Tidmarsh Mill House For Sale

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Tidmarsh Mill House For Sale

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May 11, 2011, 2:03pm

Thought I might share this just in case someone here my buy it and invite me to stay for a holiday :)


May 11, 2011, 3:17pm

I'll buy two lottery tickets tonight! You would be welcome to visit were I to buy it - I could run the 'Bloomsbury Group and their friends' soiree's there every year!

May 11, 2011, 3:20pm

"formally the home of Lytton Strachey" Sic!


May 11, 2011, 5:06pm

Yes.. that work wonderfully Caroline! , a room of ones own if at all possible? ..or a least a Room with a view? .. :)

Oct 29, 2011, 4:57am

Who knows when next the property will be put up for sale and described quite so thoroughly as this:

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Goring-on Thames, 4-5 High Street, Goring-on Thames, Near Reading, Oxfordshire, RG8 9AT
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An historic Mill House, of excellent proportions and character, dating back to around 1600 and listed Grade II as being of significant architectural interest, in a delightful setting within a small village of ancient origins, some 6 miles west of Reading.


Believed to have Saxon origins, the small village of Tidmarsh lies astride the A340 Pangbourne to Theale road and is very conveniently located just to the west of Reading in delightful open countryside. The River Pang flows through the village along the east side from its source high up in the Berkshire Downlands, on its way to meet the Thames at Pangbourne and historically the long straight road between Pangbourne and Theale is attributed to the Romans being a direct route from Silchester (Calleva) to the nearest crossing point on the Thames.

The Parish Church of Saint Laurence has Norman origins notably with a superb carved doorway and one of the few apses found in the County, The 12th century Greyhound Inn, which has been serving ale since 1625, is of cruck timber frame construction with a thatched roof which sweeps down almost to the ground at the rear. In the centre of the village is the Millennium Recreation Ground. The countryside surrounding the village is particularly scenic and designated an area of �‘Outstanding Natural Beauty�’.

There are excellent road links to the M4 motorway and Reading and for rail commuters there are mainline stations at Pangbourne and Theale providing excellent services to Reading and London (Paddington). The area is also well served by state and private schools including a highly regarded primary school at nearby Englefield.

The Property

Whilst the present Mill House dates back to around 1600, the Mill itself is believed to actually date back to the thirteenth century when under the control of the Abbot of Reading, but may even have origins in Roman times. The Mill was still being used as a flour mill in the 1930�’s.

Between 1917 and 1924 the distinguished author and biographer, Lytton Strachey, widely known for his critical book, Eminent Victorians, lived at the property with the artist Dora Carrington and it became a meeting place for members of the influential Bloomsbury Set. Visiting guests included the famous author

Virginia Woolf and her artist sister Vanessa Bell, the artist Duncan Grant, the author E. M. Forster and the economist John Maynard Keynes amongst others.

The present owners have carried out extensive restoration and refurbishment with great care taken to maintain and improve the property�’s authentic character, origins and integrity including the working mill wheel which can now be seen behind a protective glazed surround. Matching replacement solid oak-framed windows matching an original design have been fitted and a luxury custom-designed Mark Wilkinson kitchen/breakfast room has been fitted with granite work surfaces, a range of built in equipment and an Aga.

Throughout the mainly beamed accommodation reflects the history as well as the architectural design and craft skills of the last 500 years to provide a house of immense character with authentic period features restored in a glorious riverside setting.




Under pitched tile roof with supporting oak timbers on brick side walls, and with bricked floor.


Leading through into the Drawing Room.


An immediately striking room with heavily beamed ceiling and Inglenook fireplace. Limestone tiled floor with underfloor heating.


With built-in cupboards for Cloaks and general storage. Turning staircase leading to first floor.


Superbly fitted Mark Wilkinson designed kitchen with hand painted �‘Shaker�’ style wall and floor units incorporating decorative features. Oil fired Aga, granite work surfaces and a range of built-in equipment comprising Miele split level combination double oven and ceramic induction hob. Further Miele integrated equipment of fridge freezer and dishwasher. Limestone tiled floor with underfloor heating. Heavily beamed ceiling. Oak door opens onto south facing


Extensively fitted with matching wall and floor units providing good cupboard and drawer storage with ceramic topped work surfaces and ceramic 1½ bowl sink unit. Further integrated equipment comprising fridge and freezer and beamed ceiling.


Chimney breast with fireplace recess. Door to secondary staircase leading to first floor. Built-in Understairs Cupboard. Corner fireplace with carved surround and cast inset, hearth and grate.

and garden.


