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 village situated within the beautiful Berkshire Downlands, 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 delightful 3-4 bedroom house, immaculately presented throughout affording particularly spacious living accommodation, generous bedrooms and loft conversion, with a beautifully landscaped garden, and private driveway.
Sitting Room with fireplace
Master Bedroom with built-in wardrobes
2nd Double Bedroom with en-suite W.C.
Attractive & Mature Family Gardens
Timber Storage Sheds
Private Driveway Parking
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, and providing quick and easy access to the nearby commercial and town centres of Newbury & Oxford, both with excellent redeveloped central shopping centres.
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 highly respected 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 Goring on Thames, Newbury and Didcot, the latter being nearer, providing fast commuter services up to London (Paddington) in approx 45 mins.
Built in 1967, Kateshill is a beautiful family home, much improved and immaculately presented by the current owner. To the ground floor is a light & airy Reception Hall with Cloakroom. Wood flooring runs through into the spacious Dining Room, off which is the Kitchen with side door, and on into the large Sitting Room with fireplace. To the rear is an excellent Garden Room with underfloor heating. Upstairs, a central landing leads to the Master Bedroom with fitted wardrobes, Guest Bedroom with en-suite W.C, further third Bedroom and family Bathroom with separate shower. Steps open up into the air conditioned loft Studio Room, with delightful village views. Kateshill has an advantageous position in the central part of the village, within walking distance of the primary school and village amenities.
The house is approached over a private gravelled driveway providing ample off road parking space, with a low brick wall to the frontage & mature hedge to the side boundary. A timber pedestrian gate affords access around the side of the house to the rear, where the delightful long garden enjoys a sunny Westerly aspect. A wide paved terrace leads directly off the kitchen & garden room, providing the perfect spot for outside dining & entertaining. Steps lead up to two further patio terraces taking advantage of the sunshine throughout the day, and a central lawn flanked by an array of well thought out borders adding colour & interest. Divided by trellis & an attractive archway, the rear of the garden is laid to lawn, with several useful timber storage sheds to one side.
Services: Mains electricity, water, and drainage are connected to the property. Oil fired central heating and hot water. Underfloor heating to Garden Room.
Council Tax: D
Postcode: RG20 7LE
Energy Efficiency Rating: E / 41
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 and along Broad Street. On meeting the junction bear left onto the High Street Kateshill will be found a short way up on the right hand side.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co