MYRTLE COTTAGE & THE CLOISTERS – FIDLERS LANE
EAST ILSLEY - BERKSHIRE
*Newbury 8 miles *Oxford – 17 miles *Reading – 19 miles
*Goring on Thames – 8 miles *Didcot – 9 miles *M4 at Chievely (J13) – 5 miles
Mainline Stations at Didcot, Goring and Newbury
Centrally located in this historic old village situated within the beautiful Berkshire Downlands, situated between Newbury and Oxford in an area of ‘outstanding natural beauty', with outstanding schools nearby, and excellent road communications and a mainline commuter station for London (Paddington) within easy driving distance.
A simply stunning home of great diversity, believed originally to date back to the mid 1700's, a commanding and sympathetic adaptation of the property was undertaken, with a dramatic addition also in the late 1990's, to great effect, with the new part of the house being runner up in the Ibstock Downland prize for architecture administered by RIBA. Where old meets new, the property embraces and complements the property's original character features, boasting an impressive modern and contemporary 5 bedroom, 4/5 reception room, 4 bath family residence of approximately 2,841 sq ft with detached studio / annexe of approximately 179 sq ft with open plan sitting room / kitchenette and shower room, affording flexible accommodation of an open plan yet traditional nature, with exceptionally high quality and stylish contemporary fixtures and fittings throughout.
Set in delightfully mature and beautifully landscaped south facing walled gardens and grounds, a relaxing ambience and outlook is afforded, with early viewing advised.
• Private Electrically Gated Gravelled Driveway & Forecourt
• Vaulted Reception Hall
• Vaulted Kitchen (With Connecting Door to Myrtle Cottage)
• Vaulted Drawing Room With Fireplace
• Inner Hall
• 2nd Bedroom Suite With En-Suite Shower Room
• Master Bedroom Suite 1st Floor Vaulted Landing
• Bedroom Suite With Secret Library & Balcony
• Store Cupboard
• Entrance Hall
• Utility Area
• Kitchen / Breakfast Room
• Vaulted Dining Room
• Sitting Room With Fireplace (With Connecting Door to The Cloisters)
• 1st Floor Landing
• 3 Bedrooms
• 2 Family Bathrooms
The Studio / Annexe
• Open Plan Sitting Room / Office & Kitchenette
• Shower Room
Gardens & Grounds
• Store / Workshop
• Beautifully Mature Professionally Landscaped South Facing Walled Courtyard Gardens & Grounds
The village of East Ilsley lies in a fold of the Berkshire Downs close to the historic Ridgeway Path and its geographical position on the Downlands largely determined its part in the pageant of history, being on one of the busiest ancient routes across the Downs, dating back to the Bronze Age. It became an important trading centre from the 13th century onwards for corn and later for wool, ultimately being granted a Royal Charter by James I in 1620.
The Sheep Fairs held fortnightly, were second only to Smithfield in London and at their height sold 400,000 with the record of 80,000 being penned in a single day. At the peak there were 24 inns and public houses catering for all the farmers, shepherds and drovers on market days.
Nowadays the village has successfully avoided the problem of overdevelopment retaining it's timeless character, and, whilst continuing its link with farming, is more associated with racehorses, with several racing stables being located in or near the village.
The village has also greatly benefited from the A34 by-pass, which previously went straight through the centre of the village and is now sited away to the west of East Ilsley, becoming an important dual carriageway linking the south coast to the Midlands.
Around the central part of the village there are many examples of interesting period properties from timbered cottages to the more elegant Queen Ann and Georgian country houses, especially in Broad Street. The village also boasts a village pond, parish church, two well-known established Inns and a Church of England primary school. For secondary education there is the highly acclaimed Downs School at the nearby village of Compton (2 miles) which also has a VIth form. Additionally there are numerous Private schools in the general local area especially Abingdon.
There are main line stations at Newbury and Didcot, the latter being nearer, providing fast commuter services up to London (Paddington) in approx 45 mins.
The County town of Reading together with Oxford, Newbury and the M4 are all easily accessible, and the mainline station in Goring provides excellent commuter services up to London (Paddington and Waterloo). Goring on Thames being the larger village has a wide range of shops and amenities as well as Restaurants, Riverside Café, Olde Worlde Inns, Bank, Doctors, Dentist, and 2 Hotels.
A most striking and intriguing property, to be utilised as either one large family home, or as two separate smaller homes, with an interconnecting door opening through between the two, it is originally believed to date back into the mid 1700's, but was however further adapted and modernised throughout in the late 1990's and duly further enhanced with a most striking major extension to the original property to form impressive vaulted accommodation of particular architectural note, as deemed by RIBA, being a runner up of the Ibstock Downland prize.
The property occupies a delightful private position tucked away in a gated and walled setting, overlooking its mature south facing gardens, with a French door off the vaulted and beamed drawing room opening on to the southerly facing terrace, and dual French doors opening off the kitchen to the inner courtyard garden, both looking on to stunning architectural features such as an oriel window off the master bedroom Juliet balcony and a cloistered glazed and vaulted reception hall, either wonderful for ‘Al Fresco' dining. Many other stunning features are to be found throughout the property, and must be seen to fully appreciate the stylish and stunning living to be enjoyed.
Affording an impressive blend of modern and contemporary yet traditional well apportioned striking accommodation of approximately 2,841 sq ft, the property incorporates exceptionally stylish and high quality fixtures and fittings, being evident throughout, that combine to encompass a contemporary flair which presents in a simply delightful form embracing the best of the past and the future.
THE STUDIO / ANNEXE
Approached directly off the drive, facing back towards the house itself, the studio / annexe is attractively timber built with painted elevations and dual windows to the front, affording great natural light and a spacious feel.
The flexible open plan space comprises a sitting room / office with a kitchenette, and a shower room off.
Privately approached via large timber electrically controlled gates, the gravelled driveway is most spacious, afford ample parking for numerous vehicles, with the drive splaying off to one side for The Cloisters main entrance where the integral garage can be found, and off to the other side towards the main entrance for Myrtle Cottage and the studio / annexe.
A pathway flanked with mature raised planting runs along the east side of the property, past the entrance to Myrtle Cottage and a delightful courtyard which the kitchen from The Cloisters opens up to, then to the main rear gardens and grounds.
A stone laid terrace runs across the back of the house, with low steps leading up to the main lawned and walled garden, which benefits from extensively planted mature flower beds with an array of herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees.
Off to one side of the garden, there is a useful brick built store / workshop.
Both private and delightfully attractive, the south facing gardens must be viewed to be fully appreciated.
Services: Mains electricity, water, and drainage are connected to the property. Central heating and domestic hot water from oil fired central heating.
Postcode: RG20 7LG
EPC Rating: D / 55
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 over the River bridge and up to the top of Streatley High Street. At the traffic lights continue straight across on the B4009 road to Newbury. After passing through the village of Aldworth turn right by the Four Points Pub sign posted for Compton and East Ilsley. Continue through Compton and on reaching East Ilsley follow the one way system passing the Pond, round to the right, and turn right at the junction. On reaching the next junction turn left on to Fidlers Lane, and the property will be found a short way along off on the left hand side, privately approached via large electrically controlled gates.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co.