Sunday, 24 March 2019

‘Open house’ will let you get in on the ground floor

‘Open house’ will let you get in on the ground floor

AN “open house” is being held at Oakdale, a stunning new property in Nettlebed, on Saturday, March 2.

The appointment-only event, hosted by Henley estate agency Simmons & Sons, is an early opportunity to view a brand new five-bedroom family home in a quiet and pretty location.

Oakdale is located on a single-track road in Catslip, a tiny wooded hamlet at Crocker End, at the edge of the village of Nettlebed.

The green oak-framed house, which has a guide price of £1,500,000, was built and recently completed by local property developer Acorn Homes.

It is set in a large lawned plot with a gravel driveway and parking space for at least four cars.

The exterior of the house is a combination of brick and cream-coloured render, made from a silicone-based product that does not require any painting or maintenance.

The structural oak frame is visible from the outside, giving the house a characterful and traditional feel, and the PVC windows are a stylish light bluey-grey colour.

There is a patio area at the front of the house and a larger one at the back, with steps down to the lawn. Here you can sit outside in the fresh air and admire the trees and fields of the open countryside.

Inside, the building’s wooden frame is visible in every room, making it feel homely, and some of the rooms have high vaulted ceilings. The front door opens into a large space that is highly flexible in its potential uses — it could be used as a dining area, a family room or simply a quiet space for reading or relaxing.

To the left is a stunning triple-aspect sitting room. To the right, the massive kitchen-dining room stretches all the way from the front of the house to the back — providing a flexible and open space for family members to come and go.

The kitchen has attractive porcelain tiles on the floor and is fitted with plenty of cupboards, an induction hob, a fridge-freezer, a dishwasher, a range of NEFF appliances and two ovens.

The kitchen-dining room has a central island and a utility room with an outside door, and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer.

The ground floor also has a cloakroom and a storage cupboard, and an oak staircase leading up to the first floor.

All of the rear-facing rooms have bi-fold doors that open out on to the back garden.

Upstairs, the dual-aspect master bedroom suite at the back of the house has a separate walk-in dressing room and an en suite shower room.

Two of the four additional bedrooms have en suite facilities, and there is a family bathroom too.

The house has been designed to look traditional, with modern comforts and convenience, and great efforts have been made to keep it low-maintenance and energy-efficient.

Stuart Alexander at Simmons & Sons said: “This is a very versatile family home within the sought after hamlet of Catslip. The green oak frame adds to the character of the house and gives the interior a bright, airy feel. The views to the rear over open countryside are pretty special too.”

Oakdale is within walking distance of the village of Nettlebed, which is situated about four miles north west of Henley and on the way to Wallingford.

The village has a primary school, a church, a mobile post office service, some unique shops, pubs and restaurants.

Villagers make good use of the community centre and function hall at Nettlebed Village Club, and there are sports facilities, a doctor’s surgery and the unusual attraction of a pottery kiln that is many centuries old.

For more information about Oakdale, to book an appointment at the open house event on March 2 or to arrange a viewing at another time, call Simmons & Sons on (01491) 571111.

At a glance...

OAKDALE, 39 CATSLIP, NETTLEBED

• Bedrooms: five

• Bathrooms: three

• Receptions: two

• Gross internal area: 2,349 sq ft / 218 sq m

• Features: new build, quiet location, spectacular countryside views, green oak frame, bi-fold doors

Guide price: £1,500,000

Agent: Simmons & Sons on (01491) 571111

North by north west

There are many reasons why home-buyers choose to live to the north west of Henley.

There is a good selection of primary and secondary schools to choose from in this area, along with several independent schools.

Walkers, cyclists and wildlife enthusiasts enjoy being smack bang in the middle of the Chilterns Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beuty, with all its wild woodland, meandering trails, cosy village pubs and rolling hills that go on for miles.

Proximity to Henley is of course a massive perk — and from this area it is easy to get to Oxford or the Cotswolds, onto the M40 northbound or the M4 westbound, or into London.

Locals here also know that the roads into Henley from this direction can be less busy.

The route in along the Fair Mile and the roads that go through Rotherfield Greys and down Gravel Hill avoid the often busier approaches over the bridge or along the Marlow and Reading Roads.

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