A charming home with a self-contained detached annexe, surrounded by trees in the semi-rural community of Newtown. Beautifully presented and with 4 double bedrooms, this is an ideal home for families and home workers.
1-3 Holt Cottage is a 4 double bedroom house full of character and charm. The main living/dining room spans the back of the house with bi-fold doors and patio doors opening onto a large patio and the mature garden beyond, providing a beautiful, secluded view. For colder days and evenings, the open fireplace makes this room wonderfully cosy.
The recently renovated kitchen/breakfast room has a wonderful outlook to the front and back from the breakfast area, with plenty of natural light. The kitchen has built-in appliances, while laundry facilities are tucked away in the separate utility room.
The playroom is an ideal space for children to play, also ideal as an office or formal dining room.
Upstairs there are 4 double bedrooms, all with lovely outlooks onto the gardens and surrounding trees. The main bedroom has a large en-suite bathroom while the other 3 bedrooms share a large, beautifully renovated family bathroom.
Two of the bedrooms have feature period fireplaces. The landing has two nooks, ideal for extra storage. The nook by the main bedroom is ideal as a quiet reading nook.
The annexe is a real gem. At 611 square foot it’s very well proportioned with a large kitchen, living, dining area and bi-fold doors opening onto decking overlooking the pond and garden. There’s a very large bedroom and a shower room. The annexe is ideal as self-contained accommodation or as an office and additional reception space.
The rear garden is bordered by mature trees and shrubs affording privacy and a lovely natural outlook. There’s a feature pond and play area or vegetable garden area screened at the end of the garden. The garden is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the semi-rural setting.
Newtown is a small, friendly community to the south of Newbury. This quiet community is served by several highly rated pubs, a quaint village hall hosting various events including quiz nights and exercise classes and a beautiful church.
Just opposite the house there’s a large common area popular with families and dog walkers. The surrounding woodland is dotted with dens built by local children! This is a wonderful place to explore and exercise and is well used by locals.
The attractive market town of Newbury is delightfully compact, with shops, cinema, theatre, bars and restaurants all within a 5 minute walk of each other. Markets are held weekly in the town square, along with feature and seasonal markets.
The Corn Exchange Theatre has a full schedule of plays, cinema nights and family events. The town square plays host to several events each year such as a Christmas parade, fire festival and art shows which are well attended by local residents.
Highclere Castle, thanks to Downton Abbey, is now firmly on the global tourist map. For locals, the Battle Proms picnic concert is a spectacular day out with air displays and music.
The Watermill theatre, in a picture postcard village setting, hosts regular plays and events. The nearby Michelin starred Woodspeen restaurant offers the perfect opportunity for dinner and theatre. Newbury Racecourse, along with regular horse racing, features big name concerts and seasonal events.
Drive in any direction and you’ll find pretty villages and quintessential country pubs with fires roaring in the winter and views over the surrounding countryside.
The Newbury area is well known for its excellent choice of private schools including Cheam, St Gabriels, Horris Hill and Thorngrove. The local catchment state schools are all rated Good and Outstanding, so there is an exceptional choice of schooling for families in this area.
Newtown village hall: 0.7 mile
The Swan Inn pub: 1 mile
Carpenters Arms: 1.4 miles
Carnarvon Arms gastro pub & hotel: 2.2 miles
Marks & Spencer food hall: 2 miles
Tesco: 2 miles
Pinchington Lane retail park: 2 miles
Newbury town centre: 3.5 miles
Newbury train station: 3.3 miles
Newbury is on the crossing point of the North/South A34 and East/West M4, convenient for commuting to Oxford, Reading, Didcot, Swindon and Basingstoke, with London accessible in under an hour by direct train.
A34: 2 miles
M4: 6.5 miles
London Paddington: from 41 minutes, direct
EPC Rating: E
We’ve always loved this area and over the years our family have made a lot of memories here. We have a strong connection to the area that’s very special to us. My husband and I grew up in Burghclere, we married in the local church, as did our son, and his children were christened there.
A friend of ours owned this home and we had our eyes on it for years. As soon as they were ready to move, we snapped it up! The location is just wonderful; close to Newbury but surrounded by countryside. It’s beautiful and countryfied but not isolated – the perfect balance. We’ve always felt safe and secure here. We’ve got great access to supermarkets, shops and the train station yet we’re in a very friendly community setting.
We loved the house for its character and individuality. All the houses on this road are unique so it feels like quite a special place to live.
The annexe was a real asset for us and our family business. We’ve opened it up and renovated it so it works really well as a work and relaxation space, we spend a lot of time there now. Over the years we’ve also upgraded the house, opening up the living area and adding the patio doors onto the garden. We fitted the fireplaces in the main house and annexe which feel right for the character of the house and are so lovely on cooler days. The main living room is our favourite room, it’s nice and airy and spacious and we get the sun later in the day.
Then we renovated the kitchen so it’s now a lovely functional space and also great for entertaining. My daughter and I often sit at the breakfast bar catching up before we start our day. Parties in our house often end up in the kitchen! The garden is just wonderful. It’s the perfect size to enjoy in the summer without too much maintenance. We sectioned it off so it’s bigger than it looks with aesthetic and functional spaces. We get the odd deer and pheasant in the driveway which is so lovely to see.
The common over the road has been fantastic for the children and our dogs. There are miles of walks and a great adventure playground for the kids. Throughout the wooded areas there are dens that local children have built over the years, it’s lovely! It’s a great place to bring up children, they still all talk fondly of their time playing in the woods and now our grandchildren can enjoy it too.
We’ve raised our children here and feel so privileged to have done so. It’s now time to downsize and let another family enjoy this wonderful home, they absolutely will!