"An exceptionally beautiful home; without compromise"
With its large mature and secluded garden, party-sized south-facing sun terrace and ample parking, this property 'just works'. And, situated on the outskirts of Berkshire's beautiful market town of Wokingham, this property is in the perfect location for some of the best schools, social attractions, culture, transport links and green spaces. Wokingham repeatedly features in various 'Top Ten Places to Live' surveys, most recently by the Halifax and, with a £270m just invested in its town centre and market place, it continues to thrive and attract families.
"A viewing is recommended - it's just magnificent inside"
A walk-through the property
In the rural parish of Wokingham Without, and yet just under a mile to the market town of Wokingham, this substantial five bedroom family home brings a balance of home comforts, sophisticated living space and breath-taking views
Set within a generous plot, Hawthorns stands alongside the driveway to Berkshire's famous Ludgrove School, and enjoys far-reaching views over some of its vast 130 acre grounds. Looking out from the upstairs windows the eye rests on distant fields, neighbouring local produce farmland and an array of trees and hedgerows which change with the passing seasons.
The gravel driveway, which is approached through iron security gates, provides ample parking for several cars, and additional double garage parking with automated doors.
The entrance hall gives a hint of the meticulous quality in store throughout the whole property; with chrome fittings, travetine stone flooring, underfloor heating and energy-efficient downlighting.
The family hub, and everyone's favourite place, is the beautifully-styled kitchen which works together with the dining room and garden room to create a wonderful entertaining space. Incorporating a breakfast bar, underfloor heating, integrated coffee-maker and granite worktop, the finish and details bring comfort and practical living together.
Kitchen cabinetry, by Rational Kitchens, has been designed to effortlessly store pans, gadgets and cookware, together with a catering-size larder unit to swallow even the most jumbo packs of goodies. All-Neff appliances include a halogen hob, steel cooker hood, integrated oven, microwave, integrated tall freezer, larder fridge, integrated dishwasher and warming drawer.
The travetine stone tiles & underfloor heating, giving ambient heat and timeless luxury, contrast with cool granite worktops; known for their easy-clean mirror-finish (and ideal for pastry-making, of course)
The open-plan dining room, which could entertain 8-10 guests, enjoys daylight through the glass double doors which connect through to the lounge. However, the most wonderful light source floods through the glass of the impressive garden room which is a focal point both by day and by night. Spilling on to the luxurious Indian Sandstone terrace, the garden room creates a lovely spot to capture the warmth of the sun and enjoy the peace of the garden. During warmer months both sets of double doors can be flung open to bring the scents of summer into the home, and create an integral heart of summer parties and barbecues.
For more cosy entertaining and quiet nights in, the lounge is the perfect snug. Its mesmerising wood-burning stove, with classic limestone surround and marble hearth, create the type of cosiness which make it hard to leave the sofa!
There is an additional family room or reception room which overlooks the garden and patio, with double doors and engineered oak flooring. With adjoining contemporary tiled wet room and side door, this versatile room could be used as a playroom, gym, treatment room, studio, guest room or an au pair quarters.
When it's time to focus, the study is generous in both size and light, with two north-facing windows to give light but not glare. Along one wall is a range of deep, quality fitted units, so creating a clear work space is simple.
From the entrance all, which incorporates a bespoke shoe & coat storage cupboard, is a flush-fitted cloakroom with a range of fitted units.
To complete the downstairs picture, Hawthorns has a show-home utility room which complements the kitchen, and includes clever storage touches and space for some family-scale laundry (with two washing machines). With a door to the garden and integral garage, this is practical for laundry airing or muddy garden play-days. The water supply throughout is softened with an easy-fill water softener, so provides easy lathering and scale-free taps and appliances.
The dog-leg staircase has a half-landing and white & natural timber turned balustrades. The landing is light and airy, decorated in muted tones with chrome chandelier and large leaded-light window. There is access to the attic, which has a drop-down integral ladder.
