A delightful three bedroom detached period cottage set on high ground in one of the most sought after villages in this part of the world. Dumbledore is one of the earliest properties to be found in this wonderful period village. Built in 1475, this property is noted as a fine example of a rendered Cruck timber frame and is Grade II * listed.
The construction of this cottage was in the ancient manner of the time, with a former open hall of 2 Cruck frame bays with a fireplace in the centre with the smoke escaping through a hole in the roof. This was of course later changed, probably in the 1700s when the first floor bedrooms were introduced.
Hardly anyone arrives in Stanford Dingley by chance and there is very little through traffic. You have to look for this village to find it, so the peaceful nature of this rural area is not disturbed. In the centre of the village and within easy walking distance of an excellent period pub The Old Boot Inn which offers excellent ales, pretty gardens and restaurant dining. There is a wonderful old church of Norman origin shaded by majestic ancient Chestnut trees. Footpaths abound through natural unspoilt countryside.
The centre of the village nestles beside the pretty chalk stream River Pang noted for its period with wild brown trout
Dumbledore is set high with large gardens surrounding on 3 sides. The cottage has received regular maintenance including the roof, new bathroom and ground floor shower room and associated plumbing.
- The outstanding plot with its vegetable garden and fruit trees
- The recent addition of a study
- On the first floor, bedrooms one and two, both doubles, have a Jack & Jill entrance to the family bathroom
- There are two staircases giving independent access to the left hand and right hand side bedrooms
- There are open fireplaces to both the dining room and sitting room, with the sitting room having a further large open fireplace, probably originally for a cooking range
- Brick and glass constructed detached garden room
- The two garages, one on each side of the property with separate entrances
Summary of accommodation: Entrance porch, sitting room, dining room, study, kitchen, rear porch with door to large pantry and door to gardens, modern shower room, 1st floor; three bedrooms, modern fitted bathroom.
Gardens and grounds: Well-maintained lawns, flowerbeds, hedges giving seclusion and a wide gravelled entrance drive for vehicles and parking. Attached garden store, two detached garages, and garden room.
Gardens & Grounds extending to 0.45 acres / 0.18 hectares
Local facilities: Bradfield and Bradfield Southend have a wonderful community with a village store/Post Office, a cricket ground and a recreation ground. There is an excellent riding school, a village hall with all sorts of events and a children’s play area, tennis courts and tennis club, and a pub.
Bradfield College has a fabulous sports complex open to public membership, with a fine indoor pool, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, squash, gym and fitness centre. There is a 9-hole golf course at Bradfield College which is open to public membership. Bradfield College also has a famous Greek amphitheatre which hosts various ticketed performances during the course of the year. Vicar’s farm shop is a short drive with its fine butchers, delicatessen, grocery section and fishmonger.
The M4 Junction 12 at Theale is within easy driving access, as is M4 Junction 13. Reading and Newbury are equidistance and Pangbourne village is nearby with its tremendous selection of specialist shops and a train station
Schools: Nearby there is Bradfield Church of England Primary School, Bradfield College, Pangbourne College and St Andrew’s Preparatory School. Downe House, Cranford House, Moulsford Preparatory School for Boys, The Oratory, and Elstree are within easy driving distance.