North End, Newbury, Hampshire, RG20
Quite simply, a stunning, detached, Grade II Listed, period cottage, boasting a wealth of character including an inglenook fireplace, exposed beams and wooden floors. On entering, there are reception rooms to both the left and right, both with fireplaces and multi-fuel stoves, with bay windows to the rear. The second reception room is currently used as a home office, snug and occasional guest bedroom. The larger of the two reception rooms opens into a stylish garden room with double doors to the mature garden. This is open to the welcoming, country-style kitchen/dining room. The kitchen is fitted with cream Neptune units with integrated Bosch electric oven, hob and Siemens dishwasher, complemented by an Italian granite work surface and a traditional, cream Aga. A shower room leads off the inner hallway, which has doors out to both front and rear gardens. Beyond is a spacious utility room with an extensive range of fitted units and space for white goods. Upstairs, the landing is very well served with useful storage space. The generous principal bedroom/dressing room on the first floor is triple aspect, commanding lovely views, and can be accessed from both the main landing and a second staircase from the garden room. There is ample space for an en-suite, or to divide the room if required. There are two further double bedrooms, one of which is dual aspect, and a well-appointed family bathroom.
The Old Cottage is set back from the lane, opposite a large, open field used for grazing sheep. The delightful, traditional cottage garden features a central pathway to the front door, flanked by areas of lawn and with lavender borders and flowering cherry trees. There are two gravelled parking areas which provide ample parking, and the log store can be found beyond one of these, next to an area planted with flowering shrubs and climbers. A side gate leads through to the well-tended rear garden which is largely laid to lawn with a variety of mature shrubs, well-stocked beds, and far-reaching rural views beyond the garden. Adjacent to the house is a large, gravelled area, ideal for dining, barbecues and entertaining al fresco. A second, paved patio area is perfect for afternoon tea, and the decking at the rear catches the early morning sun.
The Conservation Area of North End, to the south west of Newbury, is a picturesque hamlet of beautiful, characterful properties, in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). North End is idyllically located amidst glorious countryside with many local walks and its neighbouring hamlets and villages offer two public houses, a garden centre with café, a Post Office store and two churches. The area is very well served with excellent secondary education. Access to the major trunk routes of the M4 and M3 motorways are via the A34 dual carriageway. Further amenities are found in Newbury with a regular rail service to London Paddington in as little as 42 minutes. Newbury itself offers excellent shopping, its own theatre, cinema, a choice of restaurants and bistros and the Kennet and Avon canal runs through the heart of the town. The area is well served in respect of private schools including Thorngrove and Horris Hill Preparatory schools, St Gabriel's, Brockhurst and Marlston, Cheam School, Downe House and Elstree School. There are also two primary schools locally.
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage (treatment plant).
Hamptons (Newbury Sales)
58 Northbrook Street