The Clockhouse, Old Oak Court, West Road, Wokingham
The original building, a large coach house and stable block, was built in 1697 but its roots are believed to date back even further. Inspect the brickwork closely and you can see the lines of the original arch that lead to what would have been the manor house it served.
The manor house no longer exists and the open green landscape that surrounded it has been replaced by a golf course which is beyond the secluded rear garden.
The clock house is one of three homes that make up this fascinating building, which was converted in 1969. It sits in the middle of the row and is crowned by a clock made by John Moore & Sons of Clerkenwell. The clock is one of a pair; its twin can be found at Wokingham Church just down the road.
Inside, there is a "Tardis" like quality to this historic home. It is voluminous, to say the least: 3,000 square feet and high ceilings combine to make an impressive space, and the open central staircase in the middle of the house really helps to show off its scale.
The ground floor, entered through an oversize front door, leads straight into a bright entrance hall. A few steps from here, the kitchen sits next to the formal dining room. Cross the threshold of the hallway and there is a generous utility room that leads though to a large double garage.
It is worth noting that whilst a previously approved planning application to extend the ground floor has lapsed, it should be relatively straightforward to re-instate. This would give any would-be buyer a chance to create a huge open-plan space.
Climb the stairs to the first floor and things open up. A large master bedroom with en-suite spans nearly half the first floor. There is another bedroom on this floor, together with the large living room which enjoys views over the garden and golf course at the back and the tree-lined courtyard at the front.
Upstairs from the landing, in the timber-framed eaves of the top floor, are two more large bedrooms and a second bathroom. Taking centre stage in the long hallway on the top floor, and looking like an exquisite art installation, is the vintage mechanism of the tower's clock.
Slip into a garden chair in the back garden: it is wonderfully secluded and tranquil; a wonderful place to unwind.
The pretty, historic market town of Wokingham in Berkshire is the secluded setting for this home. It is just 39 miles West of Central London and is surrounded by some excellent rail, road, and air links. It is situated between the M4 and the M3, so driving into town should prove pretty simple, as is access to Heathrow, while Wokingham station can take you to London Waterloo and Paddington (with a change).
Venture further afield and there is an extraordinary number of glorious destinations to take in. From Ascot to Windsor and Maidenhead, Marlow, and Henley, all with a great range of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and boutiques.
The Clockhouse, Old Oak Court, West Road, Wokingham
NEAREST STATIONSDistances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
- Bracknell Station1.8 miles
- Crowthorne Station2.5 miles
- Martins Heron Station2.6 miles
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