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 near the church and village pond, situated between Newbury and Oxford in an area of ‘outstanding natural beauty', with outstanding schools nearby, and excellent road communications and a mainline commuter station for London (Paddington) within easy driving distance.
A charming grade II listed period family house originally forming two cottages dating from 1692 having immensely characterful and flexibly arranged accommodation of 4 bedrooms and 5 reception rooms, set in delightful grounds with large private driveway, garage and detached home-office/studio.
Grade II listed Cottage
Study with fireplace & bread oven
Sitting Room with wood burning stove
3 Bath or Shower Rooms
Private Gravelled Driveway & Forecourt
Delightful West facing Gardens & Grounds
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.
Around the central part of the village there are many examples of interesting period properties from timbered cottages to the more elegant Queen Ann and Georgian country houses, especially in Broad Street. The village also boasts a village pond, parish church, two well-known established Inns and a Church of England primary school. For secondary education there is the highly acclaimed Downs School at the nearby village of Compton (2 miles) which also has a VIth form. Additionally there are numerous Private schools in the general local area especially Abingdon.
There are main line stations at Newbury and Didcot, the latter being nearer, providing fast commuter services up to London (Paddington) in approx 45 mins.
The County town of Reading together with Oxford, Newbury and the M4 are all easily accessible, and the mainline station in Goring provides excellent commuter services up to London (Paddington and Waterloo). Goring on Thames being the larger village has a wide range of shops and amenities as well as Restaurants, Riverside Café, Olde Worlde Inns, Bank, Doctors, Dentist, and 2 Hotels.
Occupying an excellent central position in the village, a charming grade II listed period house, dating originally from 1692 having formed a pair of thatched village cottages. The house benefits from having been re-roofed with clay tiles by the current owners, approximately 6 years ago. Affording immensely characterful and flexibly arranged accommodation with a wealth of exposed timbers and period features throughout, the house is beautifully presented, carefully maintaining and enhancing the history of the building.
To the ground floor an initial lobby opens into a central Reception Hall, off which is a spacious family Kitchen/Dining Room with separate Utility Room, Study with fireplace and original bread oven, large Sitting Room part divided by an open timbered wall, with two fireplaces and a wood burning stove, and two walk in store rooms (one used as a small study). Beyond the Sitting Room is a further Family Room, with Bathroom off, and a staircase leading up to Bedroom 4. An inner lobby leads to two further shower rooms, and original staircase to Bedrooms 2 & 3. From the reception hall, the principle staircase leads to a spacious landing forming a dressing area, Master Bedroom and private Bathroom.
The quintessential Poplar Cottage was featured in a short war time film by British Pathe News called ‘Home Coming' which can be viewed at http://www.britishpathe.com/video/home-coming-aka-homecoming/query/Home_Coming
A 5-bar gate opens into a large gravelled forecourt providing parking and turning space for numerous cars, and leading to a detached Garage. The driveway is flanked by a lawned front garden and willow tree, with a paved path leading up to a pedestrian gate into the gardens. The colourful gardens sit to the front of the house itself, forming a delightfully attractive approach. Enjoying an excellent degree of privacy, and a sunny Westerly aspect, large brick paved flagged terrace leads directly off the house, providing the perfect spot for ‘al-fresco' dining and entertaining. Beyond the terrace the principle garden is laid to lawn, with mature and attractive borders. The terrace continues around the house to a hard-standing area for the greenhouse, and to the opposite side is a fantastic home-office, with fitted light, power and telephone points, and additional garden shed.
Services: Mains electricity, water, and drainage are connected to the property. Central heating and domestic hot water from oil fired central heating. Pressurised hot water cylinder.
Council Tax: Band: F
Postcode: RG20 7LH
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 around the village, passing the Pond and turning right at the junction with the High Street. At the bottom of the High Street, Poplar Cottage will be found opposite the junction, slightly off to the right hand side.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co