Sunday, 19 September 2021

Former general store is a charming family home

A PERIOD property that is thought to have been built in the early 1800s has come on to the market

A PERIOD property that is thought to have been built in the early 1800s has come on to the market in Northfield End. The property was originally a local shop but has been fully converted back into a family home.

Keith and Gill Walker have owned the property for more than 30 years, raising their family here as well as running the family business.

For many years, part of the property was run as the local general store with the Walker family living in the remainder. But six years ago the couple took over the newsagents a few doors down and converted the commercial space back into residential.

The couple have five children, and the property provided a wonderful place for them to grow up. Now that all the children have grown up and moved on, the couple have decided to downsize.

Gill said: “It has been a wonderful place to live but it’s too big for us now. We have a holiday home in the Canaries which we would like to spend more time at so we are looking for a smaller place locally.

“It will be very hard to leave. The neighbourhood has a real community spirit and the people are lovely. The location has been perfect — so handy for the children to be independent because it is close to all that Henley has to offer.”

The double-fronted property is laid out over three floors, and oozes character.

Accommodation includes a spacious living room (formerly three reception rooms) featuring two square bay windows, a log-effect stove set in a brick fireplace with wooden over-mantle and original ceiling beams. There is a glazed door to the rear garden and an opening through to the kitchen, with a range of matching wall and floor units, work surfaces and cupboards. The bathroom has a new white suite with corner bath and electric shower over. There are four bedrooms, the fourth currently being used as a study.

Having only recently been converted back into residential, the property is very well presented and has a lovely homely feel.

Unusually for its central location, there is a large garden extending to more than 100ft. There is a patio area with wrought-iron gate and a cobbled path leading to the well-maintained, walled garden which faces south-west and is planted with a wide variety of shrubs.

There is also a 23ft cellar and 14ft external storage room which give potential to extend the current living space, subject to the necessary planning permission.

For those prospective buyers who like history, the property has a wealth of detail about its past, having previously been a butcher’s shop and post office.

Gill said: “It was very hard work over the years with long hours but it was worth it and we thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Talking about the property it is clear the Walkers have many happy memories of their time there — in fact, Gill almost started talking herself out of moving. But having now both retired, they are looking forward to a new chapter in their lives, and being able to spend more time at their holiday home.

The property is available through Robinson Sherston for a guide price of £569,950. For more details, call (01491) 411911.

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