Having been recently updated, this property has a wonderful feel with generously sized rooms and thoughtful design features to make everyday living practical and enjoyable.
The large hallway forms the hub of the home, leading to excellently configured, good sized rooms. The living room is a calm space with views over to the front and fittings for a fireplace.
The dining room has double doors opening on to the garden.
The kitchen has been superbly refitted with a thoughtful design by the professional ‘foodie’ owner, with plenty of counter space, a Neff self cleaning oven and induction hob providing fast heating, safety and energy efficiency.
The separate utility and boot room is a good size, with access to the back garden and round to the front of the house.
Upstairs the main bedroom has a renovated en-suite shower room with double shower, large basin and w.c., plus built-in wardrobe. The second bedroom is also a double room, while the third single bedroom is a lovely bright space with built in storage, currently used as an office.
The family bathroom has been beautifully refitted to create a luxurious, practical room. The tapless bath fills quickly and the power shower offers a perfect blast of hot water. The hard wood basin unit provides the final flourish.
There is plenty of storage throughout the house and everything has been maintained beautifully, making this house ‘as good as new’.
The back garden is mostly laid to lawn with wooden decking to capture the best of the day’s sun.
The front driveway can accommodate 3 cars and provides access to the garage and a secluded courtyard which captures the evening sun.
Burghfield Common is a warm community offering fantastic local services. Situated just four miles from Reading, there are strong transport links, city shopping and nightlife within easy reach.
Valley Road is perfectly located within a few minutes’ walk of all essential services including good schools, a Doctor’s surgery, pharmacy, a range of shops and a leisure centre with a swimming pool and gym. On the outskirts of the village there are popular country walks, a nature reserve, sailing lake and several country pubs serving great food.
It is testament to the strength of the community and local services that many residents of Valley Road and Burghfield Common have lived there for decades, enjoying an ever growing range of clubs and activities for all ages along with popular annual events.
The M4 junctions 11 and 12 are both 5 miles away.
Reading train station is 7 miles away with frequent direct trains to London with a journey time of 27 minutes to an hour.
Theale train station is 4 miles away, with direct trains to London with a journey time of 40 to 58 minutes.
Mortimer train station is 4 miles away, with direct trains to Reading and Basingstoke.
We moved here because the location and house were perfect for us. Burghfield has a thriving community and is large enough to have all the essential amenities. It is peaceful, but not isolated.
The house ticked all our boxes. I loved the wide hallway and landing, the extra space made the house immediately more welcoming than others we’d seen. I cook a lot, so wanted a good sized kitchen with enough space to welcome friends, but be able to close the door on the mess and smells and sit in a tranquil dining room to eat. We have large sofas which did not fit in any of the lounges we looked at before we saw this house! I really liked the bones of the house and its good proportions.
We wanted to upgrade the kitchen and bathrooms, so employed great designers to reconfigure and refit them. Now they’re perfect! I love my kitchen, having everything I need to hand, and plenty of surface space to work – cooking dinner is a pleasure not a chore. We use the shower room far more often than the family bathroom, so adding a large sink and double shower was really important. The bathroom was an indulgence but I love the space and the calm clean lines.
We’re part of a modern estate so being positioned on a hill increases the separation between the houses and means all the neighbours aren’t peering into each other’s gardens. Having a drive for two cars was also important, we even have space for visitors.
Commuting to work has been easy from here. Now I work from home I love being able to access everything I need on foot. Many of the local shopkeepers know me by name (and the service is excellent), I can go running through the woods, or swimming at the leisure centre. We also enjoy nights out in Reading which is only 20 minutes away.We like to entertain on weekends and really enjoy taking visitors to local attractions like the nature reserve at Hosehill, the roman town at Silchester, the Kennet & Avon canal, and the many country pubs which offer a fantastic range of excellent food.
There remains a sense of community in Burghfield, with plenty of opportunities to get as involved as you wish: the annual May Fayre, Boxcart Bash, Burghfest and Scarecrow trail are hugely popular. The number and quality of the local farm shops keeps increasing, as does the number of Burghfield artists participating in the Open Studios events.
I think we have the best of both worlds. A modern low maintenance home shielded from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet connected to our community and with easy access to the bright lights should we want it.