TOAD HALL – FLOWERS HILL
PANGBOURNE – BERKSHIRE
Pangbourne Railway Station (London Paddington within the hour) – 5 mins walk / Reading (London, Paddington 27 minutes) – 5 miles / M4 (J 12 ) – 5 miles / Henley on Thames – 12 miles / Oxford – 22 miles
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Enjoying a relaxing ambience and outlook, being quietly tucked away on a private tree lined road within this delightful picturesque Thames-side village, the setting is simply delightful, affording mature landscaped gardens and grounds of approximately 0.55 of an acre, yet within but a few minutes' walk of the central High Street shops, River Thames, and mainline railway station providing access to London Paddington in under the hour.
A delightful and spacious well-appointed family residence of approximately 3,978 sq ft including an annexe / suite, studio / music room and summer house, benefitting from having been extended in more recent years to great effect and refurbished and modernised throughout to a high specification, displaying in an impressive and contemporary form, being both striking and complementary to the property's architecture.
Incorporating numerous attractive features throughout in a simply delightful setting, early viewing is advised.
• An Exquisite Family Home Of Appealing Architectural Design
• Sought After Residential Area In Thames-Side Village Within Walking Distance Of The Village Centre, Primary School, Mainline Railway Station & Scenic Riverside
• Galleried Reception Hall
• Open Plan Kitchen / Dining Room & Family Room
• Utility Room
• Drawing Room With Log Burner
• Side Entrance Hall To Annexe & Utility Room
• Galleried Landing
• Master Bedroom With En-Suite Shower Room
• 3 Further Bedrooms
• Family Bathroom
• Airing Cupboard
• Annexe / Suite With Sitting Room, Kitchen, Bedroom, Shower Room
• Music Room
• Double Garage
• In all approximately 3,978 Sq Ft
• Mature landscaped Gardens & Grounds Of Approximately 0.55 Of An Acre
• Summer House With Veranda Approximately 190 Sq Ft In Size
• Logia With Timber Vaulted Part Covered Roof
• Timber Store Shed
The village of Pangbourne on Thames lies on a bend of the River where it meets the River Pang and is connected by an ancient Toll Bridge to the village of Whitchurch in Oxfordshire, which nestles under the Chilterns Escarpment. The surrounding countryside of the Berkshire Downlands and Chiltern Hills is designated an “ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.
Historically the south branch of the Ancient Ridgeway Path dropped down into the valley at Pangbourne from Upper Basildon at which point there would have originally been a Ford then a rough bridge since early times. The Roman Road from Silchester (Calleva) to Dorchester on Thames ran through the village and along Shooters Hill where Roman and Saxon coins were found when Brunel's railway line was cut through in 1839. There are many Tudor and 17th Century cottages in the village, including an old Smithy and several old Inns. Following the arrival of the railway, the village grew considerably in wealth and prominence and today there are numerous fine examples of the superb architecture of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, notably represented by the interesting detached houses fronting onto Shooters Hill overlooking the river, known locally as the ‘seven deadly sins'.
The stretch of river from Pangbourne upstream to Streatley, is forever associated with Kenneth Graham and his book ‘The Wind in the Willows' which he wrote when living in the village at Church Cottage just west of the churchyard. An area of riverside land known as Pangbourne Meadow, lying just to the east of the Whitchurch Toll Bridge, was purchased by the Parish in the 1930s. Subsequently an additional portion was acquired by the National Trust and all of this area is now controlled by the Parish Council and available for the public to use for fishing, boating and leisure purposes.
Pangbourne has an excellent range of local amenities, shops and facilities, including a supermarket, WH Smith, a Lloyds Bank, Library, an impressive architect-designed Health Centre, Dentist, Opticians, together with Traditional Inns, Restaurants and Hotels. There is also a mainline station providing fast commuter services to Reading (8 minutes) and from Reading up to Paddington (25 minutes). Just to the South within a short drive is the village of Theale and access for the M.4.
