Looking for a cosy dwelling to curl up in at Christmas?
All I want for Christmas ... is this festive round-up. Donning her best Fair Isle sweater and Santa
All I want for Christmas ... is this festive round-up. Donning her best Fair Isle sweater and Santa hat, LUCY BOON managed to track down the most seasonal selection of local property for sale
HOLLY TREES, PEPPARD COMMON
Guide price: £1,195,000
Agents: Hamptons on (01491) 572215
THIS five-bedroom new-build will be on many people’s Christmas list and has already attracted a lot of interest.
Set over three floors and offering 3,288 sq ft, the house has been designed and built with the modern family in mind.
Starting with a spacious entrance hall as you walk in, the house offers a kitchen/dining room that spans the length of the property.
The kitchen is at the front and comes with a granite top island unit and hand-painted units plus appliances such as an American-style fridge freezer and wine cooler.
The dining part of this room looks out on the garden and has double doors leading to this, with a wrap-around patio for when you fancy using the barbecue (we know it’s winter but maybe you fancy roasting some chestnuts?). The garden can also be accessed via double doors from the living room, which is on the other side of the dining room.
As you’d hope, there’s a log-burning stove here, so it’s ideal for crowding around and getting cosy.
And when things get too noisy in here, post-Christmas lunch? Shoo the kids through to the family/playroom at the front of the house. It’s separated from the living room by a utility room and a separate downstairs WC, so while you relax with your mulled wine you won’t hear a thing.
Upstairs, the first floor includes the master suite which comes with the best bathroom (the house has four in total), and a dressing room.
Another two bedrooms can be found on this floor, with bedroom four and five on the top floor.
All that’s left to mention — apart from the leafy location that’s a 10-minute drive west from Henley — is the separate double garage block (not shown here).
This has a paved hard standing area and spaces for even more parking.
CHRISTMAS COTTAGE, TWYFORD
Guide price: £375,000
Agents: Mullie on 0118 934 2470
IF period Victoriana is more your style, this pretty two-bedroom terraced house in Twyford, on the other side of the Thames, could have the holidays all wrapped up.
We say it’s two bedrooms but really it’s three — seeing as the attic has been converted with roof lights and more.
The decent price and on-street parking gives away the fact that there is only one bathroom. However, there is another WC downstairs.
Speaking of downstairs, there is a living room at the front of the house, with the kitchen and separate dining room towards the back giving access to the pretty garden, which, thanks to classic Victorian dimensions, offers a lot of garden-to-house.
If only a real fire will do for you at Christmas, you’ll be spoilt for choice as this house has three. And if you’re commuting, this place is spot on, being walkable to the mainline train station and future Crossrail site.
Ding dong merrily.
Guide price: £895,000
Agents: Ballards on (01491) 411055
OUR next property is tucked away in the semi-rural village of Christmas Common, a 15-minute drive north-west of Henley.
The village has several good pubs offering warming festive fare, as well as local institution the Tree Barn.
This small family business grows Christmas trees all year round then opens to the public in December to sell them. (Latecomers may find it handy to know they’re open until 3.30pm on Christmas Eve...)
It’s the wonderful setting, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, that makes this house so special.
Potential buyers may also find it interesting to know there’s the opportunity to rent the woods behind the house. What’s more, when you buy the house, you buy planning permission to significantly enlarge the property, essentially doubling its size.
In fact, building work could be something you may well wish to do anyway, to smarten up the Seventies construction.
Not that it’s without its merits, having been imaginatively realised with split-level accommodation that makes the most of the incredible views over the surrounding countryside.
Currently the property has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, three reception rooms, a kitchen and separate utility.
In addition there is a separate detached annexe/garage with first floor room above which also offers potential for conversion.