Sunday, 17 December 2017

Country property is ideal home for raising a family

HAMPTONS Henley office, together with Manorgrove Homes, is launching a new development in Nettledbed this weekend with a special open

HAMPTONS Henley office, together with Manorgrove Homes, is launching a new development in Nettledbed this weekend with a special open day.

Woodland Place in Watlington, pictured above, offers six two- and three- bedroom cottage-style homes in a rural setting. The open day runs from 10am to 4pm with house prices starting from £334,950.

The properties boast contemporary fitted kitchens with integrated Bosch appliances and include a stainless steel oven, hob and extractor hood, integrated dishwasher and fridge/freezer. There are ceramic tiles on the walls and floors with under-pelmet lighting.

They are fitted with contemporary skirting and architraves with white smooth finished ceilings throughout. The staircases are all bespoke and there are television and satellite points in the living rooms and all bedrooms.

All bathrooms are fitted with contemporary white sanitary ware including full tiling to the walls and floors with chrome taps and fittings throughout. There is a chrome thermostatic wall-mounted mixer shower to the bath or shower area as well as a shaver point with underfloor heating throughout the ground floor. There are French doors leading to patios area and gardens laid to lawn with dedicated parking areas.

Each home comes with the peace of mind of a 10-year NHBC warranty.

As part of the launch, Hamptons are looking to not only promote the properties but also to raise money for their chosen charity, Cancer Research. They are asking the public to guess the total number of bricks laid to build plots one to four at Woodland Place, Nettlebed and to donate at least £1 by calling into Hamptons Henley office with the entry form.

There will be three prizes for the first three correct answers pulled out of the box. First prize is dinner for two at The White Hart, Nettlebed, second prize is a luxury cut and blow dry at Dorata Hairdressers, Henley and third prize is a bottle of champagne.

The closing date for the competition is May 17. Simply fill out the form printed on this page and take it intothe Hamptons office in Henley.

A FINE, beautifully maintained five-bedroom family house in Martyns Close, Nuffield, is available through Robinson Sherston.

It became the family home for Alan and Dorothy Simmons 36 years ago after they fell in love with the location and the amount of natural light that flooded the property. Now, after raising their family there, they are looking to move closer to Henley and though they are looking for a property of similar proportions, they are hoping to downsize the garden a little.

Alan admitted it was his wife’s green fingers that were responsible for the stunning garden, while he prefers the green of the nearby golf course.

But he added: “We have lots of happy memories here. We have raised our three boys here and now have six grandchildren who enjoy coming over and spending time in the garden. It will be a wrench to leave — I think the children will find it particularly hard even though they have moved out and have their own homes now — but we are excited about the challenge of the future.”

Situated in a convenient semi-rural location adjoining Huntercombe Golf Club with grounds of just under two acres, it boasts southerly views over open countryside, a tennis court and well-landscaped gardens including a small beech copse. Martyns Close lies within an area of outstanding natural beauty and is surrounded by fine open countryside. The house benefits from due southerly views over its own gardens and open countryside.

This detached house was built in 1962 and was extended in 1987. The property has been the subject of careful maintenance and improvements including replacement hardwood double-glazed window frames, a new oil-fired condensing boiler and an upgraded kitchen with marble work surfaces.

“A lot of the refurbishment has been done in recent years,” said Alan. “Because it is not a period property it would not be right to force character feature into it so we opted for quite a modern, contemporary feel to reflect the style of the house.”

It was Dorothy’s eye for design that influenced the interior of the home. Originally a teacher at Nettlebed School, she left to bring up the children before studying art history and is today still involved with Nettlebed School in her role as a governor.

The bathrooms and shower room have all been the subject of considerable expense and contain modern luxury suites and under-floor heating. The configuration of the first floor lends itself to a one-bedroom annexe, with a shower room, sitting room and separate staircase. Solar panels supplement the electricity supply, currently making a saving of around £1,300 per year. Another major attraction of the house is its large windows, which have a due south aspect making it a particularly light and sunny property.

The couple installed the tennis court some years ago and the family have enjoyed many friendly tennis tournaments over the years. And Martyn, who worked in the food industry for Mars in Slough for many years before setting up his own business producing sauces, feels it would be lovely to have a family living at the property once again.

The accommodation includes an entrance porch which leads to a reception hall featuring teak flooring and matching display cupboards with the staircase turning up to the first floor. There is also an inner hallway with coat cupboard and additional storage and a cloakroom.

A double-aspect study also provides access to the patio while the drawing room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and a door to the south-facing patio. There is an open fireplace with slate surround and hearth and Adams-style carved over-mantle. The dining room has a large bay window with concealed radiators and a further door to the patio.

The kitchen/breakfast room boasts a range of contemporary floor and wall units with marble work surfaces, incorporating a sink unit with waste disposal unit, mixer tap and purified water tap. There is a Bosch double electric oven incorporating a grill and Bosch microwave over. A central island unit incorporating a halogen four-ring electric hob with extractor hood and light over also has plumbing for a dishwasher and space for a fridge.

The family room has an attractive bay window with a southerly aspect overlooking the patio and features a recessed wood-burning stove set in a granite fire surround.

On the first floor is a galleried landing and large picture window leading to the master bedroom which has a double aspect with far-reaching views and a luxury en-suite bathroom. There are four further bedrooms and two bathrooms.

A pea shingle drive leads to a parking and turning area, the garage and front door. The gardens are a particularly attractive feature of the property and amount to 1.72 acres. The house enjoys a southerly aspect over the sculptured lawn and mature beech hedging to open fields. There is a beech copse and a hard tennis court with an ornamental pond and gazebo. The house also has the benefit of a large terrace surrounding the south side, with a separate hexagonal summerhouse and dwarf box hedging. The gardens have interspersed shrubs, flower borders and mature trees.

The property is available through Robinson Sherston for a guide price of £1,850,000. For more details, call (01491) 411911.

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