Crystal Lodge is a Grand Designs inspired, contemporary, modern country home, nestled in ancient woodlands and surrounded by the beautiful Bucklebury Common. This stunningly unique family home has accommodation arranged over three floors, where views across the grounds of over 8 acres and ancient woodland beyond can be privately enjoyed.
Crystal Lodge is accessed by a long-gravelled driveway surrounded by beautiful woodland, the house is very private and is approached through electric gates. The driveway provides plenty of parking in front of the 2 sets of double garages sitting opposite the entrance to the house with ornamental ponds either side of the front door.
Upon entering Crystal Lodge, the reception hall leads to an impressive, double height atrium and expansive open plan living area with stunning southerly views across the garden and beautiful woodland beyond. Youve never quite seen such a tranquil and unique sight from a living room before youve viewed Crystal Lodge where the views of the outside woodland almost become at one with the house through the masses of glass which wrap around the property. Crystal Lodge is affectionately referred to as The Glass House by locals and its easy to see why. Walking through the large glass sliding doors from the reception area youre immediately out onto the expanse of decking which surrounds the ground floor. This offers a partially covered relaxation space complete with BBQ area and plenty of room for outside dining, lounging or playing for the kids.
On the ground floor the kitchen adjoins the impressive reception area, which is laid out for a sitting room, dining room surrounded by glass and reading area where you can relax on Eames designer recliners* whilst looking out into the woodland beyond. If you want to impress your guests then you can surprise them with the lift to the lower ground floor! This is another really versatile, largely open plan space, currently laid out as a TV room, office and gym, with a separate luxury shower room and no less than two walk in wardrobes. This space is ideal for a gym workout, followed by a spa inspired shower before getting ready for the night out with your partner.
Upstairs, there are 5 bedrooms and three bathrooms. The principal bedroom and guest bedroom both have their own ensuite bathrooms. An incredible balcony wraps around most of the accommodation upstairs and allows the 3 main bedrooms direct access to the beautiful views of the woodland. Ideal for a small table and a couple of chairs to enjoy a morning coffee before tackling the day ahead.
Crystal Lodge nestles perfectly in its woodland plot, a large gravel driveway at the front and a garden laid to lawn at the back of the house, benefiting from a southerly aspect which is bathed in sun all day long. There are just over 8 acres in total, mostly woodland which surround the house on the east and south side. The current owners have acquired some of this woodland since there ownership, in addition to creating an incredible glamping area with a traditional yurt, accompanied by two additional buildings which house a kitchen and shower room. This glamping complex could be rented out for additional income should a new owner wish as it is set away from the main residence and is fully self-contained. There is also a separate garden office / beauty room which is extremely versatile and could be suitable for a variety of other uses.
The whole of the property has been designed to sympathetically make the most of its natural surroundings. The large ground floor deck and the 1st floor wrap around balcony allow the owners to fully enjoy the outside space at any time of day or night, and dont forget you have your own yurt glamping complex to enjoy if you want to feel like youre camping in the woods in the middle of nowhere!
Chapel Row, Bucklebury Common, West Berkshire
Crystal Lodge is situated close to the village of Chapel Row and the surrounding countryside is renowned for walking and riding. Within 15 minutes walking distance in the village itself there is an extremely popular, award winning gastropub/restaurant, The Bladebone, as well as the Blackbird Cafe and an interior design shop.
Stanford Dingley is the next village along, with a beautiful Saxon church and two public houses, The Old Boot and The Bull, both pubs offer exceptional food and a friendly inclusive atmosphere.
Bucklebury village is close by and has a primary school, parish church and acres of common land owned by the Bucklebury Estate.
Theale is a short distance away and provides a wider range of local facilities including a rail link to London Paddington within the hour, and there are extensive amenities in Reading and Newbury.
The M4 (J12) provides excellent access to the motorway network, London and its airports.
There is an excellent range of schools in the area including Elstree, Kennet School, St Finians (primary), Bucklebury (primary), Bradfield College, Downe House and Brockhurst & Marlston House.
• Mains water & electricity. Cess pit drainage. Underfloor heating is installed on the ground and first floors which can be controlled either manually or via a mobile phone app.
• Connection to Gigaclear ultra-fast fibre broadband is available at the property with speeds of up to 950Mbs/sec.
• Council tax Band G 2022/2023 £3,335.05
• Local authority: West Berkshire Council. Telephone 01635 551111
Postcode: RG7 6QB
Note. An area of woodland owned by the property is on long leasehold from Bucklebury Estates. There is a peppercorn rent of approximately £700 per annum. There are no footpaths across this land or the gardens which total approximately 8 acres in total.
Fixtures and fittings
*Only those fixed items mentioned in these sales particulars are included in the sale. All others, such as curtains, blinds, light fittings, garden ornaments, chairs, beds, poll table and other furniture etc., are specifically excluded but are likely to be made available by separate negotiation.