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3 bedroom semi-detached house for sale

Oak Cottage West, Whitchurch -on- Thames

Sold by Us £550,000

Property Description

Key features

  • House
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 3 Receptions

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Tenure: Freehold


Pangbourne 2 miles Goring on Thames 4.5 miles Reading 7 miles
Henley on Thames 10 miles Woodcote 3.5 miles Oxford 22 miles
M4 at Theale (J.12) 7 miles M40 at Lewknor (J.6) 18 miles
(Distances Approximate)

Occupying an elevated position overlooking the Thames Valley towards Pangbourne ideally located in an unspoilt rural location bordering the Hardwick Estate which is run as an organic farm, within the North Chilterns area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’. A short driving distance from Pangbourne and Reading, mainline railway stations providing direct access to London within the hour, local highly regarded schools, and for extensive shops & amenities.

A delightful 3 bedroom semi-detached period cottage with flexibly arranged open plan accommodation and with many attractive features evident throughout. Set well back in spectacular mature and secluded grounds, with outbuildings, and obvious scope for further enlargement or adaptation to suit ones personal requirements, subject to relevant permissions.

Located in a simply delightful setting with glorious far reaching extensive views, early viewing is advised.

Stunning Far Reaching Views over the Thames Valley and adjoining Countryside

Enclosed Entrance Porch
Sitting Room / Dining Room with Fireplace

Walk-In Wardrobe
3 Double Bedrooms
Family Bathroom

Beautifully Planned & Laid Out Gardens & Grounds Affording Privacy & Seclusion

Timber Stores & Workshops

In All Approximately 1,166 Sq Ft

Goring Heath, lying a few miles east of Goring on Thames, is a scattered, rural Parish extending from the South Western edge of Woodcote, skirting round Whitchurch Hill and then South towards Mapledurham with the A329 Reading to Wallingford Road forming the perimeter along its eastern boundary. In the centre of the Parish are located the Alms houses built in a most pleasing aesthetic period architectural style, founded in 1726 by Henry Alnutt, a wealthy London barrister, and together with their historic Chapel are arranged around three sides of a cobbled courtyard. Whilst modernised in recent years, the Buildings have retained their authentic character appearance largely as they were in the 18th century, as has their unspoilt rural setting.

The nearby village of Pangbourne on Thames lies on a bend of the River where it meets the River Pang and is connected by an ancient Toll Bridge to the village of Whitchurch in Oxfordshire, which nestles under the Chilterns Escarpment. The surrounding countryside of the Berkshire Downlands and Chiltern Hills is designated an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’.
Historically the south branch of the Ancient Ridgeway Path dropped down into the valley at Pangbourne from Upper Basildon at which point there would have originally been a Ford then a rough bridge since early times. The Roman Road from Silchester (Calleva) to Dorchester on Thames ran through the village and along Shooters Hill where Roman and Saxon coins were found when Brunel’s railway line was cut through in 1839. There are many Tudor and 17th Century cottages in the village, including an old Smithy and several old Inns. Following the arrival of the railway, the village grew considerably in wealth and prominence and today there are numerous fine examples of the superb architecture of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, notably represented by the interesting detached houses fronting onto Shooters Hill overlooking the river, known locally as the ‘seven deadly sins’.
The stretch of river from Pangbourne upstream to Streatley, is forever associated with Kenneth Graham and his book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ which he wrote when living in the village at Church Cottage just west of the churchyard. An area of riverside land known as Pangbourne Meadow, lying just to the east of the Whitchurch Toll Bridge, was purchased by the Parish in the 1930s. Subsequently an additional portion was aquired by the National Trust and all of this area is now controlled by the Parish Council and available for the public to use for fishing, boating and leisure purposes.
Pangbourne has an excellent range of local amenities, shops and facilities, including a supermarket, WH Smith, a Bank, Library, an impressive architect-designed Health Centre, Dentist, Opticians, together with Traditional Inns, Restaurants and Hotels including the newly refurbished The Elephant formerly The Copper Inn.  There is also a mainline station providing fast commuter services to Reading (8 minutes) and up to Paddington (25 minutes).

The villages of Goring on Thames and Woodcote are also only but a short drive, offering established shopping centres and a range of facilities including bank, modern health centres as well as restaurants, hotels and olde worlde inns. In addition there are mainline train services from Goring & Streatley station to both Oxford and London.

Occupying an elevated position ideally located in an unspoilt rural location, bordering the organically run farmland of the Hardwick Estate, a delightful 3 bedroom semi-detached period cottage, which has in more recent years been comprehensively extended and refurbished throughout to a most appealing standard, yet with further scope for modernisation, affording well apportioned and flexibly arranged accommodation, combining more modern open plan living with that of a rather more traditional nature, in addition to embracing outside living, with quality fixtures and fittings being incorporated evident upon inspection. The property is further complimented with period architectural features that combine with a contemporary flare providing a simply delightful form embracing both its past and the future; as a consequence Oak Cottage West is a delightful and pleasing family home.

Set well back in spectacular mature and secluded grounds, obvious scope for further enlargement or adaptation of the existing cottage exists to suit ones personal requirements, subject to relevant permissions.

A simple delight, the cottage must be viewed to fully appreciate the great many assets that it affords. 

The cottage is set well back from the quiet road occupying a pleasant garden setting which wraps itself around the cottage on three sides, enjoying dramatic views of the Thames Valley and rolling open countryside. Across the front of the property there is a wide lawned garden enclosed by picket fencing, providing an idyllic approach to the cottage and leading to an enclosed front porch. A stone laid pathway runs through the central part of the garden, with established shrubs and hedging flanking both sides.

A tall timber pedestrian gate opens through to the rear garden. Across the rear of the cottage is a large terrace, covered with a delightful pergola with grape vine over, ideal for al-fresco dining and entertaining. The garden beyond is mainly lawned with enclosed boundaries around all three sides and established trees, including a large apple tree, hedging, and shrubs, and with the end boundary being kept low to afford a full and glorious vista over the adjoining farmland, where horse trials are currently held twice a year. In addition there is a useful workshop outbuilding.

Located in the top left corner of the garden is a substantial timber store shed, providing further good storage, usefully situated next to an established terraced area which takes full advantage of the evening sunsets which are simply spectacular.

Both private and delightfully attractive, the gardens must be viewed to be fully appreciated.

Services: Mains electricity and water are connected to the property. Shared septic tank drainage. Central heating and domestic hot water from oil fired boiler.

Council Tax: Band: D

Postcode: RG8 7RG

EPC Rating: D/58

Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council.  Telephone 01491 823000

From Whitchurch-on-Thames High Street proceed North, and towards the top of the High Street take the right hand turning into Hardwick Road. Follow the road for approximately 1 mile where the road bears left towards Path Hill. Continue for another half mile, where Oak Cottage West will be found on your left hand side. Parking is best taken opposite the cottage. 


From our offices in the centre of Goring turn right and proceed up to the top of the High Street where at the railway bridge junction turn right and then next left into Reading Road by the Queens Arms. Continue up Whitehill out of the village and proceed through the next village of Crays Pond. In a further mile continue straight on at the next road junction on the road to Mapeldurham and after passing the entrance to Goring Heath charity alms houses, in a further 300 yards on reaching a small crossroads turn right onto the Path Hill Road, proceeding along for a further mile or so, and reaching the brow of a downhill with glorious open views to the left hand side are clearly evident, Oak Cottage West will found up on the right hand side. Parking is best taken opposite the cottage.  

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