Plot a new future in home visited by young authors
WITH Henley Literary Festival due to start at the end of this month, this week’s featured property in Blounts Court Road, Sonning Common, has some real literary connections. Highclere is featured in Fair Girls And Grey Horses, Memories Of A Countryside Childhood by Josephine, Diana and Christine Pullein-Thompson.
The book is the collective autobiography of the children’s authors who, between them, wrote about 200 books, predominantly about horses.
When they moved to The Grove (a neighbouring property to Highclere), their Granny leased Highclere and lived there with their nanny who was no longer needed for the girls but who child-minded when required. On page 45 it reads: “She also invited us when Granny was in France to play in Highclere’s huge empty attic”, while on page 48 it continues: “His creeper-clad cottage was the other side of a gate to Spring Wood and only a few yards from Granny’s house but, whereas Highclere was light and charming with pretty furniture and lots of white paint, poor Mr Shea’s cottage was dark, damp and cheerless.”
Highclere is a beautiful family home, which has been renovated by the current owners to provided flexible living accommodation across four floors. The property retains many character features to include sash windows, high ceilings and feature fireplaces.
There are two front reception rooms, both with pretty fireplaces and bay windows. The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a range of floor and wall mounted units with integrated appliances. There is also a boot room and cloakroom.