Country living on the edge of town
Welcome to Chestnuts, the family home a gentle stroll from the ancient village of Pangbourne and a short ride from a choice of cities.
Younger than it looks and feels, this elegant, country house is the perfect place home to relax and unwind in peace and quiet, or entertain with plenty of space and privacy.
Welcome to Chestnuts
As you turn off the private road into the spacious drive, you're greeted by a feeling of calm.
Named after the stately trees that line the approach, Chestnuts is a house that feels like it's always been here, yet was built in 2004. Perhaps this is the best combination; an old fashioned warm homely feel with modern build quality, technology and finishes.
Sitting comfortably within its own grounds, with parking for numerous cars to the front, Chestnuts makes you feel like you're coming home, even on a first visit.
Come on in
As the wide, solid front door swings open, you're invited to step into the light, airy entrance hall. You'll notice the contrasting oak staircase rising gently to the left, drawing the eye up to the wrap-around galleried landing.
This house has a lovely flow that invites you to wander around, with a unifying muted colour scheme creating a calming backdrop for pops of colour and eye-catching features.
The hall floor is laid with tiles, elegant whilst also being almost effortless to keep clean - ideal when the little people come in from a country walk.
A few steps further into the house and you'll find yourself naturally drawn towards the hub of the home, the beautiful south-facing kitchen breakfast room with its folding windows that bring the expansive views over the lush garden right into the house.
What can we get you?
A seat with a view, a creative culinary space, a place to relax or a socialising hub?
What better place to spend time with family and friends, cooking, thinking, eating and just enjoying the wonderful view across the large garden.
Will you have a table here for bright breakfasts and cosy suppers, maybe a sofa for flopping in front of the fire, or perhaps something else - this generous space is so versatile the uses are almost limitless.
The feeling of space continues into the modern, well equipped kitchen. Fully fitted around the curved cook's central island, this kitchen has everything the creative chef needs, including a dual eye-level electric oven and microwave, gas hob, extractor hood, larder and metres of cool worksurfaces.
Tucked away in the corner you'll find the utility room, which could also serve as a handy boot room.
Everyone knows the party always happens in the kitchen, and with this kitchen you can congregate with space to spare.
Take a seat
Picture the scene, curled up with a good book in the bright light of the patio windows on three sides, the only distraction being the visiting wild birds. Maybe you'll throw open the tri-fold doors to unite outside and in, ideal for warm summer days and family barbeques. Or perhaps you'll enjoy the company of friends and family as the flames dance in the fireplace.
This spacious room lends itself to almost every style of living and entertaining.
With wide solid oak floorboards, underfloor heating, recessed lighting and expansive views across the garden to the south and to the east - perfect for taking in those stunning sunsets.
Time to talk
There's something about sitting down to a meal around a table that's so conducive to conversation. This dining room, right off the kitchen, perfectly sets the scene for leisurely Sunday breakfasts with the papers, intimate dinners for two and exuberant gatherings.
Drawing room and study
Completing the downstairs living space, you'll find the spacious drawing room and study off the reception hall. Both are perfectly proportioned with views to the front and east of the house, maximising light all year round.
Take a look upstairs
At the top of the stairs, facing the front of the house you have your master bedroom suite. Wide windows let the light flood into this palatial suite.
There's ample space for a sofa or chaise longue in front of the feature gas/open fireplace, perfect for winter mornings when you really don't want to go too far from bed.
Next to the bedroom you'll find a sanctuary of a bathroom, with a corner shower, marble-topped vanity unit and a roll-top bath for long leisurely soaks before drying off in front of your own toasty warm bedroom fire.
A wall of built-in wardrobes keeps this season's wardrobe to close to hand, while the well-appointed dressing room, accessed through the en-suite bathroom, means nothing is far away. Storage is not a problem in this house.
There's room for everyone
Four more super spacious double bedrooms can be found across the galleried landing. Three have south facing views, and each has a fitted wardrobe and either an en-suite shower or bathroom. But we're not done yet, there's more on the second floor.
