The cottage – high street
streatley on thames – berkshire
*Goring Station –1 mile *Pangbourne on Thames –5 miles *Wallingford– 5 miles
*Oxford – 19 miles *Reading– 10 miles *M4 at Theale (J.12) – 10 miles
*M40 at Lewknor – 15 miles
Occupying an elevated position in the historic High Street of this picturesque Thameside village, enjoying views across to the National Trust owned Lardon Chase and within close proximity of Goring on Thames on the Oxfordshire side of the river and its excellent shops and facilities including a main line station providing direct access to London in under the hour.
A stunning period cottage extending to approximately 2,132 sq ft, listed Grade II as of significant architectural and historical interest, with beautifully presented part beamed accommodation of considerable character, being set in private southerly facing walled gardens and grounds of approximately ¼ of an acre, with detached garage & workshop.
A simply wonderful home, incorporating numerous attractive features throughout, early viewing is advised.
• Private Gated Grounds
• Reception Hall
• Spacious Cellar
• Rear Galleried Hall / Utility Room
• ‘Amdega’ Conservatory
• Sitting Room With Fireplace
• Dining Room
• Galleried Landing
• Master Bedroom Suite With En-Suite Bathroom
• 2 Further Bedrooms
• Family Bathroom
• Approximately 2,132 Sq Ft
• Mature & Walled Southerly Gardens & Grounds Of Approximately ¼ Of An Acre
• Detached Double Garage Of Approximately 301 Sq Ft
• Workshop Of Approximately 88 Sq Ft
• In All, Extending To Approximately 2,521 Sq Ft
The picturesque village of Streatley on Thames lies in a valley on the Berkshire side of the river between Reading and Oxford, facing Goring on the Oxfordshire side. The surrounding countryside is designated an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and historically this was a natural crossing point of the river, set between the Berkshire Downs and Chiltern Hills, known geographically as the ‘Goring Gap’. The interesting High Street, which forms the central part of the village running down to the river and the bridge across to Goring, is now a ‘Conservation Area’ where there are a wealth of period properties many of considerable architectural merit including a thatched cottage, a beautiful William and Mary house and an Elizabethan Farmhouse, supposedly haunted by a lady in white. Following the building of the railway through the Thames Valley by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in approximately 1840, the villagers of Streatley decided the railway should go on the Goring side with the result now that while Streatley has changed little, the village of Goring on Thames has grown substantially and is now the larger village.
In the village there is a parish church with Norman origins, a luxury riverside four star hotel, The Swan, which also offers a leisure and fitness club and at the top of the High Street is the Bull Inn which was an old coaching inn when the Royal Mail stopped en route between Oxford and London. There is also a prestigious Golf Club, established over one hundred years ago, set amidst beautiful rolling countryside, a nursery and a highly regarded Church of England primary school. The local area generally is well catered for by private and state schools.
Across the river, the larger village of Goring on Thames offers a wide range of amenities and facilities including shops, modern health centre, traditional inns, a hotel, library, dentist and importantly a main line railway station providing excellent commuter services to Oxford, Reading and up to London (Paddington).
Behind Streatley the ground rises steeply where the Berkshire Downlands meet the wide Thames Valley and from the top there are panoramic views far into Oxfordshire. The woodland and hills surrounding Streatley have been acquired in recent years by the National Trust and the extensive bridleways and footpaths are now open to the public. The village has good road and rail communications with easy access to the surrounding towns, motorway networks and for London (via train forty-five minutes, by car approx. One hour).
N.B. Crossrail services are scheduled to be commencing from Reading in 2019 which together with the electrifying of the line will significantly improve travelling times to Paddington and central London destinations.
The Cottage, linked to Jessamine Cottage, is believed date back approximately 300 years and forms an integral and important part of the village High Street and consequently is listed Grade II.
Having typical and very appealing coloured period brick elevations under a pitched clay tile roof with twin rear gables, the property was sympathetically extended in the late 1970’s, and in more recent years has been considerably further improved and tastefully refurbished with many original features retained, notably the shuttered windows, exposed internal beams and the dry cellar with its bricked steps and floor.
The generous and well-proportioned accommodation flows well, and the charming ‘Amdega’ conservatory enjoys a sheltered and sunny southerly aspect over a walled corner of the garden, looking towards the Lilly pond. The walled gardens provide a superb setting for the cottage, benefiting from a sheltered and private southerly aspect and are exceptionally well laid out and planted, including various types of roses, grapevines, gleditsia, malus trees, a magnolia numerous clematis and hardy fuscias together with eating apple trees.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a period home of spacious proportions in the central part of the village and which has a large and delightful south facing garden as well as good vehicular access and garaging.
A simply charming property with significant period ambience, early viewing is advised.
The Cottage occupies an elevated position above the High Street with a high brick and flint walling along its frontage. On the end of the cottage there are wide turning bricked and quarry tiled steps walled along one side which lead up to the front door. A further tall timber pedestrian gate gives separate access into the garden. The garden benefits from its southerly aspect to the rear and has been laid out in two main areas.
Closest to the cottage is a large lawned garden with well planted borders around virtually all sides containing a variety of specimen plants and shrubs providing colour and interest through the year. Behind the cottage is a delightful Lily Pond forming a central feature with surrounding paved and stone walkways together with patio terraces which have external lighting. In the right hand front corner of the garden there is a timber shed and close by is a mature Yew tree.
A brick and flint wall divides the two gardens with central access via two steps which lead through a timber pergola to the large rear garden which is again lawned and also has beds and borders containing a further range of specimen plants, shrubs and trees including evergreens. In a separate walled area of the garden is a further bamboo screened greenhouse and work area suitable for potting etc. On the further side of the greenhouse against the brick retaining wall there is a mature apple tree and an area for growing vegetables.
Beyond the gardens at the rear there is a large gravelled driveway and forecourt area fronting onto which is a restored period barn / garage with a wealth of timbers, boarded externally and having a pitched clay tile roof vaulted internally, providing two parking bays and extra internal storage space ideally for logs. Around the garaging there is external security lighting. At the side of the garage there is a further parking bay for a third car flanked by a useful timber boarded workshop. Vehicular access is gained off the Reading Road where a 5-bar gate at the end of the garden belonging to Jessamine Cottage opens through to the private gated access to The Cottage itself.
Extending to approximately ¼ of an acre, the southerly facing walled gardens and grounds are simply stunning and must be viewed to be fully appreciated.
Services: Mains water, drainage, electricity and gas are connected. Central heating and hot water are provided from a gas fired boiler.
Postcode: RG8 9HY
Local Authority: West Berkshire District Council – Telephone: Directions
From our offices in the centre of Goring on Thames, proceed across the river bridge and up towards the top of Streatley High Street, where just before reaching the traffic lights the property will be found on the left hand side. Gated vehicular access is gained off a separate entrance which leads off Reading Road located just around the corner, leading to the driveway and garaging to The Cottage.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co.