PARKWOOD in Stonor is a charming Grade II-listed cottage — but that has not always been the case. The property, which has been renovated and extended by the current owner, was bought in December 2000 by Inge Edwards who saw the potential to create a stunning home from what was then a derelict wreck.
Inge said: “I had driven past it a number of times on my way to visit a friend in Yattendon and thought it would make a lovely home. Then one day I went past and there was a for sale sign up — I just felt it was meant to be.”
But this was certainly not her first project. It had become a bit of a joke in her circle of friends that she only bought properties that were all but falling down. Having completed homes in High Wycombe and Booker, the fact that it had no running water and only one toilet that was outside did not faze her one bit.
“It was in such a state of disrepair, I wanted to save it and bring it back to life,” she said.
Although the property came with planning permission, Inge decided it did not do the cottage justice so she embarked on a three-year journey with the local planners, determined to secure her vision. Once approved, she said she was very lucky having established a group of craftsmen she could rely on. “They just seemed to come to me with the same desire to breath life back into the cottage, and having worked with them before we had a great respect for each other.”