Warm and friendly village is a magical place to live
FANCY a change from Henley that’s still on the Thames, with shops and a train station?
FANCY a change from Henley that’s still on the Thames, with shops and a train station? Maybe it’s time to consider Shiplake.
The name Shiplake most likely means “stream where sheep are washed” — that is, “sheeplake” — although some say it was named after the final resting place of a Viking ship — “ship loss” — as the river was too shallow to navigate further.
The oldest part is said to be the 800-year-old church of St Peter and Paul, but the majority of homes are to be found close to the railway station in Lower Shiplake.
Shiplake resident Ana Mari Bull, who runs her well-respected garden design business from the village, said: “Shiplake is a magical place to live. There is a really warm, friendly atmosphere and the primary school and nursery are superb.”
Oliver Symons at the Henley branch of Ballards certainly agrees.
He said: “Shiplake continues to go from strength to strength and for many years has been one of the most desirable locations to live in in the local area.
“The combination of a solid community, schooling, good local pub, village shop and train station with links to London means demand for homes is always high and is continuing to climb despite tough market conditions elsewhere in the country.
“As a testament to constant demand, there are three new developments underway in Shiplake which Ballards will be offering shortly and interest is already being expressed off-plan.”
Meanwhile, Oliver’s current top three Shiplake choices are detailed on this page and page XXXI.
DUXFORD HOUSE, Â MILL ROAD
A DETACHED family-sized home that could be the last one you’ll ever need.
Mill Road is a long, quiet road that’s within walking distance of all the village has to offer, including the train station.
The house is elegant with large proportions and a big garden.