Ancastle Cottage, Paradise Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1TP
Ancastle Cottage is said to be one of the oldest and arguably one of the most attractive properties in Henley-on-Thames. Believed to have been built in 1580 as the original town dairy, the current owners have dedicated the past forty years to sympathetically restoring the cottage. Original features have been well preserved, including oak beams and oak latch doors, lattice windows and an inglenook fireplace in the sitting room, where the bread oven is still visible.
In an elevated position just a stone’s throw from the Market Place, Ancastle Cottage sits proudly on the corner of Paradise Road and Gravel Hill. The heavy oak front door is to the side of the property, opening into the reception hall, which has a vaulted ceiling and a staircase with a galleried landing.
Just off the reception hall is the dining room, perfect for entertaining. The exposed brick open fireplace has a mantel shelf over, a black steel canopy and a tiled hearth. To the left of the fireplace there is a door to the study, which is where the original entrance to the cottage was more than 400 years ago.
The sitting room has east and south facing lattice windows allowing an abundance of light. The focal point is the exposed brick open fireplace. It has a mantel shelf over, a cast iron grate with a black steel canopy and tiled hearth. This fireplace still has the original bread oven, which is lit with soft lighting. The room has a cosy ambience, perfect for a night cap or a game of chess with friends and is warm and inviting all year around.
The kitchen is located in the centre of the house. Having been completely refurbished in 2013, features an extensive range of shaker style hand painted kitchen units, wooden work-surfaces and inset sink with mixer tap and instant hot water tap. There is a useful central island featuring an 5 burner gas hob with extractor fan over. Built-in appliances include an electric double oven and a dishwasher. There is a large breakfast area. An arched door leads to walk-in cupboard, which houses a large American style fridge freezer and the gas fired boiler.
The cloakroom has a classic style w.c and a wash hand basin.
The upstairs bedrooms within the original house are well proportioned.
The spacious master suite has a bright dual aspect bedroom, with far reaching views over Henley town centre. There is an attractive brick fireplace with a timber surround. The en-suite bathroom has a traditional white suite, comprising a panelled bath with decorative tiled surround and an inset vanity basin.
Bedroom two also has a dual aspect with wonderful views. There is a hand basin mounted on an ornate wash stand. There is an adjoining walk-in wardrobe, which could be converted into an en suite shower room (subject to consent).
Bedroom three has a vaulted ceiling and a window overlooking the pool area.
The family bathroom has classic white sanitary ware comprising a panelled bath and wash hand basin. A door opens to the separate w.c. There is access to a large eves storage space.
There are two further good size bedrooms within the attic with plenty of eaves storage.
From the kitchen a wide staircase leads up to the more modern wing of the house. The tranquil and spacious reception room has an abundance of light pouring in from the glazed double doors, which open out to the south facing terrace and swimming pool.
A further staircase leads up from the reception room to additional accommodation, which could be a home office, further bedrooms or perfect for playroom or gym. Double doors open to a sunny south facing patio area.
There is an internal door from the reception room to the large integral double garage. To the rear of the garage there is a utility room and store, with plumbing for a washing machine, a tumble drier and useful sink unit. In addition there is a shower room, ideal for use after a swim or washing pets after a muddy country walk.
The private gardens at Ancastle Cottage are very peaceful and not overlooked. Comprising three tiers with each garden level having a door from the cottage to the outside. Enclosed by a mixture of high walling and panel fencing, there are mature flower beds and shrubs adorning the edges.
There is heated swimming pool with a paved terrace surround and space for al fresco dining. An original phone box has been cleverly incorporated as a shower, thus creating a talking point and a fun and magical feature, particularly for children.
Ancastle Cottage also benefits from having a large double garage, with an electric up and over door, light and power. Outside the garage door there is space to park an additional car, off road.
The property is within walking distance of Henley town centre and the River Thames. There is a wide selection of shops, including a Waitrose supermarket less than 10 minutes walk away. There is a three screen cinema showing all the latest films, the historic Kenton Theatre, some excellent traditional pubs, and high quality restaurants. All of which make Henley one of the most sought after areas to live in, outside of London.
There are many river pursuits, including day trips and boat hire and a good selection of local golf clubs including Badgemore approximately 1 mile away.
Paddington is approx 60 minutes with the Elizabeth Line (CrossRail) in 2020, linking to The City. There are regular buses to Reading, which is approximately 8 miles away. Reading also has an excellent mainline station. with trains into London, and to the north and west of England.
The property is well placed for access via road to the M40 (J4) at High Wycombe and the M4 (J8/9) at Maidenhead Thicket and M25 orbital motorway.
Reading – 8 miles
Maidenhead M4 Junction 8/9 – 9miles
Oxford – 20 miles
London Heathrow – 25 miles
London West End – 38 miles
Central London is approximately 38 miles and London Heathrow approximately 25 miles away. The larger centres of High Wycombe and Reading are also easily accessible providing a wider range of facilities. The area is also well served with excellent private and state schools.
Badgemore Primary School (Ofsted Good)
Gillotts Secondary School (Ofsted Good)
Prep schools include Rupert House School and St Mary’s School, both in Henley.
Private schools include Shiplake College, Reading Blue Coat, The Oratory at Woodcote, Kendrick School, The Abbey and Queen Anne’s are all easily accessible.
Buses also run from this side of Henley to Moulsford, Cranford House and the Abingdon Schools including St Helen and St Katharine and Abingdon Boys.
Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council
Services: Mains water and electricity, gas central heating, mains drainage.
Council Tax – Band G
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- 5 bed
- 4 rooms
- 2 Garage