With space for more
Continue up the stairs to the second floor and you'll find three more double bedrooms, each lit by large Velux windows, and sharing a super stylish bathroom with contemporary free-standing bath, walk in shower, vanity unit and close coupled toilet.
Self-contained annex or teenage heaven
Outside, above the connected dual garages and boiler room, you'll find the spacious self-contained annex. The generous living space is lit by Velux windows and recessed spot lights. There's a compact kitchen area and modern en-suite shower room.
Teenagers and older children will love the feeling of independence this space gives them, while allowing you to keep an eye on things. Or it could provide a welcome place for guests to relax with their own space and facilities.
Let's take a stroll outside
Chestnuts sits in a generous 0.7 acre plot. To the front you've ample parking for numerous vehicles. To the back, you've a long, well-kept south facing garden.
Step outside the sitting room, kitchen, diner or dining room patio doors onto the large terrace, and you've a wonderful alfresco dining and entertaining space. The surrounding screen of mature trees provides complete privacy, with wonderful dappled shade for garden seats in cosy corners, as well as year-round colour and interest.
The lawn offers ample space for playing games, from croquet to football - should you fancy a kickabout, or to introduce a tennis court, swimming pool or garden room, subject to the usual permissions and consents.
This is a country home intended to be lived in and loved, for family and friends to enjoy and want to return to.
Pangbourne, a village like no other
A short 12 minute stroll takes you into the heart of historic Pangbourne - the Thames riverside village whose name was first recorded in 844.
Today the prosperous village is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in one of the most picturesque stretches of the Thames Valley between the Chilterns and Wessex Downs. Enjoy a riverside stroll and you'll soon see why it inspired the setting for local resident and author, Kenneth Grahame's famous work, The Wind in the Willows.
Pangbourne offers all the necessities a country dweller could need: several excellent pubs, restaurants, shops for provisions, professional and medical services.
There are excellent private and state schools, including St Andrews, Pangbourne College and Bradfield College.
And when it comes time to update your car, the village has its own Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Bentley showrooms.
Commuting by rail, it's just a 12 minute walk to the station, with London via Reading, or Oxford via Didcot both a short hop away. The regional centre town of Reading is only six miles away, while the nearby M4 motorway provides cross country links to Central London, about 50 miles away, and to Bristol and Wales in the west.
In a nutshell
- Substantial detached family home arranged over three floors
- 8 bedrooms, 6 en-suite bath/shower rooms, 1 shared bathroom and 5 reception rooms
- Centrally heated by a gas boiler, with radiators and underfloor heating offering the best of both worlds
- South facing large kitchen diner with patio doors onto the terrace
- South and east facing sitting room with patio doors - perfect for sunset views across the garden
- Master suite to the front of the house, with en-suite bathroom and connecting dressing room
- Built in 2004
- Adjacent garaging and boiler room with annexe above
- Secluded flat garden of approx. 0.7 acre plot, surrounded by mature trees offering complete privacy
- Ample off-road parking for multiple cars
- Located on a quiet, private, tree-lined residential road close to Pangbourne village
- Easy access M4/J12, mainline rail stations, Heathrow Airport 37 miles (approx.)
- Pangbourne Village Centre & Station - 0.6 miles
- Reading Town Centre - 6 miles
- Theale (M4/J12) - 5 miles
- Heathrow - 37 miles
- Central London - 50 miles
(Distances are approximate)
Energy Performance Rating: The full results of the Energy Performance Assessment can be supplied upon request.
Services: Mains electricity, water, gas and drainage are connected
Local Authority: West Berkshire Council, Market Street, Newbury
Council Tax: Payable for the year 2018/19 - £3,558.24 (Band H)
Post Code: RG8 7BD
Directions: From the centre of Pangbourne take the A340 towards Theale. Turn into Flowers Hill, the fourth turning on the right, then take the first drive on the left, and you'll find yourself on Chestnut's wide gravel drive.
Approximate Gross Internal Area
House = 591 sq m / 6,364 sq ft
Garage & Annex = 42 sq m / 450 sq ft
Total = 633 sq m / 6814 sq ft
EPC rating: C.