5 bedroom detached house for saleCrays Pond, Reading, Oxfordshire
- Reception hall
- Drawing room | Dining room
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Conservatory | Study
- Family room | Playroom | Cloakroom
- Principal bedroom suite
- Guest bedroom with en suite bathroom
- Three further double bedrooms
- Family bathroom
Dating back to about 1820, Crays Pond House is an elegant family home, beautifully presented throughout with well-proportioned rooms, large windows and high ceilings. Rudolph Nureyev, the famous ballet dance, lived there during the 1960s after his defection from the Soviet Union, and this is only the third time the property has come to the market since World War II.
The front door opens into a large entrance hall with attractive herringbone oak flooring leading up to an impressive staircase. The ground floor is well arranged with excellent reception rooms which look over the gardens to the front and back. Of particular note is the drawing room with its open fireplace and three sets of French doors leading to the outside. There is also a tiled wine cellar located below the drawing room and is accessed from here via a trap door. The kitchen/breakfast room is also well designed with plenty of storage, a large central island and a four door oil fired Aga.
From the hall stairs leads up to a large landing, with a huge full height picture window on the half turn allowing in a wealth of natural light and lovely elevated views of the garden. The impressive principal bedroom suite is at one end and has a vaulted ceiling with a smart contemporary bathroom and a large walk-in wardrobe, also with vaulted ceiling. Also on this floor is a guest bedroom suite, three further double bedrooms and a family bathroom.
Crays Pond House stands in the heart of Crays Pond; a pretty rural hamlet in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between the Berkshire Downs and the Chiltern Hills. The Thameside villages of Goring and Pangbourne are both a few miles away and provide a comprehensive range of local facilities and a main line rail link to London, Paddington within the hour. The attractive market town of Wallingford is just 8 miles away and has a full range of local amenities including a large Waitrose, a hospital, individual and high street shops and several good restaurants. Reading has a wider range of amenities and recreational pursuits, including a train station serving London, Paddington in about 27 minutes. The local area is served by a first class range of schooling for all requirements. In particular, The Oratory and The Oratory Prep School, Pangbourne College, Bradfield College, Cranford House and Moulsford preparatory schools, as well as having good links to Oxford for further schooling. The area is also extremely well served for sporting facilities including golf, clay pigeon shooting at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School, horse riding, walking, and racing at Newbury and Ascot.
The house is approached through an electric five bar wooden gate onto a gravel driveway leading up to the triple garage. There is an area of lawn in front of the house with a beautiful mature oak tree in the centre and smart box hedging and pretty planting lead up to the front door.
There is a wide terrace directly off the back of the house accessed from the drawing room. The rear garden is mainly laid to lawn with a very pretty mature willow tree in the centre. The boundaries offer maximum privacy with a mixture of mature trees, hedges and shrubs. Leading off the playroom are two terraces, imaginatively laid out with box hedging, herbaceous plants and pergolas connected by gravel pathways. The far terrace has a wonderful built-in gas fire pit and lighting which is ideal for evening alfresco entertaining.
There is also a triple garage close to the house as well as a large separate workshop which would lend itself very well to a home office, gym or hobby work.
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