Saturday, 13 August 2022

Bungalow's potential saw it become a family home


Bungalow's potential saw it become a family home

THIS week’s property started life as a modest bungalow, writes Lucy Boon.

Owners Mr and Mrs Jex spotted its potential — overlooking farmland/Dyson’s Wood — back in 1980 and were able to call on the experience of their renowned local business Jex Construction to turn it into the family home of their dreams. The Jex sons now run the business.

“The family updated and extended the property over the years and the result is a charming family house that’s light and airy,” says Julie Norman at local agency Davis Tate. “West Dene has evolved into a fine country home with nearly 3,000 sq ft of accommodation.”

There are five bedrooms and three bathrooms — not counting the downstairs shower room — and the reception rooms are all decent sizes and come with bay windows.

The sitting room is particularly characterful, with wooden beams and exposed brick, as well as a fireplace (currently a gas fire).

The kitchen reminds you of your surroundings with its country stylings and has granite work surfaces and an island breakfast bar. This room is certainly large enough for a dining table and chairs — as you can see here.

However, Standard Property thinks it would be a bit of a layout crime not to make the most of the adjacent double garage. Incorporating this into the main house to create an extremely large open-plan kitchen/family room (subject to the usual planning consents) would be the logical move.

Especially as this would provide you with the opportunity to create kitchen access to the garden (currently the only access from the house is via the conservatory or the utility room).

The mature garden comes with a well-maintained swimming pool with changing area and sauna. The paved terrace which wraps around the back of the house is continued around the pool area, making for a sheltered sunbathing area. The terrace is also ideal for entertaining.

“The swimming pool is in good order and has been the focus of many family parties,” says Julie Norman.

Best of all about this great, family house is that fact that you’re on a single-track lane in a sought-after hamlet, moments from Mapledurham and Reading golf clubs.

The nearest shops can be found at Emmer Green. Neighbouring Kidmore End has a church, village hall, cricket club, a pub, a primary school and duck pond. Much larger Sonning Common and Caversham also have amenities.

Julie adds: “West Dene would be ideal for a new family who can make it their own and update further if required. The property has stunning views to both the front and rear and is close to Emmer Green with its shops and bus routes into both Henley and Reading town centres.”


Internal size: 2,890 sq ft / 268 sq m

Land: 0.5 acres approx

Bedrooms: five

Bathrooms: three (two en suite) plus an extra downstairs shower room

Reception rooms: four, plus the kitchen has a large breakfast room, and lower ground floor room

Other: Decent-sized entrance hall with downstairs WC, utility room, attached double garage, decent-sized front area (with wishing well), paved driveway and plenty of parking, lovely gardens, swimming pool, outbuildings including a sauna and bathroom, fireplace in the sitting room, views of open farmland, semi-rural location

Guide price: £1,125,000

Agency: Davis Tate (contact Julie Norman on 0118 972 4242)


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