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SITUATED just up the road from Henley, the White House has been extensively remodelled and refurbished.

SITUATED just up the road from Henley, the White House has been extensively remodelled and refurbished.

It has eight bedrooms, six bathrooms, and all kinds of gadgetry. There’s also secondary accommodation (with bedroom, bathroom and living room/games room/gym), the coolest looking hot tub on the garden terrace deck, and so much more.

It took owners the Thomas family two years to create their dream home. When they first bought Craigmore, as the historical wall plaque tells us, it had been used as an office for many years and was in a poor state.

“When we first saw the property, a company was still using it,” says Neal Thomas, who lives there with wife Vicky and their two young children. “There was no bathroom or kitchen, and the back garden had become a photocopier dumping ground.”

With a huge amount of toil, the property was transformed into a luxury manor that has been tastefully decorated — a wonderful mix of old and new — with the Thomases making the most of the original carved wood mantelpieces, window shutters and decorative plasterwork, while employing modern innovations such as under-floor heating in all six bathrooms to keep their feet warm in winter.

However, the new extension is the favourite part for Vicky. Despite the main house having a large playroom and two large reception rooms, the family spends most of its time here.

“The sun sets behind the trees to the left and you can see amazing sunsets,” she says. “In summer you still get the light coming in right up to 9pm. This is where glasses of wine get drunk, the children’s reading gets done, where we crowd around the fire-burner in winter, and luxuriate in the hot tub in the summer.”

However, back in the main house, the dining room and the drawing room are both delightful. Their large windows — helped by the Georgian proportions — offer fantastic views of the attractive garden, with leafy countryside rolling out behind it.

“At the end of the garden a footpath takes you to Aston, one way, and to Henley the other,” adds Neal. “You can just see the Hambleden hills in the distance. It’s great cycling from here, too — we are five minutes from the Thames.”

The guide price has been reduced from £3,250,000 to £2,700,000. For more information , call Knight Frank on (01491) 738030.

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