HENLEY estate agents Ballards have a trio of properties to whet your appetite this week, all offering very different styles and locations.
Highfield House is a mature detached house, standing in landscaped private gardens of just under an acre. Originally built to an attractive design with Georgian-style windows, the property was extended and completely refurbished in 2010, and now combines both traditional and contemporary styles.
The high-specification interior boasts numerous features, including limestone flooring. There is a stunning, comprehensively fitted kitchen/breakfast room with two Miele ovens, and a central island unit with a five-ring gas hob set into granite worktops. The dining area opens onto the garden and terrace. There is also a large utility room with excellent appliances and further cloakroom.
The drawing room enjoys magnificent views over the garden with two pairs of French doors leading onto the terrace.
Planning permission was granted in 2009 for an orangery from here which would connect to both the family room and kitchen area — although this would need to be renewed.
In addition, there is a family room with custom-built cupboards and shelving providing ideal library and storage areas.
To the first floor is the master bedroom suite, two guest suites, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom. All the bathrooms and shower rooms are superbly fitted to a stylish design incorporating a stunning mixture of tiled and marble areas.
Approached via a sweeping gravelled driveway with a turning circle to the front, Highfield House is a fine example of a unique family home, presented to an exceptional standard.
There is a laurel hedge to the front of the house and to the rear the garden opens onto a considerable area of lawn, flanked on both sides by mature trees and hedging, providing privacy and seclusion.
Immediately to the rear boundary is open farmland.
The property is available through Ballards for a guide price of £2.45 million. For more details, call (01491) 411055.
The Old Stables is a substantial Grade II Listed converted barn, with many original features and the added benefit of a one-bedroom cottage in the grounds, situated in the hamlet of Christmas Common.
The accommodation is arranged off a central dining hall with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and wooden floor.
The drawing room has an attractive wood-burning stove and French doors leading to a raised, covered terrace, enjoying views of the south-facing grounds and open countryside beyond.
The kitchen/breakfast area has original exposed beams and direct access to the large utility room. The master bedroom suite with vaulted ceiling has built-in wardrobes and the en-suite bathroom has a separate walk-in shower.
Situated separately from the main house is a traditional flint cottage with large reception room and oak flooring, newly fitted shower room, stairs to a bedroom with ample eaves storage and a door leading to a study/dressing room, providing further accommodation.
The gardens are an attractive feature with different zones to take maximum advantage of both sun and shade. The property is approached via a five-bar gate leading into a substantial shingled parking area in the most picturesque of settings on the edge of the sought-after hamlet of Christmas Common, high in the Chilterns, and close to Henley and Watlington.
The property is available through Ballards for a guide price of £1.2 million. For more details, call (01491) 411055.
Blacksmiths Cottage is a delightful four-bedroom character cottage set on the edge of the exclusive Oakley Court development. The property has far-reaching views over open fields and benefits from recent modernisation and extension to include a spacious kitchen/breakfast room with separate utility area.
Upon entering the property the oak-floored hallway leads off on to the main reception room which retains original features such as beams and a large inglenook fireplace, as well as a spacious study/snug which again boasts beams and a characterful exposed brick wall.
Towards the end of the hallway is the large kitchen/breakfast room which includes tasteful, grey-tiled flooring with under-floor heating, fitted appliances, granite work tops, a separate utility area and a downstairs cloakroom. The kitchen also offers access to a small pantry/boot room which can be accessed from a side door.
The first floor has a master bedroom with dressing area and en-suite shower room, with two additional large double bedrooms which offer views over surrounding fields, a single bedroom and main bathroom.
To the front of the property is private parking for several vehicles as well as a delightful cottage-style garden. To the rear is a good-sized garden mainly laid to lawn with a patio terrace as well as separate garaging with room above which has potential for conversion, subject to planning permission.
The property is available through Ballards for a guide price of £695,000. For more details, call (01491) 411055.