Dunsden, Reading, Oxfordshire, RG4

Guide price

Bedrooms: 8

The house dates to the 16th century with later additions. It is thought that the timber framed barn, now the old stable workshop, predatesthe house bearing the date 1576. Totalling just under 12,900 sq ft. Bishopsland presents myriad opportunities. The creation of a beautiful family home from this Elizabethan farmhouse/house, and/or the scope for a commercial development? The tall, typically Tudor, chimneys tower over the roofline with red brick walls, mellowed by centuries, providing the bones for a wonderfully

characterful family home. Elizabethan oak panelling, ancient beams, oak and quarry tiled floors, a huge fireplace to the drawing room and a beautiful galleried landing all still feature. The reception hall opens to the dual aspect drawing room with its large square bay window, fireplace and ancient oak panelled wall. The study is directly off. The dining room connects to the reception hall and to the kitchen and overlooks the pretty gardens. An inner corridor leads down to the rear hall where it opens to the main and secondary kitchens as well as to a covered porch outside, making for a pleasing flow to the ground floor rooms. Off the corridor is a walk in pantry and a bathroom. The large cellar is accessed from the reception hall. The main staircase from the reception hall rises to a lovely galleried landing, with exposed beams and far reaching views to the front and rear of the house. The principal bedroom has an en suite bathroom. There are four further bedrooms (one with a cloakroom) and two further bathrooms to this floor. A second staircase drops from the end of the landing to the rear hall by the kitchens. To the second floor is a sixth bedroom with a shower and a selfcontained

flat with two bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom.

The Stables

Provides 1,890 sq ft of space over three floors. Presently there is a large workshop, kitchenette, office and two cloakrooms to the ground floor, a sitting room, two bedrooms and shower room to the first and a snug to the second floor. The second and third floors have a vaulted ceiling with huge oak trusses and A-frames.

The Garage Workshop

Abuts The Bothy cottage and could be reinstated as a garage.

The Bothy

On the ground floor there is the workshop and kitchen, in total there are 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

The long barn

Has two cottages called East and West Barn to the rear of the three stores and log store. There is presently restricted access to the front of these cottages. However, access could be gained through the rear of the stores and log store.

Staddle Stone Cottages

Three bedsit cottages.

Old Cart Shed Cottage

Two bed cottage with small garden.


To the rear of the house is a pretty walled garden with mature trees and shrubs.


The paddocks lie to the north west side of the house and have stabling, a field shelter, tack room and hay barn

In all approximately 12 acres

Cottages are all presently let and will offer vacant possession on completion.


Bishopsland sits central within its 12 acres, on the threshold of The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, affording uninterrupted views across its land and gardens. It is ideally situated for easy access to national road, rail and airport links. Everyday shopping is well served by the beautiful and historic market town of Henley-on-Thames, under six miles away, with its weekly markets, supermarkets, pubs, restaurants, cafés and independent shops. Also home to the prestigious Leander Rowing Club, the town boasts two rowing clubs, a rugby club and two tennis clubs. Sonning Common, under two miles away, has three convenience stores, three pubs, a primary and secondary school, medical centre and dentist.


There is a wide choice of schools within easy reach including Shiplake College, St Mary's Prep School, Queen Anne's, Wellington College, Eton, Charterhouse, Marlborough College, Downe House, Harrow and Tudor Hall. Gillotts Academy School, just under five miles away, was rated outstanding by Ofsted in June 2023. There is also a primary and secondary school in Sonning Common.


In 1993 the present owners set up the Bishopsland Workshops. Converting two of the outbuildings, they designed and ran a highly regarded one-year residential silversmithing course, providing silversmiths and jewellers with design, technical and commercial experience. Since its inception, more than 270 students have taken advantage of the scheme. In 2023 the present owners were awarded a lifetime achievement award, in recognition of their considerable contribution to the art of silversmithing, by Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council.


Tenure: Freehold with vacant possession on completion.

Bishopsland Educational Trust is moving its headquarters by the end of August.

Local Authority

South Oxfordshire District Council

Council tax band

House - H

East Barn - D

West Barn - D

1 Staddle Barn - A

2 Staddle Barn - A

8 Staddle Barn - A

The Bothy - C

The Old Cart Shed - C

Services: All mains services connected

Gas central heating

Private Drainage

Internet/mobile reception - according to Ofcom, standard broadband is available at this property. There is likely to be mobile phone coverage across all networks.

Planning permission Restrictions: The occupancy and use of the converted buildings shall be restricted to persons studying or working at the Bishopsland workshops as run by the Bishopsland Educational Trust. In the event of that use ceasing, the use of the buildings shall be restricted to self catering holiday accommodation.

The adjoining landowner (Peppard Building Supplies) has recently submitted a full planning application for an area of hard standing, landscaping, sustainable drainage systems and associated infrastructure. Further details are availabe from Carter Jonas.

Date Code

Photographs taken February 2024 and brochure prepared March 2024

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