A HOUSE in Wargrave proved to be the perfect combination for Mark and Emma Smith. When they moved in 10 years ago the property’s age, size, style and location were exactly what they were looking for.
Now after a decade of family life, they are ready to move on to the next chapter and their “perfect family home” is waiting for someone else to fall in love with it.
Gladdy House is a charming Grade-II listed property, believed to date back to the 1600s. It is reputedly called the Gladdy House because it was believed to have been in the ownership of the same family for about 300 years.
Having raised two girls in the house who are now approaching teenage-hood, Mark and Emma are looking to relocate to Henley town centre. While their home has tremendous character including some exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, antique tiles and beautiful stone fireplaces, a contemporary decorative twist has been brought to the interior to show it off at its best.
Emma said: “We have loved living here. We extended the kitchen and have decorated throughout. We moved here from London and the storage space was amazing — there were so many more cupboards.”
There was a lean-to extension with a corrugated roof which the couple took down and replaced with an orangerie-style glass atrium.
“It really did transform the kitchen/breakfast room which is my favourite room and the hub of the home,” said Emma. “It really lets lots of natural light flood in and even on a dull day it feels light and bright.”
The large family kitchen/breakfast room has limestone flooring and a gas Aga, with a fitted Mark Wilkinson kitchen with a combination of Neff, Miele and Siemens appliances.
The internal accommodation comprises about 4,077 sq ft and includes a master bedroom suite, five further bedrooms, a family bathroom, a reception hall, sitting room, dining room, study/library and family room as well as the large kitchen/breakfast room.
The Gladdy House has a private walled rear garden, principally facing west and south. There is a courtyard garden accessed from the family room with a magnolia grandiflora and ornamental pond separated from the main garden by yew hedging and a brick path, which leads to a flagstone-and-brick terrace in front of the kitchen/breakfast room.
Beyond, the gardens are principally lawned and shielded by a brick-and-flint wall. There is an additional circular terrace providing an alfresco dining area.
The discreet drive approach is down the side of the Woodclyffe Hall to private access providing plenty of parking and turning in front of the three-bay barn/carport with storage to the side.
Emma added that they will be very sorry to leave the village.
She said: “It is a lovely village right next to the River Thames with good schools, the station within walking distance and lots going on like the Wargrave Regatta — but we won’t be going too far so we can still benefit from all it has to offer.”
Nick Warner, a director of Savills in Henley and who is handling the sale, comments: “The Gladdy House is one of those rare opportunities for purchasers.
“Not only a home with a tremendous and genuine amount of period features but one which is located in the very heart of one of Berkshire’s most sought after villages.
“The internal and external character which promotes the very best of idyllic historic living is superbly complemented by a layout and quality which perfectly lends itself to modern day family life and values.”
The property is available through Savills. For more details or to book a viewing call (01491) 843000.