British ‘dream home’ is a farmhouse with an Aga, say agents
A QUINTESSENTIAL farmhouse or cottage surrounded by quiet countryside is the dream home for many people
A QUINTESSENTIAL farmhouse or cottage surrounded by quiet countryside is the dream home for many people in the UK, according to research published earlier this year by Strutt & Parker, which has a local office in Pangbourne.
But that home needs to be not too isolated, have three bedrooms or more, have good broadband, good insulation, be cosy and inviting and have an Aga in the kitchen, according to the agency’s Housing Futures survey.
Much has been written about the new urban living trend but the survey reveals that is not necessarily everyone’s dream.
The top desire was a home in the South East, followed by a rural location.
The third desire on the list is being less than a mile from shops, followed by a detached farmhouse or cottage with three bedrooms or more.
Next was a home that has a traditional British interior and cosy ambience. Sixth on the list was an Aga oven.
The final four top wishes are for good broadband, a walled garden, an outstanding view of the countryside and good insulation.
The survey results paint an interesting picture in so far as the typical British farmhouse surrounded by leafy countryside remains as an enduring ideal for many.
According to those polled, who plan to move within the next five years, their ideal home would be a detached house for 65.7 per cent of them.
This would be either a farmhouse or a cottage-style property and be 1,500 to 2,499 sq ft, with at least three bedrooms.
On this page are four of the best farmhouses available locally...
COOKLEY FARM HOUSE, SWYNCOMBE
SAY “farmhouse” and for most people an image of the above will spring to mind. Early 1800s, with five bedrooms, three bathrooms and three reception rooms, this has great views and sits in 2.9 acres of land. There is also secondary accommodation should the in-laws have to move in, plus decent parking and a gorgeous country garden.
For sale with Knight Frank at a guide price of £1,995,000. Call (01491) 817830 for more information.
VALLEY COTTAGE, FRIETH ROAD
A THATCHED roof is another great love of the British public according to the survey — and with this property you get two of them, thanks to the separate garage block.
Dating from the early 1900s, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two reception rooms, this is a good choice for horse-lovers as its 1.5 acres comes with paddocks.
For sale with Savills at a price in excess of £1,000,000. Call (01491) 843000 for more information.
FISHPONDS, Â SOUTH STOKE
AT the top end of the scale, this sprawling period pile in South Stoke near Goring has six bedrooms including a master suite, five bathrooms and six reception rooms, as well as a quintessential country kitchen with a four-oven Aga.
On top of that, there is a separate cottage, formal gardens, woodland, paddocks, a vegetable garden, a tennis court and more (yes, there’s an Aga oven). But if the house is gorgeous, it’s nothing compared with the surrounding scenery, close to the Thames and surrounded by woods and farmland. Oh, and did we mention there’s an Aga?
For sale with Strutt & Parker at £2,850,000. Call 0118 321 9604 for more information.
CROWSLEY PARK FARMHOUSE, CROWSLEY
YOU don’t always have to buy somewhere to live the dream. This unfurnished former farmhouse is available to move in to right now and offers a mix of contemporary — drool over the modern kitchen and glass stair rails — and period — be charmed by the beamed living room with olde worlde fireplace with stove. There are four bedrooms, three bathrooms and three reception rooms, as well as take-your-breath-away views of fields, woods and hills.
To rent with Savills at £4,750pcm. Call (01491) 843022 for more information.