2 HELIDON COTTAGES – THE COOMBE
STREATLEY ON THAMES - BERKSHIRE
Goring Station 0.75 miles Wallingford 5 miles Reading 9.5 miles
Henley on Thames 13 miles Newbury 14 miles Oxford 18 miles
M4 at Theale (J.12) 10 miles M40 at Lewknor (J.6) 15 miles
Occupying an elevated position looking directly over the scenic surrounding National Trust woodland and hillsides which command views of Streatley and the river Thames valley, yet close to the central 'Conservation Area' of this pretty Thameside village, within but a minutes walk of the highly revered village primary school, and easily accessible for the shops / amenities and mainline railway station in Goring providing access to London Paddington in under the hour.
Originally dating back to the Edwardian era, a charming 5 bedroom, 4 reception room semi-detached family residence of approximately 2,142 sq ft, set in beautifully landscaped mature gardens & grounds, having been sympathetically extended and modernised in more recent years to an exacting and appealing standard, embracing and complimenting the property’s original character features in a delightfully stylish and impressive contemporary fashion, affording spacious and flexible accommodation of an open plan nature, with exceptionally stylish fixtures and fittings evident throughout, and a relaxing ambience and outlook.
Incorporating numerous attractive features throughout in a simply delightful setting, early viewing is advised.
Stunning Far Reaching Views Towards The National Trust Woodland & Wessex Downs
Private Drive & Forecourt
Enclosed Period Entrance Porch
Drawing Room With Fireplace
Study / Hall
Open Plan Kitchen Breakfast Room & Dining / Family Room With Vaulted Ceiling & Bi-fold Doors
Master Bedroom Suite With Dressing Room & En-Suite Shower Room
2nd Bedroom With Fireplace
3 Further Bedrooms
Family Bathroom With Fireplace & Roll Top Bath
In All Approximately 2,142 Sq Ft
Professionally Landscaped Gardens & Grounds Beautifully Planned & Laid Affording Privacy & Seclusion
Timber Workshop / Summer House With Power & Lighting
Open Timber Store
The Coombe is a gently rising cul-de-sac road surrounded by scenic hillsides and woodland including The Holies and Larden Chase owned by the National Trust with direct footpath access from the top of The Coombe itself. From the highest points in the road there are glorious views across the Goring Gap. The road comprises a mixture of interesting residential properties some dating back to the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. The central village ‘Conservation Area’ and historic High Street are within easy walking distance and located at the bottom of the road is the village primary school which enjoys a high Ofsted rating.
The picturesque village of Streatley on Thames lies in a valley on the Berkshire side of the river between Reading and Oxford, facing Goring on the Oxfordshire side. The surrounding countryside is designated an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and historically this was a natural crossing point of the river, set between the Berkshire Downs and Chiltern Hills, known geographically as the ‘Goring Gap’. The interesting High Street, which forms the central part of the village running down to the river and the bridge across to Goring, is now a ‘Conservation Area’ where there are a wealth of period properties many of considerable architectural merit including a thatched cottage, a beautiful William and Mary house and an Elizabethan Farmhouse, supposedly haunted by a lady in white. Following the building of the railway through the Thames Valley by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in approximately 1840, the villagers of Streatley decided the railway should go on the Goring side with the result now that while Streatley has changed little, the village of Goring on Thames has grown substantially and is now the larger village.
In the village there is a parish church with Norman origins, a luxury riverside four star hotel, The Swan, which also offers a leisure and fitness club and at the top of the High Street is the Bull Inn which was an old coaching inn when the Royal Mail stopped en-route between Oxford and London. There is also a prestigious golf club, established over one hundred years ago, set amidst beautiful rolling countryside. The village also boast its own very well regarded Streatley Primary School, with the outstanding secondary school, ‘The Downs’, being in catchment for the village also, and having its own bus route. The local area is also extremely well catered for by private schools, with school busses also leaving from the end of Townsend Road for St Helen & St Catherine’s, and The Manor.
Behind Streatley the ground rises steeply where the Berkshire Downlands meet the wide Thames Valley and from the top there are panoramic views far into Oxfordshire. The woodland and hills surrounding Streatley have been acquired in recent years by the National Trust and the extensive bridleways and footpaths are now open to the public.
Across the river, the larger village of Goring on Thames offers a wide range of amenities and facilities including shops, modern health centre, traditional inns, a hotel, library, dentist and importantly a main line railway station providing excellent commuter services to Oxford, Reading and up to London (Paddington). There is also easy access for the major local towns, including Oxford, Reading and Newbury, the M40 and M4 motorways, the latter linking directly to Heathrow.
In 2018 Crossrail services are scheduled to be commencing from Reading which together with the electrifying of the line will significantly improve travelling times to Paddington and central London destinations.
2 HELIDON COTTAGES
Dating from the early part of the last century, believed to be 1911, the cottage is of traditional construction and architecturally designed in the late Edwardian Villa style, albeit having been completed shortly after King George V had succeeded King Edward VII. Sympathetically extended in more recent years, the cottage affords appealing red brick elevations with decorative corbelling under a steeply pitched, clay tile roof, with wide tiled cottage dormers to the front elevation having inset brick and flint panelling, bay windows to the front reception rooms, and an enclosed hipped entrance porch.
Having been substantially enlarged and modernised throughout in more recent years, careful attention has been paid to both retain and enhance the original character and architectural features, whilst adding a light and airy contemporary flare, wholly evident upon viewing, with spacious well-appointed open plan modern and contemporary accommodation blending seamlessly with that of a more traditional nature. Stylish fixtures and fittings integrate and accentuate the more traditional elements to be found, whilst also creating their own stylish note, embracing the past whilst reaching for the now and the future, culminating in the presentation of a stunning family home.
Careful planning and attention has been provided combining, more modern open plan living with that of a rather more traditional nature, in addition to embracing outside living, and as a consequence the property presents itself as a delightful and pleasing family home that should be viewed to fully appreciate its great many assets afforded.
GARDENS & GROUNDS
The property is approached over an attractive red brick Herringbone pathway running through along the side of the gravelled drive and forecourt, affording ample parking for two cars. Flanking the pathway to one side is a gravelled courtyard with timber log store having mature boxed hedging wrap its way around it, resting on a raised brick wall to the frontage with The Coombe. To the further side of the drive, access to the rear garden and grounds is provided through a high panelled gate.
At the rear of the house there is a spacious York flagged terrace with brick retaining walls having flint panelling inset and York flagged steps leading to the delightful decked terrace garden, where from one can take advantage of the stunning far reaching views. Wide glazed bi-fold doors open directly from the open plan kitchen / breakfast room and dining / family room, affording a perfect space for ‘Al-Fresco’ dining. The gardens are generously planted with interesting flower and shrub borders surrounded by mature shrubs and trees, providing for a most delightfully attractive and private setting.
To one side of the York flag stone terrace there is a purpose built timber workshop / summer house, having fitted light and power. There is fitted water and power outlets to the outside, along with exterior wall and ground lighting.
Both private and delightfully attractive, the gardens 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 gas fired central heating.
Council Tax: Band: D
Postcode: RG8 9QN
EPC Rating: D / 68
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. Continue over the river bridge and up Streatley High Street where at the traffic lights continue straight across. Turn left into The Coombe and 2 Helidon Cottages will be found a quarter away along off on the left hand side.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham