Sunday, 22 October 2017

Bijou apartment that has been lovingly restored

A GEM of an opportunity has come about as a flat in Henley has come to the market.

A GEM of an opportunity has come about as a flat in Henley has come to the market.

There is a rare opportunity to purchase the freehold of a Grade II listed property comprising a two/three bedroom apartment, with a retail unit underneath.

The property is believed to date from the 15th century and was formerly part of the Bear Inn.

Builder Tom Job told the Standard the property belonged to his mother who had purchased the building around 20 years ago.

“The flat always only had access through the shop, so last year when the lease came to an end we decided to convert it to have its own independent entrance,” he said.

There is now a very smartly presented and spacious apartment, featuring beautiful beams and vaulted ceilings, with the retail unit — currently housing a hairdressing salon — underneath.

Tom, who did all the work himself, said: “The location is amazing. There are very few apartments like this in such a great location. To have all the amenities of Henley right on your doorstep plus the river just a stone’s throw away has got to be a huge bonus.”

As the property is Grade II listed, Tom had to satisfy a lot of regulations with the conversion.

“We had to jump through a lot of hoops during the refurbishment process but I think it has been worth it. To lose those features would be sacrilege. There were specifications laid down on every aspect such as replacing the windows and providing access with inspections at regular intervals. But I wanted to maintain the feel of the property and retain the character features for future generations. We changed as little as possible while updating it for modern living.”

The property has been decorated using a neutral palette that enhances and makes the most of the original beams.

Tom added: “It won’t be to everyone’s taste — it’s quite quirky with wonky walls and floors — but I think that’s its appeal.”

The property is available through Davis Tate for a guide price of £500,000. Call (01491) 412345.

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