Henwick, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18
An historically important property built in 1537 during Henry VIII's reign, built originally to serve Reading Abbey and it has latterly been voted the best Tudor house by local historical societies. The house has been the subject of complete renovation in recent years to create a stunning home, sensitively blending the abundant period features with a delicate modern touch.
A spacious light hallway leads to the kitchen which has a vaulted ceiling and an extensive range of John Lewis of Hungerford units and integral appliances. It also boasts one of three inglenook
fireplaces (all operational). The hallway also leads to the playroom and the dining room, which in turn gives access to the study which boasts an original Tudor door denoting 'The Dairy
House'. The formal drawing room features an inglenook fireplace with bread oven, a built in wine rack and an oak window seat. Intriguingly and reputedly there was once a priests hole in this
room. An inner hallway leads to the sitting room which houses the third inglenook fireplace. A downstairs cloakroom, utility room and laundry room complete the ground floor accommodation.
There are two staircases leading to the first floor which briefly comprises 3 bedrooms, a family bathroom and a further shower room. The upper floor consists of two more bedrooms which
are vaulted. All the bedrooms are charming, with lovely views and much character with exposed beams.
This property occupies a lovely prominent position within the hamlet of Henwick and on the edge of the popular village of Cold Ash. Perfectly situated for access to the thriving West Berkshire
towns of Newbury and Thatcham and to major communications, with rail links at both Thatcham and Newbury (with services to London Paddington and the West Country). The M4 motorway junction is approximately 3 miles north of the village.
Excellent shopping facilities are found in Newbury alongside boutiques, specialist shops, a theatre and cinema, good restaurants, public houses, the Newbury Racecourse and the Kennet and Avon Canal runs through the heart of the town. Both
towns offer a Waitrose store. The area is well served in respect of both state and private schools, the former including primary schools in Cold Ash and Kennet and St. Barts secondary schools. Private schools include Elstree, Downe House,
St. Gabriel's, Brockhurst & Marlston, Horris Hill and Cheam.
The property sits in a prominent elevated position with wonderful Tudor style formal gardens to the front with formal lawns, topiary and box hedging. A paved terrace adjacent to the house is the perfect spot from which to entertain and features
the original well. To the rear of the property is an informal cottage garden which is a riot of colour during the year and has a dedicated vegetable garden with raised oak beds. The third area of garden is bordered by the large outbuilding to one side and woodland to the other, with a generous area of lawn (ideal for croquet!), an orchard, a wild flower meadow and a terrace, ideal for a hammock or table and chairs.
The substantial outbuilding consists of garaging to the front with storage room over running the entire depth of the building and a large room to the rear which could serve as either a gym,
a studio or a large home office away from the home. There is additional parking adjacent to the third garden.
Hamptons (Newbury Sales)
58 Northbrook Street