of the house to the rear, where the garden is terraced and beautifully mature, with an initial paved patio leading directly off the house, steps up to a further paved terrace ideal for outdoor dining and entertaining, and two main level lawns connected by wide brick steps, one with a timber storage shed well screened behind rustic trellising. The gardens incline to the rear boundary where it immediately joins the National Trust ‘Lough Down', with a stile providing direct access for which there is an annual charge of £30 payable to the National Trust.
The top of the garden enjoys stunning views over a wide stretch of open countryside extending from the Berkshire Downs into the Chiltern Hills. In all the plot amounts to approximately ¼ of an acre.
Services: Mains gas, electricity and water are connected. Private septic tank drainage. Central heating and hot water from gas fired boiler located in the utility room.
Council Tax: G
Postcode: RG8 9LE
Energy Efficiency Rating: D/68
Local Authority: West Berkshire District Council – Telephone: 01635 42400
From our offices in the centre of Goring, turn left and proceed down the High Street, across the river bridge and at the top of Streatley High Street turn right at the traffic lights for Wallingford. In a further few hundred yards, bear left onto the A417 Wantage Road, and just before leaving the village, turn left again into Rectory Road. Lawn Cottage will be found a short way along on the left hand side.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co