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This prestigious and well maintained development was constructed in 2003 in the grounds of the former Douai Abbey School and having been architecturally inspired by buildings found at educational establishments such as Oxford University and Marlborough College. Number 76 is one of the more substantial (3521sqft) detached double-fronted properties situated in a small close, with well proportioned accommodation arranged over three floors and with far reaching country views from both the first and second floor levels. The property has recently been stylishly interior-designed throughout and the deep bays and tall ceilings are complemented by muted colours and sensitive lighting creating the feel of a contemporary “London House” in the country.
A large inviting entrance hall provides access to all the principal reception rooms. The sitting room is triple aspect with a bay window overlooking the quadrangle and patio doors extending onto the rear garden. A gas effect fire provides an ideal focal point for the room. The kitchen is generous in size and offers a range of fitted wall and base units with natural granite work surfaces incorporating an oven, separate combination microwave/oven, hob with extractor hood, space for fridge and freezer, coffee machine, waste disposal, water softener and dishwasher. An adjoining utility room provides additional space for a washing machine, dryer and sink, and there is also a door to the integral double garage. The kitchen is open plan to the ample dining room which is ideal for modern-day family dining and entertaining, and features a bay window and a door to the rear garden. A cloakroom and separate downstairs WC complete the downstairs accommodation.
The first floor boasts a gracious landing with wide bay window, giving a feeling of light and space, and provides access to the three principal suites, all enjoying en-suite facilities. The master bedroom also has a vaulted ceiling with views over neighbouring fields, an adjoining dressing room with an abundance of wardrobe space. The space and layout of the house provides flexibility and the current owners use this huge space as a second reception/study.
On the second floor there are two further bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and a dressing area and again beautiful views. Bedroom five can also be used as a study.
Abbey Gardens is an exclusive development which provides residents with contemporary living, including an invaluable concierge service, whilst being surrounded by glorious countryside. The property is located approximately half-way between the thriving commercial centres of Newbury and Reading, both providing a good range of shops, including Waitrose, restaurants, leisure and night-life. The village of Woolhampton is a short distance away and has several pubs including The Angel Restaurant, local shops, a post office and a main line railway link to London Paddington with services under an hour. The nearby village of Chapel Row has become a popular local meeting point with the contemporary Blackbird Coffee Shop, stylish interior design shop and the gastropub Bladebone Inn. Chapel Row also boasts an Artisan Farmers Market once a month.
The nearby Bucklebury Farm provides a wonderful family day out; set in a stunning 77 acre site it has an array of attractions and facilities, including a natural trail, deer park, a vast selection of farm animals, tractor rides, adventure playground, cart track, and a delightful farm shop and café.
This is fabulous riding country with lots of bridle paths. Private members tennis courts are positioned near by and are owned by the estate. The area offers an excellent range of both private and state schools making it an ideal choice for families; these include primary schools in Woolhampton, Bucklebury, St Finian’s in Cold Ash, Elstree, and Marlston and Brockhurst and secondary schools at The Kennet, Downe House, Bradfield College, Kendrick School and Reading Grammar School.
There is a wonderful sporting complex open to public membership at Bradfield College with indoor tennis courts, squash, indoor swimming pool and fitness centre.
The property is approached via a wrought iron gate to a paved footpath which is flanked with lawn and neatly trimmed box hedges. The intentionally low maintenance rear garden has been beautifully designed and provides several areas of enjoyment. With the provision of a water feature and the planting of various specimen shrubs, flowers and plants, the garden is indeed a restful space to relax in. There is also a well designed BBQ area, which provides excellent space for entertaining.
Services: Mains Water, Electricity and Drainage.
Council Tax Band: G
Lease: 999 years from 18.1.2005
Service Charge: £103 per month or £1236 per annum
5 Bedrooms (4 Ensuite)
Kitchen Breakfast Room
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