The Bridge House
Situated in Arbor4field, Berkshire is this stunning four bedroom period family home which sits within 2 acres of gated and secured grounds. The house is just 5 minutes by car from Junction 11 of the M4 and direct access into London is available from Wokingham and Reading railway stations. Once Crossrail has been introduced you will be able to take a direct service to Canary Wharf using the new Elizabeth line. This high quality property is in excellent condition throughout and has been extremely well maintained by the current owners. For example a modern Worcester Bosch boiler was recently fitted and all the window and door frames throughout the house are made from Oak. They have also made this character property as efficient as possible by installing secondary glazing and energy efficient lighting amongst other methods which we can share with you when you view.
Upon entry, prospective buyers will drive through the large double remote electric oak gates which open up to reveal the entrance courtyard that has parking for several vehicles around a planted roundabout set in the middle, along with a practical large log store to the side, which is used to season logs for the properties open fire and log burner. There is a traditional oak frame open double garage barn which can cater for extra height vehicles and, along with the entrance brick wall, lights up on approach at night, complementing the ambiance of the property. There is further planning permission for an annex to be built in the same traditional style next to the garage barn inside the large courtyard area, if required.
The parklike gardens are extremely well maintained and spread across an acre and really come alive at various times throughout the seasons with a divisive planting mixture of apple and cherry tree blossoms, magnolias, beach trees, photopia, laurel and yew spread throughout, the grounds are further landscaped with mature trees such as willows and oak, plenty of hedges offer great privacy and protection from the wind. There are two ponds with water features which have fish and a small stream running between.
Located in the secret garden you will find the outdoor heated swimming pool (10 x 5m) with its easy access walk in steps, the pool has been totally renovated and has just had a new cover fitted and is heated with an eco-friendly air source heat pump that can be used all year round, the pool also has colour changing LED lighting.
This is a great place to relax, BBQ, swim and have fun all day and evening, a real sun trap, all hidden behind softly lit brick piers and established plants and foliage. There are three outbuildings close by to the pool such as the pool plant room, tool shed and a summer house, these offer useful extra storage for all your swimming pool and garden furniture/items as well as an extra fridge for all your poolside drinks.
The stables and paddock area is approximately one acre and has its own entrance perfectly angled for horsebox access. Whilst the stables have never been used for horses, the paddock currently enjoys planning permission for private equestrian use, and has a large (100m2) 2 bay stable and further attached barn outbuilding that has just recently been constructed, again using a traditional oak frame and quality reclaimed materials. Further parking of a number of vehicles is also possible inside and outside the barn / workshop. This outbuilding (STPc) could easily be adapted to cater for other specific uses/activities, should you wish.
The exterior of this property is simply stunning and you will not be disappointed as you move in inside as well. You have the choice of entrances; in through the main front door which faces the front of the house, in through the living dining room or from the hallway next to the utility room.
The main dayroom room spans over 12 ft by 23 ft which offers a perfect amount of space for some large furniture and a dining table if you so wish. There is an open fireplace in here with its own deep log store next to it making this a really cosy room to enjoy of a winters evening. Off the entrance hall you will find a downstairs cloak/wash room, and a separate wc, wooden and carpeted floors.
The family room to the left is used as a TV room / snug and has a very efficient wood burner, to the right the extra space is currently used as a music room with access to an under stairs storage cupboard, wooden split level staircase with wooden and carpeted floors.
The attractive and practical kitchen / breakfast room with its quality handmade wooden cabinets, thick wooden worktops, Belfast ceramic sink and stainless steel components (such as electric/gas double cooker, dishwasher, microwave, American fridge) once again all offer useful amounts of storage. Further to this is a separate utility room where the gas boiler is also situated, large enough for four washing machines side by side, this extra room is located directly off another hallway leading through to the garden with its country house stable door leading to the gardens.
For a property of its age, the upstairs space is really generous in size. As you reach the top of the stairs you have the option to turn left in to the main suite or right on to a large landing with a vaulted ceiling creating a real sense of light and space; this can be used as a study if required but also would be the ideal spot to place a couple of chairs to enjoy views out on to the manicured gardens. On from here are three further bedrooms which are all well-proportioned allowing space for double beds and bedroom furniture. Along the same hallway is the main bathroom with a traditional free standing roll top bath, separate power shower cubical, washbasin and wc, next door is a deep full height storage cupboard
To the left of the split staircase is the master bedroom with its large built in wardrobes, en-suite bathroom with twin sinks, large under and overhead bathroom units and drawers, integrated cubical with power shower, bath with shower mixer head, wc, large storage cupboards, all looking out directly over the gardens and courtyard.