Sunday, 19 September 2021

A refurbishment project that was just too tempting to pass up

A COUPLE who refurbish properties for a living were so taken with the Coach House in Hare Hatch they decided

A COUPLE who refurbish properties for a living were so taken with the Coach House in Hare Hatch they decided to let their hearts rule their heads and move into it themselves. Having put their heart and soul into the renovation, they have now reluctantly put it back on the market after another development opportunity presented itself.

Waveney Thomson and Chris Hamer bought the cottage in December 2011. Waveney said: “We absolutely fell in love with it at first sight, although we don’t normally do listed properties. It was very different dealing with the restrictions of a listed property but at the same time it was fascinating to uncover the history of the building.”

The property was uninhabitable when they took possession and as they stripped it back they made many discoveries, including ceiling beams that had been completely burnt in a fire in the cottage and then simply covered up.

Waveney added: “We tried to work with the building as it revealed itself to us, maintaining the character features and restoring it back to its former glory. We put in three planning applications so we could get started and continued as permission was granted.”

The couple, who moved from London last year, even met up with the cottage’s former owner whose family had owned the nearby Horse and Groom pub.

Waveney added: “We didn’t know the area particularly well when we bought the cottage but every time we have been pleasantly surprised. It is a gorgeous area with lovely walks, good schools, good transport links and towns such as Henley and Twyford right on your doorstep.”

And having finished the renovations they are pleased that the layout and design work very well together.

Meticulously restored, this early 17th century property is stacked with historical features, and the wealth of original beams give it real character.

Accommodation includes three reception rooms with underfloor heating throughout, an open fireplace, three bedrooms and two en-suite bathrooms. The Forge, a separate annexe, is an L-shaped vaulted space which has also been beautifully restored. With its flagstone tiles, underfloor heating, shower room, built-in storage, mezzanine and speakers, it offers highly flexible use either as further accommodation, a games room or studio.

The entire property has been finished to an exceptionally high standard, testament to the couple’s attention to detail. Externally, the property is approached by a gravel driveway which leads to the Forge and garage.

A cobbled driveway between the two buildings provides access to the cottage through electric gates, with two parking spaces. The cottage is surrounded by a charming and private garden. The cottage and the Forge are connected by a paved path between the two properties. The main driveway is owned by the Forge but shared with the two neighbouring properties who have right of access (but not the right to park) with shared responsibility for any repairs.

Waveney said: “The neighbours are both absolutely lovely and have been in residence for many years, their children all having grown up here. To the rear of the property is a convent, and again, Sister Veronica is absolutely delightful.”

She added: “The Forge has been left as a blank canvas to cater for the new owners’ taste — though the electrics and plumbing are all ready for a kitchen to be installed.

“We are happy to adapt the Forge to suit the buyers’ requirements and costs can be provided depending on their specification. All furnishings are bespoke for the property and can be purchased and the television is included in the sale. All the fittings in the kitchen and bathroom are brand new and the entire property has had new drains, plumbing and electrics throughout. The roof has been completely replaced using original tiles and all the windows are new.”

The property is available through Chancellors at a guide price of £795,000. Call (01491) 571157.

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