5 bedroom detached house for saleOakleigh House, Goring on Thames
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- 5 Bedrooms
- 1 Bathroom
- 4 Receptions
WALLINGFORD ROAD, GORING ON THAMES, OXFORDSHIRE
*Pangbourne – 5 miles *Wallingford – 6 miles *Henley on Thames – 12 miles
*Reading – 10 miles *Oxford – 19 miles *Newbury – 13 miles
*M4 at Theale (J12) – 10 miles *M40 at Lewknor (J6) – 14 miles
An individual 5 bedroom detached house of superior design and merit incorporating “arts & crafts” features built by Smallbones of Streatley in the 1920’s occupying a commanding position close to the top of the village High Street enjoying westerly across to the National Trust wooded hillsides above Streatley, and standing in secluded gardens of just over 1/3 rd acre.
In picturesque village on the River Thames between Oxford and Reading
Scenic surrounding countryside with the Berkshire Downs and Chiltern Hills either side of the Thames Valley in designated “A.O.N.B.”
Excellent road and rail communications
First class range of both State and Private schools in local area
Convenient village location within easy walking distance of central shops, station, river and primary school
A fine village house of indisputable quality and individuality with influences of the “arts & crafts” architectural movement
Wide Entrance Porch with door into the Reception Hall
Drawing Room with fireplace and doors into a Conservatory/Garden Room
Dining Room with front and side bays and a wide fireplace recess and timbered panelled walls
Kitchen/Breakfast Room with Larder Store and access to Dry Cellar Store Room
Rear Entrance Lobby with Store Room, and Cloakroom
Fabulous Galleried Landing
Bathroom with Shower
5th Bedroom on 2nd floor with separate Box Room having potential for En Suite facility
Drive entrance and wide pedestrian entrance
Purpose built modern Workshop with slate roof having fitted power and lights
Private and secluded mature gardens and grounds of over 1/3rd acre
The much prized village of Goring on Thames occupies a stunning location in the Thames Valley set between the Chiltern Hills and Berkshire Downlands as the River flows from Oxford down to Reading, in an area of scenic landscape known geographically as the ‘Goring Gap’ and designated an ‘A.O.N.B.’ In 2009 Goring was awarded the prestigious ‘Oxfordshire Village of the Year’ and also won the coveted best in ‘South of England’ title.
This stretch of the River, the longest between locks, is regarded as one of the most beautiful and is forever associated with Kenneth Graham’s immortal book “Wind in the Willows” as well as Jerome K Jerome’s book “Three Men in a Boat” which actually mentions Streatley in its narrative.
The village boasts an excellent range of shops and facilities together with Olde Worlde pubs, a highly regarded Bistro/Café, choice of restaurants, a Bank, Post Office, Boutique hotel, Doctors and Dental surgeries and importantly a mainline station offering fast services up to London (Paddington). There is also easy access for the major local towns, including Oxford, Reading and Newbury, the M4 and M40 motorways, and for Heathrow.
N.B. Crossrail services are scheduled to be commencing from Reading in approx.2017 which together with the electrifying of the line will significantly improve travelling times to Paddington and central London destinations.
Recognised as a thriving community there are a wide range of clubs, societies and special interest groups to suit most people.
There is a highly rated Primary school and in the local area are a first class choice of both state and private schools with bus connections.
The central part of Goring is a ‘Conservation Area’ and has a wealth of interesting period properties many Listed being of significant architectural and historical interest.
Streatley on Thames, situated on the opposite Berkshire side of the river, is another picturesque village surrounded by hills and woodlands now mainly owned by the National Trust. Fronting onto the river by the bridge crossing over to Goring is the luxury 4 star riverside hotel the Swan renowned for its fine cuisine and leisure and fitness facilities.
Oakleigh House dates from the 1920's and was built by Smallbones who were a well respected bespoke building company based in Streatley, for a member of their family originally. This successful Company was associated with the building of many notable homes in the area.
The property’s individual design has distinctive period features and internally has a particularly interesting layout including a stunning first floor central galleried landing arranged in a square around the balustrade stairwell with a West facing front window giving good natural light and westerly views across the village to the National Trust wooded hillsides above Streatley.
Other internal features include a panelled Dining Room which also has a wide timbered fireplace recess with fitted cupboards and an oak floor. Similarly the hall is panelled and oak floored. The balustrading to the staircase is shaped in an “arts & crafts” style reflecting the influence of William Morris.
In the 1980’s a double Garage was built attached to the house in a matching architectural style and has a useful loft store over.
Most recently the present owners have carried out extensive improvements and renovations with major works including complete re-roofing with new felt, battening and insulation, fitting of bespoke handmade hardwood pdg windows matching the original casement design, new guttering and leaf guards installed, and stripping of the pine interior doors with original brass handles retained.
Additionally solar panels have been fitted on the rear slope of the garage roof which provides extra power to the house and National Grid based on a generous ‘feed-in’ tariff. Also a new gas boiler was installed in 2008.
The house affords generous accommodation of considerable character and ambience and ideally would suit a family. Further features include a dry Cellar for storage, a box room and the 2nd floor which lends itself for conversion into an En Suite facility for the adjoining bedroom, and there is ample potential for reconfiguring and extending at the rear subject to the relevant planning approval.
The house stands back from the village road occupying an elevated position overlooking its private front garden set behind a hedge frontage.
There is an entrance drive on one side of the frontage leading to the Garaging and widening to provide additional parking. On the other side of the frontage is a wide footpath leading to the rear garden.
A central pedestrian raised low walled path leads to the house flanked on one side by a lawned area of garden and on the other side by the gravelled parking area.
The main garden to the rear enjoys a private and secluded aspect with a variety of interesting mainly deciduous trees arranged around the boundaries which combine to give a wide range of differing foliage and colours.
These include copper beech, sycamore, ash, oak, horse chestnut, silver birch, hazelnut, lime, variegated holly and apple. There are also new plantings of cherry and liquid amber known for their blossom and leaf colour in Spring and Autumn respectively.
A central lawn provides good open space and there are beds and borders containing a mass of spring bulbs especially bluebells and primroses.
Located to the side of the main garden is a purpose built modern workshop building with electricity and a pitched slate roof, and an elm boarded Summerhouse in need of some repair.
The rear garden has a depth of approximately 135’/41.1 metres and the total plot extends to 0.355 of an acre.
All main services are connected. Central heating and hot water from gas fired wall boiler. Secondary hot water from immersion heater.
Council Tax: ‘G’
Postcode: RG8 0AH
Energy Efficiency Rating: D/60
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. At the railway bridge junction bear left onto Wallingford Road and after passing the turning on the right into Lockstile Way. Oakleigh House will be found in a further 50 yards on the right.
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