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ORIGINALLY dating back to 1935, The Well House in Upper Basildon was built for a descendant of the composer Franz

ORIGINALLY dating back to 1935, The Well House in Upper Basildon was built for a descendant of the composer Franz Schubert, and was later occupied by the Bishop of Reading. Constructed of Basildon brick, the house has been well designed and extended over the years to create a generous family house with flexible living accommodation.

The entrance hall opens into the principal reception rooms. The dining room, to one side, has beautiful oak-panelled walls and an open fireplace, as well as vast windows overlooking the house frontage. The drawing room also benefits from the large windows and high ceilings, with a further open fireplace with marble surround, and doors into the conservatory. Beyond this is the south-westerly wing of the house, which comprises a study (which could serve as an additional bedroom), a sitting room, shower room and its own exterior door, should separate access be desired. To the other side of the house is the cloakroom, utility and kitchen/breakfast room, which enjoys beautiful views across the rear gardens.

A turning staircase leads to the first floor with a galleried landing. The master bedroom is generously proportioned with an abundance of fitted cupboards, as well as an ensuite with large shower, corner bath and twin sinks. There are three further bedrooms, two with fitted wardrobes, and a family bathroom to this floor. Easy access to the loft space provides a spacious, partially boarded storage area with a dormer window to the rear.

To the front of the house is a large, gravelled turning circle with the original well featured at the centre. Mature trees and hedging help to create this very private entrance with a double garage to one side and access down the side of the house leading to the rear of the property, ideal for garden machinery or equine transport access to the paddock. To the rear of the house is a beautifully maintained garden with a manicured lawn and box hedging creating a wonderful formal garden area. There is a workshop and barbecue area to one side, ideally positioned with a westerly aspect to take advantage of the evening sun. There is a stable block which has been cleverly converted into a games room and store, complete with kitchenette, which overlooks the tennis court. Beyond this lies the paddock with post-and-rail fencing, with an area of woodland leading up to the far boundary of the property.

The property is available through Strutt and Parker for a guide price of £1,750,000. For more details, call 0118 984 5757.

Vernow is a detached bungalow in almost half an acre occupying a lovely village setting in Brightwell Baldwin and presenting opportunities to remodel and extend, subject to planning consents The property is in an elevated position from the road behind an attractive garden and driveway with a garage lying alongside.

Although the property appears to be well-maintained there are opportunities to remodel and extend to provide family accommodation, subject to obtaining the necessary planning and building consents.

A further garden lies behind the property and this in turn leads to a paddock enclosed by post-and-rail fencing. A stable with tack room lies alongside.

There is a sitting room with open fireplace, a large open-plan kitchen/dining room, a conservatory, two bedrooms and bathroom.The property is approached via a concrete driveway flanked by an area of lawn. The driveway extends to the garage that lies alongside the bungalow.

The property is available through Robinson Sherston. For more details, call (01491) 614000.

Worleys Farm is an outstanding country house in an elevated position set in formal gardens and grounds above Henley.

Part of the house dates back to the 15th century, and the property has been extended since in a variety of architectural styles and materials. The elevations are a selection of glass, oak timbers, brick-and-flint, and plastered with infill panels of timber.

Worleys Farm has undergone a full refurbishment and the ground floor comprises a drawing room, winter and summer sitting rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, cinema/bedroom suite with shower room, larder, butler’s kitchen, plant room, WC, study, reception hall and back hall and loggia.

The first floor accommodation comprises the master bedroom suite with dressing room, three bedroom suites with showers and a further bedroom suite with bath.

Worleys Farm is complemented by beautiful formal gardens, undulating paddocks and stunning views. The grounds include a large barn, paddocks, seven loose boxes, office, an all weather tennis court, machinery store, double garage, garden store, vegetable, herb and cutting gardens, orchard and greenhouse.

The property is available through Savills for a guide price of £8 million. Contact (01491) 834600.

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