White suite of basin and W.C. Ceramic fully tiled walls and floor.


Impressive room with heavily beamed ceiling. Inglenook style fireplace with cast log burning stove. Painted wall panelling. Further wide staircase at end of room leading to the rear wing of accommodation. Mahogany floorboards.


A particularly generous sized room with the original working wheels of the Mill exposed behind oak framed glazed partition windows with strategic lighting. Polished woodblock flooring. Exposed structural beams.


With Belfast stone sink. Inner door to Boiler Room.


Housing the oil fired floor boiler and insulated hot water cylinder.



Turning staircase at one end leading up to second floor.


A spacious double aspect room.



Well appointed with free standing cast bath with rounded end, bidet, low level W.C. and twin heritage ceramic basins with connecting ceramic tiled work surface and range of fitted cupboards under. Painted wooden panelled walls.


Door to built-in heated Linen Cupboard. Range of built-in Wardrobes (2 double and 1 single) along one side of the room with mirrored doors and separate storage above.


White suite of pedestal wash hand basin and low level W.C. Separate shower cubicle fully tiled walls and floor.


Mosaic patterned tiled floor and walls and with extra large shower cubicle.


Beautifully fitted with period style white suite comprising rounded end free standing cast bath, pedestal wash hand basin, bidet and low level W.C. Fully tiled walls and floor.


Approached from main landing and secondary staircase from Sitting Room.


Structural ceiling beams.


Period style suite with free standing rounded cast bath with claw feet, Sanitan pedestal wash hand basin, bidet and low level W.C. Ceramic tiled floor and half wall tiling around bath and basin. Exposed beams.


Built-in Wardrobe Cupboard and structural ceiling beam. Connecting door to small landing approached by wide staircase from the Dining Room.



A magnificent room with vaulted ceiling revealing structural timbers and with hardwood floorboards. At the further end of the room is an Inglenook style fireplace with wide hearth and bressemer beam. Oak framed French door opens onto Balcony Terrace with winding brick steps leading down to ground floor level allowing this part of the house to be separately accessed.


Approached by turning staircase from the main central landing.


With fitted Wardrobe Cupboards and clothes storage and inset wash hand basin in vanity top with cupboards under. This room leads through to a further suite of rooms comprising:-


With beamed ceiling scaling on each side, connecting door through to Bedroom 5.


With separate Dressing Area. Similarly with vaulted ceiling revealing original timbers.


Located just off Mill Lane is a wide splayed walled entrance with heavy wrought iron security controlled gates opening onto a gravelled drive and courtyard which sweeps down to the house. Flanking the drive is an impressive lawned garden with colourful beds and borders, low box hedges and specimen shrubs. The frontage along Mill Lane is walled for added protection and privacy.

Fronting onto the courtyard area is a detached triple Garage having three entrance doors, fitted light and power and useful loft storage. Located to the west of the garaging is a period style Outbuilding/Workshop.

The principal gardens lie to the south of the property and are mainly lawned with tall evergreen clipped hedges providing shelter and privacy. Cutting through the garden on the eastern side is the mill stream being diverted from the main River Pang which flows to the east of the property. A rustic bridge at one end gives access on to a further area of lawned and willow tree fringed garden.

Further range of timber Store Sheds.

Approached off Mill Lane at the opposite end of the frontage is an additional vehicular access opening onto a large tarmacadam parking area at the rear of which there is high close boarded fencing between tall brick piers having central double doors opening into a flat roofed Workshop/Boat Store. Adjacent is an aluminium framed Greenhouse.

On the sheltered south eastern side of the property there are pavior terraces which take advantage of the sheltered aspect over the garden and are ideally suited for alfresco dining and entertaining.

Fishing rights also go with the property.

In all the gardens and grounds extend to

1.36 acres


Mains water, electricity and drainage are connected to the property. Central heating and domestic hot water from oil fired floor boiler located in the Boiler Room. Secondary hot water supply from immersion heater. Oil fired Aga for cooking with separate Miele electric double oven.

Local Authority

West Berkshire Council, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5LD

Tel: 01635 42400

Council Tax

Band: H

Current year�’s charges payable 10/11: £2,945.60

Edited: Oct 30, 2011, 4:15am

Thank you for posting this Rood! I loved reading all of the particulars about the house. I have read of this house many times but nothing with such minute details. Fabulous. It sounds as if a lot of work and $$ has gone into the house. I do hope that when it sells the people who make the purchase absolutely love it.