In addition to local primary and secondary schooling, the area is also extremely well served by an excellent range of private schooling, of particular note; Pangbourne College, Cranford House, The Oratory & Oratory Preparatory, Moulsford Preparatory, Abingdon Boys and The School of St Helen & Katharine.
Flowers Hill is a prestigious tree lined private road with wide grassed verges leading off the Tidmarsh Road on the South side of Pangbourne.
Toad Hall is believed to date back to the early 1950's, being both attractive architecturally, and of typical design for more prestigious residences of this favoured era, having red brick elevations, under a pitched tile roof, with interspersed protruding gables and dormer windows.
Ideally located in a most attractive private and mature elevated village setting, the property is situated within a few minutes' walk of the central High Street shops, River Thames, and mainline railway station providing access to London Paddington in under the hour.
Quite stunning, with great attention to detail being entirely evident throughout, the entire property has much in it to enthuse over, yielding a very real tasteful quality, wholly apparent on viewing. Spacious and well-appointed accommodation of a more traditional nature is skilfully combined with that of a more modern and contemporary air, with the property having more recently been extended and the subject of a total refurbishment, incorporating a superior specification with stylish fixtures and fittings throughout, and quality of appointment rarely to be found, boasting inspiring features such as a galleried landing with oak staircase, and a wonderful attached annexe / suite, and also a music room.
The elegant and highly attractive arrangement of the accommodation takes full advantage of the views over its delightful private gardens and grounds, with doors opening out onto the garden terrace from the open plan kitchen / dining & family room, and the drawing room, perfect for ‘Al-Fresco' dining.
Tastefully presented, early viewing is highly recommended to appreciate the wonderful opportunity afforded.
Privately fronting on to the very upper part of Flowers Hill, a small private lane, the property has tall timber electric gates opening onto the spacious splayed entrance driveway and forecourt, providing parking for several vehicles. Picket and close boarded fencing surrounds the boundaries, bordered with an extensive array of shrubs and trees providing all year-round privacy, and colourful herbaceous borders interspersed.
Delightfully attractive the gardens and grounds to the front of the property are most spacious, laid mostly to lawn. A brick pavior laid path leads up to the front entrance hall and across one side of the property, whilst as the driveway widens to its turning area, it leads to both the double garage and the separate side entrance hall to the utility room, and also provides for independent access to the annexe / suite.
The rear of the property benefits from a large brick pavior laid terrace running attractively along the entire length of the property, and to the further end there is a stunning timber vaulted logia with a part covered roof. Approached directly off the kitchen / dining & family room and the drawing room, as well as the studio / music room, with steps leading down to the garden and grounds, the stunning south facing terrace is afforded the most wonderful views and is perfect for ‘Al Fresco' dining.
Off the terrace, a flag stone path leads up to the timber and glazed summer house. Spacious and idyllic, the summer house extends to approximately 190 sq ft internally, having fitted light and power, and also boasts a wonderful covered veranda which looks over the gardens and grounds from an elevated view point.
The main rear garden is predominantly laid to lawn with extensive mature hedging flanking the grounds, and a delightful array of trees and flowers providing for a most pleasing vista and great privacy.
To one end of the garden there is a useful timber store shed, and a pedestrian timber gate giving access directly out to the front of the property.
In all the gardens and grounds extend to approximately 0.55 of an acre.
Delightfully attractive, the gardens and grounds must be viewed to be fully appreciated.
Services: Mains electricity, water and drainage are connected to the property. Central heating and hot water from gas fired boiler.
Postcode: RG8 7BD
Energy Efficiency Rating: D / 65
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 turn left onto the A329 Pangbourne Road. On reaching Pangbourne continue straight over the mini roundabout at the junction with the High Street and leave the village on the Tidmarsh Road. Then take the 4th right into Flowers Hill. Proceed to the very top of Flowers Hill, bearing left on to a quiet private lane, with Toad Hall being located further along this lane accessed through tall electric gates.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co Estate Agents & Valuers.