Well located, traditional thatched cottage in area of outstanding natural beauty

Well located, traditional thatched cottage in area of outstanding natural beauty

Catriona

 

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Over 200 yrs old thatched country cottage tucked at the edge of a small countryside hamlet near Newbury in central southern England. Stunning views of open farmland and rolling downs, including the Ridgeway to the North across Oxfordshire/Berkshire counties and Watership Down (made famous by Richard Adams enchanting book of the same name) heading South to the Hampshire border.

Our traditional home offers the peace, solitude and natural beauty of a rural retreat but has excellent transport links to market towns and cities of the South of England. Historic cities of Oxford, Bath, Southampton and London are all within easy reach in under an hour by car or train.

Ground floor:
Open plan living/dining area with ceiling to floor windows looking out over the garden, traditional cottage-style furniture including wooden dresser, farmhouse kitchen/dining table, sofas and wood-burning stove ; second living room/snug with original wood-beamed ceilings, wood-burner, double sofa bed, office/study and piano; Recently restored oak-wood kitchen units with Belfast sink, fridge-freezer and Aga; Porch and Hallway at the front of the house, with laundry/utility room and toilet to the side..
First Floor
The first floor covers a slightly smaller total meters squared area than the ground level - but its still ample living space for a family of four. consists of two kingsize bedrooms, and one smaller bedroom (small double bed, and wardrobe/hanging space) plus bathroom with shower and toilet.

Summerhouse
Last but not least, at the very foot of the garden, there's a summerhouse looking out onto the table tennis table and an open air hot tub which allows you to make the most of the gorgeous views.

P.S. looking back up the garden at the back of the house, note that whilst our garden stretches across the entire width of the house, it is semi-detached, and we live in the right hand half of the property only.

Features

More about us

  1. Married couple with student kids

  2. Andrew is an accountant working in London; Catriona is a Marketing Manager working locally, Alasdair is studying Spanish at Liverpool University, and Maddy is studying for a BA Hons in Dance and Musical Theatre at the renowned Urdang Academy in London.

  3. We love the peace and tranquility of living in an "area of outstanding beauty", which nonetheless offers easy access to all there is on offer across the villages, cities and market towns of the South of England. .

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

Situated in the heart of southern England, the County of Berkshire, also known as 'Royal Berkshire' is home to several well known towns and cities, including Windsor, the famous Royal retreat, Royal Ascot, famous for its very popular annual horse racing festival; as well as Reading and Newbury too. Located in the countryside just north of Newbury, we're on the borders of Oxfordshire to the north and Hampshire to the south, and surrounded by historic points of interest including:
- Highclere Castlle, of Downton Abbey fame; - Basildon Park; - Jane Austen's House in Chawton; - King Arthur's Round Table in Winchester; - Blenheim Palace, famous birthplace and home of Winston Churchill, nr Woodstock; -

Newbury is small market town traditionally used as a coaching stop halfway between London and the West country. There's a lively family-friendly atmosphere offering lots to see and do for adult and children alike : - gorgeous boutique shopping at Parkway in the town centre (top brands Jigsaw; Mint Velvet; Debenhams; Joules; John Lewis at Home and more) many restaurants, cafes, historic theatres and the arts; leisure centres; cinema; internationally renouned Vici language school, famous racecourse; international cookery school and restaurant The Woodspeen; the list is endless...

There's a huge choice of walks through glorious countryside: cross The Ridgeway, which is closest to us, or stroll by the river Thames, enjoy walks /cycle paths along the Kennet Canal, or head to the south and find Watership Down - made famous by Richard Adams book about a family of rabbits, who lived nearby..

A choice of two farm shops 5 mins away, in Chieveley, and the nearest "Saddleback" has a cafe onsite.

Buzzy restaurants
The Woodspeen, http://www.thewoodspeen.com/; and The Vineyard
Cool bars
Slug and Lettuce, Newbury/ Crab at Chieveley/
Retail therapy
Parkway shopping centre
Bit of culture
Historic theatre The Watermill Theatre: https://www.watermill.org.uk/
Day tripping
; http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk/Blenheim Palace: http://www.blenheimpalace.com/: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/basildon-park;

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