Sunday, 20 August 2017

The perfect setting

BIRD Place Cottage occupies arguably the best riverside setting in Henley.

BIRD Place Cottage occupies arguably the best riverside setting in Henley.

Protected by the Henley Royal Regatta headquarters on its northern boundary, it sits within 200 yards of Henley Bridge and with a wonderful westerly outlook across the Thames towards the historic town.

The station and all the principal shops and outlets of Henley are within walking distance, and it also has access to the Thames towpath.

For making the best of the Henley Royal Regatta and the internationally renowned Henley Festival, the River and Rowing Museum and all that Henley has to offer, particularly in the summer, it is a fantastic setting.

The cottage is a historic Grade II listed house dating from the late 17th century, of which its timber framed and brick elevations, painted black and white, are typical. The house has not been previously sold for approaching 100 years, and the current owner has certainly been in residence at the property for 80 years.

It is presented for sale in original condition and thus presents a fantastic opportunity to sympathetically restore and refurbish internally this fantastic building.

Accommodation includes an entrance hall, downstairs cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, butler’s pantry, kitchen and breakfast room, first-floor landing, five bedrooms, a family bathroom and separate cloakroom. There are also outhouses and a timber garage.

The beautiful and part-enclosed riverside garden has a very good southerly aspect and principally faces west across the river, shielded in the summer by a mature weeping willow tree, affording good privacy.

The dry boathouse has great potential for being a wet boathouse with storage (subject to planning permission and Environment Agency permission). There is plenty of room to increase the size of the single garage.

The lovely gardens are laid principally to lawn and with extensive 95ft frontage including the slip with the dry boathouse.

There is an attractive rose border and a raised terrace behind the dry boathouse looking south into the garden, the centre point of which is a magnificent magnolia tree.

The drive access is shared with Bird Place and one or two other cottages, and there is certainly potential to create greater parking.

The property is available through Savills at a guide price of £1.5m. For more details, call (01491) 843000.

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