Swallowfield, Reading, RG7 1TG
A Listed family home in a glorious parkland setting with outbuildings and paddock.
Dovecote House is situated within the 25 acres of parkland belonging to Swallowfield Park on the edge of the village of Swallowfield. The village itself provides a village store, while comprehensive facilities can be found close by, including Reading, Basingstoke and Wokingham.
Swallowfield Park itself which is adjacent to Dovecote House is a 17th Century, Grade II* listed classical mansion dating back to 1678. It was designed by architect William Talman, better known for his design of Chatsworth House and a student of Sir Christopher Wren. Among the previous owners was Thomas 'Diamond' Pitt, great grandfather of former Prime Minister, William Pitt. It was purchased in 1820 by Sir Henry Russell in whose family it remained until 1965. In more recent times this wonderful building has been very tastefully converted into individual flats, yet still retains its period charm and original features.
Dovecote House was originally constructed as two barns and an impressive Dovecote from which it takes its name, for Swallowfield Park and its owners at the time. The property was converted approximately 35 years ago by the family of the current owners and overseen by renowned architect J.Sampson Lloyd who later went on to modify the Courtauld Institute and The Royal Society of Arts amongst other celebrated buildings.
Dovecote House is built of brick elevations under a clay tiled roof and boasts a wealth of well proportioned accommodation throughout. The house is accessed from a wide gravel driveway that separates the main house from the dovecote, barn, and the walled garden.
On the ground floor the principle rooms consist of a wonderful principle drawing room with double height ceiling and with views over the gardens, double aspect dining room, eat in kitchen, and a further sitting room. There is also a spacious hallway, cloak room and two double bedrooms and a bathroom.
On the first floor 3 further double bedrooms can be found along with a laundry room, family bathroom, and an en-suite bathroom to the principle bedroom. Finally, and accessed from an external staircase is an extremely large storage area within the eaves that subject to the necessary planning consents, could be converted into further accommodation.
There are very private and attractive gardens to the rear of the house and bordered by well established shrubs and hedges with views over the parkland beyond. To the front of the house there is a large barn that has recently been completely re-roofed and provides secure parking for at least 3 cars at one end, and an open store to the other. This may hold potential for conversion subject to the normal planning consents. Furthermore there is a well established walled garden, paddocks, an orchard and of course the dovecote itself.
- Sold in August 2013
- 3 reception rooms
- 3 bathrooms
- Open sided barn
- EPC rating = E