- Grade II Listed Manor House and cottage(s)
- Garaging with estate outbuildings
- Swimming pool and tennis court
- Beautiful formal gardens with pond
- Paddocks and woodland
- Great access for Reading station/Crossrail
- EPC Rating = E
Perfect miniature country estate
Henley-on-Thames 8 miles; Reading 8 miles; Oxford 22 miles; central London 46 miles
Basset Manor occupies a beautiful situation between Stoke Row and Checkendon villages, discreetly set back off Uxmore Road in undulating countryside. Stoke Row has a village shop, Cherry Tree public house, garage, primary school and the renowned Crooked Billet pub/restaurant, and Checkendon itself has a dental surgery, church, village hall and primary school. The nearby centres of Henley-on-Thames and Reading provide excellent shopping, recreational and educational facilities and very good transport links to London, trains via Twyford to Paddington from Henley or from Reading station (Crossrail 2018/19).
Excellent schooling in the area includes Rupert House Preparatory School in Henley, The Oratory School at Woodcote, Cranford House Girls School and Moulsford Preparatory School for Boys in Moulsford, with excellent access to the Abingdon and Oxford schools via various bus links/pick-ups from Nettlebed and Henley.
Nearby golf courses include Goring, Streatley and Huntercombe, with racing at Ascot, Windsor and Newbury, and some fine access to the River Thames for boating. Numerous footpaths and bridleways straddle the Chilterns, which offer some of the finest walking and riding in southern England.
Basset Manor is a handsome 17th century manor house with Edwardian and later additions set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is Grade II Listed. The principal house has superb brick and timbered elevations under a clay tiled roof, with a beautifully maintained interior throughout. The principal reception rooms have oak, elm or limestone floors, some very handsome fireplaces and wood burning stoves, and the dining room/hall has a glazed door to the garden. The drawing room has a beamed ceiling and an open brick fireplace with access to the formal gardens. From the dining hall there are steps to the cellar and gun room/workshop.
Adjoining the kitchen/breakfast room is an intercommunicating sitting room with oak floorboards, inglenook fireplace with a quarry tiled hearth and oak bressamer above and exposed beams. The kitchen/breakfast room has a practical limestone floor with an excellent range of wall and floor units, with Viking professional oven and hob with extractor above, stainless steel sink unit with drainer and waste disposal, Miele dishwasher, Miele microwave, Neff American fridge/freezer, wine cooler, separate preparation sink with wall and floor units, and an impressive vaulted breakfast/dining area with panoramic views of, and access to the garden. The utility room and WC are close by. Accessed off the reception hall lies the gallery/study with a stone floor and a contemporary glazed link to a spacious family room with vaulted open beam ceiling, limestone floor, exposed brick and flint walls and doors to the garden. Beyond this lies the plant room with biomass pellet/log boiler, back-up boiler and associated plant (also accessed from outside).
The swimming pool changing room, kitchenette, sauna and WC complete the accommodation on the ground floor, with ready access to the swimming pool garden.
The first floor accommodation is similarly attractive with oak floors throughout, a fine landing and linen cupboard. The vaulted master bedroom suite is beautifully appointed with fitted wardrobes and cupboards, with an en suite shower room with 2 sinks, WC, bidet and shower (large enough for a bath if required). 2 other fine bedroom suites on the 1st floor have beamed ceilings and wardrobes, and the 4th bedroom has a fireplace, shelves and cupboard.
The second floor offers further family accommodation, with oak floors throughout, 3 bedrooms, 1 vaulted with exposed beams, and with a shower room.
Ancillary accommodation is provided in the form of 2 intercommunicating cottages across the courtyard, the right-hand cottage providing front door to entrance hall with 2 bedrooms, a shower room and a vaulted kitchen/dining room on the first floor well equipped with appliances and with access to the roof space storage. Cottage 2 has fine accommodation with a small private garden, front door to hall, kitchen/sitting room well fitted with appliances and units, a wood floor and wood burning stove, with a double bedroom en suite and a second double bedroom with a separate bathroom. An outside laundry room services both cottages, which are appointed to a high standard.
The estate yard beyond the courtyard has a workshop and estate office and WC with adjoining garage, tractor/implement store and a secondary drive access to service this area. A wood pellet tank, water tank and a computerised garden irrigation system serviced by a borehole are located here.
Beyond lies the orchard and fruit cage and a discreetly placed hard tennis court. Further outbuildings are located in the timber compound.
The well maintained formal gardens are a feature of Basset Manor. There is a sweeping drive approach through an initial set of electrically operated entrance gates which then arrives at a secondary set of solid electrically operated gates, opening to the gravel drive and courtyard parking beside a double garage, with lawns either side. A magnificent old oak tree marks this part of the garden, and in front of Basset Manor is a part walled garden laid to lawn with rose borders, eucalyptus and an old yew tree. Steps lead down to a wisteria clad pergola garden to the north side of the house, which is lawned with a lily pond and yew tree. The gardens sweep round in front of the drawing room to a wide terrace across the back of the house which opens onto a spacious lawn with heated open air summerhouse with discreet access through beech hedging to the swimming pool garden, which is enclosed by yew hedging with box pyramids, flagstone surround and part walling.
The formal gardens beyond the retaining wall lead to a lower lawn with a fine summerhouse and flagstone terrace looking across the ha-ha to the paddocks and fields beyond the formal gardens.
Square Footage: 9372 sq ft
Acreage: 58 Acres
From Henley-on-Thames proceed up The Fairmile (A4130) signposted Nettlebed. On reaching Nettlebed turn left (B481) and approaching Highmore Cross turn right, signposted Stoke Row. Proceed through Stoke Row village passing the village shop and garage, and turn left (Uxmore Road) to Checkendon. Basset Manor will be found on the left after approximately 400 metres.
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