Monday, 27 September 2021

Open house time at luxury Checkendon development

LOCAL estate agency Davis Tate, together with joint agent Haslams of Reading, is inviting those looking

LOCAL estate agency Davis Tate, together with joint agent Haslams of Reading, is inviting those looking to buy a “perfect” house to the open house event taking place all this weekend (April 16 and 17).

“We’ll be showcasing the luxury new-build development of Hamilton Place,” says David Tate, who is based at the Henley branch of Davis Tate in Bell Street.

The postcode to get there is RG8 0TY — a 15-minute drive from Henley town centre — and you can simply turn up any time between 10am and 4pm.

Close to the pretty, historic village of Checkendon, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are now seven impressive detached homes to choose from.

(The two four-bedroom properties in Hamilton Place have already been sold, along with the first larger five-bedroom house.)

The site was previously a business premises, so the new properties have improved the look of the local landscape and have been built in a traditional Arts & Crafts style to sit nicely with the rural environs.

However, behind the traditional exterior lie interior specifications that cater for the needs of modern families and downsizers, with a contemporary classic style and opulent finishes.

Think hand-painted cupboards, stone worktops and an American-style fridge freezer in the kitchen, beautiful limestone fireplace in the living room, balcony and dressing room in the master suite.

On paper, each house has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, four reception rooms, an office, downstairs WC, a garage/drive, and a large garden with terraces off reception rooms, all surrounded by woodland.

However, this doesn’t tell the full story. Having driven out for a visit herself, Standard Property was impressed by the welcoming feel of the show home, the neutral but warm décor, and the attention to detail.

(In fact, she was ready to unpack her wellies, there and then.)

As Natalie MacLeod from developers Millgate says: “It’s all in the detail. We wanted to bring a warm feeling to the house — like it’s already lived in by you. Likewise, our properties are always built to look like they’ve matured and been there for longer.”

For instance, the builders are a local firm that chose to use different coloured bricks to give a softer, more homely effect to the build.

The landscapers used mature trees and shrubs to make the garden look like it’s been there a while.

And the local interior designer (Alexander James) “dressed” the show home with touches such as photos on the walls, clothes in the wardrobes and nice touches like soaps and reed diffuser room fragrances (by the White Company and Jo Malone).

“We have designed the show home with families and downsizers in mind,” says designer Sarah Smithers, of Alexander James.

Beyond the décor you can expect to find all the bits and bobs you’d consider essential for today’s living, such as a water softener (definitely needed in this hard-water area), special high-pressure boiler system, underfloor heating, telephone points in nearly every room, CAT 6A HD-compatible wiring and so on. There are also solar panels on six of the 10 houses.

Each house in Hamilton Place, which was named after a former local landowner, comes with a double or triple garage and is set in its own generous garden of approximately half an acre.

If you’re a local person looking for a new build, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find such a large garden (unlike most of Henley’s properties). And if you’re a Londoner looking to move to a location where you get both countryside and connections, you’ll be blown away by both. When Standard Property typed the journey into the AA’s route planner, it came up with a 20-minute drive between Checkendon and Reading train station (mainline London Paddington in 25 minutes, with Crossrail due in 2017).

“We’re inviting both locals and those further afield to come along and talk to us this weekend — we can tell you all you need to know,” says David Tate.

“Only if you see things for yourself can you know what to expect with a Millgate property, too. These are not minimal or cold houses — they are welcoming, warm, liveable homes that you can just move in to straight away, and feel instantly like you’re ‘home’.”

And that, surely, is what it’s all about.

Prices at Hamilton Place now start at £1,995,000 for a five-bedroom house. For more information on this weekend’s event, call (01491) 454325.

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