Monday, 23 October 2017

Lay your head in Nettlebed

THIS issue we’re focusing on Nettlebed, a sweet, thriving village with a real sense of community

THIS issue we’re focusing on Nettlebed, a sweet, thriving village with a real sense of community and a population of 727 (according to the last census).



THE hub of the village is the Field Kitchen, just off Watlington Street, which was created when the village school moved to new buildings and the café/deli, adjoining post office and interiors shop was born.

If you live in the area, you’ll have heard of Nettlebed’s historic giant pottery kiln (the only one remaining from its brick-making days), pretty St Bartholomew’s Church and White Hart pub-hotel.

It’s also known for having a high quality primary school, a modern doctors’ surgery with plenty of parking, renowned folk music club, a Sue Ryder Hospice and even a windmill!



Today’s inhabitants choose to live in Nettlebed for all these reasons and more - such as being close enough to Henley to make use of its shops, cinema, theatre, restaurants and good schooling. And let’s not forget easy access to the M4/M40 and nearby train stations.

Most importantly, house hunters looking in expensive Henley will find if they just move their search 4.5 miles to the North West, they can get a lot more brick for their buck.

With this in mind, Standard Property found the pick of the property for sale right now:



Save a few cents and rent

Take the village for a test drive by renting this four-bed, two-bathroom beauty which is available to move into right now.

There is a large open-plan reception and kitchen to the rear extension as well as gorgeous gardens that defy the property’s central village location â?? there’s a large patio area, summer house and lawns that stretch behind several neighbouring properties.

The house even comes with a garage and parking for several cars.

“This is a great property as it is in the centre of the village and has a good garden, garage and driveway,” said Richard Maby, head of residential lettings at Savills.

Available now with Savills at £2,150 per calendar month plus £276 inc VAT and a one-off admin fee may apply. Call (01491) 843039 for more information.



Family value

Number 4B Watlington Street â?? Nettlebed’s main street which is also known as the high street â?? is a fabulous three-bedroom semi (with ensuite as well as family bathroom) built in 2013.

Tucked away, the house is ideal for a family, with an open-plan living room with underfloor heating and bifold doors to the garden, as well as a carport to the side.

Phil Booth, director at Philip Booth Esq in Henley, said: “This property in Watlington Street is situated in a tucked away position right in the heart of the village, just a short walk  from the local community school which has an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report, and the Field Kitchen, which is a great place to meet friends for a coffee and have a chat.

“The village also boasts a very good health centre.”

For sale with Philip Booth Esq at a guide price of £445,000. Call (01491) 635343 for more information.



Stable life

Forming part of the former Bull Hotel and comprising the stables and meeting room, Bull Stables (main picture, above) offers accommodation of character with interesting features including an overhanging porch with coach lantern, a magnificent double-volume living/dining room, open fireplace and timber staircase.

There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs.

For sale with Simmons & Sons at a guide price of £575,000. Call (01491) 634287 for more information.



Keep posted

The former village post office, this property is now a great family home with open-plan kitchen/sitting area with vaulted ceiling, separate sitting room, reception hall, cloakroom and cellar for storage.

Upstairs there are three good-sized bedrooms along with an ensuite and a family bathroom, while outside there’s a West-facing garden and off-street parking.

James Donigan, manager at Davis Tate, said: “The Old Post Office offers an enticing blend of old and new.

“Developed by Manorgrove homes, the finish is superb and the flexible layout and generous room sizes make this an ideal choice for families moving to the area.”

On the market with Davis Tate for a guide price of £650,000. Call (01491) 313106 for information.



Spice up your life

Saffron Cottage is an interesting and unusual property built 16 years ago by Berkeley Homes in a cottage style to blend in with its surrounds. It has three bedrooms (the master has an ensuite) and a family bathroom, and highlights include a double-aspect living room with a fireplace, as well as an equally impressive dining room.

All rooms feature decorative details such as cornicing and ceiling roses.

Buyers will also be happy to see there’s a downstairs toilet as well as a separate utility room.

For sale with Simmons & Sons at a guide price of £575,000. Call (01491) 634287 for more information.



That’s the spirit

Another converted property, this house began life as a pub.

Now the family home comes with four double bedrooms, three reception rooms and a modern re-fitted kitchen breakfast room, complemented by a low maintenance West-facing garden and gated off-street parking.

On the market with Davis Tate for a guide price of £700,000. Call (01491) 313106 for information.



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