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4 bed Character Property


The Old Tavern, Lower Basildon, RG8



Goring (London Paddington within the hour) 2 ½ miles - Streatley High Street/River 2 miles Pangbourne 3 miles - Reading 8 miles (London Paddington 27 minutes) - M4 (Junction 12) 8 miles - Henley on Thames 14 miles - Newbury 12 miles - Oxford 18 miles - (Distances and times approximate)

Situated in the delightful village of Lower Basildon near the River Thames and Basildon Park and midway between the Riverside villages of Pangbourne and Streatley on Thames within easy reach of Reading, and mainline trains for London Paddington in under the hour and the M4.

Occupying a commanding and idyllic position being set in mature gardens and grounds enjoying sublime far reaching views across open countryside to the Chilterns Escarpment beyond on the Oxfordshire side of the River, an appealing period house listed grade II offering good proportions dating from the 17th Century, originally having been in the ownership of the Basildon Estate.

Private Gated Entrance onto gravelled forecourt providing ample parking

Open Entrance Porch
Family Room / Snug

Sitting Room With Inglenook Fireplace Having Bread Oven & Log Burner
Dining Room
Kitchen / Breakfast Room

Store / Cellar

4 Bedrooms
Family Bathroom

Detached Double Garage With Attic Store Over Affording Potential For Conversion

Delightfully Mature Gardens & Grounds Affording Spectacular Panoramic Rural Views

In All The Cottage & Garage Amount To Approximately 1,872 sq ft

Situated in scenic countryside designated an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty', the small village of Lower Basildon lies approximately midway between Pangbourne and Streatley on Thames at the foot of the Berkshire Downlands overlooking the Thames Valley and across to the Chilterns on the Oxfordshire side of the river.

Comprehensive everyday amenities and facilities including shops, banks, health centres, libraries and excellent primary schools are available at Goring on Thames and Pangbourne with both villages also having mainline stations providing fast commuter services to Reading and up to London (Paddington in well under the hour). Road communications are also excellent with Reading and the M4 motorway being easily accessible.

On the edge of Lower Basildon stands the historic Basildon House, now owned by the National Trust and open to the public as is Beale Park, which extends along the banks of the river where can be seen many exotic varieties of animals and birds as well as a miniature railway. Near the river off Church Lane is the historic 13th century Parish Church of St Bartholomews.

In addition to nearby villages having their own well revered primary school and secondary schools, locally the area is also extremely well served by an excellent range of both state and private schooling, of particular note; Bradfield College, Pangbourne College, Downe House, Cranford House, Moulsford Preparatory, The Manor, Abingdon Boys and The School of St Helen & Katharine.

Occupying a commanding and idyllic position the cottage is set in delightful mature gardens and grounds that adjoin a quite rural landscape enjoying sublime far reaching views across to the Chilterns Escarpment beyond on the Oxfordshire side of the River.

An appealing period house listed grade II, the cottage originally dates from the 17th Century, originally having been in the ownership of the Basildon Estate. Particularly spacious and appealing, the property affords distinctive painted elevations under a pitched clay tiled roof to the exterior, whilst internally the cottage comes alive with a wealth of character features including exposed wall and ceiling timbers, stripped legged and braces doors, and open fireplaces, with an impressive inglenook & bread over to the main drawing room.

The existing owners have taken much time to preserve the property's character origins where possible, whilst embracing a more open plan living that is both modern and contemporary, affording spacious and flexibly arranged accommodation that can encompasses the delightful gardens and grounds.

Approached privately off the Reading Road via high timber gates the spacious gravelled driveway affords ample parking for numerous vehicles and leads up to the detached double garage. Having a wide electrically operated up and over entrance door and power and lighting internally, the garage benefits from having a spacious store to the first floor which could potentially be converted to serve as an annexe, subject to the relevant permissions being obtained.

The garden is simply delightful, being both spacious and private and the result of many years of love and attention, displaying a wealth of mature trees, shrubs, and plants, and being separated into a few distinctive areas, providing for more formal enjoyment with that of a less informal enjoyment for the benefit of children. The rear terrace is perfect for ‘Al Fresco' dining, enjoying the far reaching rural landscape of which the property so lovingly adjoins.

Services: Main services except gas are connected to the property. Central heating and domestic hot water from oil fired boiler.

Council Tax: E

Postcode: RG8 9NL

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 up to the top of Streatley High Street where at the traffic lights turn left for Pangbourne. On reaching Lower Basildon in approximately 2 miles the property will be found on the left hand side before reaching Basildon garage approached over a private gated gravelled driveway.

Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co
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4/5 High Street
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