The Ridge, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18
As its name suggests, The Chapel House was formerly the chapel to St Mary's School. The school was subsequently converted into four houses, Chapel House being one of these. Dating back to 1890 the property offers well-proportioned accommodation with tall ceilings and large windows. The front door opens onto a spacious reception hall, leading into the family kitchen/breakfast room and the main reception room. The property has enjoyed refurbishment and upgrade to a high standard including an impressive kitchen by Martin Moore, with oil-fired Aga, and a double-aspect sitting and dining room with a superb wooden floor by Victoria Flooring of London and a sleek modern Aduro wood burning stove. Adjoining the kitchen is a beautiful snug/study, and the 25' sitting/dining room has two sets of double French doors opening onto the gardens. There is also a utility room and cloakroom on the ground floor. Upstairs, the master bedroom with en-suite, including tiling by Fired Earth, overlooks the garden, as does bedroom two. There is a guest bedroom en suite, two further large bedrooms, a family bathroom and spacious attic affording storage and conversion potential.
Sitting in a quiet position in this prime address in the heart of the popular and very desirable village of Cold Ash, the house offers direct access onto endless woodland walks leading to Bucklebury Common. Chapel House is very conveniently located for village amenities including a shop/post office, two public houses, the primary schools of St Mark's and Catholic St Finian's, and the leading girls' private school Downe House. There are Tennis, Cricket and Football clubs, a huge village green, playground, village hall and Church. The nearby market town of Newbury, straddling the Kennet and Avon canal with its famous racecourse and boasting a new shopping district (including John Lewis) attached to its historic pedestrianised high street, offers a comprehensive range of amenities, such as its own theatre, cinema, leisure/fitness centres, and a wide choice of restaurants and bistros. The M4 and A34 are on the outskirts of the town, and give excellent access to London, the West Country, the South Coast and the Midlands. Rail links at nearby Theale and Newbury service London Paddington in 40 mins and 51 mins respectively. There is an excellent range of state and private schooling for all ages in the local area. Recreationally there are many golf clubs, fishing on the river Kennet and water sports at Theale. The surrounding countryside is an Area of Outstanding National Beauty.
The property is approached down a private lane, there is a gravelled area to the front with parking for up to four vehicles. The remaining front outer area is arranged with raised railway sleeper beds stocked with a wealth of flowering plants and shrubs, and a pretty bricked pathway. The garden lies to the property's western aspect with a generous terrace, lawn, stocked beds and many mature trees. There are two garden sheds, the impressive larger one recently installed, screening the brand new oil tank to the rear.
Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil fired central heating. Tenure: Freehold
Hamptons (Newbury Sales)
58 Northbrook Street