Open day: Sunday 30 January, 11am to 2pm
Double gates open onto a gravelled courtyard driveway leading to the main house, detached annexe and garden.
The hallway leads to a generous kitchen and a living/dining area with sliding doors onto a large, private terrace – a warm sun trap in the summer months. Tucked around the corner is a reading nook and stairs leading to the first floor.
Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms – 2 generous doubles and a large single. The primary bedroom has a small en-suite and built-in wardrobe. Bedroom 2 is a generous double with an intriguing built-in wardrobe leading to the Narnia room – a very large double room, ideal as an office, play room or additional bedroom. There is a sealed staircase here that leads to the shop below and could be re-opened if required.
Bedroom 3 is a generous single room; the first floor is completed by a large family bathroom.
The main garden is a good size with ornamental hedges and bordered by mature trees offering complete privacy from surrounding properties. At the end of the garden there’s a brick BBQ hut with electricity, perfect for entertaining year-round.
The terrace leading from the living area of the main house is a real gem, it’s a real sun trap offering privacy and a great amount of space for summer indoor/outdoor living and entertaining.
The detached annexe offers comfortable, independent living with a living room, full kitchen, double bedroom and en-suite bathroom. Double doors open onto the courtyard with space for a table and chairs and a view of the garden.
The annexe front door opens on to the terrace area of Charnham House, however this can be closed off if preferred.
To the side of the annexe there’s a staircase leading to a double en-suite bedroom. This is a highly versatile room, ideal as a guest suite, office, gym or craft room.
Attached to Charnham House and fronting Charnham Street there’s a 1741 sq ft retail shop, currently a hairdressing salon. The shop brings in a generous income – notably, retail space in Hungerford is very popular with full occupancy, but for 2 units, across the town.
The beautifully decorated salon is mostly open plan with a feature fireplace and several additional rooms, currently used as an office, beauty room, laundry room and store room.
A private multi-generational family home
Charnham House is tucked away behind gates so you wouldn’t know it was here, it really had the wow factor us for when we first visited. Initially we wanted the combination of the house and retail space as we ran a shop, whereas now we rent it out for a healthy income so it’s worked incredibly well for us over the years.
When we close the gates, we feel as though we’re in our own world! We can’t hear any noise from the road or surrounding properties so it’s very private although we’re actually on the doorstep of everything in Hungerford.
Our children were 7 and 11 when we moved here and walked themselves to school, it’s wonderful to live in a small town that has that sense of safety and community.
Shortly after we moved in an elderly relative came to live with us so we created the annexe, it works wonderfully as his own private home. When our son reached his teens, he moved into the en-suite room above the annexe which doubled as a music studio. He’s come back to live here several times, testament to how wonderfully this home has worked for us over the last 25 years!
We’ve had quite a few garden parties here; the ornamental gates give it a sense of grandeur and reflect the history of the house and the BBQ hut is great, plus we have enough room for children to run around. We gets lots of wildlife here; birds, deer, even a peacock.
These days we spend most our time in the living room and on the terrace, it’s so cosy and quiet in here it’s a real sanctuary. The terrace is a real sun trap, it’s lovely and warm out there so we use it from March to October.
Hungerford is a great community, we love the history of the town, the common land to the east and marsh lands to the west. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty so there are beautiful walks around the town and along the Kennet & Avon Canal. It’s a great town to wander around, some people drive here for a day out.
The high street has always been the heart of the community with a great choice of independent shops. We’ve got coffee shops, several very reputable antique shops, and award-winning butcher, two mini-marts, a deli and boutique clothing shops. Often we wander out just to see what’s on offer, there’s always something new to see on the high street.
Cobbs farm shop is a destination in itself, they sell amazing food including a great fishmonger, and we have a market every Wednesday selling fresh produce, clothes and collectables.
John O’Gaunt is our favourite spot for dinner, for a quick bite or drink The Bear is just over the road. We also have an amazing doctor’s surgery and well represented churches.
We have a newsagent next door which is pretty handy, I’ve been in the middle of cooking a roast and realised I’ve run out of horseradish and I can pop next door and get some! We’re quite friendly with the owners as we are with all our neighbours.
Our children are grown and married now so it’s time to downsize and move closer to them. Anyone buying Charnham House becomes a part of the history of Hungerford and will be a part of the future of this lovely home too.
History Of Charnham House
Originally a medieval hall house erected about 1520 on land that was then part of the historic Littlecote Estate and in Wiltshire.
Later separated into two cottages the right-hand side being The Swan Inn – 1725 to 1819, later the White Lion Inn 1830 –1850. This was the height of the coaching industry and being on the London to Bath and Bristol Road there were six inns in this stretch of road. There are still stabling visible opposite the entrance of Charnham House.
In later years the Inn was converted to a home although in the 1960’s a scrap merchant lived here and filled the garden with scrap!
The left-hand side cottage was used as both a shop and home by various local merchants with everything from millinery to shoe making and basket weaving taking place.
1827 – James Dean the Bath Coachman falls from his coach and is beheaded in the street – gravestone in St Lawrences churchyard
1895 – Charnham House becomes part of Berkshire
Converted back into one property in 1969 with a ground floor shop and two first floor flats
1978 – Charnham House Antiques
1988 – Medalcrest Antiques, Marie and Douglas Farrow. At this point they squared off the existing building to accommodate long case clocks and built a restoration room (now salon staff room)
1997 – Marie Farrow extended the ground floor, incorporated the first floor and built the annex as an entertaining space with a guest studio over
2002 – Charlotte and Robert Johnston purchased the property to accommodate their flourishing business, The Gentleman’s Shop, and bring up their young family
2006 – Converted the annex ground floor to a one bedroomed apartment for Charlotte’s father
2014 – The Gentleman’s Shop moves The High St under new ownership
2017 – Perfectly Posh Hair Design award winning Aveda salon moves into the shop
M4: 3 miles
A34: 10 miles
EPC Rating: Exempt