Saturday, 18 September 2021

Regatta weekend means all eyes are on the pretty village of Goring

HARVEST House is a delightful and spacious barn conversion which has been entirely transformed by the current owners to provide

HARVEST House is a delightful and spacious barn conversion which has been entirely transformed by the current owners to provide superb modern living with stunning and far-reaching views over an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Simon and Lynn Cordell have lived at the property for 13 years with their children, taking on major works over that time.

The couple completely re-designed the property after the original conversion was very poorly done.

Lynn said: “We joined two separate buildings together to make one large home. What started as a hobby eventually became all-consuming. Simon took on the majority of the design, opening up the property in terms of light and space.”

The couple took the decision to have a very contemporary interior while retaining the traditional fabric of the building with its original features — the juxtaposition of the old and the new complementing each other well.

Lynn added: “There is a very international feel about the place — it is almost like being abroad somewhere in Europe.”

That Mediterranean feel is enhanced further with the choice of paintwork in a Farrow and Ball olive green, reminiscent of a French farmhouse, and the planting in the garden which includes palm trees. The garden was also a labour of love with very little there on their arrival — it is now an oasis of peace and calm.

It was that tranquillity of the spot that first attracted them to the property. In fact, the property is so tucked away that on first viewing they couldn’t even find it. Yet despite its rural location it is just minutes from the roads that lead to Henley and Reading.

While appreciating the peace that comes with the property, living there has also been far from boring. The courtyard, complete with swimming pool has provided the focal point for many parties over the years and can accommodate a suprising number of people.

“It has been a real party house from time to time,” added Lynn.

During the design process, the couple were keen to retain the essence of the barn, with the vaulted dining room three storeys high and a double-height master bedroom with galleried dressing room.

“Despite the proportions it has always felt very cosy and homely,” said Lynn. “It has been lovely because the children always felt they had plenty of space and we use every nook and cranny without the property having rooms that you rarely go in.”

The property is approached along a private driveway through two sets of electric security gates to a gravelled parking area at the front of the house.

The entrance hall is of modern construction with limestone-tiled floor, elegant lighting and fabulous glass walling creating cellular space without losing the open-plan feel. The accommodation flows to allow comfortable living for a large family, or can be separated to create intimate living with plenty of space for entertaining and guests.

The exquisite kitchen/breakfast room has been beautifully designed in a distinctive modern-day farmhouse style with solid oak cabinets and granite work surfaces designed and hand built by Griggs & Mackay. Fittings include an electric AIMS Aga and a large fridge/freezer surrounded by further wooden cabinets and units.

The dining room and drawing room feature vaulted ceilings with a wealth of exposed timber beams, with full-height windows and French doors allowing plenty of natural light. The drawing room has French doors leading out to the garden to one side and bi-fold sliding doors opening on to the swimming pool courtyard.

The first floor bedrooms in the main house comprise a large master bedroom suite with a galleried dressing room and an ensuite shower room. There are two further bedroom suites and four bedrooms served by two family shower rooms.

The spacious gym is located just off the swimming pool courtyard and has a changing room with shower, and stairs leading up to a galleried games room.

A particular feature of the property is the swimming pool courtyard with paved pool terraces providing space for loungers and sofas — a superb area for entertaining and relaxing. The main house and outbuildings are set around all four sides of the courtyard ensuring complete privacy and shelter around the swimming pool.

There are several distinct areas of the gardens with the majority of the grounds to the south and north of the plot — in all 1.3 acres. The beautifully landscaped gardens to the south have well stocked beds and borders and mature trees. In the centre of the lawn is a large wooden African-style gazebo with thatched roof and ample sofa seating, ideal for entertaining all year round. Towards the far end of the garden there is a charming grain store which sits on mushroom-shaped stones.

Lynn admitted it will be very difficult to leave the house when the time comes but they are looking forward to the challenges ahead.

“We are hoping to get something abroad while retaining a smaller home in the UK, but first we have to decide on location,” she said.

The property is available through Sotheby’s International Realty for a guide price of £3,425,000. For more details, call (01491) 693834.

THE pretty Oxfordshire village of Goring is limbering up for lots of visitors this weekend as the annual Goring and Streatley Regatta takes place tomorrow (Saturday) — an ideal opportunity to have a look at some of the properties on sale there.

