Tuesday, 28 September 2021

More chances to invest in a piece of property history

After< Standard Property’s recent history-themed issue, Lucy Boon rounds up a few more spectacular historical properties

After< Standard Property’s recent history-themed issue, Lucy Boon rounds up a few more spectacular historical properties


If you can’t afford the recent feature property in St Mark’s Road, Henley, how about this stunning Victorian masterpiece in Pangbourne, which is half the price at £650,000?

Katherine Singleton at Dudley Singleton & Daughter in Pangbourne, which is marketing the property, said: “Ivy Villa is set within the heart of the village and is one of the only roads in the village that â?? if you took away the Tarmac road, pavements, yellow lines and cars â?? the view from Ivy Villa down the Avenue is pretty much as it was 100 years ago. Not many roads can boast this!

“There’s a tree at the end of the avenue which is probably more than 200 hundred years old and pre-dates the street being built.”


Back in Henley, you don’t have to buy an entire house to obtain some 1880s heritage, although the original building suffered a fire and was remodelled in the Thirties. With spectacular views of the river and a distinctive Tudor-style façade, 7 Royal Mansions is an elegant two bedroom apartment in a prime spot for the town centre, the towpath to Mill Meadows, and the station. It costs £650,000.

Phil Booth of Philip Booth Esq, which is marketing the property, said: “This cosy and well-presented apartment belies the building’s original purpose as a luxury hotel. In its heyday, these rooms with their big bright riverfront windows would have  been exclusive hotel accommodation during the Henley Regatta season. Nowadays, this is a superb option for those wanting the convenience and security of apartment living.”


Those looking for some post-Medieval action in the Henley area will love this four-bedroom end-of-terrace cottage in Sonning, on the market for £745,000 with Davis Tate.

James Donigan, office manager there, said: “Ivy Cottage is a charming house, just bursting with character features like beams and fireplaces, and the original part of house is estimated to be from the 1650s.”

Sonning Eye

At the upper end of the market, Hamptons International is offering The Eyot House, a magnificent Grade II-listed Edwardian property built in the 1900s for a renowned collector and ceramics expert of the time, Reginald Blunt, whose work can be seen as part of the house.

Set in a half-acre in the very heart of Sonning village, the five-bedroom detached house is on the market at a price of £1,795,000.


Savills is marketing The Old Museum in Hambleden. Built in 1913, the current owners have done a huge amount of renovation to make it a spacious and beautiful home.

Savills director Nick Warner, who is handling the sale of The Old Museum, which has a guide price of £3.5 million, said: “Formerly the Hambleden Estate office, this has been meticulously restored and refurbished and has really wonderful views across the lower Hambleden Valley. This is a rare opportunity to buy into this very special location and acquire a country house of this nature.”

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