Can you guess the price?
This fresh-out-of-the-box beauty is in Pangbourne, Berks – a village that's catnip for commuters and parents seeking good schools. Can you guess the price?
Fancy snooping around another delicious des res? Just think of me as a less grumpy Kevin McCloud. This time we’re in pretty Pangbourne – a village with literary connections, that’s perfectly positioned for commuters. More precisely, we’re poking around The Allington, a fresh-out-of-the-box five-bed, four-bath home within walking distance of the river, train station (direct links to Oxford and London Paddington) and a cluster of chichi indie shops and pubs. The question is: can you guess the price? Let’s go in and have a poke around. Shoes off at the front door please, you with the muddy stilettos!
The extensive living space is a blank canvas of wooden floors and squishy carpet, and so light, bright and airy, I’m wearing my enormous sunnies indoors à la Anna Wintour. It combines open plan informality, with grown up zones to escape each other when it all gets too much.
Sitting in the stunning stunning open plan family space is a handcrafted, hand painted kitchen, with quartz stone worktops is seriously swish and comes complete with all the essentials – an under counter wine cooler. Imagine the parties you could have…
It opens out onto a sun terrace, where, if I lived here, I’d set up camp from April through to September. Glass of chilled rosé for the lady on the laptop please!
Upstairs there are five double bedrooms. Here’s the elegant master, another room that’s flooded with sunlight, a large en suite and a dressing room that would make Sarah Jessica Parker weep. Check out the private balcony too – somewhere to hide from the family, soak up some rays and do your best Eva Peron impression.
The bathrooms are kitted out with Villery & Bosch, although there’s no way my disgusting kids are getting anywhere near them – they can bathe in a bucket in the garden. And I haven’t mentioned the best bit? You get £25,000 to create your own incentives package. You could put it towards boring stuff like stamp duty, moving and legals fees, or get creative and spend spend spend on cool interior design or additional landscaping to make this home all about you.
So how much do we think this beauty is going for? I’ll adjourn to the kitchen terrace with my rosé while you have a ponder. Actually – spoiler alert – you can find out here, and book in for a viewing should you fancy it.
Haslams estate agents, 159 Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1HE