Dating back to 1929, Manorcroft in Little Croft Road is a substantial family house that has not been on the market for more than 40 years. The house and grounds have been well maintained, retaining much of the original character and charm.

The central feature of the house is a magnificent dining hall with vaulted ceilings, a full-height window, a turning staircase with galleried landing, and oak panelled walls. The dual aspect sitting room lies to one side with a large bay window, central fireplace with marble surround, and doors into the superb sun room which occupies the easterly end of the house with three sets of doors opening on to the gardens. To the other side of the dining hall, the hallway runs past a cosy snug and down to the kitchen/breakfast room, pantry and two cloakrooms.

There is a second staircase at this end of the house which leads up to two bedrooms and a shower room, ideal as guest or ancillary accommodation. The principal staircase winds up from the dining hall with the master suite to one end of the galleried landing comprising a generous bedroom and dressing room, a large adjoining bathroom and wonderful views over the gardens. There are three further bedrooms, a family bathroom and separate w/c to the other side of the galleried landing.

The house is approached through large wrought iron electric gates over a circular drive to the front of the house with plenty of parking, as well as a large garage. Smart lawns and beds run all around to the back of the house where the garden is mainly laid to lawn with mature planting and specimen trees providing colour and variety.

The exquisite gardens provide a generous outside space, skilfully designed to create diversity within the plot, with an ornamental pond hidden in a beautifully planted area and a swimming pool lies with a paved surround and pool house. Manorcroft owns several covenants over five nearby properties, hence protecting its surroundings and views.

The property is available through Strutt and Parker for a guide price of £1,950,000. Call 0118 984 5757.

Ballards is offering an individual detached house extensively refurbished to provide spacious flexible accommodation for modern day living, set in the heart of the village. Gardiners view has been extended and refurbished by the current owners to provide bright spacious accommodation with many interesting features which only viewing will appreciate.

Covered entrance porch, solid wood front door with glazed side panels opens into reception hall with tiled floor, feature full height glazed wall looks through to dining room and garden beyond, cloakroom, living room, fully fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, range cooker with hob over and extractor above, utility room.

First floor offers master bedroom with en-suite shower room, guest suite with en-suite shower room, 2 further bedrooms, and family bathroom.

The property sets central to its plot, to the front is a brick paviour area with parking for several vehicles, driveway leads to the side of the property giving access to the garage.

To the rear is a private well stocked colourful garden edged by mature shrub beds with mature boundaries backing on to park land, garden shed.

The property is available for a guide price of £695,000.

Sides Tumble In is believed to date back to the 17th century (c1680) and acknowledged to be one of the oldest surviving properties in the village originally thought to have been built as a small detached thatched cottage with the adjoining cottage probably added in a later century.

Having traditional whitened brick and part-rendered elevations with exposed external timbers under a pitched clay tile roof including two tiled front dormer windows to the first floor, the cottage fronts onto Red Cross Road near the junction with Station Road in the central part of the village. Historically Station Road was the main village street containing some of the oldest properties in the original settlement ,and led down to the River where there was a Ferry service across the River to Streatley on the Berkshire side. The arrival of Brunel’s railway in 1840, coinciding with the building of a bridge over the Thames, changed the structure of the village and the present High Street then became the main thoroughfare.

In recent years the cottage has seen considerable investment by way of sympathetic improvement, restoration and tasteful refurbishment notably featuring a new oak fitted kitchen with range oven.

Throughout, the property exudes immense charm and character complimented by a wealth of beamed ceilings, exposed wall timbers, an Inglenook and a cast fireplace all adding to its period ambience. There is also a useful cellar store room and in 2005 planning was granted for a garden room annexe with toilet.

Accommodation includes an entrance porch, sitting and dining room, kitchem inner hall, bathroom, two double bedrooms and an en-suite shower room.

There are attractive well laid out gardens, having a brick and flint walled frontage, which are secluded with distant views across to the NT Lardon Chase above Streatley, together with a double parking bay.

The property is available through Warmingham at a guide price of £395,000. For more details, call (01491) 874144.

Wide brick walled double PARKING BAY

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