EAST ILSLEY – BERKSHIRE
*Newbury 8 miles *Oxford – 17 miles *Reading – 19 miles
*Goring on Thames – 8 miles *Didcot – 9 miles *M4 at Chievely (J13) – 5 miles
Mainline Stations at Didcot, Goring and Newbury
Centrally located in this historic old village situated within the beautiful Berkshire Downlands, between Newbury and Oxford in an area of ‘outstanding natural beauty’, with excellent schools nearby, and good road communications and a mainline commuter station for London (Paddington) within easy driving distance. Folly House is a stunning period house originally dating to The Georgian period, affording striking & contemporary yet characterful accommodation. With 5 bedrooms, 5 receptions and 2 bathrooms it offers family orientated accommodation of approximately 2,542 sq ft, with an additional 273 sq ft of open space in the detached barn style garage.
Simply delightful and presented beautifully throughout, with great care taken to preserve and enhance the abundance of period features, Folly House is set in delightfully mature and beautifully landscaped gardens & grounds which approach 1/5th of an acre, yielding a relaxing ambience and outlook.
Private Gated Driveway & Forecourt
Period Covered Entrance Porch
Kitchen / Breakfast Room With Aga / Dining Room
Drawing Room With Fireplace & Log Burner
Sitting Room With Fireplace
Privately Approached Vaulted Master Bedroom With En-Suite Bathroom
4 Further Bedrooms
Extending Internally To Approximately 2,545 Sq Ft
Detached ‘Barn Style’ Double Garage Of Approximately 273 Sq Ft
In All Approximately 2,818 Sq Ft
Beautifully Landscaped Gardens & Grounds Approaching 1/5th Of An Acre
Timber Garden Shed
The village of East Ilsley lies in a fold of the Berkshire Downs close to the historic Ridgeway Path and its geographical position on the Downlands largely determined its part in the pageant of history, being on one of the busiest ancient routes across the Downs, dating back to the Bronze Age. It became an important trading centre from the 13th century onwards for corn and later for wool, ultimately being granted a Royal Charter by James I in 1620. The Sheep Fairs held fortnightly, were second only to Smithfield in London and at their height sold 400,000 with the record of 80,000 being penned in a single day. At the peak there were 24 inns and public houses catering for all the farmers, shepherds and drovers on market days.
Nowadays the village has successfully avoided the problem of overdevelopment retaining it’s timeless character, and, whilst continuing its link with farming, is more associated with racehorses, with several racing stables being located in or near the village. The village has also greatly benefited from the A34 by-pass, which previously went straight through the centre of the village and is now sited away to the west of East Ilsley becoming an important dual carriageway linking the south coast to the Midlands.
In the centre of the village there is a delightful pond with picnic area and place to feed the ducks, a Norman church and Catholic Church, two well-known Inns and a good OFSTED rated Church of England primary school. For secondary education there is the highly acclaimed Downs School at the nearby village of Compton (2 miles) with a 6th form that achieved 80% A* to C 'A' levels in 2016. Additionally there are numerous preparatory and senior private schools including the outstanding St Helen's & St Katharine's and Abingdon School with a bus service from the village.
Nearby towns include, Newbury, Pangbourne, Reading and Oxford with excellent transport links by bus, train and car via M4/A34. The mainline station at Didcot Parkway, 9 miles away, has fast trains to London (45 minutes) and Oxford and there are also stations in Goring, Newbury and Pangbourne all within 9 miles radius. The delightful towns of Goring on Thames and Pangbourne nearby have a wide range of well-known shops and independent butchers, bakers, organic farm shops, cheesemongers as well as boutique shops. There are excellent restaurants and riverside Café and Olde Worlde Inns. The market town of Newbury has undergone a massive regeneration and now offers an impressive range of high street retailers, all the well-known restaurant chains, Vue Cinema, Corn Exchange all set around the Kennet & Avon canal. Like Newbury, nearby market towns such as Wantage and Abingdon have weekly Farmers' Market and speciality markets.
Occupying a much favoured position in the village, Folly House is both characterful and contemporary. Whilst the main part of the house is believed to be of Victorian origins, being built in the grand architectural vernacular fondly associated with this period, the northerly wing originally dates back to the early 1700’s, the much favoured early Georgian era. Traditionally constructed with delightful red and blue brick elevations and with tall sash windows under a clay tiled roof. The older wing has whitened rendered elevations with wide glazing providing great natural light. The Georgian wing was until at least 1984 known as “Stan Ward’s Saddlery”, most coveted by the far reaching equestrian community and run by the revered ‘Ward’ family for many years. In 1956 the saddlery was taken over by Harry Pearce who is pictured at work below.
Affording impressive and immensely characterful family orientated accommodation of approximately 2,542 sq ft, with an additional 273 sq ft detached barn style garage offering the potential for a great variety of uses, Folly House has been more recently extensively refurbished and further adapted to provide stunning contemporary accommodation that embraces its period origins, spacious and well-appointed throughout, including to the ground floor, a spacious entrance hall with views up to the landing, kitchen breakfast room with dining room and a wealth of exposed beams and AGA, utility room, drawing room with fireplace and log burner, sitting room with fireplace, study, and gym, whilst to the first floor, a master bedroom suite with vaulted & beamed ceilings and an en-suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, one with the original Victorian handbasin, a family bathroom, and spacious landing.
The property is wonderfully unique and presented beautifully throughout, in keeping with the age of house, but with a contemporary feel. Early viewing is highly recommended to appreciate the rare opportunity that the property affords.
Initially set back off the road, a gravelled driveway opens through tall timber gates to the main drive and forecourt, affording ample parking for numerous vehicles and direct access for the detached barn style garage, being approximately 273 sq ft in size.
Opening off the gravelled drive there is a pretty, spacious patio terrace which spans the width of the property and benefits from direct access via the property, providing for a quiet and relaxing entertaining area, perfect for ‘al fresco’ dining. A feature timber pergola nestles by a raised planted garden, providing a great seating area, with views both back to the property and up to the mainly lawned garden. A wealth of mature trees, shrubs, and herbaceous borders are to be found, affording a wonderful backdrop.
Most useful, to one far corner of the garden there is an established chicken run, whilst to the opposing corner there is a green house and flowerbeds. There is also further outdoor storage, a bike and timber shed and log store.
In all the delightfully mature landscaped gardens & ground approach 1/5th of an acre and must be viewed to be fully appreciated.
Services: Mains electricity, water, and drainage are connected to the property. Central heating and domestic hot water from Calor Gas central heating.
EPC Rating: F / 35
Postcode: RG20 7LQ
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 over the River bridge and up to the top of Streatley High Street. At the traffic lights continue straight across on the B4009 road to Newbury. After passing through the village of Aldworth turn right by the Four Points Pub sign posted for Compton and East Ilsley. Continue through Compton and on reaching East Ilsley follow the one way system passing the Pond on your left in to Broad Lane, then bearing right on to the High Street. Once at the end of the High Street, continue straight over Cow Lane in to Abingdon Road. Folly House will be found a short way along on the right hand side.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co