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2 bedroom cottage for sale

2 Swanston Cottage, Whitchurch -on- Thames, RG8

Sold STC £385,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Mature Paved and Planted Brick & Flint Walled Front Garden
  • Entrance Lobby
  • Sitting Room / Family Room
  • Study Area Leading To Cellar With Open Fireplace
  • Sitting Room / Dining Room With Open Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Utility Room
  • Garden Room / Rear Lobby With Separate Cloakroom
  • Landing
  • 2 Double Bedrooms

Full description

Tenure: Freehold




  READING - 5 miles    HENLEY ON THAMES - 12 miles    NEWBURY - 13 miles

PANGBOURNE ON THAMES - ½ mile    M4 MOTORWAY (J 12) - 6 miles

GORING ON THAMES - 3½ miles    HEATHROW approx. 37 miles     

Located in the heart of this highly regarded Thames-side village fronting onto the historic High Street, just a short walk from extensive village amenities including a mainline railway station providing access to London Paddington in under the hour, various shops and facilities, and an extremely well revered local primary school.

Generally regarded to be the oldest property in the village, Swanston Cottage is a most appealing two bedroomed, semi detached period cottage, Listed Grade II and dating from the mid 16<sup style="text-align: center">th</sup> century. Sympathetically restored and tastefully refurbished in a unique walled setting and with a small but delightfully laid out cottage garden with a separate garage immediately behind and space to park a second car.

Mature Paved and Planted Brick & Flint Walled Front Garden

Entrance Lobby

Sitting Room / Family Room

Study Area Leading To Cellar With Open Fireplace

Sitting Room / Dining Room With Open Fireplace


Utility Room

Garden Room / Rear Lobby With Separate Cloakroom


2 Double Bedrooms

Family Bathroom

Walled & Fenced Mature rear Garden & Terrace

Garage With Additional Parking



The picturesque village of Whitchurch on Thames lies just into South Oxfordshire on the northern bank of the River Thames at the foot of the Chilterns escarpment, with the river forming the boundary between two counties. The village has a wealth of period properties, many Listed as being of special historic and architectural merit and interest and the High Street and immediate surrounding area is now a Conservation Area. The River Thames continues to provide a tranquil background with its water meadows and leisurely way of life. There are numerous riverside and country walks and the surrounding scenic countryside is designated as being of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’. In the village there are two ‘Olde Worlde’ inns, a well reverred primary school and a well used cricket ground supported by an enthusiastic village team.

The larger village of Pangbourne on Thames, connected to Whitchurch by a Toll Bridge, offers a comprehensive range of facilities with shops including supermarket and WH Smith, banks, impressive new health centre, library, dentists, outdoor activity centre including canoeing and climbing to name but a few, and a main line railway station providing fast commuter services to Reading and London, (Paddington) in well under the hour. There are also good road communications enabling easy access to Reading, Newbury, Oxford, Henley and the M4 Motorway at Theale. In addition to state schools there is a wide selection of private schools in the immediate local area, providing ample choice.


2 Swanston Cottage originally formed one end of a medieval hall house and is notable for its cruck frame construction. It was extended in the early 19<sup style="text-align: justify">th</sup> century and again in 1906 when acclaimed architect Frank Loughborough Pearson (designed Truro Cathedral) renovated this cottage adding the present kitchen. Today it has whitened rendered elevations under a pitched and gabled clay roof.

Listed Grade II and in the village ‘Conservation Area’, the property has in recent years undergone sympathetic restoration and refurbishment with works having been carried out to the highest standard with original materials reused wherever possible.

The cottage exudes character appeal, having beamed ceilings with the original cruck frame revealed internally, oak framed leaded pane windows most of which have been re-leaded in years of late and as a further feature a dry cellar with a barrelled ceiling. There have been numerous other improvements in recent years, notably electrical rewiring and re-roofing, a new modern and contemporary family bathroom, and a fitted display / storage dresser to the sitting room / family room.

The presentation of the cottage is both tasteful and attractive, and will entice those who are looking for a charming period property that both affords great character as well as a more modern and contemporary ambience.




Along the frontage with the High Street there is an historic brick and flint boundary wall with oak pedestrian gate at one end opening onto a footpath leading to the front entrance. Behind the wall there is an attractively landscaped garden incorporating natural stone with delightful mature planting of colourful plants, shrubs, and an apple tree.

The larger rear garden again has been most attractively laid out with a patio terrace enclosed by low brick walling with steps up to an area of lawn flanked by shaped borders containing a variety of spring bulbs, plants and shrubs together with several trees, including silver birch, medlar and apple. Along the northerly boundary there is a brick wall and around the other boundaries there is timber trellis fencing forming an effective boundary with many specimen plants growing up. In the rear corner of the garden a pedestrian gate gives access to the Garage located immediately behind.

The brick built Garage located immediately behind the rear boundary (measuring internally 18’3 x 8’5) is approached off a private drive which leads off the High Street through a gap in a high brick wall.


Services: Mains electricity, water and drainage are connected to the property. Central heating from gas fired combination boiler.

Council Tax: E

Postcode: RG8 7ES

Energy Efficiency Rating: D

Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council. Telephone: 01491 823000



From our offices in the centre of Goring turn right and proceed up to the top of the High Street where turn right again and then left into the Reading Road by the Queens Arms public house. Follow the road out of the village up White Hill and in a further 1¾ miles on reaching the crossroads at Crays Pond turn right for Whitchurch and Pangbourne. In a ¼ mile follow the road down the hill into the village of Whitchurch itself and on entering the High Street, Swanston Cottages will be found on the left hand side, immediately opposite the turning into Manor Road which is on the right hand side. For ease of parking on initial viewing, turn right into Manor Road and park along there and walk the short distance back to the property.



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