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
A most attractive 3 bedroom cottage, totally refurbished and sympathetically restored with careful retention of period features and having walled gardens to front and rear with parking.
Spacious Entrance Hallway with Period Fireplace
Drawing Room with lovely fireplace
Dining Room with feature log burning stove
Fully fitted New Kitchen
Master Bedroom with Ensuite Shower room and feature fireplace
2nd Large Double Bedroom with feature fireplace
3rd Bedroom with lovely rear views
Newly fitted Family Bathroom with Roll top bath
Front and rear walled gardens
Off Road Parking
The picturesque village of Streatley on Thames lies in a wide valley on the Berkshire side of the river between Reading and Oxford, opposite Goring on the Oxfordshire bank with the surrounding countryside designated an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. Historically the two villages are located at a natural crossing point of the river, set between the Berkshire Downs and Chiltern Hills, known geographically as the ‘Goring Gap' where the ancient Ridgeway path comes down to meet the river after its long journey across the Berkshire Downlands before continuing up onto the Chiltern Hills and the Icknield Way.
The interesting High Street, which forms the central part of the village running down to the river and the bridge over to Goring, is now a ‘Conservation Area' with a wealth of period properties many of considerable architectural merit including a thatched cottage, a beautiful William and Mary house and an Elizabethan Farmhouse.
The village has a parish church with Norman origins, “The Swan” a luxury 4 star riverside hotel also offering a leisure and fitness club, and at the top of the High Street is the Bull Inn being an old coaching inn from the era when the Royal Mail stopped en route from London to Oxford. There is also a prestigious Golf Club, established over 100 years ago, set amidst beautiful rolling countryside. Streatley has a highly rated Primary School with a separate Nursery and is also is in the catchment area for the much acclaimed Downs Secondary school in Compton.
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, choice of restaurants, Gourmet Deli, a riverside café, “Boutique” hotel, library, dentist and importantly a main line railway station providing excellent commuter services to Reading and up to London (Paddington) in under the hour and with connections for the future Crossrail services into central London.
Behind Streatley the ground rises steeply where the Berkshire Downlands meet the 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 there are extensive bridleways and footpaths open to the public.
N.B. Crossrail services are scheduled to be commencing from Reading in approx. 2019 which together with the electrifying of the line will significantly improve travelling times to central London destinations.
A most attractive character 3 bedroom cottage, sympathetically restored with careful retention of period features and having walled gardens to front and rear with parking.
Walnut Cottage is an appealing traditional property with the main front portion dating from around the turn of the last century and with the rear part having earlier Georgian origins.
The property occupies an elevated position with a walled front garden and steps down on one side to the pavement.
The cottage has attractive elevations of coloured brickwork, clay tile hanging in the front gable end and with whitened brickwork at the rear under a pitched clay tiled roof with tiled dormer windows in typical period style.
The cottage has been completely restored and renovated and sympathetically refurbished.
The Reception Hall has a lovely Period cast fireplace with decorative relief and moulded wooden panelling above with high mantel. The staircase is situated at the further end leading to the first floor.
The Cloakroom is a white suite comprising wash hand basin and low level WC
The Drawing room has a lovely fireplace having carved columned surround with mantel shelf, bricked inset, open grate and tiled hearth fitted. Fitted picture rail.
The Dining room is of good proportions with window giving good natural light and aspect over the rear garden. The original fireplace recess has a cast log burning stove with carved surround. There is a stable back door. An internal door gives access into a useful walk-in understairs Cloaks/Store Cupboard.
The Kitchen is beautifully fitted in shaker style and incorporates all modern appliances.
The landing area has trap access with aluminium sliding ladder into insulated and part boarded Loft with fitted electric light and useful storage space.
Bedroom 1 has a lovely tall window giving good natural light and an aspect across Streatley to the Chilterns in the distance. Tall period cast fireplace with grate and quarry tiled hearth. Lovely original picture rail. Bedroom 2 has an original wide cast fireplace with grate intact and with wooden surround with mantel shelf over. Original fitted shelved cupboard in alcove recess. There is an Ensuite Shower room with wash hand basin. Separate shower cubicle with folding opening doors, ceramic tiled walls and built-in wall shower.
Bedroom 3 is a good size with views over Old Forge Close.
The family Bathroom is fitted with white suite comprising period-style, free-standing, roll top, cast bath (period style mixer taps with telephone shower handset), pedestal wash hand basin and low level WC.
The cottage occupies an elevated position set back off the road with a wrought iron pedestrian gate and steps leading up to the front door. There is a low brick wall across the frontage, on top of which has been planted a box and yew hedge. Behind the hedging there is an area of lawn flanked by flower and shrub borders on both sides and an acacia tree on the frontage.
The garden at the rear of the property is walled with a high wall along the southern boundary. There is hard-standing for a car with brick paviors and flanking this on two sides is a small lawned garden with raised flower and herbaceous borders providing colour and interest. In the corner closest to the cottage is a small flagged patio area. Flagged steps from the drive lead to the stable back door.
Vehicular access to Walnut Cottage is through the adjoining Old Forge, which has a wide entrance drive off the Reading Road just before the Bull Inn. In addition to the hardstanding for one car, there maybe additional parking available in The Old Forge.
Council Tax: F
Postcode: RG8 9JJ
Energy Efficiency Rating: E
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, across the river bridge and up to the top of Streatley High Street. At the traffic lights turn left for Pangbourne and then almost immediately turn right into The Old Forge. Where the rear entrance into Walnut Cottage will be found on the left hand side.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co