The Cherry Tree, Stoke Row. Pretty contemporary-styled pub offering a perfect blend of classic and modern dishes, including local Lawlor’s bread with balsamic and oils and local butcher’s sausages and mash.
THIS new-build has perfect proportions of four-three-three — four bedrooms, three bathrooms, three reception rooms — and is in a tucked away location close to the centre of the village and all the local pubs, including The Black Horse, which may not be gourmet but is still known locally as a “hidden treasure”.
As you’d expect, the house has contemporary air-source pump heating, an open plan kitchen/diner with bi-fold doors to a patio, a wood-burning stove in the living room, IT connections everywhere, and immaculate modern fittings.
However, the developers have kept local surroundings in mind with their choice of materials such as flint and wood, and planted a herb garden at the front.
Greenbanks is spot on for a modern family who like to entertain and who would love a life in the country.
CAMBRIDGE HOUSE, LOWER SHIPLAKE
GUIDE PRICE: £1,600,000
The Baskerville, Lower Shiplake. Nominated for Best Gastropub in Oxfordshire 2015, this offers a fine selection of fare, including steak, Loddon Ale and chestnut mushroom pie, and roast leg of Bassibones Farm lamb.
Orwells, Shiplake Row. Award-winning 18th century pub with a modern country feel, serving high-class dishes with ingredients such as local rabbit and rhubarb.
A PROPERTY in the same vein as Greenbanks, Stoke Row, but on a larger scale — with five bedrooms, five receptions, three or four bathrooms and more “luxe”, this is a house fit for a modern family who need their space.
Cambridge House is in impeccable shape, having been well-loved by the current owners, and it’s positioned in a quiet location that’s a short walk from the centre of the village.
Standout features include the impressive hall and staircase, the designer glass roof on the sitting/breakfast room, and the tailor-made play area in the garden.
SONNING HOUSE, SONNING
RENT: Guide price of £3,000pcm plus fees
Coppa Club, Sonning. The newly opened Coppa Club at The Great House is right by Sonning Bridge and overlooks the river with a pretty river terrace. According to the website it “serves an uncomplicated menu based on a love of fresh, simple, Italian ingredients.”
The French Horn, Sonning Eye. Fancy and known for its duck.
The Bull Inn, Sonning. Home-made pub food in traditional surroundings.
THIS six-bedroom house in Sonning has plenty of character with open fireplaces and ceiling beams, but it’s crowning glory has to be the beautiful back garden.
Being dead centre, you can walk to local haunts, including The Mill at Sonning dinner theatre. But if, like most of us, you just can’t give up your car, the double garage and driveway won’t disappoint.