FIELDSIDE COTTAGE – OFF HIGH STREET
LONG WITTENHAM - OXFORDSHIRE
River Thames 4-5 Minutes' Walk Didcot Railway Station (London Paddington within the hour) – 2 ½ miles Wallingford on Thames – 3 ½ miles Oxford – 7 ½ miles
(Distances and times approximate)
Situated within this desirable village which lies on the banks of the River Thames, located a short way up-stream from the Barley Mow pub where 19th century author Jerome K. Jerome wrote the timeless classic Three Men in a Boat, and being within close driving distance of a mainline train station providing direct access to London Paddington in under the hour, extensive village amenities and schooling.
A delightfully mature individual plot adjoining open countryside on a quiet rural lane, with existing period cottage extending to approximately 1,257 sq ft in size, and detached garage, having the benefit of full planning permission for a pair of new attractive semi-detached cottage style homes of approximately 1,324 sq ft each, arranged over two floors, offering generous and well apportioned living. Further potential exists for the enlargement and adaptation of the existing property also.
A wonderful opportunity afforded, early viewing is advised.
• Entrance Hall
• Dining Room With Fireplace
• Sitting Room With Fireplace
• 2 Bedrooms
Gardens & Grounds
• Private Gardens & Grounds
• Detached Garage
Long Wittenham lies in an area known to be a Celtic Romano/British and Saxon burial ground, indeed the old Saxon name for the village was Witta's Ham. Saint Birinus of Dorchester brought Christianity to the village in the 7th Century.
The present church of St Mary was built of Caen Stone in about 1120 and boasts a Norman leaded font on an original stone base, which was disguised under a wooden cover during the Civil War in the 17th century to protect it from Cromwell's soldiers who would have used the lead to melt down into bullets. The font was eventually uncovered in 1839. The church also has a recumbent effigy in the vestry of a Crusader, Gilbert De Clare Earl of Gloucester, who was then the lord of the manor which, at only 3' long, is said to be the smallest sculptured monument in England.
At the west end of the village, flowing into the Thames, is a stream known as St Anthony's well which is believed to have certain healing powers. The village has numerous interesting properties, many half-timbered, reflecting its long architectural history. The scenic surrounding countryside includes Wittenham Clumps, now protected and from the top of which there are glorious views especially over the winding River Thames.
Just under a mile from the village is the beautiful brick, arched bridge which leads over the Thames to Clifton Hampden, built by Sir George Gilbert Scott. By the bridge is the Barley Mow, originally a 15th century cruck designed building where in the 19th century author ‘Jerome K. Jerome' wrote the timeless classic ‘Three Men in a Boat'.
The present day village has a flourishing primary school, two local inns and the Pendon Museum noted for its modern miniature village and railway.
There are good road communications especially with Didcot which has an excellent shopping centre and a mainline station giving fast commuter services up to London Paddington in approximately under the hour.
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.
The property occupies a commanding position overlooking open countryside set in mature gardens and grounds privately approached off a quiet rural lane just off the village high street.
A delightfully mature individual plot, the existing period cottage extends to approximately 1,257 sq ft in size, affording flexibly arranged character accommodation that is in need of refurbishment throughout, and offers clear potential for both enlargement and adaptation.
Full planning permission was granted in 2017 (Planning No: P17/S1708/FUL) for the full replacement of the existing cottage with a pair of newly built attractive semi-detached cottage style homes, each extending to approximately 1,324 sq ft in size, arranged over two floors, and offering generous and well apportioned living.
A wonderful opportunity afforded, for either private buyers or those seeking a development opportunity, early viewing is advised.
The property fronts directly on to the lane, overlooking the delightful open countryside. A private drive leads up the side of the property to the detached garage, with a further pedestrian gated access just off to one side.
The mature and private gardens and grounds wrap around the property affording great amenity, and the opportunity for further cultivation.
COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY
Given the current planning permission afforded, should the properties be built and sold, then the CIL would become payable by the purchaser of the plot, and has been estimated at the level of £15,000.
Services: Interested parties should make their own enquiries of the relevant utility companies.
Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council
Energy Efficiency Rating: F / 30
Heading north east through the village high street, drive past the village primary school, which will be found on the left hand side, and in a further 100 metres or so, a rural lane will be found off on the right hand side. Take this right turn, and proceed along the lane for approximately 50 metres, and the private drive to the cottage will be found along on the right hand side. The postcode for the property is: OX14 4QJ.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co.