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2 bed Character Property


South Woden, Goring on Thames, RG8



High Street shops, River Thames and railway station (London Paddington within the hour) – 2/3 Minutes Walk Reading (London, Paddington 27 minutes) – 11 Miles M4 (J 12 ) - 11 Miles M40 (J6) - 14 Miles Henley on Thames - 12 Miles Oxford - 19 Miles Wallingford - 4.5 Miles (Distances and times approximate)

Situated in one of the most prestigious locations within this desirable riverside village lying on the banks of the River Thames, South Woden lies within pretty sheltered gardens and grounds, affording privacy and a most attractive outlook. The property is walking distance from the central High Street shops and amenities, mainline station providing access to London in under the hour and for delightful riverside and country walks.

A most appealing period property of distinctive architectural design comprising the southern wing of an important village house dating from approximately 1890, believed to have been built originally for the Palmer family of Huntley and Palmer fame. The property has only recently been thoroughly refurbished, providing charming modern and contemporary accommodation that extends to approximately 1,612 sq ft, including the open basement floor, which embraces it's period origins.

Spacious Driveway & Forecourt

Reception Lobby
Cloakroom / Shower Room
Utility Room
Sitting Room With Fireplace
Dining Room

Basement Hall
Basement Study
2 Basement Storage Rooms

Galleried Landing
Master Bedroom Suite with En-Suite Bathroom
2nd Bedroom
Family Shower Room

Private & Mature Gardens & Grounds

The much prized village of Goring on Thames occupies a stunning location in the scenic Thames Valley set between the Chiltern Hills and the Berkshire Downlands as it flows from Oxford down to Reading, the area known geographically as the ‘Goring Gap' and designated an ‘A.O.N.B.' In 2009 Goring was awarded the prestigious ‘Oxfordshire village of the Year' and also the coveted best in ‘South of England' title. The central part of Goring is a Conservation Area and has a wealth of interesting period properties, many, Listed being of significant architectural and historical interest dating from the 16th Century.

The ancient Ridgeway Path linking the West Country with East Anglia also runs through the village on its journey from the Berkshire Downs up on to the Chilterns. This stretch of the river the longest between locks, is regarded as one of the most beautiful and is forever associated with Kenneth Grahame's immortal book “Wind in the Willows” as well as Jerome K Jerome's book “Three Men in a Boat” which actually mentions Streatley in its narrative.

The village boasts an excellent range of shops and facilities together with olde worlde pubs, a highly regarded bistro / café, choice of restaurants, a bank, boutique hotel, doctors and dental surgeries and importantly a mainline station offering fast services 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.

Recognised as a thriving community there are a wide range of clubs, societies and special interest groups to suit people of all age groups. There is a highly rated primary school and in the local area are a first class choice of both state and private schools with ‘bus collections.

Streatley on Thames, on the Berkshire side of the river, is another picturesque village surrounded by hills and woodlands now mainly owned by the National Trust. Fronting onto the river by the bridge crossing over to Goring is the luxury 4 star riverside hotel the Swan renowned for its fine cuisine and spa and fitness facilities

Manor Road is generally regarded as the ‘premier' residential location in Goring on Thames, situated within a few minutes' walk of the central High Street shops, railway station, and local facilities. Wide and tree lined, it is a no through road with only local traffic and at the Southern end immediately adjoins fields and open countryside with footpaths leading directly down to the river itself and across fields to the Chilterns Escarpment overlooking the “Goring Gap”. The larger impressive houses in the road date mainly from around the turn of the last century, reflecting the grandeur and wealth associated with the growth and importance of Goring at this time.

Woden House is an impressive house of striking appearance, traditionally built and constructed with distinctive Dutch gables and set well back from Manor Road in mature and private gardens. Originally dating from around 1890 and incorporating many delightful architectural features of this fine building era, the house was divided into six separate freehold houses in about 1953, with the gardens being kept as originally laid out and not subdivided thus retaining the overall ‘park like' appearance. All the other properties now have a shared vehicular access off Lime Tree Road whilst South Woden has its own separate access road and drive off Manor Road which it owns, albeit with the three adjacent detached and private properties which have Rights of Access over the road.

Crossrail services are scheduled to be commencing from Reading in approximately 2019, which together with the electrifying of the line will significantly improve travelling times to Paddington and central London / City destinations.

South Woden occupies a delightfully mature and private position in a premier road within this highly regarded village, which is situated on the banks of the River Thames, within scenic tree lined surroundings. The gardens and grounds benefit from being within close walking distance of the mainline train station which provides direct access to London Paddington in under the hour, extensive village amenities, and superb schooling.

The property enjoys a superb light aspect with all the principal rooms facing south or west overlooking the private gardens and grounds, and with the sitting room having delightful French doors opening directly out on to the sheltered brick laid terrace. The property also has the original cellars to the then original main house, which have now been professionally converted and are utilised for daily living.

Only recently refurbished and modernised to an exceptionally high standard throughout, the accommodation internally strikes a most pleasing tone, with modern and contemporary fixtures and fitting blending seamlessly with that of a rather more characterful air, in keeping with the property's period origins, affording simply delightful and spacious accommodation that in all extends to approximately 1,612 sq ft, including the basement rooms.

A wonderful opportunity afforded, early viewing is advised.

The property is approached over a long gravelled entrance drive which is privately situated off Manor Road, and initially shared with three other properties only. At the top of the private drive, the private driveway leads along to South Woden itself, opening out in to a wide splayed gravelled forecourt, affording ample parking and turning.

Spanning the full width of the gravelled forecourt are open mainly lawned gardens, attractively flanked with mature hedging and colourful planting, and edged with a curved brick laid border.

A brick laid pathway leads up through the lawned gardens, peeling off left to the front entrance door, and right to the spacious brick laid terrace garden. The terrace garden has a mature centrally planted tree and is fenced and hedged, affording a most secluded and attractive outlook to be enjoyed.

Tucked away, adjacent to the terrace garden, is a useful timber store and storage area.

Delightfully attractive and most private, the gardens and grounds must be viewed to be fully appreciated.

Services: Mains water, drainage, gas, and electricity are connected. Central heating and hot water provided via a gas boiler.

Postcode: RG8 9EB

EPC Rating: E / 54

Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council - Telephone: 01235 422422

From our offices in the centre of Goring turn left and proceed down the High Street. Turn left opposite the Miller of Mansfield into Manor Road and at the bend in the road by the John Barleycorn Pub continue straight across onto Manor Road again. After passing Lime Tree Road on your left, continue another 150 yards where you will find a private driveway on the left hand side leading to South Woden.

Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co.
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