- 5 bedrooms
- 3 bathrooms
- 4 receptions
Charming family house with versatile accommodation in a stunning rural location
55 Northbrook Street
A charming Victorian period house within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Old School House was originally part of the Lockinge Estate and is built of mellow brick, with tiled pitched roofs and attractive eaves. With impressive proportions, it is full of character, light and airy. Sensitively extended and double-glazed throughout, the pretty, manageable gardens overlook adjoining farmland at the edge of the Berkshire Downs. There are five bedrooms, three of which are on the upper floor. The master suite has an ensuite shower/dressing room and there is a spacious family bathroom. The ground floor has a spacious kitchen/ breakfast room and characterful drawing room, both of which open onto the conservatory and then onto the gardens.
Its extensive, flexible accommodation would be ideal for a large family, or for a family with elderly parents, for running a business from home, or for a nanny, independent teenagers or house guests. The annex on the ground floor is currently incorporated into the main house or, with its own entrance, could be a separate entity.
Access to the property is via a pair of timber five bar gates which open onto a gravel driveway affording ample parking for several cars, leading to a further gate, adding additional security to the garden, and leading to the rear of the property and further parking. The secluded garden is mostly laid to lawn surrounded by mature shrub and herbaceous borders. A thick beech hedge, low enough to enjoy the rural views, borders the garden, separating The Old School House from the adjoining farmland and pathways, accessed through a gate. There is a circular patio set within the lawn which is ideal for al fresco dining.
A spacious timber barn, with mains water/electricity supply, provides useful storage. Next to the barn is an open fronted log/bicycle store with independent power supply, plus a greenhouse and vegetable patch. Garden tools are kept in the dry privy.
Beedon is a wonderful base for glorious country walks and other outdoor activities. It has a medieval church, a highly regarded primary school, linked to and within the catchment area for the Downs Secondary School (Ofsted rated 'Outstanding'). There are also excellent prep and public schools within striking distance. The attractive market town of Newbury has comprehensive shopping and leisure facilities including Newbury Racecourse, the Corn Exchange and Watermill Theatre. There are also several excellent golf courses and country clubs in and around the area. Nearby Chieveley has a thriving tennis club, Doctor's surgery, and village store/post office. The Old School House is perfectly located for connections and communications. The M4 (J13) is 5 minutes away, linking easily to London and the West Country; access north and south is via the A34. Fast trains to London Paddington and Waterloo run from Newbury, Thatcham and Didcot.
From M4 junction 13, take the slip road to Chieveley and Beedon. At the junction turn left and then immediately right. Continue through Worlds End to Beedon. Pass The Coach pub on the right, proceed up the hill and down the other side, and where the overhanging trees end, take the turning on the left immediately after the 30mph sign. A Victorian style lamppost just inside the drive identifies the property. Or From the A34 south bound, take the exit signed for Beedon. Follow this road through the village and half way up the hill. The Old School is the last property on the right before entering the upward tunnel of trees. A Victorian style lamppost just inside the drive identifies the property.
- 5 BEDROOMS KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM UTILITY/LOBBY DRAWING ROOM CONSERVATORY STUDY CLOAKROOM EN SUITE SHOWER/DRESSING ROOM FAMILY BATH/SHOWER ROOM BARN/STORES, OUTBUILDING GARDEN PARKING
This plan is for layout guidance only. Not drawn to scale unless stated. Windows and door openings are approximate. Whilst every care is taken in the preparation of the plan, please check all dimensions, shapes and compass bearings before making any decisions reliant upon them.