Saturday, 19 August 2017

Where the old meets the new

THE Cottage in Pheasant’s Hill in Hambleden is a beautiful home occupying a commanding position, in rolling Chilterns countryside and

THE Cottage in Pheasant’s Hill in Hambleden is a beautiful home occupying a commanding position, in rolling Chilterns countryside and overlooking the glorious Hambleden Valley.

The Cottage lies at the edge of the village, just over half a mile from the village centre and occupying an elevated position with stunning gardens ranging up the hillside with access on to woodland beyond.

The property offers a heady mix of character charm coupled with stylish modern finishes — offering just enough “quirk” without compromising on comfort.

Aside from the architectural interest and beautiful setting, the property offers remarkably generous and comfortable accommodation including a reception hall with wood-burner leading to the office. A wine cellar is also accessed from the reception hall, hinting at the property’s former life as an inn.

At the rear is a thoughtfully-designed utility/laundry and second kitchen with access to the garden — ideal for entertaining and al fresco dining. A cloakroom is also accessed from this area, with steps leading down to the stunning kitchen and glazed dining area. For more formal occasions, there is a separate dining room with feature fireplace, and the principal reception room runs the full depth of the property, with a fireplace and wood-burning stove and patio doors leading to the rear. A bright and spacious lobby leads through to the cinema/games room which in turn leads directly through to a double garage with remotely operated up-and-over doors and a bank of fitted storage units.

The property has been greatly improved by the current owners during their 17-year tenure, with highlights including the superb kitchen that has been extended with a fully-glazed dining area, leading to a private, brick-and-flint walled patio.

There is an intriguing subterranean cinema/games room offering a spacious evening retreat, with access directly to the double garage.

Elsewhere, the master suite offers fine views over the valley to the front, with an impressive ensuite bath and shower room leading to the dressing room. A small footbridge leads from the master suite to a lawned sunbathing area and garden, with the addition of a hot tub set in a private position in the perfect spot to enjoy the view over the property to the Hambleden Valley beyond. With pathways and terraces leading up the hillside, the garden has an almost Mediterranean feel with a number of entertaining and lounging areas, each providing a fresh aspect of the house and the glorious surrounding countryside.

An oak staircase leads up to a spacious landing, with skylight above. A generous guest bedroom lies at the rear of the property, with two further double bedrooms at the front of the property, all serviced by a smartly-presented family bathroom.

The master suite is beautifully finished with an ensuite bathroom with stylish roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle, plus his-and-hers basins either side of the window. The dressing room offers two banks of fitted cupboards, and could easily be utilised as a fifth double bedroom.

There is also a terraced garden, double garage and parking.

The property is available through Davis Tate for a guide price of £2 million. For more details, call (01491) 412345.

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