Thursday, 21 October 2021

Meet the properties with star quality

OUR local area and the world of film go hand in hand — remember last year’s

OUR local area and the world of film go hand in hand — remember last year’s Brad Pitt Second World War tank movie Fury, shot near Christmas Common? And the classic 101 Dalmatians filmed in Hambleden’s “golden valley”, to name but two.

What’s more, Henley’s Regal Picturehouse is once again running its Pop Up fortnight of “fantastic films in the great outdoors” down at The Pavilion in the Mill Meadows recreation area. Films being shown this weekend include Mamma Mia! (Friday), Dirty Dancing (“Nobody puts Baby in the corner”) on Saturday, and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Sunday).

Although next week is Standard Property’s choice — Ghostbusters (“Listen! Do you smell something?”) on the Friday (July 24), followed by classic Tom Cruise ego-romp Top Gun (“I feel the need, the need for speed!”) on the Saturday (July 25) and Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything on the Sunday (July 26). Doors open at 7pm with the films starting at around 9pm as it starts to get dark. Go to for more.

In the meantime, it seemed remiss if Standard Property didn’t find some local pieces of real estate to show off their potential film credit. (If you already have a house with star quality, try joining a database such as and see where it takes you.) Ready? Lights, camera, actionâ?¦

OUR town may be known for it’s olde worlde charm, but that doesn’t mean to say you can’t find property more likely found in Tomorrowland.

And the development of Henley Gate, which comprises 12 flats, all of which share private parking, a communal bike store and entryphone systems, is situated in a fantastic spot, in-between the town centre and the Tesco superstore.

There are two high-spec two-double-bedroom, two-bathroom, apartments currently for sale, including this top-floor number which has an A-rated kitchen, a bright living room and a bright west-facing balcony.

For sale with Simmons & Sons at a price of £345,000. Call (01491) 571111 for more information.

Bulmershe Manor is Grade II-listed and has its roots in the medieval era. Becoming a Tudor manor in the 1400s, after Henry VIII threw his religious strop, it had many incarnations until it became today’s Bulmershe — a fascinating and beautifully presented house with its character firmly centre stage.

The drawing room and master bedroom are particularly impressive rooms with high ceilings, exposed beams and herringbone brick fireplaces, plus there is an extraordinary oak staircase running through the middle of the house — just perfect for you to make an entrance as Cate Blanchett.

For sale with Mullie at a guide price of £1,150,000. Call 0118 934 2470 for more information.

MUCH like the story of the Sleeping Beauty, our next property has its own legend.

Former inhabitant Ellen Sadler, the Sleeping Girl of Turville, was “asleep” for nine years of her life, suffering from an unaccountable deep state of drowsiness, from which she eventually made a full recovery.

Named after her, Sleepy Cottage sits at the heart of the village, close to The Bull & Butcher pub. And let’s not forget 1999 film Sleepy Hollow was filmed at the nearby Hambleden estate.

Available to rent through Simmons & Sons, on an unfurnished basis for £1,695 per month plus fees. Call (01491) 571111 for more information. Also marketed by Savills.

Have a Holiday in Hambleden

MUCH like Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, you’ll find peace in a character house such as The Old Bakery, which has more room than Kate’s cottage, having three bedrooms instead of one, plus a separate one-bedroom annexe.

And just like Kate’s, this is full of character and charm with beamed ceilings and latch doors.

So it will come as no surprise to hear that this property has starred in many films over the years, including The Witches, The Avengers (the Ralph Fiennes one) and also some scenes in 101 Dalmatians.

To rent with Hamptons International for approximately £3,000pcm plus fees. Call 01491 693 783 for more information. Joint agent with Knight Frank.

Home that’s truly scrumptious in Russell’s Water

REMEMBER the scene where Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes) gets run off the road into a duck pond by Caractacus Potts?

We have to be talking about iconic 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which was filmed in and around Hambleden, with the duck pond scene shot in the pretty hamlet of Russell’s Water — the location of Goddards House.

A three-bedroom brick and flint cottage, the property adjoins and overlooks the village green with its picturesque pond, and the cottage is deceptively spacious as well as scrumptious.

For sale with Savills at a guide price of £750,000. Call (01491) 843000 for more information. Joint agent with Knight Frank.

Find your own Green Gables in Aston Upthorpe

Although Upper Thorpe was built in 1961, you’d never know it to look at it.

Completely re-modelled and extended in 2009, the current owners have created not only a very comfortable, spacious and stylish home of some 2,300 sq ft, but a statement in modern living with a superb open plan kitchen/living area and three luxurious en suite bedrooms.

For sale with Jackson-Stops & Staff at a guide price of £1,100,000. Call (01491 871111 for more information.

Say Eyre to renting this former schoolhouse in Hurley

This gorgeous character semi-detached house used to be the village schoolhouse, so it’s had a good education.

Hurley resident Rita Marks said: “It was used as a school, probably until the mid-Thirties when it the school was closed and the gate house was converted to a residence.”

Constructed of brick and flint, The Gatehouse has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a garage for parking and a courtyard garden.

Most importantly, it’s located in the stunning riverside village of Hurley, downstream from Henley.

Charlotte Mellor, lettings manager at Romans, said: “Within walking distance of the River Thames, properties available in this location tend to be snapped up quickly, so we highly recommend booking a viewing as soon as possible.”

To let with Romans for £2,950pcm plus fees. Call 01491 412 999 for more information.


Have a Holiday in Hambleden

Much like Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, you’ll find peace in a character house such as Wisteria Cottage, which is Grade II listed - but has slightly more room than Kate’s cottage, having three bedrooms instead of one. These all enjoy views of either the beautiful 12th century church or fields behind looking up to the Cobstone Windmill, made famous by Chitty Chitty Bang

Bang. For sale with Savills at a guide price of £xxxxxxx[MATT SO SORRY CAN YOU FIND OUT FROM THEM?]. Call (01491) 843000 for more information

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