MANY of us, I am sure, have dreamt of building the perfect house or of buying a house in the ideal location.
This week we feature that elusive double — a house in the perfect setting and a plot on which to build your dream home, both of which are in Whistley Green near Twyford.
On the market for the first time since being built in the Twenties is Whistley Bridge House, designed by acclaimed architect Basil Slade, the original architect of 1 Birdcage Walk Chelsea, the headquarters of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
Whistley Bridge House, in Whistley Green, occupies an idyllic location on the banks of the River Loddon and comes with 150ft of river frontage.
Its situation, on a quiet lane, is deceptively rural as the transport and shopping facilities of Twyford are only 1.5 miles away. This unique home offers a wealth of character, with accommodation arranged over three floors.
To the ground floor there is a kitchen/breakfast room fitted with a range of units and an AGA. An archway leads to the dining room, with doors out to the side garden.
On the first floor there is a sitting room boasting elm wood boarding to the walls and a feature fireplace with wood burning stove. Double doors open on to a balcony overlooking the river. There is also a study area, bedroom and bathroom.
On the second floor there are two further bedrooms and a bathroom.
The gardens surround the property, measuring just under a quarter of an acre and are mainly laid to lawn, with a number of mature trees and shrubs providing a great deal of privacy.
The property enjoys approximately 150 feet of river frontage on to the River Loddon. There is also an outbuilding with power and light, ideal for storage, and a driveway providing off-street parking.
The property is available through Savills for a guide price of £795,000. For more details, call (01491) 843001.
Also available in Whistley Green is a stunning lakeside plot of approximately 2.7 acres with outline planning permission.
Surrounded by an abun-dance of flora and fauna and with superb views over the adjoining lake, Whistley Bridge Field is a well-established lakeside building plot.
It would provide the perfect backdrop to create one’s dream home in a peaceful waterside environment, while being within easy reach of Twyford mainline railway station just over one mile away, providing swift access to London.
The development site currently comprises a detached dwelling as well as a number of outbuildings of various sizes.
Outline planning permission has been granted by Wokingham Borough Council for a detached house of approximately 5,100 square feet, with the consent also allowing for assorted leisure facilities.
Mr Richard Wheeler is selling the plot on behalf of his family after they inherited it many years ago from their parents. He said: “The existing property was built in the Sixties and has been added to over the years. It really is a dream location in which someone can fulfil their ambition of creating the perfect home that is proportionate to the plot and appropriate to the surroundings.”
He added that the appeal is that while the land has outline permission, the new owners can satisfy their creative needs by designing a home to their own specifications — but he added that he hoped they would do so to make the most of the flora and fauna.
“It is a very tranquil spot, perfect for nature lovers. The lake is a haven for wildlife and birds — you really can be at one with nature.”
The plot is on the market for offers around £1.7 million. For more details, contact Mr Wheeler on 01239 821286.