Brimpton, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 4ST
Guide Price £4,000,000
An impressive country house with a pair of cottages set in about 18 acres
- 7 bedrooms
- 6 reception rooms
- 5 bathrooms
- Staff/SC Accommodation
- Swimming pool
- Tennis court
- Off Street Parking
- Triple Garage
- 9600 sq.ft.
- 17.75 acres
Entrance hall | Reception hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Sitting room | Family/cinema room | Study | Kitchen/breakfast room | Utility room | Butler’s pantry | Cloakrooms | Cellars | Galleried landing | Master bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room | Guest bedroom with en-suite | Five further bedrooms | Two further bathrooms | Shower room | EPC Rating F
Three bedroom cottage (EPC Rating E) | Two bedroom cottage (EPC Rating F)| One bedroom flat (EPC Rating G) | Approx. 2,000 sq ft office space
This magnificent country house was built in 1869 on what was originally part of the deer park to the Crookham Manor Estate, and has played home to a number of eminent people including Lady Delia Peel (née Spencer) who was the great aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales, and lived at the house between the World Wars, followed by the King of Norway who resided there during WWII. More recently, the house became a school and was restored as a country residence by the present owners who have created a stylish and elegant home retaining much of its original charm. The grand hall has a large open fireplace, a sweeping staircase with galleried landing and vast glass lantern providing a wealth of natural light that floods this central reception space, ideal for entertaining.
The Clive Christian kitchen/breakfast room lies to the south-westerly side of the house with granite work surfaces, a traditional Aga and large informal dining space with doors opening onto the terrace. The principal reception rooms are accessed from the reception hall and are all beautifully appointed with sash windows and high ceilings. Of particular note is the drawing room with an open fireplace and bay to one end with three sets of French doors opening to the south facing terrace, creating a wonderful flow between interior and exterior space. There is also a formal dining room, informal sitting room, study and a large family/cinema room.
The elegant sweeping staircase leads up from the reception hall onto the large galleried landing, off which lie the bedrooms. The master suite takes precedence with a large walk-in dressing room and a stylish en-suite bathroom with free standing bath and separate shower, twin sinks and doors onto a balcony. The master suite enjoys wonderful, elevated views over the rear gardens. There are six further bedrooms, three further bathrooms and a shower room.
The Garden Flat can be accessed from the courtyard, or through the family room on the easterly side of the house, and comprises a sitting room with kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom.
There are two cottages within the grounds; Paddock Cottage has a sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a shower room. Bridle Cottage has a generous sitting room to the front, a kitchen/breakfast room to the rear as well as three bedrooms and a family bathroom. These cottages serve as ideal staff accommodation or potential rentals as an additional source of income.
Little Park House is situated on the edge of Brimpton; an attractive rural Berkshire village with a church, two pubs, local shop and village hall.
The village lies to the south of the A4 between Reading and the historic market town of Newbury. Both have excellent facilities and Reading has a direct rail link serving London, Paddington in about 27 minutes.
The M4 is only a short distance away and provides excellent access to the West Country, London and its airports.
The surrounding countryside is beautiful and features rolling hills with views over Watership Down, and a river valley along which the river Kennet runs and the Kennet and Avon canal passes through.
Recreational facilities and events are close by with Racing at Newbury, Shooting at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School and several excellent golf courses nearby.
The area is particularly well served by an excellent range of schooling including Bradfield College, Elstree, Cheam, Horris Hill, St Gabriels and Downe House.
The house is approached through a smart brick pillared entrance with wrought iron gates, over an impressive tree lined driveway to the front of the house where there is a large turning circle and garaging for a number of vehicles. The south facing gardens lie to the rear of the property and are mainly laid to lawn with oak woodland to the boundary providing an excellent degree of privacy and seclusion. There is a terrace which wraps around the side and back of the house and a heated outdoor swimming pool with electric safety cover to one side with a stone paved surround. There is also a secret room under the terrace accessed via hidden steps. To the north-easterly side of the house lie the equestrian facilities including around 7 acres of paddocks with post and rail fencing, a stable block with six loose boxes, a tack room, w/c and a variety of store rooms. There is also a 20 x 40m fenced manège.
From the M4 (J12), take the A4 signed to Newbury. Continue along the A4, past the turning for Aldermaston and through the village of Woolhampton. On leaving Woolhampton, turn left opposite the Coach and Horses pub, signed to Brimpton. Continue along this road passing over the river and into Brimpton Village. At the T-junction/triangle, turn right onto Crookham Common Road and Little Park House can be found after approximately 1 mile on the left hand side.