The Master Bedroom Suite comprises a range of bespoke fitted wardrobes which span the length of the room, and also provide a discreet entrance to a luxury en-suite bathroom. With fully tiled walls, granite basin surrounds, vaulted ceiling and tilting ceiling window, this beautiful room creates a calm spa-like feel. With a large curved glass shower enclosure and jacuzzi bath it'd be hard to choose between a long soak in bubbles or quick refresh in the shower - especially with softened water to complete the experience. On the practical side, there is ample storage, chrome heated towel rail and twin inset oval basins
The substantial bedroom takes full advantage of its south-facing position with French doors opening onto a balcony for two. From here it would be tempting to sit with morning coffee, or maybe a relaxing sun-downer - taking in the beautiful views and quiet countryside air.
The family bathroom is tastefully fitted with luxury chrome & white sanitaryware, 'stone' grey floor-to-ceiling tiles and complementary charcoal-grey fitted cabinets. The luxury Merlyn corner glass enclosure has Gröhe shower fittings and the bath's simple design contrasts with its Victorian-style chrome taps and 'telephone' shower taps. Finishing touches include a large heated towel rail, illuminated sensor mirror, LED down-lights and extractor system.
The Guest Suite, which overlooks the fields to the rear of the garden, has a range of fitted wardrobes and modern en-suite bathroom. The walk-in double shower, with contemporary accent tiling, features a frameless glass screen and monsoon shower head, and the basin sits beautifully in to a marble top and stylish charcoal-grey fitted units. Floor to ceiling tiles, LED down-lights, illuminated sensor mirror and chrome heated towel rail will give guests a wonderful stay (or this room may be highly popular with teenage daughters!)
To the front of the property is one large double bedroom with built-in wardrobe, and a smaller double / large single bedroom. The smallest bedroom, which is next to the Master, is ideal for a younger child or nursery, is close to the bathroom and has quiet outlook to the garden.
Outside to the rear is a large Indian Sandstone terrace which overlooks the secluded mature garden with trees, lawn and hedges. With two timber sheds, numerous discreet LED sensor lights and four water taps around the property, Hawthorns has been designed to enjoy the garden to the full
The central heating is fired with a Potterton boiler with hot water managed by a very capable Megaflow system to give constant pressure. The current owners have invested in double glazing and doors throughout and low-energy lighting to deliver optimum energy efficiency
- Security system, automated gated, automated garage doors
- Broadband speeds of up to 37MB upload and 7MB download
- Gas Central Heating
- Energy-efficient lighting
- Double Glazing throughout
Within easy reach of Wokingham's superb schools including; St Teresa's Catholic Primary (ofsted rated Outstanding), Wescott Infant School (Outstanding) and All Saints Primary (Good). There is also the newly-opened Floreat Montague Park School which is yet to have its first ofsted report. For older pupils, the property is in catchment of St Crispin's Secondary & Sixth Form (Good) and equally good Holt and Bohunt Schools. For the independent sector, choose from a selection of the country's best including Holme Grange, Ludgrove (school of Princes William & Harry), Wellington College and Reddam House.
By train, Wokingham direct to Waterloo is just over 60 minutes, and the town is convenient for access to both the M4 and M3 motorways. Nearby Twyford Station (14 mins) is the gateway to Crossrail, for fast trains to the City (Liverpool St 55 mins), Heathrow (41 mins), Paddington (45 mins) and Bond St (48 mins)
For retail-lovers, nearby Reading has all the big names including John Lewis and now, with its recent facelift, Bracknell's new Lexicon is proving popular with H&M, Fenwick, Primark, Joules and M&S.
Wokingham itself, with its regeneration, is attracting some niche and individual retailers, to include Waterstones, Cook, JoJo Maman Bebe, Coffee One and Mountain Warehouse. Wokingham is known for its selection of eateries, coffee shops and family pubs, and the seasonal carnivals, events and market stalls keep the community thriving.