7 bedroom equestrian facility for saleHartley Court Road, Three Mile Cross, Reading, RG7
Sold STC £2,200,000
- Hartley Court £1.75m
- The Lodges £450,000
- 6 reception rooms
- 7 bedrooms
- 6 bath/shower rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- 4 further attic rooms
- Orangery & garaging
- Tennis court & Swimming pool
Elegant and historic Grade II* Listed manor house with two lodges and within delightful, mature grounds of nearly 25 acres.
Three Mile Cross is a village in the civil parish of Shinfield, to the South of Reading, and immediately North of the adjoining village of Spencers Wood, in the English county of Berkshire. Just to the south west of Reading, Spencers Wood and Shinfield offer a range of everyday amenities including post offices, bakers, supermarket, garages, public houses and churches. The area is well served with a range of schooling both state and private. Of particular note are Bradfield College, St Andrews Preparatory School, Pangbourne College, Downe House, Cheam and Elstree together with Shinfield Infants & Nursery School, Shinfield St Mary's CoE Junior School and Crosfields Independent Day School for Boys. Access into London can be achieved from Reading (London Paddington from 29 minutes). The M4 motorway provides access into London and out to the West Country.
This fine, elegant Grade II* Listed manor house offers wonderful principle rooms characterised by excellent ceiling heights and by generous windows enabling natural light to illuminate the rooms. Magnificent fireplaces and mantelpieces give many of the rooms a focal point and enhance the sense of grandeur. The approach to the house is an appealing one with a long, winding driveway flanked by paddocks. The facade is predominantly stucco with the symmetry of the late Georgian facade immediately evident. Also noticeable are three groups of 3 and 4 clustered shaft chimneys, with offset heads and one large 16th Century chimney. There is also a sun dial to the south elevation dated 1751.
The Ground Floor: The generous reception hall leads to a grand staircase which is a particular feature of the house. Two fine reception rooms, either side of the hall, feature large square bay
windows with window seats. The room to the right, on entering the hall, features oak flooring with under floor heating. The Billiards Room, beyond the reception room, is a very generously proportioned room, again with substantial windows allowing a good deal of natural light to enter. A study, towards the back of the house features an ornate 16th Century wooden over mantle and fire surround. The kitchen has been fitted with bespoke oak kitchen cabinets by Mark Wilkinson and includes stone work surfaces. Integrated appliances include Miele oven, steamer oven and a plate warming drawer in addition to the 4 oven Aga.
The kitchen also has under floor heating and benefits from views towards the York stone terrace, lawn and pool area. Close to the kitchen is a self contained staff flat comprising a sitting room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.
The First Floor: On climbing the splendid staircase from the reception hall one first arrives at a half landing where fitted shelves allow for numerous books. Continuing up to the generous first floor landing, there is a master bedroom with aspects to the south and west through large sash windows. From here there is a door into a re-fitted shower room. This entire suite benefits from under floor heating. A further elegant bedroom, with an en suite bathroom (not completed) and spectacular fan light over the door, sits beside this master bedroom and there are four further bedrooms, each with the facility for en-suites, some of which have been replaced recently.
The Second floor: On this floor a series of rooms provide flexible space for a number of uses. Some of the old roof trusses span some of the rooms and are a reminder of the heritage of the house. There is a kitchenette, bathroom and in one of the rooms there is a shower and a WC.
The Orangery: This is a terrific addition and is a short distance from the house. The Orangery design is striking and a trompe l'oeil of a horse race features on one of the walls. The building features under floor heating.
The Gardens: The principle garden sits to the south and west of the house and is predominantly lawned. Close to the southern elevation of the house is a large York stone terrace. Various mature shrubs and plants include rhododendron, Japanese acer, camellia, an ancient wisteria exist in various enclaves of the garden and a number of substantial, well established trees such as oak offer seclusion and privacy.
The Swimming Pool And Tennis Court : The heated swimming pool sits to the south of the house and next to the hard tennis court. A pool house has a changing area and the plant for the pool. An attractive rockery sits at one end of the pool and acts as an appealing backdrop.
The Lodges: These properties are in need of refurbishment and work has started to combine these two properties in to one, with a staircase and wall removed. Planning was granted on 24 December 2015 for this work under application number 151482. Planning was also for the proposed erection of a two storey rear extension to the property and the erection of a front entrance porch, following demolition and removal of the existing single storey rear extension.Please note that The Lodges will only be sold separately if Hartley Court has already been sold.
Square Footage: 8,213 sq ft
Acreage: 24.7 Acres
From the east travel out of London on the A4/M4. Exit at junction 11 travelling towards Basingstoke on the A33. At the second set of traffic lights take the right hand filter and at the mini roundabout turn right, before taking the first turning on the left. Follow the road taking the sharp left hand bend and the gates to Hartley Court will shortly be found on the right.
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