A charming and valuably unlisted thatched cottage in a generous garden of approximately 0.6 acres

The Mead is a charming period cottage set in an enviable location on the edge of the village. The house is well maintained and offers surprisingly light and airy accommodation for a property of this age. The cottage is built of a traditional cruck frame and is thought to date back to the early seventeenth century. The accommodation offers flexibility and the house is currently arranged as three bedrooms over two floors. On the ground floor the kitchen/breakfast room is well fitted with painted wooden cabinets and a range style cooker with double ovens, and there is plenty of space for dining around a good sized table. This room is dual aspect and enjoys views to the front of the property over the long sweeping lawn, and also over the terrace and rear garden towards the fields beyond. The sitting room has a traditional inglenook fireplace and is also dual-aspect creating a light and convivial space. There is also a study/third bedroom on this floor. Upstairs the principal bedroom has a high vaulted ceiling revealing the beautiful beams, and wonderful views over the gardens. There is also a second bedroom and a family bathroom on this floor.


The Mead sits in a beautiful spot in the middle of its grounds which extend to just over half an acre. The house is approached across a sweeping gravel driveway and is set well back from the village lane providing a good degree of privacy. The gardens are mostly laid to lawn for ease of maintenance and are punctuated by beautiful mature trees and flower borders. There is a delightful south-west facing terrace at the rear of the house surrounded by a brick and flint retaining wall. Beyond the garden there is a wonderful rural outlook across the surrounding fields and neighbouring paddocks. There is a garage and plenty of parking in front of the house, and there are two useful garden sheds/ stores and a greenhouse in the garden.


The Mead is situated in the sought-after village of Shalbourne, close to the shops and amenities available in Hungerford, yet surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside which can be accessed direct from the property. The village has a fantastic local community and benefits from excellent facilities including a primary school, shop/post office, pub, tennis club and cricket club. There are direct trains into London Paddington from Hungerford, and nearby Marlborough offers a range of cafes, restaurants and boutique shops, larger supermarkets including Waitrose, and a weekly market. Newbury caters for almost all other day-today needs, and there is racing at Newbury racecourse as well as two theatres. Road and rail communications are very good with easy access to the M4 (J14) and the A34 providing fast links to London and the West Country. There is a wide choice of schools in the area including Marlborough College, Dauntsey's, Downe House, St John's Marlborough, St Francis Pewsey, and Cheam, and Shalbourne, Great Bedwyn and Inkpen primary schools. Dauntsey's school provides a bus service that picks up and drops off in Shalbourne.


From Hungerford follow the A338 towards Salisbury. After approximately 4 miles, take the left turn signposted to Shalbourne. Follow the road into the middle of the village, pass the village shop on your right and take the left turn oppoiste the pub into Rivar Road. Continue along this lane for approximately 0.3 miles and the entrance to The Mead will be found on the right hand side just before the left turning into The Lynch.

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Other features

  • Kitchen/Breakfast Room
  • Sitting rooom
  • Study/Bedroom 3
  • 2/3 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom/Shower Room
  • Gardens
  • Garage
  • Greenhouse

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Ref: NEW200123

Rivar Road, Shalbourne Marlborough Wiltshire SN8

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Ref: NEW200123

Rivar Road, Shalbourne Marlborough Wiltshire SN8

Guide Price