16th CENTURY SPLENDOUR - noir by david cliff - The Bridge House and stables is a Grade II Listed property sitting within two acres of landscaped grounds with a substantial floor plan in excess of 3800 sq. ft. and planning permission for a detached annexe. Research tells us that the original buildings date back to around 1536. The property, originally three cottages, has been the subject of improvement by the current owners and now provides spacious and beautifully presented accommodation. The grounds are landscaped to include formal gardens, a heated pool, numerous outbuildings including a large stable/workshop, and a paddock overlooking the surrounding countryside. A pair of tall electric double gates open to a driveway with a planted roundabout, providing ample parking and access to the traditional timber framed double car port and rear paddock.
To the ground floor, there is a principal entrance to the front opening into an entrance hall, in turn leading to the two reception rooms and a guest cloakroom. The main drawing room is of a generous size, being ideally suited to a drawing room and dining room. There is an impressive brick fireplace as the main focal point, with the exposed timber beams and solid wood floor creating a cosy room despite its spacious size. There is room for a dining table, and there is a door to the rear leading out onto the garden. The second reception room is a perfect family room providing two areas either side of the entrance to the kitchen - one being a sitting room with log burner fireplace, the other being ideal as a music area or study. The kitchen/breakfast room is well proportioned with space for everyday dining, the units fit well with the period of the property as does the general decor and fittings. Off the kitchen is a useful utility room and a door to the garden. To the first floor, the stairs lead in one direction to a good size master bedroom with en suite shower room, and to the other the stairs lead to a useful and spacious open reception landing currently used as a study area. Three further double bedrooms are each well proportioned and there is a family bathroom. The paddock to the rear of the property has been landscaped to provide a good level surface, it has a driveway and separate gated access leading to a large detached oak-framed stable building.
Planning permission exists to provide further accommodation by way of a detached annexe, comprising a reception space, bedroom, shower room and storage, providing a further 540 sq. ft. of accommodation.
Train travel into London is quickest through Reading where the fast services to London Paddington arrive in about 30 minutes. Local services are available at Winnersh, Wokingham, Twyford (to Henley-on-Thames) among others. Heathrow Airport is about 28 miles away on the M4. The area is awash with options for activities, being a semi-rural area there are ample choices for outdoor pursuits. Wokingham is a typical market town and has an eclectic mix of local, national and international retailers, good restaurants and local pubs. The River Thames flows through Reading, there are a number of country parks and lakes on the doorstep and for indoor activities Reading provides dining, drinking and entertainment venues. Junction 11 of the M4 is just 2.5 miles away as is the A33. Arborfield has a few local facilities, and for more extensive shopping and dining facilities the town of Wokingham is about 4.5 miles away.