Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Property show for foreign investors

PREMIER estate agent Hamptons International has announced that it will be launching an exclusive overseas property exhibition in April this

PREMIER estate agent Hamptons International has announced that it will be launching an exclusive overseas property exhibition in April this year showcasing a selection of UK properties to active buyers and investors in both Hong Kong and Dubai. The exhibition, known as the Collection, is a high-profile property event aimed at international purchasers looking to invest in residential re-sale and new build property in the UK. It takes some of the best property in London and across the South of the UK to the Middle and Far Eastern markets, where there are a high number of buyers actively interested in acquiring property in the UK.

The Collection allows interested purchasers the chance to view homes interactively. Bespoke audio and visual property-viewing tools are used to allow buyers to see the key features of each property first-hand, and experts from Hamptons International are on hand at the event, to talk through each property, and buying and letting in prime areas of London and the country.

In addition, the event is supported by a high-profile marketing campaign across the Far and Middle East, including national advertising, a dedicated micro-site and social media activity.

Marc Goldberg, head of sales at Hamptons International says: “Both Chinese and Middle Eastern buyers and investors form a large percentage of our international purchaser group and as such, the Collection is an opportunity to capitalise on the significant demand.

“April is a great time of year for the event as many purchasers from these markets visit the UK over the summer and the Collection is a good way to kick-start their decisions. With our agent experts on hand, Hamptons International is looking forward to offering both United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong locals a ‘one-stop-shop’ for property investment and advice.”

One local property featuring in the Collection is the Old Butcher’s Shop in Hambleden, a Grade II listed property dating back to the late 18th century and at one time the village butchers.

Today, the property stands as a fine, rarely available home in the heart of one of the most sought-after villages around Henley.

The Old Butcher’s Shop has been meticulously restored by the current owner whereby the original features blend seamlessly with the modern requirements of today. All the major works have been carried out in accordance with the National Trust Covenant, which stands to maintain the integrity of properties such as this.

Entering through the canopied porch a small lobby gives way to a study. It is beyond the study that the Old Butcher’s Shop comes into its own. This is a house that offers great flexibility. From the study the sitting room is found. Exposed beams and a large fireplace housing a wood-burning stove feature here and there is access to the drawing room, dining room and conservatory with the kitchen beyond.

The drawing room, with double aspect windows, one to the garden and the other to the village, gives plenty of natural light and again features exposed beams and a wood-burning stove. The dining room, formerly the butcher’s shop, retains many original features such as the marble serving slab in the front window, the hanging hooks and part of the wall exposes the brick and beam structure of the property. Beyond the dining room is a cloakroom and way through to the kitchen with vaulted ceiling. Underfloor heating features here as well as an electric Aga. Granite worktops, fitted units and cupboards give plenty of storage and there is the benefit of an electric oven and hob. To the far end of the kitchen are bi-folding glazed doors that lead on to the delightful garden. The conservatory holds commanding views of the garden and again allows access.

Upstairs, three double bedrooms and a family bathroom are found. Two of the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes, all have fireplaces and the master suite accommodates a bath and separate shower.

The delightfully secluded, south-facing cottage gardens offer interest throughout the year and have been painstakingly nurtured by the current owner. A path winds through the garden amongst the flower beds and from here one is able to look back on the house with Hambleden church beyond. The Old Butcher’s Shop has the rare benefit of off-street parking behind a gated entrance and a single garage with utility workshop is located here.

The greenhouse is attached to the garage and continuing along the path, the garden store is found and the garden cottage. This is a fabulous addition to The Old Butcher’s Shop and could have a variety of uses. It currently stands as a one-bedroom cottage offering a separate kitchen, bathroom, sitting room with wood-burning stove, vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. A galleried bedroom is accessed from the sitting room. The property is available through Hamptons at a guide price of £1,500,000. For more details, call (01491) 572215.

lThe Collection exhibition will take place in Hong Kong between April 19 and 21 at the British Consulate and in Dubai at the Address Hotel, Downtown between April 26 and 27. If you would like your property to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition, the brochure (which will be distributed to more than 85 branches) and audio/visual tours please speak to your local Hamptons International branch on (01491) 572215. For further information visit www. hamptons.co.uk

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