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Tankard Cottage Tankard Lane | Ramsbury | SN8 2PJ
TANKARD COTTAGE Beautifully positioned within the delightful village of Ramsbury in the picturesque Kennet Valley is Tankard Cottage, a large and immaculately presented family home that was built in 1940
For us there are perhaps two rooms that really stand out,” says Andrew. “Firstly, the large entrance hall that we created with its beautiful oak floor and oak staircase with opening to the oakpanelled dining room, is a really impressive & welcoming space, and another favourite is the main sitting room. It features an impressive Jacobean stone fireplace, reclaimed by the previous owners from a nearby stately home, that provides a lovely focal point, and when there’s a log fire roaring, the room takes on a really cosy feel.”
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Entrance hall Sitting Room Large study / 5th bedroom Drawing Room Dining room Fitted kitchen & utility Downstairs cloakroom Galleried landing Master bedroom with en-suite bath/shower room Three further double bedrooms Family bathroom Double garage Studio above the garage (bedroom and en suite bathroom) • Quintessential English country garden • Desirable village location • Plot size approximately 0.22 acres LOCATION
Tankard Cottage is discreetly situated off a quiet lane, close to the heart of the village. Ramsbury is a highly popular village well known for its historic origins and picturesque period properties. Day to day amenities include a Post Office, a number of shops, pubs, a healthcare practice and an excellent primary school. A wider range of facilities can be found in the pretty market town of Marlborough. Ramsbury is designated as being within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is well known for its pretty water meadows and is interspersed with many footpaths and bridleways. Hungerford 5 miles (Paddington 65 minutes) Marlborough 6 miles, Swindon 14 miles (Paddington 65 minutes, M4 (J14) 7 miles Distances and times approximate
An attractive substantial five bedroom detached home which offers magnificent far reaching views with spacious and flexible accommodation located in a highly desirable village. Beautiful gardens with a double garage and studio above. This impressive and extended detached family home offers spacious and well-designed accommodation over two floors which comprises a large entrance hall with oak floor and oak staircase, sitting room, a large study which could easily be a 5th double bedroom, an impressive drawing room including a fireplace with surrounds with an interesting history, dining room with a door leading onto the garden, fitted kitchen, utility room and a downstairs cloakroom. The first floor provides a generous master bedroom with an en-suite bath/shower room, three further double bedrooms and a family bathroom with separate shower. The attractive central staircase is the centrepiece of the large landing and a delightful family home.
Seller Insight I suppose what really sold this house to us when we initially came across it twenty-six years ago was the fabulous setting and the garden with beautiful views of the rolling Wiltshire countryside,” says Andrew. “Ramsbury is a really thriving community with two great pubs, shops, Post Office, medical centre, an outstanding (Ofsted) primary school and some fantastic recreation facilities including tennis courts, football and cricket pitches and doorstep access to great walks, running & cycling, so it’s just a wonderful place to bring up a family. And the cottage itself is tucked away on this quiet lane, providing complete privacy, and yet the village facilities are within short walking distance - in fact “Peter’s” shop is literally two minutes away. For us and four children, who were born and raised here, it’s been absolutely ideal.” “When we first viewed the cottage it was significantly smaller than it is today but we could see bags of potential for a longer term project and I’d say that potential has been realised. We’ve essentially taken on three major projects during our time here, leading to the house being greatly extended, but in a very sympathetic way with some alterations to the layout and flow that have made it more conducive to modern family life. In the last project we created a large garage at the bottom of the garden, complete with a great self-contained annex above. It’s a beautiful house, with a number of quite unusual architectural features that gives it bags of character and south facing views that make you smile every day. It’s simply a lovely family home.” “Another feature of the property that was a big attraction is the garden,” says Jenny. “It had been beautifully landscaped by the previous owners and well established and mature when we arrived, and it’s been an absolute joy for me as a very keen gardener. To me it now has the look of a quintessential English country garden; very pretty, but not overly manicured, and it’s south facing, so bathed in sunshine during the summer months. It’s a very relaxing and peaceful space and with the large patio, it provides a fantastic backdrop to summer entertaining and alfresco dining.” “The garage was originally positioned adjacent to the house,” says Andrew, “but we’ve since relocated it to the bottom of the garden and added a lovely studio apartment above with additional parking. It has a good sized bedroom-cum-living space and an en-suite bathroom, and has provided fantastic extra accommodation for guests and an occasional home-office.”
In our minds the location is absolutely ideal,” says Andrew. “We live in this great village, which boasts an array of shops and amenities and an incredibly supportive community, surrounded by some really beautiful countryside; we’re only 15 minutes drive from the bustling, attractive market town of Marlborough and less than 1 hour from Oxford, Bath & Salisbury. We can also catch a train from either Hungerford or Swindon and be in central London in a little over an hour.”
GARDENS & GROUNDS To the rear of the property, accessed from the back door and French windows from the family room, is a gravelled area adjacent to the lane with parking for up to 3 cars. There is a small gated utility area with garden tap to the side. The front of the property opens from both front porch and kitchen onto a long south facing York stone terrace bordered by red brick walling and formal yew hedging. (This area is ideal for alfresco dining and sun bathing and is a real sun trap). Stone steps lead down to a wide lawned area with central pathway, rose pergola and herbaceous borders. The lawns are bordered by mature shrubs, ornamental trees, yew hedging and a feature brick and flint wall with Jacobean coat-of-arms inset. There is a garden tap and side access from the lane leading to the front door. The lower garden comprises a picket fenced vegetable garden with raised beds, fruit area and aluminium greenhouse. A cobbled pathway leads centrally through a shrubbery to the annex and small area that has been used to keep a few laying hens. To the side is a beautiful mature Magnolia tree and side gate with steps leading to a large gravelled parking area with space for up to 3 cars, double garage and access directly onto the Lane. The whole garden is completely enclosed and private with outstanding views to the surrounding hills.
It’s going to be a wrench to leave this house and the tremendous Ramsbury community but we’ll take with us some really fond memories of bringing up our children here and of the many lively village events and parties” says Andrew. “It’s very much a family home and the location has given us all a wonderful quality of life.”
DIRECTIONS From our offices in Lambourn, continue along the High Street following the B4000, turn left into Ermin Street at the Hare pub, continue for 800 yards and then turn right onto the B4001 towards Chilton Foliat, continue for 3.3 miles and then turn right onto the B4192 towards Ramsbury. Continue for 1.8 miles until you reach a sign for Ramsbury and turn to the left. Continue on Newtown Road until you reach Tankard Lane on the right hand side. Tankard Cottage can be found on the left hand side just before you reach the top of the lane.
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Agents notes: All measurements are approximate and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure. * These comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent. Printed 17.04.18
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