WHETHER it’s the appeal of a whole hidden other world beneath, escape from the everyday, or
WHETHER it’s the appeal of a whole hidden other world beneath, escape from the everyday, or the association with rejuvenation and healing, there is something enduringly appealing about living close to water.
A riverside location also makes sense financially, since despite agents highlighting a slowdown in the autumn market, figures consistently show that water-based property commands a premium compared with its land-locked counterparts.
Standard Property’s top choice for water-based property in the area is this fine, detached newbuild on the river island of Rod Eyot.
As its name suggests, the property is just out of reach of landlubbers.
Accessible only by boat, Island Reach is an escape worth splashing out on (pun intended) — its future-proof construction being one of the main draws.
The house is actually six whole feet (the height of a full grown man) higher than the Environment Agency asks for in its 100-year flood risk assessment.
And don’t be fooled by thinking this is some draughty holiday chalet, either.
A high-spec build with vaulted ceilings, bespoke oak kitchen units and an air-source heat pump means this is a place for year-round living.
There are two bedrooms, with the master suite being served by an en suite bathroom and the second bedroom by a shower room. As you’d hope, the living area is open plan with the adjoining kitchen having integrated essentials such as a fridge freezer and dishwasher.
The living room also has views of the river and park meadows opposite, as well as access to the fabulous balcony terrace which wraps around two sides of the house.
Enjoying the views while you sip your wine or savour your mug of hot chocolate from the terrace — or even the garden, which is a mix of lawn and decking — you can feel the pull of this boat-lovers’ oasis.
The island of Rod Eyot sits right in the middle of the Thames, with a view of Henley Bridge in one direction and views to Wargrave weir in the other.
And should you wish to get closer, simply hop in your boat and journey upstream — you have a private 70ft mooring right outside, after all.
Island Reach also comes with a private riverbank parking space on Wargrave Road, which is the best of both worlds as it means you don’t have to queue to get over Henley Bridge before making your river escape.
• Island Reach is for sale with Hamptons International at a guide price of £535,000. Pop into the Hart Street branch for more information.