A delightful DETACHED Grade II listed recently thatched, 4 bedroom family home located in this favoured village and set within lovely private gardens of just under half an acre with the added benefit of 3 bay garage.
Large entrance hall, utility/cloakroom, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, sitting room, master bedroom with en suite, 3 further bedrooms, family bathroom, 3 bay garage, impressive garden set in about 0.48 acres.
Malt Cottage is located in Inkpen which is a sought-after scattered village in West Berkshire, surrounded by particularly attractive and unspoilt countryside, with good opportunities for riding and walking. It is protected to the south by the Inkpen Hills, well known for Combe Gibbet and Walbury Hill, at just under 1000 ft, the highest point in Berkshire. It is within 2 miles of Kintbury with its excellent local shops and main line railway station, whilst the market town of Hungerford is within 3 miles. Newbury with main line station (Paddington 50 minutes) is within 7 miles, whilst Junctions 13 and 14 of the M4 Motorway are within 10 and 8 miles respectively.
Built in the 1600’s, Malt Cottage is a lovely thatched property originally comprising of two cottages adjoined to create a delightful family home. There are a number of features of the period including parts of original wattle and daub, lathe and plaster ceilings, and an original internal door. The spacious front entrance in the centre of the property leads to the welcoming kitchen/breakfast room where featured is an oil-fired Aga set inside a vast disused hearth. The double aspect kitchen overlooks the terrace and the garden beyond and is distinguished by Amtico brick pattern flooring. Also following on from the main entrance is the separate dining area with exposed beams that leads to the substantial sitting room with an impressive brick working fireplace with wooden beam above. This double aspect room is appointed by a set of French doors that open on to a pathway that leads to the back and front gardens.
The upstairs is divided into two sections as a result of the adjoining of two cottages. The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom and is characterised by exposed beams and an original door. Across the stair step is a single bedroom which could be used as a study or a dressing room. The second group of rooms is easily accessed by a separate set of stairs and is composed of two double rooms which overlook the garden, and a family bathroom.
The house is approached through a gated gravel drive which provides parking for several cars and gives access to the triple bay garage/workshop with electricity and fitted with an alarm. The landscaped garden is large and predominantly laid to lawn with brick and stone pathways, a small orchard and other mature trees and hedges. There is a terraced area to the east of the house providing good outside entertaining space. The thatch was renewed in September 2014 with durable Austrian water reed.