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4 bedroom cottage for sale

Myrtle Cottage, Whitchurch -on- Thames, RG8

Sold STC £569,000

Property Description

Key features

  • DINING ROOM/HALL with fireplace
  • Split level SITTING ROOM with fireplace
  • Spacious FAMILY ROOM
  • VEHICULAR access over private Lane to detached former COACH HOUSE used as GARAGING with LOFT STORE above

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

The Property 

Myrtle Cottage is believed to date from the late 1700’s and has attractive whitened elevations under a pitched clay tile roof with a gabled rear wing. 

Comprising the central Cottage in a dissimilar terrace of 3, the property offers extensive accommodation which belies its outward appearance. Many rooms have period fireplaces and there are exposed beams reflecting its structural origins. Formed at the rear is a spacious and very versatile Family Room with vaulted ceiling linking to the Kitchen/Breakfast Room and the main reception room.    

The Kitchen/Breakfast Room has been tastefully fitted with bespoke units and a Range Oven.  Similarly the bathroom on the first floor has been custom designed and refitted to great effect including a limestone floor.  Other improvements include the fitting of a new gas boiler in 2008 and upgrading of the Loft which now has ladder access and has been boarded. 

On the first floor the bedrooms at the rear offer flexibility as one could easily be used as a Study. 

A major feature of the property is the elevated rear garden which enjoys a very private southerly aspect.  The period Coach House which adjoins the garden is used as garaging and offers potential for further development. 




Under tiled roof with sculpted timber supports and with timber panelled front door having glazed leaded paned upper half. 

DINING ROOM: Painted timber fireplace surround with mantel shelf and bricked hearth.  Exposed ceiling beams. 


With useful understairs Store Cupboard, and area of hang coats, with balustraded turning staircase leading to first floor. 


Wide casement windows give good southerly light into the room.  Chimney breast with period fireplace surround and mantel shelf, quarry tiled hearth and grate.  Raised step across room leads directly to further Sitting Area with twin French casement doors opening into the Living/Family Room.              


Custom designed and fitted with extensive cupboard and drawer storage space with contemporary door fittings and including two double wall display cupboards with glazed doors.  Appropriate hardwood worksurfaces with Belfast stone sink (tall chrome mixer tap) and with room divider with Breakfast Bar along one side.  Original fireplace recess with Bressemer beam over now housing the Stoves Range oven with 5 burner gas hob.  Integrated dishwasher.  Ceramic wall tiling around sink, working and cooking areas.  Built-in wine racking. Ceramic tiled floor throughout and with inset ceiling lighting.             

Door in corner of room opens onto bricked steps leading down to the Cellar which is a useful sized room revealing the original brick and flint walls and bricked floor and having fitted light and power.              


A spacious and versatile room formed at the rear of the property under a vaulted glazed roof with French doors on one side giving access via steps up to the main lawned garden.  This room has underfloor heating with thermostatic control.             

UTILITY/ CLOAKROOM: White suite of low level W.C. and corner wash hand basin with ceramic tiled splashback.  Tall chromium heated towel rail/radiator and with space for washing machine.  Inset ceiling lighting.  



Well lit with skylight window and with return balustrading around two sides overlooking the stairwell which provides an attractive feature.   


Wide casement window gives good light and a southerly aspect.  Wide chimney breast with fireplace revealed built in exposed brick.    Floor to ceiling wardrobe cupboards with central one shelved.              


Wide casement sash window gives views over the rear garden.  Built-in full height Wardrobe Cupboard in wide alcove recess.                


Casement sash window gives good southerly light and aspect.  Large trap with ladder access up into an insulated Loft              


Windows on one side give good natural light. Inset ceiling lighting.    


High level windows giving natural light and with high level hatch door to Loft area.              


Twin velux windows give good natural light.                                  


Beautifully appointed with white period style suite comprising free standing claw foot bath with rounded ends and (tall chrome mixer taps with shower handset), pedestal wash hand basin  in original fireplace recess and low level W.C.  Inset wall shelving.  Tall chromium heated towel rail/radiator.    Travertine tiled floor and walls around bath with matching splashback above basin. Inset ceiling lighting.  Further trap access into small Loft.  This room has underfloor heating with thermostatic control.


The Cottage occupies an elevated position set above Hardwick Road with a walled frontage on the top of which is picket fencing. A central pedestrian gate astride brick piers, with York flagged steps lead up to the front door.  Either side of the footpath are small areas of lawn with interesting flower, shrub and rose borders, typical cottage style. 

The garden at the rear of the property is approached up wide stone steps with brick retaining walls with at the half way point a wide terrace laid with cobbles off which is situated a period brick Outbuilding/Store Shed which has a pitched slate roof (16’ x 10’ approx.),  brick and flint walls and having fitted electric light.   

The sizeable lawned rear garden has well defined boundaries mainly planted with mature shrubs and trees, and thus enjoys a private and secluded aspect facing due south.  In the garden there are two Apple trees together with a Yew and Beech tree. 

Vehicular access is gained off a private road which leads up to the rear of the Cottage where are situated  the garages for Myrtle Cottage and Byways. 

The Garage belonging to Myrtle Cottage was originally a Coach House and is of brick construction under a pitched corrugated roof.  Internally the garage has original cobbled stone flooring and with a wooden ladder giving access up to a boarded Loft Area.  A rear pedestrian door opens directly into the garden.


All main services are connected to the property.  Central heating and domestic hot water from Vaillant gas fired wall combi boiler located in the Utility/Cloakroom Room.   

Local Authority 

South Oxfordshire District Council, Crowmarsh, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8HQTel: 01491 823000  

Council Tax 

Band: ‘F’

Current year’s charges payable 12/13: £2,161.34   


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 right and then next left into Reading Road by the Queens Arms.  Follow this road up Whitehill and out of the village and on reaching Crays Pond in 2 miles turn right at the crossroads for Whitchurch and Pangbourne.  Continue through Whitchurch Hill and on descending the hill to Whitchurch village after passing through the narrow section of road turn left at the junction with Hardwick Road and the Cottage will be found in a further 100 yards along on the left hand side.  

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11 September 2012


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