Friday, 20 October 2017

The adaptability of the annexe

MANY homes today benefit from self-contained annexes. Rather than moving in order to gain accommodation space, many people are opting

MANY homes today benefit from self-contained annexes. Rather than moving in order to gain accommodation space, many people are opting to increase their property’s footprint by building an extension to their existing home, converting an outbuilding such as a garage, or building a completely separate home within the existing grounds, all of which are of course subject to the usual local authority planning consents.

That said, homes that already have an annexe are highly-prized and desirable. With an ageing population, elderly parents can live close by for peace of mind while still benefiting from their own space. Older children without the funds to get on the property ladder themselves can have some independence while parents gain a little privacy.

Alternatively, an annexe can be used as an office or self-contained work space and with more and more people opting to work remotely from home this is an increasing trend. Whatever the reason for an annexe, it will always add value to a property — and probably your lifestyle too.

Crowsley Park Lodge is a lovely, versatile, four-bedroom family home with a one-bedroom cottage set in a wonderful position in Harpsden Bottom.

The property occupies a delightful position within the hamlet in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is set in delightful gardens, enjoying south-westerly views over paddocks and woods beyond.

Originally a two-bedroom cottage, the property has been extended by the current owner over the past 30 years resulting in a comfortable and flexible family home.

From the front hall, the principal accommodation on the ground floor can be accessed and one of the two staircases provides access to the bedrooms.

The main sitting room is light and airy with a woodburning stove, and French doors provide access to the patio and gardens, as well as lovely views. A study is found at the front of the property. The kitchen is fitted with a range of units and a window on to the front drive and another overlooking the garden. The dining room lies open to the kitchen with a central fireplace incorporating a wood burner and from here the utility and family room can be accessed. The latter includes a JetMaster open fire.

The second staircase of the house is found in the family room and leads to bedroom four. This room shares a bathroom with bedroom three, however, if required, can be closed off to make bedroom four a separate suite. From bedroom three, access to the landing and main staircase can be found as well as the family bathroom. The master bedroom has an ensuite shower room.

The Garden Cottage is a separate one-bedroom property within the gardens and offers a shower room and open-plan kitchen and sitting room. This annexed accommodation would suit those with older children or elderly relatives or could even be useful ancillary accommodation to the main house.

Crowsley Park Lodge is accessed via electric gates on to a paved parking area that leads to the oak-framed garage and carport. External steps lead to what is currently used as a store room, however, subject to relevant permissions this could make an ideal home office. The gardens of this property are a real feature and are planted with many wonderful flowers and trees.

A large patio area to the rear of the property allows one to enjoy south-westerly views over the paddock land and woods beyond. The Garden Cottage is also found adjacent to the parking area and overlooks the garden.

The property is available through Hamptons International at a guide price of £1.35m. For more details, call (01491) 572215.

Haileywood Lodge is a charming character family home set in impressive grounds with flexible accommodation including a detached, self-contained studio/annexe with WC which could be used as a granny annexe or separate accommodation for guests.

The house, built in the early part of the 20th century with rendered elevations under a clay tiled room, is very well-presented throughout and has a charming family atmosphere.

A generous kitchen/breakfast room leads to a separate utility room. The central hallway leads to a double-aspect sitting room on one side and a double-aspect dining room on the other. There is also a study.

The triple-aspect drawing room with open fireplace has doors leading out on to the garden. All the rooms offer superb entertaining space.

Upstairs the master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with four further bedrooms and two family bathrooms.

The fourth and fifth bedrooms could easily be used as a separate guest wing with its own bathroom. The property benefits from a high-speed satellite broadband service.

Haileywood Lodge is situated in private and established gardens on the popular Woodlands Road approximately two miles to the south of Henley.

The property is available for a guide price of £1.69m.

For more details, call Knight Frank on (01491) 844900 or Peers and Hilton on (01491) 411066.

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