À propos de Cricketers Lane, Warfield, Berkshire, RG42
A glorious family home set within about 5.5 acres of beautiful and tranquil grounds
Reception hall 3 Reception rooms Kitchen/breakfast room Utility room Master bedroom suite 4 Further bedrooms (2 en suite) Family bathroom Barn with reception room, bedroom and bathroom Formal gardens Orchard and woodland Brockdale Cottage is an exceptional period property which successfully combines the desirable lifestyle of ’The Good Life’ with an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable home and rural retreat.
The current owners have enjoyed running a highly successful supper club and microbrewery from the grounds at Brockdale Cottage.
Brockdale Cottage is primarily a family home which has been the subject of sympathetic refurbishment and extension, with additions including the garage block with accommodation above and the stunning barn annexe. The intent has been to create a picturesque and tranquil environment which merges idyllic country living using the land to provide produce and decoration, with the comforts for modern life. The result is welcoming, stylish and practical accommodation set within beautiful landscaped grounds which are, above all, functional and yielding, with a woodland, orchard, formal terraces and the vegetable garden all working together.
Set back at the end of the driveway flanked by hedgerows, the plot is private and its size and composition allows for home working, smallholding production the present owners keep bees, pigs, chickens and run a microbrewery and highly successful supper club using home-generated produce and family living.
The main house provides almost 2900 square feet of versatile and well-presented accommodation arranged over two floors. It is at once welcoming, with neutral tones and flowing living space as suited to entertaining as to informal family life. Of particular note is the Smallbone oak kitchen which has been fitted with two wide double Wolf ovens, a Sub Zero fridge freezer and further integral appliances suitable for catering, which opens to the breakfast area with views over the front and rear gardens. The drawing room is of elegant proportions with an open fireplace and leads through to the bright and airy family room with a triple aspect outlook over the delightful grounds. In addition there is a refined dining room, fitted utility room and cloakroom.
To the first floor are five bedrooms, including a master suite with a fully fitted dressing room and a luxurious en suite bathroom with Lefroy Brooks fittings including a freestanding bath and walk-in shower. The guest bedroom is particularly well-appointed and of good size, with a vaulted ceiling and en suite shower room. There are three further bedrooms (one with an en suite shower room) and a family bathroom.
Outbuildings: The Cottage benefits from a large parking area which leads to the garage block. This is a detached brick building with three garage/ workshop spaces and to the rear is a separate entrance leading through to a ground floor shower room and stairs to the first floor, a 19’ versatile space ideal for staff or as a games room.
The Barn was completed around 6 years ago and is a splendid timber building designed to complement the pleasing surroundings. The floor to ceiling windows and French doors create a garden room merging with the attractive terrace and surrounding landscaping, ideal for summer entertaining. There is also underfloor heating and a contemporary stove for cosy evenings in during the cooler months. The kitchen has been fully fitted with integral appliances and a spacious breakfast bar provides an informal desk/dining space. To the first floor is a stunning 27’ vaulted bedroom with wonderful views afforded over the grounds via the Juliet balcony and further windows. A luxurious en suite shower room completes this magnificent Barn annexe.
Outside: The grounds extend to some 5½ acres and have been carefully designed to be functional, private and particularly attractive, with thoughtful planting creating a year round tapestry of colour and purpose. For example, the avenue of crab apple trees yield spring blossom, both attractive and bee-friendly, later producing crab apples for homemade jelly and to supplement the pigs diet, with the cuttings used for decoration. This rhythm of working with nature continues throughout the grounds and there are numerous plants which are pollinating, hardy, edible, herbal or perfect for arrangements. The style of prairie planting rather than formal beds means that plant evolution is embraced, with the seasons providing a changing palette, peaking in late summer when everything is in glorious flower.
The formal walled kitchen garden features irrigated raised beds in pegged planters alongside a steel and glass hand-built greenhouse. Brazilian slate paths crisscross and continue beyond the walls, weaving through the curved flower borders to the double pond and the decked terrace surrounding the Barn. A further paved sun terrace spans the rear of Brockdale Cottage and is ideal for al fresco dining and relaxation and there are well-tended lawns to the front and rear of the main house.
Across the parking area is the woodland copse which boasts mature beech, oaks and pine trees. There are clearings with mature rhododendron and azalea bushes with carpets of snowdrops, bluebells or foxgloves according to the seasons. There is an orchard which yields apples, plums, quince, mulberry and figs amongst others.