1 PARK FARM COTTAGES – MEAD LANE
LOWER BASILDON - BERKSHIRE
Goring 2 ½ miles - Streatley High Street/River 2 miles - Pangbourne 2 miles (London Paddington within the hour) - Reading 8 miles (London Paddington 27 minutes) - M4 (Junction 12) 8 miles - Henley on Thames 14 miles - Newbury 12 miles - Oxford 18 miles - (Distances and times approximate)
Occupying an idyllic rural location between the villages of Lower and Upper Basildon, set into a hillside overlooking a small peaceful valley with beautiful surrounding countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
A simply delightful cottage dating from approximately 1927, being originally built for the Basildon Estate, to a design attributed to Sir Edwin Lutyens, more recently sympathetically extended and refurbished, providing tastefully appointed 4 bedroomed character accommodation in stunning elevated gardens, with a superb detached double garage / workshop with vaulted annexe over.
A charming residence within easy reach of Reading, and mainline trains for London Paddington in under the hour, the pending Crossrail to Canary Wharf, and the M4, early viewing is recommended.
Private Driveway & Forecourt
Covered Entrance Porch
Sitting Room With Log Burner
Family Room With Fireplace & Log Burner
Kitchen / Vaulted Dining Room With Rayburn
Master Bedroom With En-Suite Shower Room
3 Further Bedrooms
In All Approximately 1,616 Sq Ft
Detached Double Garage / Workshop & Vaulted Annex With Mezzanine Floor, Kitchen, And Shower Room Over Of Approximately 544 Sq Ft
Delightfully Mature Gardens & Grounds
In All The Cottage And Double Garage / Workshop & Vaulted Annexe Extend To Approximately 2,160 Sq Ft
Situated in scenic countryside designated an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty', the small village of Lower Basildon lies approximately midway between Pangbourne and Streatley on Thames at the foot of the Berkshire Downlands overlooking the Thames Valley and across to the Chilterns on the Oxfordshire side of the river.
Comprehensive everyday amenities and facilities including shops, banks, health centres, libraries and excellent primary schools are available at Goring on Thames and Pangbourne with both villages also having mainline stations providing fast commuter services to Reading and up to London Paddington in well under the hour, and Crossrail to Canary Wharf to be commissioned shortly. Road communications are also excellent with Reading and the M4 motorway being easily accessible.
On the edge of Lower Basildon stands the historic Basildon House, now owned by the National Trust and open to the public as is Beale Park, which extends along the banks of the river where can be seen many exotic varieties of animals and birds as well as a miniature railway. Near the river off Church Lane is the historic 13th century Parish Church of St Bartholomews. A footpath along the Thames is accessible a short distance from the house.
In addition to nearby villages having their own well revered primary school and secondary schools, locally the area is also extremely well served by an excellent range of both state and private schooling, of particular note; Bradfield College, Pangbourne College, Downe House, Cranford House, Moulsford Preparatory, The Manor, Abingdon Boys and The School of St Helen & Katharine. A variety of secondary school buses run through Lower Basildon.
Mead Lane is a quiet country road approached off the A329 Pangbourne to Streatley on Thames road near Skew bridge, which meanders up through a narrow valley to the village of Upper Basildon passing some wonderful scenery including the parklands surrounding the National Trust owned Basildon House and generally unspoilt countryside.
Park Farm Cottages are a pair cottages, originally built in 1927 for the Basildon Estate to a Lutyens design. Sir Edwin Lutyens, one of the country's leading architects of the period, with his work known internationally, was commissioned by Major Morrison of Basildon House to design new Estate accommodation at the time, that would enhance the landscape and be recognised on merit.
1 Park Farm Cottages is traditionally constructed having red brick elevations under a pitched clay tile roof, with the detached double garage / workshop and annexe over being built in a similar style, with part tile hung elevations being complimentary.
Nestling into the hillside with gorgeous views over a quiet valley with meadows opposite fringed by woodland, the property has in more recent years been sympathetically extended at the side and rear, substantially increasing the accommodation in a totally complimentary style, which also strives to pave the way forward, with more contemporary vaulted accommodation enhancing the more traditional elements.
Extending to approximately 2,160 sq ft in total, the cottage is simply stunning, offering would be buyers an aspirational rural lifestyle, with careful planning and attention having been provided to afford modern open plan living with that of a rather more traditional nature, in addition to embracing outside living and home working if required, and as a consequence the property presents itself as a most engaging residence, with early viewing being highly recommended.
The property occupies an elevated position above Mead Lane, a quiet back lane which runs through the rural valley high up above The River Thames. Along the frontage to the cottage there is a steep bank braced by an attractive brick and flint wall, with a footpath set behind giving pedestrian access to the cottage, with a brick laid path leading through a picket gate up to the covered entrance. The private driveway and forecourt is set off to one side, leading up to the double garage entrance.
The front grounds are enclosed behind tall clipped hedging, and flanked on two sides with a lawned garden, providing for an attractive approach with great privacy afforded. A side pathway leads through a picket gate to the lower terrace of which is accessed directly from the conservatory, perfect for ‘Al Fresco' dining. From this terrace, steps lead up to a timber decked terraced which spans the width of the vaulted annexe and overlooks the main rear lawned gardens and grounds, and beyond over the adjoining fields, also being perfect for ‘Al Fresco' dining, or simply enjoying peaceful working hours.
Simply wonderful, with magnificent views being afforded and set in delightful gardens and grounds.
Services: Mains water and electricity are connected to the property. Private septic tank drainage system shared with the adjoining cottage. Central heating and domestic hot water from oil fired Rayburn stove. Secondary hot water from immersion heater.
Current EPC Rating: E / 47
Postcode: RG8 9NZ
Local Authority: West Berkshire District Council – Telephone: 01635 42400
From our office in the centre of Goring, turn left and proceed down the High Street across the river bridge up to the top of Streatley High Street where at the traffic lights turn left for Pangbourne. After passing through Lower Basildon continue towards Pangbourne until just before reaching the traffic lights, by skew bridge, take a sharp right turn into Mead Lane. Follow this road for approximately ¼ mile. After passing Park Farm House on the left, Park Farm Cottages are a further 200 yards on the left. 1 Park Farm Cottages is the right hand side of the two cottages.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co.