Monday, 17 December 2018

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IF you’re looking for a life of lowish stress levels, there’s arguably a lot to be said for

IF you’re looking for a life of lowish stress levels, there’s arguably a lot to be said for country living.

As recent data shows, urban dwellers are increasingly looking to find their own rural retreat where life is more relaxed yet work is commutable, the schools are good, the surroundings are gorgeous, and a pair of Hunter wellies are pretty much obligatory.

This week, Standard Property has sniffed out a fine selection of rural gems — both to rent and to buy — that offer more than just a whiff of manure and a freshly cut fieldâ?¦


THIS four-bedroom, semi-detached house is pretty roomy and in a decent condition, although buyers may want to update it a bit.

However, it’s the location that makes it so interesting — a semi-rural spot overlooking common land.

Neil Burton, sales valuer at the Henley branch of Romans, said: “Northend is a small hamlet high in the Chiltern Hills which, along with its neighbours Turville and Christmas Common, is one of the most sought-after villages in the area. Plus this property is still only a 15-minute drive from Henley, which means you are close to amenities but are located in a lovely rural location.

“It would make a wonderful family home and the surroundings offer plenty of open space for walking the dog or playing football with your children. The house also offers versatile accommodation with scope for further improvement or redesign of the current layout with plenty of parking and a private rear garden.”

For sale with Romans at a price of £650,000. For more information, call (01491) 412888.


THIS property can be found in an idyllic spot, just up the road from Henley, close to the village of Rotherfield Greys.

Unfurnished with three good-sized bedrooms, two bathrooms, a double-aspect sitting room with an open fireplace, and a modern kitchen.

Alison Letts at Simmons & Sons said: “It’s the outside that really has the wow factor here. yet the location is so convenient to Henley and good schools.”

To rent with Simmons & Sons for £1,495 monthly plus fees (£200 saving on admininstration fees for June). Call (01491) 634280 for more information.


THIS beautiful riverside setting of Goring and Streatley, with views of the Chiltern hills and Berkshire downs yet with easy access to Goring Village and the mainline station to London and Reading, is where this pretty three-bedroom semi-detached house is located.

Alison Letts at Simmons & Sons said: “The garden is a particular feature of this property and there are stunning views from every window. Also outside there are useful additional outbuildings with power.”

To rent with Simmons & Sons for £1,500 monthly plus fees. Call (01491) 634280 for more information.


JUST up the road from the Northend property, Gothic-style End Lodge can be found in the lovely hamlet of Christmas Common.

This Grade II-listed late Regency lodge has two bedrooms, a pretty cottage-y garden and is approached via rambling countryside.

Other plusses are the wood-burning fire for the winter months — never far away! — and a separate, fully insulated studio that has been used in previous tenancies as a spare bedroom.

Victoria Gray, lettings manager at the Henley branch of Hamptons International, told Standard Property: “End Lodge is gorgeous — a very special property. It’s a bit of an artists’ retreat and has even featured in glossy magazine Homes & Gardens.”

Available to rent for £1,795 per calendar month with Hamptons International. Call (01491) 736000 for more information.

Also to rent with Robinson Sherston. Call (01491) 614000 for details.


APART from its glorious gardens and surrounding countryside, the plusses with this one are its five bedrooms, its generous plot, its character features (though the facilities, such as the attractive kitchen, are nice and modern), and the fact that it has no chain to tie it down.

Peter Hawley, sales manager at the Caversham branch of Romans, says: “With its secluded gardens and idealistic location in the village of Checkendon, this thatched cottage is not only unique and very attractive, but it offers the owners all of the benefits of living in the countryside, with Henley just six miles away, with all of its amenities.”

For sale with Romans at a price of £1,200,000. For more information, call 0118 946 5200.


CLOSE to Pangbourne, five-bedroom Blenheim Barn (on the edge of the Maidenhatch Estate) lies in a tranquil spot about a mile and a half away from shops, restaurants and a train station to London.

The house was beautifully extended and restored approximately 20 years ago, keeping many of its original features, and the garden is simply glorious, with a series of terraced ponds. A bonus is the two-bedroom annexe.

For sale with Strutt & Parker at a price of £1,250,000. For more information, call 0118 321 8817.

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A GRADE II-listed detached five-bedroom manor house with excellent open views over the Chilterns in a rural haven not far from Stokenchurch.

It comes with a detached flat, a range of outbuildings extending to approximately 3,241 sq ft (301.2 sq m) and about 26.2 acres of private gardens and paddocks.

Kerry Clarke, partner at Simmons & Sons in Henley, said: “We have a dedicated agricultural department who provide estate and woodland management services, in addition to sales and purchase advice to landowners and farm tenants.

“We are pleased to offer for sale this delightful small estate in a prime rural location.”

For sale with Simmons & Sons at a guide price of £1,700,000. Call (01491) 634280 for more information.


THE top of the budget here at a whopping £2.1million, but with views and land like this, it’s not surprising.

This brand new family home near Sonning Common has six bedrooms, five bathrooms (four en suite), three reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast/family room, utility, cloakroom. double garage, landscaped gardens, paddock, two stables, and about 1.25 acres of land. Phew! Vanessa Townsend, manager of country and riverside at Davis Tate, said: “It’s unusual to find such a smart, stylish new-build house in such a quiet, tucked away area. The combination of such a smart new house and a rural, quiet area is unique. There’s a byway at the bottom of the paddock, so you can ride or walk the dogs straight out across miles of countryside.”

For sale with Davis Tate for a guide price of £ £2,100,000. Call (01491) 313106 for information.


WHO said you can’t find a countryside gem at a decent price?

Woodman Cottage is tucked away in the Chiltern Hills and was built in 1835 so its full of period features, yet it’s been nicely updated.

The house comes with three bedrooms, two reception rooms, two bathrooms and a huge garden.

For sale with Knight Frank at a guide price of £799,000.

Call (01491) 844900 for more information.

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