Saturday, 18 September 2021

Penthouse flat that’s ideally suited to living the high life

FOUND: the perfect party penthouse.

FOUND: the perfect party penthouse.

Don’t want to leave the comfort of your luxury home, but still want to see Elton John headlining at this year’s Henley Festival (July 6 to 10)? If you buy the penthouse — apartment 11 of The Malthouse — you will be able to accomplish both.

“Last year we enjoyed Jessie J from up here on the living room balcony!” says the current vendor, whose family has owned the property since 2007, when it was converted from the then Brakspear brewery.

“You can see the audience and hear absolutely everything when you’re out there. It’s also great at regatta time. You can see the finish line and feel the buzz of excitement in the air. It’s just magic.”

Just off New Street, and opposite the boutique Hotel du Vin, this jaw-dropping beauty spans the entire width of the building — essentially the entire top floor of the exclusive development which has a total of 11 flats. The penthouse comes with three/four bedrooms, one/three reception rooms, and two/three bathrooms, all in 2,986 sq ft of space.

With courtyard parking for three cars, a communal garden and some of the best views around, this is more than just a house.

Standard Property was extremely taken by the security coded lift, which brought her up right inside the living room when she visited. There are also two staircases, one at each end of the property, should you wish to use a “proper” front door.

Contemporary, yet Grade II-listed, this home is wonderfully spacious with wood floors, vaulted ceilings and exposed timbers throughout, a luxury kitchen, a spacious living room with wall-hung fire, and that all-important balcony along one side, overlooking the river and with views also over the town. At one end of the living room is also to be found what the current owner calls “the observatory” — the part of the building containing the pulley system that hoisted materials/barrels in and out of the brewery.

In the photographs, this is the white boarded structure sticking out from the roof. Now with windows on three sides, this “room” offers a spectacular panorama.

The entrance to the observatory also holds a bar — ideal for keeping you refreshed as you while away the hours on your telescope!

The generous master bedroom comprises a well-fitted dressing room and en suite bathroom. The second master has the same, and both rooms have balconies facing the river.

Bedroom three has an en suite shower room, which doubles up as a guest WC if wanted (there are two doors to the bathroom: just keep one locked if you wish to keep it private).

A hidden utility room “cupboard” has also been cleverly realised, as has the study beyond the master bedroom suite, which could be converted into a further bedroom quite easily. But the best place in the house has to be the living room, which is the heart of the property.

Whether you’re wanting to chat to the cook in the nearby open-plan kitchen, sit at the dining table doing the crossword, or lounge in front of the fire or TV on the sofa, this is a great space that is as flexible as it is comfortable.

Matthew Mannall, partner at Knight Frank on Thames Side, said: “We are thrilled to be invited to sell this landmark property. The whole apartment is wonderfully appointed with the unique observatory within the apartment allowing the owner to take in the superb views over the town and river. I am confident that whoever is lucky enough to end up owning this property will not be disappointed.”

n The Penthouse, The Malthouse, New Street, Henley. Offers in excess of £2,250,000. Call Knight Frank on (01491) 844900 for more information.

IF your budget is closer to £825,000, this strikingly spacious two-bedroom apartment in The Malthouse is also for sale.

The second floor apartment has been recently refurbished to a high standard with quality fixtures and fittings designed to offer flexible open-plan accommodation — only seeing it in the flesh can really do it justice.

As with The Penthouse, here the living room has a feature wall-mounted electric fire, a polished wood floor and exposed timbers.

The newly fitted high-specification kitchen has built-in appliances, granite work surfaces, a breakfast bar and more.

Naturally, the master bedroom has a dressing room and en suite, while the second double bedroom has its own family-sized bathroom.

As with the larger property, this flat has its own — two — secure parking spaces and is serviced by The Malthouse’s entryphone system which gives access to the communal hallway with lift and stairs to all floors.

Guide price: £825,000. Call Ballards (01491) 411055 for more information.

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