On a quiet road just by the village centre, this cottage is immaculately presented with well balanced accommodation. Thoughtfully updated, the cottage now includes 2 garden offices, a main suite, garage and 2 living areas, one of which overlooks the pristine garden and patio taking full advantage of the day-long sunshine.
This immaculately presented cottage has very well-balanced accommodation. The ground floor has a generous sitting room with wooden shutters overlooking the leafy front aspect. At the back of the house there’s an open plan kitchen, dining and living area.
The modern kitchen has fitted units and a breakfast bar. The dining area can comfortably seat 6 while the living area at the back has two sets of double doors opening onto the garden. This is a wonderfully bright area providing an open connection to the garden in the summer, while the woodburning stove makes this a cosy living space in the cooler months.
A separate utility room and w.c. complete the ground floor.
Upstairs, the main bedroom overlooks the back garden, there’s an en-suite shower room and fitted wardrobe. Alongside, bedroom 3 has been converted into a walk-in wardrobe with fitted wooden shelves and rails. Bedroom 2 is a good sized double with a bathroom next door.
The garden is a real sun trap with sun all day long, starting at the end of the garden and arching over to the kitchen patio in the afternoon.
The garden office has been separated to create two office rooms, both glass fronted with a view of the garden and opening onto a patio area.
An additional patio area wraps around the back of the house where there’s also a hot tub, perfect for relaxing at the end of the day.
To the side of the house there’s an additional garden space which was originally a car port, this is now used for storage with a lawn area for the late afternoon sun.
To the front of the house there’s a gravel driveway which comfortably accommodates 3 cars, plus a detached garage with storage space.
Stoke Row is a pretty, sought after village in the Chiltern hills between Henley-on-Thames, Goring and Wallingford. The village has a wonderful community feel with 2 popular pubs, village store/coffee shop, bakery, village hall with regular activities, mechanic’s garage and a primary school.
Stoke Row is a village where people say hello as they pass by. It’s rare for a small village to have such a great range of facilities which are valued and well used by residents and visitors, forming several social hubs. All village facilities are within a 5 minute walk of 2 Spinney Lea Cottages.
Stoke Row Store serves as a café and store with an impressive range of local food, including cheeses, baked goods, eggs, meats wine, gin and pantry foods. If you need to whip up a gourmet meal or family dinner at short notice, this gorgeous store is just what you need!
The Cherry Tree Inn is a charming, traditional pub with open fireplaces and a large garden. The impressive fruit and vegetable garden features in the daily menu, perfect for those mindful of food miles. Just up the road, The Crooked Billet offers an inventive menu, ideal for fine dining and special occasions.
The village hall runs regular activities including yoga, pilates, Scouts and WI meetings. The primary school is rated ‘good’ and there’s a public playground for children. Finally, Imma Bakery is right behind the cottage, serving a range of freshly baked goods while the village mechanic comes recommended.
We bought the cottage 10 years ago, we liked that it was a newer house and very well built. It’s a quiet, peaceful spot so it feels like we’re living in the countryside, yet the village centre is just at the end of the road so we’re very well connected.
The space is perfectly laid out for us. We spend most of our time in the kitchen/dining/living area overlooking the garden. When it’s colder, the woodburning stove is so cosy, that area works wonderfully year round. The sitting room is mostly used for watching movies and entertaining.
The 3rd bedroom is perfect as a dressing room so we now have a generous main suite, while our guests have their own spacious bedroom and bathroom – everyone comments on how much they like staying here.
We love the underfloor heating, it saves space and gives us the flexibility to lay out the rooms as we like. The driveway was so big we were able to add the garage which is useful for parking and storage with plenty of parking for visitors.
As we now work from home we built the garden offices, they’re so useful. We have dedicated office space with a lovely outlook over the garden leaving the house purely as a living and social space. At the end of the working day, we lock our offices and ‘go home’ to the main house.
The garden has sun all day so we spend a lot of time outside in the warmer months, while we use the hot tub year round. I remember during lockdown, I felt fortunate to have such a lovely home and garden, and of course the woodland across the road.
Overall, there’s an awful lot of useful space in this home now without compromising on the calm, uncluttered feel we’ve always valued here.
There are wonderful walks through the woods which we’ve just loved. It’s like living in the countryside but the village centre is just at the end of the road.
When we moved here, we met so many friends on walks and in the local pub, moreso than any other place we’ve lived. It’s such a friendly village, we feel very safe and secure here, it’s such a happy place to live!
The Cherry Tree pub changed hands in 2020 and has been transformed. The new owners have created the fruit and vegetable garden which they use in their daily menu. It’s dog friendly and has a little service station for cyclists so it’s become a destination pub. It has a proper country pub feel with such friendly staff, it’s a real asset to the village.
Likewise, the village store is very cleverly stocked and the owners have become friends. We take visitors there for tea or hot chocolate in the winter and often stop by just to say hi. The store is incredibly well stocked, there’s always something delicious to eat and much of it is local produce too.
Outside of the village, Henley is great for independent shops and cafes, our guests love it too. There are some beautiful walks along the river which the dogs love, they jump in for a swim sometimes.
Goring and Pangbourne are also great for afternoon tea, dining and riverside walks. Reading is great for food shopping as they have so much choice there. Stonor Park is 15 minutes away, they have events year-round. We like the vintage and antique fair and Christmas fair with its independent arts and crafts stalls.
We never thought I’d leave the house or village, however the sea beacons for retirement so we’ve made the decision to move to the west country. We’ve been very spoiled here so it will be a challenge to find somewhere as special as Stoke Row and our home, but we know the next owners will love living here.
A4074 – 2.4 miles
M4 – 10.5 miles
A33 – 7.4 miles
Henley on Thames – 6.5 miles
Reading – 7.9 miles – reaching London Paddington in as little as 23 mins
EPC Rating: D
Council Tax Band: E