STREATLEY ON THAMES – BERKSHIRE
*Goring Station –1 mile *Pangbourne on Thames –5 miles *Wallingford– 5 miles
*Oxford – 19 miles *Reading– 10 miles *M4 at Theale (J.12) – 10 miles
*M40 at Lewknor – 15 miles
Located in a stunning elevated location on the fringe of the central “Conservation Area” of this delightful Thames-side village, adjacent to common woodland and open National Trust land, yet easily accessible for the village school, High Street shops and extensive amenities, in addition to a mainline railway station providing access to London Paddington in under the hour, and for delightful riverside and country walks.
A stunning Georgian residence of particular architectural note, dating from circa 1834, extending to approximately 3,614 sq ft in total, incorporating classical proportions and architectural features greatly associated with fine buildings from this era, with detached garage & workshop, situated in beautifully mature gardens & grounds of approximately 0.470 of an acre.
A simply exquisite residence, incorporating numerous attractive features throughout, early viewing is advised.
• Classic Georgian Residence Of Great Architectural Note
• Private Gated Grounds
• Covered & Columned Front Entrance Porch
• Grand Galleried Reception Hall
• Spacious Cellar
• Kitchen / Breakfast Room With Aga
• Utility Room
• Boiler Room
• Wood Store
• Dining Room With Fireplace
• Drawing Room With Fireplace
• Family Room / Study With Fitted Library Furniture
• Grand Galleried Landing
• Master Bedroom Suite With Dressing Room / Bedroom 6
• Guest Bedroom With En-Suite Cloakroom
• 3 Further Bedrooms
• Family Bathroom
• Family Shower Room
• Approximately 3,305 Sq Ft
• Mature & Secluded Southerly Gardens & Grounds Of Approximately 0.470 Of An Acre
• Detached Double Garage / Workshop Of Approximately 409 Sq Ft
• In All, Extending To Approximately 3,614 Sq Ft
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, a nursery and a highly regarded Church of England primary school. The local area generally is well catered for by private and state schools.
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).
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. The village has good road and rail communications with easy access to the surrounding towns, motorway networks and for London (via train forty-five minutes, by car approx. one hour).
N.B. Crossrail services are scheduled to be commencing from Reading in 2019 which together with the electrifying of the line will significantly improve travelling times to Paddington and central London destinations.
Ideally situated close to the historic centre of the village, a short walk from The River Thames, mainline railway, village primary school, and extensive amenities, The Hawthorns is a classic grand residence of the Georgian period, dating from circa 1834.
A family home of great distinction with generous sized rooms, including original cellars. Considerable character has been retained throughout, having superb window symmetry, classical proportions, and further grander scale architectural features associated with the fine buildings of this era.
Notable points of interest include an impressive covered & columned entrance, marble fireplaces to principle reception rooms, exceptionally high ceilings with deep decorative cornicing, Aga to the kitchen / breakfast room, original shuttering to wide bay sash windows, and heavy solid wooden panelled doors with moulded architraves and deep skirting boards.
Traditionally constructed, The Hawthorns has mellow brick elevations with dressed corner quoins under a pitched slate roof (recently re-roofed using the original slates), with traditional timber glazing, which has also been reconditioned.
A simply charming property with significant period ambience, early viewing is advised.
Privately tucked away near the centre of the village, surrounded by extensive mature planting, an initially shared driveway leads off to The Hawthorns, flanked by brick and flint walls, leading up to a private electrically operated five-bar entrance gate which opens into a wide gravelled driveway and forecourt, providing ample parking space for numerous vehicles, with the detached garage / workshop off to one side. The property is located opposite a tree-lined footpath which leads to the bottom of the High Street.
The driveway faces the side of the property, with a convenient covered rear access to the utility room passing the various outer store rooms.
The detached garage / workshop is built in matching brickwork to the main residence, sitting under a pitched tile roof, having parking space for two cars and with a workshop area at one end having its own pedestrian door access. The building has fitted light and power and an electrically operated ‘up-and-over' door.
The Hawthorns occupies an elevated and commanding position facing east at the front with a mature and established, hedged and tree lined frontage along the Reading Road, where a characterful pedestrian gated pathway can be found, and with the main gardens lying to the south and west of the property. The extensive lawned gardens on the South side of the property contain a considerable number of interesting mature trees and shrubs affording a colourful backdrop and privacy.
In all the gardens and grounds extend to approximately 0.470 of an acre.
Services: Mains water, electricity and gas are connected. There is a private septic tank drainage system and central heating and hot water are provided from a gas fired boiler.
Postcode: RG8 9JJ
EPC: E / 49
Local Authority: West Berkshire District Council – Telephone: 01635 42400
From our offices in the centre of Goring on Thames, turn left and proceed down the High Street, continuing over the River bridge in to Streatley on Thames, and up to the top of the High Street, turning left at the cross roads. In approximately 300 metres, The Hawthorns will be found on the right hand side, being the 2nd to last house in the village, accessed initially through a shared driveway, with which you bare off to the left, and through an electrically operated timber five bar gate on to the private drive for The Hawthorns.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co.