4 bedroom House for sale: Purley Rise, Purley On Thames, Reading

  • reception rooms 2
  • bedrooms 4
  • bathrooms 2
Reference: 36869_13747445

Key Features

  • Character detached home
  • Convenient location
  • Elevated position with views
  • Dating back to 1600s
  • 4/5 bedrooms
  • 2 reception rooms
  • Potential for further improvement
  • Well stocked part-walled country gardens
  • 5 mins drive to Tilehurst station
  • 5 mins drive to Pangbourne shops and amenities


Detached character cottage with historical interest set in beautiful country gardens and with views over the Thames Valley to the Chiltern Hills. Dating back the the 1600s, and valuably unlisted, Lichfield Cottage is a 4/5 bedroom character home with potential for further improvement. Set in a convenient location, with easy access to transport links including 2 mainline rail stations within a 5 minute drive with fast access to London Paddington in around 45 mins.


Originally dating from the 1600s, Lichfield Cottage is a character detached property with an historical interest - the house was utilised as the village poor house in the 1800s and then the Purley Post Office up until 1955. Set in beautiful established country gardens and occupying an elevated position with views over the Thames Valley to the Chiltern Hills beyond, this is a lovely family home.

The property offers further potential for improvement and the current owners have had plans drawn up to convert part of the garage space into a large open plan kitchen/dining/family room with doors to the garden. Currently, the generous accommodation comprises porch, entrance hall, sitting room with doors to garden, dining room with fireplace and doors to garden, kitchen, pantry and utility room. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a large refitted en-suite shower room, as well as an interconnecting bedroom which is fitted with substantial storage and could be used as a dressing room or nursery. 3 further bedrooms and a characterful family bathroom. A balcony is accessed from the landing outside the master bedroom with separate access - these rooms were once used as separate accommodation and could be restored to that if desired.

Outside, the gardens are partly walled and on different levels with a sunny South Easterly aspect. Stocked with mature shrubs, trees and plants with plenty of space for children to play and explore. The double garage and boiler room offer plenty of storage space as well as a sink and workshop area. There garage has electric up and over doors, and the driveway can accommodate 3 cars.


Ground Floor

Entrance Hall
Sitting Room
Dining Room
Utility Room/Pantry

First Floor

Master Bedroom
Dressing Room/Bedroom 2
En-Suite Shower Room
Bedroom 3 Double
Bedroom 4 Double
Bedroom 5/Study
Family Bathroom
Balcony with separate entrance


Country Gardens
Double Garage
Driveway Parking


The property is set in a popular residential area within minutes walk of open countryside and within catchment for a very good primary school. Purley has a thriving and active community with two shops and a general store including Post Office within a short walk of the property. A monthly farmers market, history society, horticultural and sports clubs are available at the barn. The River Thames and Mapledurham lock are a short walk. Nearby Pangbourne village offers a wealth of shops, restaurants, pubs and other amenities. Major supermarkets are all within a 5-10 minute drive.

Schools Purley

Purley on Thames has two schools, an infants and primary school and Denefield Secondary school. Purley Primary Church of England Village school and Long Lane primary are highly regarded both with good OFSTED reports.

Transport Links

Regular frequent buses to Reading, Tilehurst and Pangbourne
5 mins drive to Tilehurst or Pangbourne mainline stations
45 mins drive to Heathrow
J12 M4 5 miles
Reading 4 miles, Pangbourne 1.5 miles, Oxford 31 miles

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Reference: 36869_13747445

Contact Agent

Patrick Williams
Tel: 01189 844444