Friday, 24 September 2021

Piece of architectural history

YESTERDAY was considered the first day of spring — and with the recent spell of warm weather it certainly feels like it. As the weather warms up our thoughts turn naturally to outdoor living and our attention turns to the garden. Many homes locally have stunning gardens, either beautifully landscaped with precise lines and topiary or more natural, country cottage-style borders.

One particular property in Sonning is not only an outstanding Georgian building but has a garden which provides that much sought-after “outdoor room”.

The White House is an elegant, Grade II listed family home. The house dates from about 1810 and is redolent of the neo-classical style favoured by the renowned British architect Sir John Soane. Indeed, art historian Nikolaus Pevsner thought the house worthy of mention in his book TheBuildings Of England, describing it as a “Georgian house with Soanian incised ornament”.

This architecturally impressive house is now available on the open market for the first time in more than a century, having been in the ownership of the vendors’ family since 1909.

The adjoining property (The White Lodge) was originally the stable block to The White House but was separated in the Forties. The impressive annexe, set above an integral double garage, was sympathetically added in the Sixties.

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