In an elevated position just a stone’s throw from the Market Place, Ancastle Cottage sits proudly on the corner of Paradise Road and Gravel Hill. The heavy oak front door is to the side of the property, opening into the reception hall, which has a vaulted ceiling and a staircase with a galleried landing.
Just off the reception hall is the dining room, perfect for entertaining. The exposed brick open fireplace has a mantel shelf over, a black steel canopy and a tiled hearth. To the left of the fireplace there is a door to the study, which is where the original entrance to the cottage was more than 400 years ago.
The sitting room has east and south facing lattice windows allowing an abundance of light. The focal point is the exposed brick open fireplace. It has a mantel shelf over, a cast iron grate with a black steel canopy and tiled hearth. This fireplace still has the original bread oven, which is lit with soft lighting. The room has a cosy ambience, perfect for a night cap or a game of chess with friends and is warm and inviting all year around.
The kitchen is located in the centre of the house. Having been completely refurbished in 2013, features an extensive range of shaker style hand painted kitchen units, wooden work-surfaces and inset sink with mixer tap and instant hot water tap. There is a useful central island featuring an 5 burner gas hob with extractor fan over. Built-in appliances include an electric double oven and a dishwasher. There is a large breakfast area. An arched door leads to walk-in cupboard, which houses a large American style fridge freezer and the gas fired boiler.
The cloakroom has a classic style w.c and a wash hand basin.
The upstairs bedrooms within the original house are well proportioned.
The spacious master suite has a bright dual aspect bedroom, with far reaching views over Henley town centre. There is an attractive brick fireplace with a timber surround. The en-suite bathroom has a traditional white suite, comprising a panelled bath with decorative tiled surround and an inset vanity basin.
Bedroom two also has a dual aspect with wonderful views. There is a hand basin mounted on an ornate wash stand. There is an adjoining walk-in wardrobe, which could be converted into an en suite shower room (subject to consent).
Bedroom three has a vaulted ceiling and a window overlooking the pool area.
The family bathroom has classic white sanitary ware comprising a panelled bath and wash hand basin. A door opens to the separate w.c. There is access to a large eves storage space.
There are two further good size bedrooms within the attic with plenty of eaves storage.
From the kitchen a wide staircase leads up to the more modern wing of the house. The tranquil and spacious reception room has an abundance of light pouring in from the glazed double doors, which open out to the south facing terrace and swimming pool.
A further staircase leads up from the reception room to additional accommodation, which could be a home office, further bedrooms or perfect for playroom or gym. Double doors open to a sunny south facing patio area.
There is an internal door from the reception room to the large integral double garage. To the rear of the garage there is a utility room and store, with plumbing for a washing machine, a tumble drier and useful sink unit. In addition there is a shower room, ideal for use after a swim or washing pets after a muddy country walk.
The private gardens at Ancastle Cottage are very peaceful and not overlooked. Comprising three tiers with each garden level having a door from the cottage to the outside. Enclosed by a mixture of high walling and panel fencing, there are mature flower beds and shrubs adorning the edges.
There is heated swimming pool with a paved terrace surround and space for al fresco dining. An original phone box has been cleverly incorporated as a shower, thus creating a talking point and a fun and magical feature, particularly for children.
Ancastle Cottage also benefits from having a large double garage, with an electric up and over door, light and power. Outside the garage door there is space to park an additional car, off road.