Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Georgian villa restored to traditional former glory

A REFURBISHED Georgian villa in Henley has just come to the market.

A REFURBISHED Georgian villa in Henley has just come to the market.

The property has been renovated by local developer Jamie Smith, with individual finishes such as walnut floors on the ground floor, a handmade kitchen and contemporary bathrooms.

Jamie said: “I was first attracted by the look of the property and its proportions — it stands tall and imposing over its surroundings. The property required total renovation and my aim was to preserve and enhance the property, bringing it back to its original glory.”

Through his company, Jamie has undertaken many similar projects locally including the old Post Office (Hilchoice) in Peppard.

Before Jamie took on the property it had been owned by the same family since 1937. It is thought the property was the original farmhouse of Newtown Farm — hence the name Farm Road where it is located — and was an important building in the community.

Jamie undertook a complete programme of renovations including a new roof, rewiring, replumbing, replastering, rendering, redecorating and installing new bathrooms and kitchen. The grounds and parking areas outside also underwent extensive work, including landscaping. An extension was also constructed under permitted development rights, so no planning permission was required.

Jamie said: “My original aim was to have the property ready for sale by September, but unfortunately bad weather at the beginning of the project delayed this by four to six weeks. We have retained many character features and I have also added features including fireplaces, plaster cornices and detailed joinery.”

The joinery work was undertaken by FJ Williams of Henley.

“All trades used on the project are local, many of whom have worked with me for many years, enabling us to produce a product everybody is proud to be associated with,” Jamie added.

The aim of the development was always to keep the traditional style of the property while adding quality features with a contemporary twist, for example the polished cast iron inserts in the fireplaces. The kitchen/reception room is the main hub of the property, a room with the proportions and layout to fulfil contemporary lifestyle requirements, it is drenched in natural light, giving a feeling of space.

Every effort has been made to sympathetically renovate the property, with skirting boards, picture rail, architraves and door made to match existing ones, and the internal joinery a real feature of the property. Jamie’s favourite room in the house is the kitchen/reception room with its lantern roof.

He said: “It’s a great space with lots of natural light. It has double panelled doors which open into a further reception room, two pairs of French doors opening on to the west facing patio and it’s ideal for modern living.

“It’s been a very enjoyable project to work on. I have received many fantastic comments from the neighbours and I am glad to have restored the house to its original splendour.”

There is a large cellar, with scope for conversion, while upstairs are three bedrooms — two doubles and one large single — plus a bathroom and ensuite shower room. Additionally there is off-street parking for at least four vehicles and the property is being sold chain-free for a guide price of £900,000.

For more details, call Davis Tate on (01491) 412345 or Simmons and Sons on (01491) 571111.

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