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9 bedroom house for sale

Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Offers in Excess of £4,250,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Riverside Property
  • 4 receptions rooms
  • Master bedroom suite
  • 8 further bedrooms
  • Self contained staff flat

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Friars Ford is situated off Manor Road, a no through road running parallel with the river in the Parish of Goring. In 2010 Goring-on-Thames was named South of England Village of the Year, and benefits from everyday shopping and leisure facilities including a convenience store, butchers, restaurants and four pubs. More extensive shopping and recreational facilities are available in Reading to the south east, Newbury to the south and Oxford to the north. Goring also benefits from a train station (regular trains run to London Paddington from 45 minutes).


Friars Ford is a striking Victorian Gothic style house, located on the edge of the celebrated village of Goring-on-Thames. The house is situated in beautiful gardens and grounds on the east bank of the River Thames, between the Chiltern Hills and the Ridgeway, both Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house is constructed of brick with rendered elevations, whilst internally it boasts many original architectural features, with some more recent additions, making it practical for modern day living.

Lot 1 - Principal house, formal gardens, and the majority of the orchard and paddocks. In all approximately 12.4 acres.

Lot 2 - Indoor swimming pool, all weather tennis court, a portion of the orchard, and paddock. In all approximately 3.5 acres.


LOT 1: FRIARS FORD - £4.25 million
The house is set behind a brick and flint wall, accessed through a pair of electric wrought iron gates. The long gravel drive sweeps up to the house, with lawns on one side and an old orchard on the other. In front of the house there is a turning circle with a raised oval bed in the centre.

Ground Floor
Entrance Hall - The double front door with panels and leaded lights leads into the Entrance Hall where there is a decorative arch into the main Reception Hall.
Guest Cloakroom - Coat cupboard, wash hand basin. Separate WC.
Reception Hall - Staircase with open wood balustrade and storage cupboards under, decorative plaster ceiling cornice. Mahogany doors to Drawing Room, Dining Room and Study.
Drawing Room - Featuring a large recessed panelled fireplace with bench seats to either side and a Chesneys stone fireplace. Central bay window with south facing views towards the tennis court, two corner oriel bay windows with bench seats. Fitted bookcases with cupboards under. French door to ceramic tiled southwest facing Loggia.
Dining Room - This room features a bay window with bench seat and views over the garden towards the river and woods beyond. Handsome cast iron fireplace and marble hearth and mantelpiece, intricate parquet floor, decorative plaster ceiling and cornice, and decorative wood door case.
Study - intricate parquet floor, decorative plaster cornice and ceiling. Built-in bookshelves. Brick fireplace with Stovak wood burning stove and decorative wooden mantelpiece. Bay windows with views towards the drive.
Sitting Room - Built-in cupboards and French doors. Solid oak flooring with under-floor heating.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room - Bespoke designed 'Thomas &Thomas' kitchen with extensive wall and floor units and granite worktops. In addition, there is a central island with teak worktop, a four oven Aga and under floor heated limestone flooring. French doors lead to the formal gardens.

Utility Room - Work surface with sink and drainer. Fitted unit cupboard under, space and plumbing for washing machine and dryer, fitted cupboard with shelves. Boot Room with fitted shelving and coat pegs, doors to Cloakroom and rear door to garden.Boiler Room containing a modern gas-fired industrial boiler installed in 2006.

First Floor
Master Bedroom - Featuring bay window with south westerly views over the garden towards the river, decorative plaster cornice, door to: Dressing Room - Range of fitted wardrobes, cupboards and dressing table. Bathroom - Roll-top bath set in alcove. Heated towel rail, shower cubicle, twin wash hand basins and WC, further fitted cupboards and shelves.
Bedroom 2 - Featuring bay window with bench seat and views towards the river and the wooded hills beyond. French door to roof terrace with easterly views over the drive, orchard and front lawns. Cupboard with hanging space.
Bedroom 3 - Bay window with views over the front garden. Fitted cupboards with shelving.
Bedroom 4 - Views towards the tennis court and river. Corner oriel bay window with bench seat. Fitted dressing table unit with drawers and cupboards.
Bedroom 5 - Corner oriel bay window with bench seat, fitted cupboard.
Bathroom 2 - Panelled bath with shower attachment, pedestal was hand basin, WC, heated towel rail, fitted cupboards.
Bathroom 3 - Panelled bath, mixer tap and shower attachment, separate shower unit, WC, pedestal wash hand basin, airing cupboard, heated towel rail.

Second Floor
Bedroom 6 - Westerly views over the garden to the river, decorative plaster cornice, door to en suite bathroom. Bathroom 4 En suite - Bath, mixer tap with shower attachment, pedestal wash hand basin, WC. Fitted cupboard housing hot water tanks. View towards the river.
Bedroom 7 - Views over the tennis court, range of fitted cupboards.
Bedroom 8 - View over drive, orchard and front lawns.
Bedroom 9 - Views over the orchard.
Bathroom 5 - Panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, wash hand basin, WC.

Staff Flat
Kitchen Area - Wall and base unitswith sink, electric hob and fridge.
Lounge/Dining Room - A light and bright room. Bedroom - Fitted cupboards. Bathroom - Bath, pedestal wash hand basin, WC, extractor fan.

Roof Area - Predominantly flat leaded construction, on which sits a 3.8kWp solar PV system, installed in August 2011, generating approximately 3,200 kWh of electricity per annum. The system cannot be seen from ground level, as it sits behind the roof parapet.

External Area

The gardens and grounds have a range of mature trees, including Oak, Chestnut, Maple,Hornbeam, Scots Pine, Beech to name but a few. The old orchard contains a variety of apple trees, as well as cherry, pear, plum, damson and walnut trees. The formal gardens are situated both to the front and rear of the house with sweeping lawns either side. The far reaching lawns at the rear of the house run to the paddocks beyond, flanked by a beech hedge and a pergola over a gravel path with young box hedging to each side.

Adjoining the gravel parking area are two double Garages. Recent planning consent has been obtained to redevelop the building to provide more extensive garaging and storage. Architectural drawings can be seen on page 14.

Beyond the formal gardens, two large Paddocks lead down to the river, with a path to a timber Boathouse in need of restoration. Access from the boathouse to the river is via a cutting under a towpath bridge, which is held by consent.


The All Weather Tennis Court was resurfaced in 2011 and is found to the south with a grass area and fir hedging behind. Next to the all weather tennis court is a large wooden building housing the Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Changing Room, Shower Room and WC and a Plant Room accommodating the heating and filtration systems. Large sliding glass doors open onto views of the lawns, paddocks and the river beyond. There may be potential to develop this building for residential use, subject to planning consents.


From Junction 12 on the M4 Motorway, take the A4 south towardsTheale.At the second roundabout take the A340 and pass through Pangbourne on to the A329.At Streatley, turn right over the river into Goring.Take the first right into Manor Road.Continue along Manor Road, bearing right. Friars Ford can be found on the right-hand side behind a brick and flint wall and wrought iron gates.

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