Believed to date back to 1866, The Ridings has recently been extended and renovated to a very high standard creating a substantial and beautiful family home. Set in approximately 6.5 acres with an all-weather tennis court and stunning southerly views across the Kennet valley.
The Ridings is a Victorian property which was originally built for the land agent of a country estate, it is now a substantial 5 bedroom family home. Sitting in a lovely position with the principal rooms facing south over the grounds and open countryside beyond.
On the ground floor, an impressive reception hall creates a striking impression upon entering the house. The property benefits from three reception rooms, the sitting room is at the front of the house with large sash windows and wood burning stove, the dual aspect drawing room also has a wood burning stove and French windows leading to the terrace. The breath-taking kitchen/breakfast room has three French windows on the south side and a large bay window creating a lot of light overlooking the garden. A bespoke
high-quality kitchen by Tom Howley that has been comprehensively fitted with appliances including an Everhot range cooker and SubZero fridge/freezer. The ground floor further offers a boot room, utility and cloakroom. There is also a traditional block paved Victorian cellar with power and light.
Situated on the first floor are 5 double bedrooms, all with en suites. Located on the south side with views across the garden is the master bedroom which has an impressive fully fitted dressing room leading to the en suite with bath and separate shower. All of the bathrooms have recently been refitted, the extension has created two of the new bedrooms and three of the en suites.
A long driveway with an avenue of lime trees with fields to the side leads toward the property which is approached through electric wooden gates opening onto an impressive sweeping gravel driveway. The south facing garden has a variety of trees including a giant sequoia redwood, the terrace wraps around the house with the south facing garden directly behind and all-weather tennis court to the side. At the end of the garden is a ha-ha with a grazing field of over 2 acres, this has recently been planted as a wild flower meadow but could easily be used for horses or stock.
The grounds also include over 2.5 acres of mature mixed woodland, known as the Ridings Plantation, which is rich with primroses and bluebells in the Spring.
Midgham Green, West Berkshire
The Ridings can be found on New Road Hill in Midgham Green, overlooking farmland and the Kennet Valley beyond. A short distance from Woolhampton and Chapel Row, Woolhampton has 2 pubs, a local village shop and Midgham train station whilst Chapel Row has the Blackbird Café, the Bladebone Inn and doctors surgery.
The more comprehensive amenities of Newbury and Reading are 8 and 10 miles respectively, and the M4 (J12) is just 5 miles away, providing access to the West Country, London and airports.
Midgham Station is about a mile away and there are regular services from Reading to Paddington taking approximately 25 minutes. Theale station is 8 minutes away and provides a 45 minute train to Paddington.
Crossrail services from Reading are due to open imminently with two Elizabeth line trains an hour (four an hour at peak time) which will allow passengers to travel right through central London without having to change trains.
There are a number of highly regarded state and independent schools within easy reach of the house including Harriett House Montessori School, St Andrews Preparatory School, Yattendon Primary School, Elstree Preparatory School, Cheam, Brockhurst & Marlston House Preparatory School, Bradfield College, Downe House, Pangbourne College, St Helens and St Katherines.
• Mains electricity. Private drainage and borehole. Biomass fuel.
• Connection to Gigaclear ultra-fast fibre broadband is available.
• Council tax Band H 2020/2021 £3,786.84
• Local authority: West Berkshire Council. Telephone 01635 551111
• RG7 5TX
Fixtures and Fittings
Only those mentioned in these sales particulars are included in the sale. All others, such as fitted carpets, curtains, light fittings, garden ornaments etc., are specifically excluded but may be made available by separate negotiation.