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THIS week, i>Henley Standard property editor LUCY BOON went in search of her Millionaire Dream House... She found five properties — all distinctly different, all distinctly drop-dead gorgeous

THIS week, i>Henley Standard property editor LUCY BOON went in search of her Millionaire Dream House... She found five properties — all distinctly different, all distinctly drop-dead gorgeous. It just depends what you’re looking for in a perfect piece of real estate.

ALL the experts agree — period houses are the first choice among property dreamers when it comes to housing type, and old rectories, vicarages and farmhouses similarly make us weak at the knees.

Built out of materials from the landscapes in which they sit, they encapsulate our idea of rural England — as does Cookley Farm House in-between Watlington and Nettlebed.

This is a fine example of a charming farmhouse thought to date from the early Victorian era, which ticks many of the property fantasists’ boxes and even comes with a separate cottage.

Set in 2.9 acres, the main house has five bedrooms, three reception rooms and two/three bathrooms.

Cookley Farm House is for sale with Knight Frank at a guide price of £2,495,000. Call (01491) 844900 for more information.

A NEW report, by Strutt & Parker, which has a branch in Pangbourne, has analysed interviews with 2,000 householders to show changing desires in the UK based on four market factors — demography, finance, lifestyle and location.

The results, once again, showed that a house move is no longer just about bricks and mortar.

Rather, lifestyle change is the most powerful motive for moving.

“A house has to perform a lot of extra functions these days,” said Guy Robinson, head of residential at Strutt & Parker.

“It isn’t just a roof over the head and a bit of land any more. People live longer and have higher expectations. They want enjoyment, barbecues, playrooms, swimming pools. Lifestyle is right up there.”

Which is why Standard Property has chosen this five-bedroom, modern dream home in Emmer Green, in between Reading and Henley.

It offers breathtaking valley views and a walk-in-wardrobe to die for, and yet it still has the feel of a welcoming family home.

Sycamore House may not be brand new, but the vendors have carefully given it a Grand Designs-style makeover to include modern features such as high, vaulted ceilings with full-length windows to create a wonderful, light, open feeling.

As well as the five bedrooms, of which four have en suites, there is also a reception hall, sitting room, study, dining room, kitchen/breakfast and family room, utility, cloakroom and a family bathroom.

Outside there are five acres of land. A double garage, stables and paddocks are situated in the large, leafy garden.

Other features include underfloor heating throughout and a sweeping staircase which would be perfect for your grand entrance at the housewarming party!

Sycamore House is for sale with Davis Tate at a guide price of £1,750,000.

Call (01491) 412345 for more information.

OWNING a property is likely to be the greatest asset an individual will ever have and the decision of how or what to invest in can be complex.

For many, the advantages of investing in a newly built home can sway the decision-making process says Katie Baldwin, an associate director at Savills in Bell Street, Henley.

“There are certain advantages to buying a newly built home which appeal greatly, although not exclusively, to buy-to-let investors, downsizers and first-time buyers.

“Generally speaking, the fact everything is new should negate the need for major repairs or redecoration, reducing the initial need for costly repairs and unwelcome hassle.

“Most new homes come with a 10-year NHBC warranty, so if anything does go wrong, owners know the costs will be covered. New homes are well insulated and include double-glazing as standard which ought to make them cheaper to run than older homes.

“Safety features including smoke alarms, fire doors and fire retardant materials come as standard. Often, new build homes will include security locks and burglar alarms, providing additional peace of mind.

“Buyers, depending on the point at which they purchase a new home, can have input into layouts, fixtures and fittings, very much gearing it to their tastes and requirements.

“As the property is brand new and not previously occupied, there is no onward chain.”

Savills is currently marketing two brand new homes in the highly desirable village of Shiplake. Pippins and Hurtsbourne, with guide prices of £1.2 million and £1.295 million respectively, have been designed and built by husband and wife developer team, Hamilton Properties. They offer bright and spacious family accommodation in a picturesque village setting.

Katie again: “Both these properties come with a Buildzone guarantee and have EPC energy ratings of A and B respectively. Hamilton Properties has cleverly combined design and versatile layout to provide two homes which are ideal for modern day family life.”

Call Savills on (01491) 843001 for more information.

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