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Detached House for sale with 4 bedrooms, Shirvells Hill, Goring Heath

Shirvells Hill, Goring Heath, Reading, South Oxfordshire, RG8

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Ref: 5239_FIR220014

  • 4 Double Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Extended Contemporary Kitchen Diner
  • 17th Century Period Property
  • Original Features Throughout
  • Elevated Position With Countryside Views
  • Sought After Location
  • Council Tax Band D / EPC Rating D
  • Freehold

A characterful 17th century cottage which has been sympathetically extended in recent years to provide the perfect balance of period features with modern convenience. The property retains many original and period highlights including exposed beams, leaded gothic arched windows, an inglenook fireplace and much more. The house is set in an elevated position with an outlook over open countryside to the front. The charming accommodation includes: entrance hall, sitting room, family room, kitchen/diner, study, spacious utility room, boot room, ground floor shower room, four double bedrooms, family bathroom and shower room.

Accommodation summary

Ground Floor

A covered porch made from reclaimed wood dating back as far as the 16th century leads to a hardwood front door, opening into the entrance hall with 1930's terracotta tiled floor. The spacious sitting room is double aspect with leaded glass windows, including a bay with gothic arches, and an inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove and original oven. Also within the original part of the house is the family room with a feature fireplace (not currently in use) and exposed beam work. The hallway continues to a study area and a spacious utility room with a double Belfast sink, space for appliances and a door to the front garden. The kitchen/diner was extended around five years ago and has been done in a sympathetic style with oak framing and gothic style arched windows overlooking the gardens. The kitchen is fitted with a contemporary range of units with slate worktop, double Belfast sink with hot water boiling tap, integral appliances including induction hob with mirrored backsplash, double ovens, microwave and steam oven, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. The kitchen also has an oak framed vaulted ceiling with exposed beams to mirror the exposed woodwork in the rest of the house, travertine flooring with underfloor heating, and bi-folding doors leading out to the rear patio. A useful boot room with a door to the rear and a modern shower room with walk-in shower complete the ground floor accommodation.

First Floor

An oak turning staircase leads to the first floor landing. The main bedroom is double aspect with a high beamed ceiling, a range of built-in wardrobes, feature brick fireplace and bay window with original gothic style arched leaded glass windows. There are three further double bedrooms with built in wardrobes and all taking advantage of the views over the fields both to the front and side of the property. There is a family bathroom with the original freestanding cast iron claw foot bath, and a separate shower room.


A five-bar timber gate opens to a gravelled drive providing ample off-street parking. A brick path leads to the front door and continues around the front of the property.

To the rear, there is a flagstone patio seating area adjacent, accessible from the kitchen/diner. Sleeper steps lead up to two separate garden areas. There is a lawned garden at the side which faces West with fabulous sunsets over the fields opposite and the main garden is located at the rear being tiered and lawned over two levels. The elevation of the garden enables a delightful view across the fields opposite.


Shervell Cottage sits in an enviable position within Goring Heath; a pretty rural hamlet in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between the Berkshire Downs and the Chiltern Hills. The Thameside villages of Goring and Pangbourne are both around three miles away and provide a comprehensive range of local facilities and a mainline rail link to central London within the hour.   Heathrow Airport is just 25 miles away and a drive into central London takes about an hour and a half. The attractive market town of Wallingford is just six miles away and has a range of antique shops, local facilities, and a Waitrose. Reading has a wider range of amenities including a train service to central London in around 27 minutes. Oxford is also only a 25 minute drive away.

The local area is served by a first-class range of schooling for all requirements. In particular The Oratory, Radley College, Bradfield College, Cranford House and Moulsford Preparatory Schools, as well as having good links to Oxford for further schooling. The area is also extremely well served for sporting facilities including golf, clay pigeon shooting at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School, horse riding, walking, and racing at Newbury and Ascot.

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