Sunday, 19 September 2021

Riverside homes provide perfect location for regatta aficionados

Continue upstream a few miles and you come to the pretty village of Wargrave where The Bungalow provides one of

Continue upstream a few miles and you come to the pretty village of Wargrave where The Bungalow provides one of the most exciting riverside opportunities near Henley.

The property sits in a superb position just on the edge of this popular village.

It has planning permission to create a stunning contemporary riverside home that makes the best use of this unique and special location on the River Thames.

Designed by a leading local architect the proposed new property is a striking mix of sharp lines combined with softer materials such as wood cladding and local brick.

The new property would have four ensuite bedrooms all enjoying glorious views of this most attractive stretch of the river.

The open-plan living space would be fronted with extensive areas of glass, again providing views over the lawn and of the River Thames.

An exciting addition to the plot is the private island that is accessed via an arched bridge from the mainland.

The island currently features a hard surface tennis court, tennis pavilion and several seating areas.

A small tributary runs off the main River Thames and cuts into the island leading to a small lagoon and then back out the other side of the island.

The gardens immediately in front of the proposed property offer a large frontage to the River Thames with the opportunity for ample mooring.

The plans for the house also feature a wet boathouse accessed from the property with a floating pontoon and plenty of room for a substantial launch. There used to be an extremely challenging nine-hole pitch and putt golf course located on the island.

As well as providing an excellent opportunity for buyers looking for a building project, perhaps the most important feature of this property and its location is the stunning river view, pictured right.

The property is available for a guide price of £3 million.

For more details, call Ballards on (01491) 411055 or Knight Frank on (01491) 844900.

TIMBERS is a newly-built residence of the highest quality, occupying a first class position overlooking the River Thames on one of the most prestigious roads in the area.

The property, pictured above, stands overlooking one of the Thames’ finest reaches and is built to exacting standards. The ground floor rooms are arranged off a large central hall with full height vaulted ceiling and galleried landing, providing an immediate feeling of space and light, further enhanced by mood lighting.

All the principal rooms overlook the river and from the sitting room, dining room, study and kitchen, one steps out through bi-folding doors on to a fabulous timber decked terrace with seating and hot tub.

The fantastic kitchen and family room has high-specification integrated appliances as well as a traditional pantry with cold shelf, blending the latest in technology with the traditional.

The dining room sits centrally off the reception hall, providing fabulous views straight through to the river as soon as one steps into the house. The drawing room boasts a striking fireplace and via the inner hallway, a discreet bar area leads through to the snooker room. Of particular note is a nine seat cinema room which is great fun.

On the first floor, the bedrooms are arranged off the galleried landing via two staircases. The master bedroom suite has a dressing room and bathroom with superior fittings, air conditioning and bi-fold doors stepping out on to a private balcony overlooking the river. There are five further bedroom suites, four of which have river views.

The house has been built utilising the latest technologies for underfloor heating, lighting, security, music and entertainment interface and air conditioning.

Timbers is approached through secure gates along a brick pavia driveway drawing up to the house with the garage block/flat off to the right. A beautifully maintained lawn runs away from the house with the swimming pool and terrace.

To the rear of the house lies a beautiful river garden with a wonderful oak framed wet boathouse standing at the southern end of the river frontage. The boathouse provides a picturesque and practical housing for river craft with boarding from both sides, power light and irrigation feed for the garden.

The property is available through Ballards for a guide price of £7.23 million. For details, call (01491) 411055.

Enjoying an outstanding water’s edge location with spectacular and expansive views of the River Thames and Hambleden Lock, is a charming duplex apartment within this superb Grade II listed riverside mill, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty not far from Henley.

The original building dates from the 16th century and is believed to have been constructed from the timbers from the original Henley Bridge. The mill has been restored and refurbished sympathetically in order to retain the building’s original character, and has been divided into apartments, each with its own 28ft mooring, communal gardens, car parking and a garage.

Number 5 Hambleden Mill has accommodation arranged over first and second floors comprising an entrance hall, open-plan reception room, a fitted kitchen, a master bedroom suite, bedroom two, study/bedroom three and a bathroom.

The property is available though Sotheby’s International Realty for a guide price of £679,950. For more details, call (01491) 410673.

Back in town, and perfectly located for fans of the Henley Royal Regatta, this light and spacious first floor apartment pictured above right is located in the centre of Henley and overlooking the River Thames. Royal Mansions was built in 1894 as a hotel and remained such until 1926 when it was converted into apartments. The superb balcony runs the length of the apartment, with access from the living room and the two bedrooms through French doors, offering expansive views up and down the river.

The property offers a communal reception hall with grand sweeping Victorian staircase to all floors serviced by a glass lift.

It is available through Sotheby’s International Realty for a guide price of £750,000. For more details, call (01491) 410673.

With the Henley Royal Regatta kicking off next week, the Standard takes its annual paddle down the river to see the range of properties available. Property correspondent JACKY HAYLER reports.

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