THIS modern three-bedroom detached house — one of only 80 in the private grounds of majestic Wyfold Court — comes with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as three decent-sized living areas, writes Lucy Boon.
If you like classic Georgian style, this will really suit you. Expect stone fireplaces, high ceilings and neoclassical columns galore.
Being part of the estate, residents have the use of the private tennis courts as well as the orchard, woodland and extensive parkland.
The property has been maintained to an exceptional standard and there have been many improvements including a new kitchen three years ago and a very recent inclusion of BT fibre, with cat5 cabling installed in various rooms.
The owners also converted part of the garage to create an excellent additional reception room and utility room, still leaving a very generously sized garage with plenty of storage.
Ultimately, this is a very comfortable, easy house to move in to and to maintain.
“When we walked through the front door for the first time we were struck by the sense of character and spaciousness that the high ceilings engender,” say the current owners.
“Arriving through the entrance to Hazel Grove and seeing the houses neatly spaced around the green gave a feeling of comfort and security that have never gone away.
“When you first enter the estate down Lime Avenue and instinctively look out for the resident herd of deer, to the moment the trees give way to the meadow both sides of the road, one feels a distinct feeling of pride to be a part-owner of such lovely countryside.”
The owners are a retired couple whose children have left home, although they told Standard Property that they often had them to stay with their grandchildren, who enjoy the wildlife encountered while walking around the estate.
They will be downsizing and hope to move to nearby Sonning Common, which has a good range of shops and amenities.
They’ve enjoyed their last summer at the house, making the most of the tranquil woodland-backed garden.
“But we’ll miss the living room this coming winter,” they admit. “It has a cosy feel when the fire is on.
“We will also miss the wonderful camaraderie in our cul-de-sac. We are all on good terms with our neighbours who range from families with young children to retirees.
“We’ll also miss the opportunity to walk from our front door across our meadow to the tennis courts and the orchard and to see into the far distance without a building in sight.”
AT A GLANCE
31 Hazel Grove, Kingwood (15 minutes’ drive from Henley)
• Bedrooms: three
• Bathrooms: two (one en suite)
• Reception rooms: three
• Other: downstairs WC, utility room and cloakroom, garage, driveway with lots of parking, landscaped gardens to both the front and rear, situated on the Wyfold Estate so use of 180 acres of communal grounds, backing on to woodland
• Would suit: Those looking for an easy, comfortable choice and a smooth transition to their new home
Guide price: £895,000
62 ANCASTLE GREEN, HENLEY
THIS tucked-away gem is in desperate need of a makeover, if not a redesign, but it’s a fantastic choice for a great, central location that you can live in straight away, with the intention of a longer-term project that will add value, writes Lucy Boon.
With four bedrooms, and walking distance to Ofsted-rated “good” schools, it’s an ideal family house.
However, there is only one bathroom, so Standard Property would advise looking into the possibility of adding another via extending out over the garage — although the officious local residents’ society may have something to say about it.
The garden is not very big but the pay-off is that private communal green right outside.
The amount of downstairs living area is also smaller than you’d imagine for a Â link-detached house, but there’s always the option to “steal” part or all of the garage to increase the size of the liveable space — or even add a downstairs guest suite.
Another option is to do away with the internal kitchen wall and move the kitchen to the front of the house (you can see your kids playing as you wash up!).
Architects will have a field day, it’s fair to say.
Richard Jackson told Standard Property: “The house is vacant, so there’s no onward chain and it’s being sold for the first time in over 35 years, offering scope to improve and remodel internally.”
A diamond in the rough.
AT A GLANCE
62 Ancastle Green, Henley
• Bedrooms: four
• Bathrooms: one
• Reception rooms: two
• Other: Downstairs WC, garden, garage, greenhouse, shared ‘village green’, good views, needs updating so a nice project
• Would suit: young families looking for a family home in the town centre, close to schools, with parking and a ‘private’ communal green for kids to play on