FERRY LANE, SOUTH STOKE, SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE
*Goring on Thames – 2 miles *Wallingford – 4 miles *Henley on Thames – 12 miles
*Oxford – 16 miles *Reading – 12 miles *Newbury – 15 miles
*M4 at Theale (J12) – 12 miles *M40 at Lewknor (J6) – 12 miles
In historic South Oxfordshire Village by the River Thames, an imposing family house of impressive proportions occupying an unrivalled position set in 7.5 acres with a wet Boathouse mooring inlet and direct River frontage of approx. 600' together with an extensive range of garaging and outbuildings.
• Exceptional riverside location with unrivalled views and ‘sunsets'
• Prestigious village in “A.O.N.B.”
• Excellent road and rail communications
• Substantial village house of nearly 5,000 sq ft with potential for separate wing
• Entrance Lobby with Cloakroom off, and leading to Reception Hall with Grand Oak Staircase
• Master Bedroom with door to Loggia Terrace and with En Suite Dressing Room and Bathroom with Shower
• 3 Further principal Bedrooms including a Bed/Sitting Room
• Shower Room
• Inner Hall leading to Back Hall with secondary staircase
• Laundry/Utility Room with separate Store Room and door to rear Lobby
• Inner walled Courtyard with integral Store Room
• Beamed Drawing Room with feature fireplace and door to railed Balcony Terrace
• Beamed Dining Room with door to Balcony terrace
• Back Lobby approached by secondary staircase
• Kitchen with Breakfast Room and door to Balcony Terrace
• Utility/Preparation Room
• Study/Office with Cloakroom off
• 2 Further double Bedrooms each with En Suite Bathroom, and one having walk-in Attic/Store Room.
• Useful range of outbuildings and garaging
• Approx. 600' direct river frontage with Wet Boathouse and a mooring dock
• Formal gardens and meadow land extending to approx. 7.5 acres
The Thameside village of South Stoke situated between Reading and Oxford, lies on the East bank of the river, set between the Berkshire Downlands and the Chilterns in Oxfordshire in the wide River valley opposite the village of Moulsford, surrounded by scenic rural countryside designated as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.
Largely unspoilt having only a limited amount of modern development, the village has a fine main street with many interesting period properties, some dating from the 16th century. Historically the village retains a close connection with Christchurch College in Oxford who were given land and property by Henry VIII at the time of the Reformation in the Middle Ages and as a result of this the timeless country way of life survives even today. Local amenities include a highly regarded traditional Inn “The Perch & Pike”, a C. of E. Primary School, a village hall, shop and recreation ground, and regular bus services to Wallingford and Reading. The bus service also connects with train services to Reading and Paddington. The River Thames is within easy walking distance at each end of the village offering recreational facilities including walks along the Tow Path to Goring and Wallingford.
The historic Ridgeway Path also runs through the village, having crossed the river at Goring on Thames from Streatley, continuing along the riverbank to North Stoke where it leaves the Thames and continues up onto the Chilterns and the Icknield Way.
The nearby village of Goring on Thames offers more comprehensive shopping facilities, a modern health centre, a dentist, library, bank, Post Office, several “Olde Worlde” Inns, a Boutique Hotel, range of restaurants, a fabulous Riverside Bistro/Café, and a mainline railway station providing fast commuter services to Reading and London (Paddington) in well under an hour. There are excellent road communications with easy access to Henley, Wallingford, Reading and Oxford as well as the M4 and M40 Motorways.
Ferry Lane is a quiet no through road eventually leading down to the River and historically links back to the era when a Ferry service operated across the River to Moulsford. The road comprises an eclectic mix of individual properties dating from the 16th Century and including the late Victorian and Edwardian eras with a number being Listed denoting their intrinsic historical and architectural importance.
Ashmount House which dates from the 1930's and formerly owned by a titled family, has an imposing appearance in a unique setting enjoying uninterrupted westerly views to the rear over lawned gardens and meadow land leading down to the River.
The property occupies an especially advantageous and private position towards the end of Ferry Lane set behind a walled frontage.
The impressive proportions and versatile layout of the accommodation which extends to almost 5,000 sq ft offers potential for different living options including an ancillary wing if required served by two staircases.
Originally the house was designed incorporating a Servants wing and whilst subsequently differently adapted a separate self-contained suite could easily be reinstated to suit personal requirements including re-operating the ‘dumb waiter' facility.
Built in the grand manner Ashmount House has its principal bedroom accommodation arranged on the ground floor with the main living accommodation and grand rooms situated on the first floor so as to take full advantage of the fabulous views over the scenic landscape across its own lawned gardens and meadows down to the River and beyond to the Berkshire Downlands opposite and the magnificent “sunsets”.
Notably points of interest include the fine carved oak balustraded wide staircase, characterful beamed ceilings and oak flooring in the reception rooms with the timbers reputedly acquired from the luxury Cunard Liner “Aquitania” which was launched in 1913.
The Drawing Room also has an especially imposing Inglenook style fireplace with heavy bressumer beam. This year a new ‘state of the art' gas boiler was also installed supplying central heating and hot water.
This is a grand village house affording immense potential not least by virtue of having its own land extending directly down to the River and an approximate 600' frontage.
The property has a high walled frontage to Ferry Lane splayed centrally with entry through tall decorative wrought iron gates which open onto the driveway and an extensive private forecourt area leading to the house.
There is a separate wrought iron side pedestrian gate and off Ferry Lane which continues to run along the Northern boundary down to the River and the original Ferry staging, there are further gated entrances to the garaging and the Riverside area.
To the rear are extensive lawned gardens with meadow land beyond down to the River Thames.
There is direct frontage to the Thames of approx. 600' with a Mooring Dock c. 30' x 13' and a refurbished elm boarded Wet Boathouse with pitched wooden tile roof.
Additionally there are a range of Outbuildings and garaging which are identified on the plan included in the brochure.
In all the garden and grounds extend to approx. 7.5 acres.
All main services are connected. Central heating and hot water from recently installed gas fired boiler.
Council Tax: ‘H'
Postcode: RG8 0JL
Energy Efficiency Rating: E/51
Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council - Telephone: 01491 823000
From our offices in Goring turn right and proceed up to the top of the High Street. At the railway bridge junction bear left onto the Wallingford Road and continue out of the village. On reaching South Stoke in just under 2 miles take the first turning left into the village and at the sharp bend bear round to the right into The Street. At the further end on meeting the next junction bear left into Ferry Lane. Ashmount House will then be found at the further end on the left hand side just before the Lane down to the River.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co