5 bedroom house for sale

High Street, Wargrave, Reading, Berkshire, RG10

Guide Price £2,950,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 75 ft River Thames frontage
  • Master bedroom suite with dressing room
  • 4 further bedrooms
  • 3 reception rooms & entrance hall
  • Kitchen/breakfast room
  • 2 family bathrooms & w.c.
  • Wine Cellar
  • Double garage & parking
  • Boat house & additional garage
  • EPC Rating = E

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Period village house with 75ft River Thames frontage

Location

Ferry House in Wargrave backs onto the River Thames. The garden faces West down to the river and gets good sun from midday onwards and glorious sunsets. The house, built around 1860, lies in a Conservation Area but is not listed. The house, once known as Ferry Lodge, may at one time have served as the river access for Wargrave Manor (now owned by the Sultan of Oman). The coat of arms of the McGrath family is visible in one of the stained glass windows and previous owners include the architect of Selfridges in London. The house was photographed in 1877 by the Victorian Henry Taunt for inclusion in his Illustrated Map of the River Thames.

Of great value for a riverside house is the elevated garden which gently slopes at its western end down to the river, protecting the house from flooding. The house sits several metres above the 100 year flood-line and, to our knowledge, has never suffered from river flooding and even has a dry cellar for wine. The siting of the house with a flood plain opposite provides all the interest of the river scene whilst affording privacy to the owners of the house. The Thames from Wargrave to Henley-on-Thames is renowned as one of the most beautiful stretches of the river and access to Henley with its Regatta and Festival is a pleasant boat ride away. Wargrave has direct trains to London Paddington (from 38 minutes) and Cross Rail will be available from Twyford (3 miles) or via a connection with the Wargrave branch line. Heathrow terminals is 20 miles distant with good access to the M4 and M40. Wargrave has extensive village facilities including pubs, post office and shops and is renowned for its annual regatta, bi-annual festival, excellent schooling, tennis and boating clubs.

Description

The ground floor of Ferry House comprises 3 reception rooms and a spacious kitchen/diner. These principal rooms all face the river with the exception of the dining room. The drawing room has a magnificent marble working fireplace, oak flooring and carved ceiling. The family room has a gas fired stove with a carved wooden fire surround and half-panelling. The kitchen/diner includes a gas fired Aga, full height built in fridge and separate freezer, wine cooler, built in microwave/combi oven, induction hob, wine cooler, filtered tap water, double-drawer dishwasher and double sink. A seating area faces the river. Across the Hall is the Dining Room with its Art Nouveau fire surround. A cloakroom, utility room (with gas boiler, water softener and washing machine connections), lobby to the front courtyard, and access to the wine cellar complete the ground floor. The hall and a beautifully carved oak staircase and panelling lead past a gothic window on the landing to the 1st floor.

The first floor comprises a master bedroom with walk in dressing room and a bathroom with roll top bath, double basins and a separate room with walk through wet room shower and WC. The hot water is mains pressured throughout the house from a large 300 litre tank. Programmable electric underfloor heating warms the floor tiles as well as centrally-heated towel rails with electric elements for summer use. Each room has views of the river and the bedroom has a door leading to a roof terrace. A second bedroom, which could equally be used as the master bedroom, has extensive river views, fitted wardrobes and an adjacent shower room with underfloor heating and a mirror demister. A third bedroom (currently used as a study) and a further cloakroom as well as a walk in cupboard and an airing cupboard complete this floor.
Stairs lead to a suite of rooms on the second floor with a fourth bedroom, box-room, bathroom and a fifth bedroom with wonderful river views and built-in storage.
From the first floor landing there is also access to large loft space above the second bedroom with full head height that could be used for storage or at some point in the future (subject to planning consent etc.) be converted to make a study or sixth bedroom with the insertion of windows facing the river and a potential balcony.
The property has been extensively modernised and new services installed recently.

Outside
Externally are a double garage and a single garage accessed via the lane to the side of the house and a dry boathouse with slipway down to the river. There is a turning area and parking for visitors in the rear driveway.

The rear of the house has two doors leading onto decking with an electric awning. Steps lead down across the drive to the well-planted garden which slopes gently towards the river. A stone circle sitting area is perfect for coffee and catches the sun virtually all day. The garden then slopes a little more providing the all-important protection from flooding before reaching the riverside walkway and mooring frontage of approximately 75 feet. The dry boathouse is approximately 28 feet long and features a clock tower on the roof. As a riparian owner, the owner has the right to pump water from the river free of charge for irrigation (even during hose pipe bans) and a pumped system has been installed. The garden is laid to lawn with flower beds, hedging and a rockery and has been extensively planted to provide tasteful flowering displays throughout the year. A small courtyard to the front of the house provides an ideal area for storing firewood and recycling bins.

Agent's note
Garden statuary is excluded from the sale.
Photos taken March 2016 and May 2017.

Square Footage: 6,002 sq ft

Directions

From Henley-on-Thames proceed over Henley Bridge and turn right on the A321 to Wargrave. Continue into the village of Wargrave and Ferry House can be found on the right hand side just after the George and Dragon and just before the garage opposite.

From M4 leave the motorway at Junction 8/9 and take the A404m in the direction of Reading. Leave the A404m to take the A4 in the direction of Reading. Proceed along the A4 for approximately 5 miles and turn right onto the A321 signposted to Wargrave and Henley. Continue to the village of Wargrave, through the traffic lights and Ferry House can be found on the left hand side just after the garage opposite.


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05 July 2017

Nearest stations

  • Wargrave (0.5 mi)
  • Shiplake (0.8 mi)
  • Twyford (1.9 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Wargrave (0.5 mi)
  • Shiplake (0.8 mi)
  • Twyford (1.9 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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Savills, Henley-On-Thames

58-60 Bell Street, Henley-On-Thames, RG9 2BN

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