Bath Road, Sulhamstead, Reading, Berkshire, RG7
Formerly part of the Benyon Estate and latterly converted into a substantial family home this impressive 19th century four storey residence cleverly blends period living with the benefits of modern day family life. Rooms are of generous proportion with tall ceilings and ornate cornicing and take full advantage of the light and surrounding views. The entrance hall is grand with marble fireplace and with original carved oak staircase and domed light atrium allowing natural light to fill the reception hall and landing. Double doors extend into the drawing room which is triple aspect and has two attractive bay windows with large sash windows which overlook the grounds as well as a beautiful marble fireplace. The kitchen/breakfast room is a well proportioned spacious room which is very well appointed with a traditional country style kitchen complete with a four oven Aga and central island; this room offers ample space for a dining table as well as a family area with sofas and television. There is a door to the cellar which provides additional storage space, boiler room and wine cellar. Also on the ground floor there is a study, with doors to the conservatory, utility room, boot room and second staircase to the first floor.
On the lower ground floor a superb dining room/conservatory boasts beautiful garden views, access to the kitchen and study and glazed doors to the swimming pool complex. The indoor pool is heated with a Jacuzzi and two pairs of French doors which open onto the sun terrace. Steps from here lead up to a shower room and plant room. There is also a games room with doors to outside which could be used as a gym or as a snooker room.
The first floor has a master bedroom suite which includes a dressing room fitted with a range of wardrobes and has a door to an ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower and twin sinks, guest bedroom with ensuite shower room and dressing room/nursery, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom.
The second floor is laid out to accommodate a nanny or au pair and comprises three bedrooms, and a shower room. There is also access to an attic room which leads to the roof.
The property is approached via electric gates and a sweeping drive up to the main house which is set well back from the road and screened by mature trees one side is flanked by a post and rail fenced enclosure. From the drive, stone steps lead to the main front door beneath a canopied porch on raised stone pillars. There is full access around to the rear garden and across the drive to The Coach House and Victorian walled garden which used to be a vegetable garden to the main house and is now laid to lawn. The Coach House has light and power and has two stables, garaging, a workshop, garden store and a log store, it offers potential to be converted subject to the necessary consents. The grounds are mainly laid to lawn and enjoy views across the fields beyond. Mature trees line the southern boundary and within the garden there is a hidden tree house.
Mains electricity and drainage. Water is provided by a private well owned and located on the land of The Mile House. Oil fired central heating for both the main house and separately for the swimming pool.
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