4 bedroom house for saleGoodings Lane, Woodlands St. Mary, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17
Reception hall, drawing room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, boot room, WC cloakroom, master bedroom with en suite, guest bedroom with en suite, 2 further bedrooms, shower room, 9 acres of communal grounds, tennis court, swimming pool, double garage, store, use of stable and paddock, wonderful private setting.
Farncombe House forms part of a stunning, elegant and substantial country home which was divided into a number of dwellings in the 1970’s. The original building at The Goodings was a farmhouse, replaced in the 1930s by the current grand flint and brick house built by FW Rickets, a Director of Imperial Oil. In 1939 the estate was taken over by the Admiralty and used to train Wrens for the Fleet Air Arm. In 1943 Country Life magazine bought the entire estate of 1200 acres as 'a contribution towards the maintenance of a healthy and progressive Agriculture after the war'. A few years later the house and grounds were bought by two orders of nuns in quick succession. The first used the house as a school and the second ran a shop selling farm produce as well as a youth hostel.
Farncombe House is presented in excellent order throughout and for those seeking a comfortable and stylish residence, this is a most appealing property, and ideal for either a permanent home, weekend retreat or 'lock up and leave'. The rooms are of a generous size and are well proportioned with high ceilings and a wide vaulted hallway and staircase, decorated in a neutral palette to enhance the feeling of space. There is a splendid drawing room which has ample space for dining, a further generous reception room, a well appointed kitchen/breakfast room, and a boot room. Upstairs there is a galleried landing giving access to 4 bedrooms all with lovely views. There is a master bedroom with dual aspect and generous en suite, a further large bedroom with en suite, family bathroom and two additional bedrooms. There are built in wardrobes in 3 of the bedrooms.
Approached via a private gravelled drive which is flanked by beautiful grounds and rural land beyond, there is parking which leads to the imposing entrance of Farncombe House. The communal acreage includes formal gardens and woodland, with a tennis court discreetly tucked away. Of great benefit in the summer is the outside swimming pool. There is a double garage and an additional brick built storage shed. All the grounds are maintained by gardeners and the owners of Farncombe House have the right to keep a horse with stables provided on site. The property also provides a visitor car park and direct access to woodland footpaths.
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