Sunday, 20 August 2017

Are you a ‘taxi service’ parent? New homes are nice and central

EVERY parent knows it is inevitable they will spend a sizeable amount of time ferrying their

EVERY parent knows it is inevitable they will spend a sizeable amount of time ferrying their children around to activities and friends’ houses — not to mention the school run.

While living in the countryside might be appealing, it is often not the most convenient solution for parents who don’t want to feel like a taxi service.

For families that want the ease of everything on their doorstep, Rotherfield Garth by Spitfire Bespoke Homes offers a select number of exclusive family properties within close reach of Henley town centre.

The average parent drives 3,000 miles ferrying their kids around every year according to a recent study by The Car People, which would equate to almost £15,000 in taxi fares.

This only intensifies as children reach their teenage years, when they have an active social life as well as activities and clubs.



Living within walking distance of amenities, shops and friends not only makes life easier for the parents, it means all members of the family can be less reliant on car travel and enjoy a better quality of life.

Situated in one of Henley’s most desirable residential areas, Rotherfield Garth is around one mile from the town centre, which can be easily reached on foot in around 15 minutes.

The development offers just three impressive five-bedroom detached residences featuring an outstanding specification for the discerning homebuyer.

With inspiration from Arts and Crafts architecture, the homes combine traditionally styled exteriors with modern luxury interiors, offering spacious family living accommodation.

Richard Page, sales and marketing Director of Spitfire Bespoke Homes, said: “Rather than seeking a substantial country house in acres of grounds, we are seeing an increasing number of families, particularly those with teenagers, who are looking for the best of two worlds — turn right for the golf club and open country, left for an easy walk into Henley town centre and everything it offers, including a number of excellent schools, so parents don’t need to worry about providing a personal taxi service.

“The beautiful homes are carefully thought out to suit the needs of modern living, with plenty of room for all members of the family to have their own space.”

The show home, Douglas House perfectly showcases Spitfire’s flair for stunning interiors, using classic materials sourced from specialists throughout Europe combined with the expertise of a renowned interior design company.

The expansive kitchen/breakfast/ family room extends from the front to the rear of the house and is sure to be the hub of family life.

It has a kitchen by Charles Yorke — including bespoke wood wall and floor cabinets, Italian granite work surfaces and central island unit.

Features include a free-standing range cooker and double-bowl butler sink with water softener and Quooker boiling tap.

Accessed by a grand entrance hall, the ground floor also includes formal living room with French doors leading to the garden and feature inglenook fireplace, and a separate dining room and study.

Upstairs the impressive master bedroom suite runs the length of the house, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a separate dressing room and luxurious en suite bathroom.

There are three further bedrooms on this level, one with dressing area and en suite bathroom and two with fitted wardrobes and en suite bath/shower rooms.

The top floor is home to the fifth bedroom and superior leisure suite or media room, which is the perfect teenage hangout.

Rotherfield Garth is a safe and peaceful place to bring up children, in a mature and leafy setting. Accessed via a dedicated private entrance road, each property has generous landscaped gardens and double or triple garage.

The homes have sophisticated intelligent technology with a simple interface that controls various aspects of the property, from music and TV entertainment to lighting control and intercom function.

Henley is an ideal town for family living, with its variety of independent and specialist shops, plenty of good cafés, restaurants, bars and riverside pubs, along with the famous annual regatta and music festival.

The immediate area has a number of excellent state and private schools, including Gillotts School, one of the UK’s top five state secondary schools.

Well regarded nearby independent schools include Rupert House School and St Mary’s School, while Badgemore Primary School was recently rated “outstanding” by Ofsted.

Henley railway station is less than a 15 minute walk from Rotherfield Garth, from where London Paddington can be reached in as little as 45 minutes.

Douglas House at Rotherfield Garth is on the market for £2,895,000. For more information and to register interest, call Knight Frank on (01491) 844900 or email henley@knightfrank.com



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