This rambling old timber-framed house of classic seventeenth century appearance, has warm eighteenth century brickwork fringed by climbers under a clay tile roof. Beautifully restored the house offers a wealth of period details including large fireplaces and wooden beamed ceilings, many with the original carpenter’s marks. Belying its name, this generous family home is entered via an impressive solid wood door, with ancient locks and weighty catches, to the hall. The 24’ drawing room has an original brick floor of great character, a large old fireplace, now occupied by a wood-burning stove, and at the near end, elm wood panelling of Edwardian elegance. The sitting room beyond is the perfect family room, with a charming alcove window and another large fireplace and wood-burning stove. From which a door leads to the study/library with its high ceiling, 8’ bookshelves and perhaps the best views of the garden and a door out onto the charming old patio – a welcome means of escape. To the other wing of the house is the dining room, retaining the original brick floor and fireplace and leading directly into the kitchen/breakfast room. This wraps around the end of the house, with the breakfast area located in a high-ceilinged Victorian extension and the kitchen and Aga, looking directly over the gardens. The utility room, modern shower room and store room completes the ground floor accommodation.
Climbing the stairs to the bedroom acommodation, the ceilings are surprisingly high, having been opened into the roof space – giving them a refreshingly light and airy feel. The principal bedroom has a window seat in the alcove window with built in cupboards on two sides. At the opposite end of the landing is a second bedroom of similar dimensions, with two further double bedrooms with beautiful C17 oak flooring. A large modern family bathroom services these four bedrooms.
The wide sweeping gravel driveway, stretches away through an arch of trees altogether the perfect idyll of an English country house from some quieter era.
Stepping from under a vine is a brick-paved patio with a sense of a walled garden, leading to a generous lawn with its sun dial and two large willow trees – the perfect setting for relaxation. An arch takes you past the herb garden to reach the ‘badminton lawn’. The original coach house is now a large double garage and store rooms with hay loft above. Built of brick and tile with heavy wooden doors, it is a substantial building in its own right. Completing the rural feel is the extensive paddock with triple stable block and a barn. Previous owners have kept horses, and used neighbouring fields for grazing.
Situated down a quiet country lane, with circular walks of varying length from the door, it is often remarked upon as `our favourite house in Hurst’. Only 0.25 mile from the village centre with its active village hall, church, playgroup, primary school, cricket club, duck pond, annual country fair, pantomime and village shop. Dinton Pastures Country Park (1.5 miles) offers sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, rock climbing, ropes course, triathlon events, and beautiful walks for all.
To quote one of the current children ‘To have lived here has been a joy’.
Twyford Station – 2.8 miles (London Paddington 20 minutes);
Reading – 5 miles;
Henley-upon-Thames – 7 miles;
Cross Rail (Canary Wharf 52 minutes once operational);
Heathrow Airport – 23 miles
(Distances and times are approximate)
Local Authority – Wokingham District Council. T: 0118 974 6000
Council Tax Band – G
Three Reception Rooms
Kitchen/Breakfast Room with Utility Room
Four Double Bedrooms
Family Bathroom & Separate Shower Room
The Guide Hut – Vaulted Studio Room with Working Fireplace
Double Garage with Hay Loft
Two Store Rooms
Triple Stable Block and Barn.
In all around 3881 sq ft on 1.34 acres.