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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Henley-On-Thames

Guide Price £3,500,000

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A 16th Century Listed Grade II brick and flint cottage that has been extended and improved and now forms a fine family house in the renowned Hambleden valley with gardens, paddocks and mixed woodland of around 19 acres.

Description - This enchanting Grade II family home of great character that was originally a pair of game keepers cottages built around the 16th Century belonging to the Parmoor Estate. The original cottage is built of brick and flint under a tiled roof and with substantial extensions carried out predominantly in 1995 by the current family. None of the character has been lost in the renovation with some of the original leaded light windows, a new roof and a rewiring and re-plumbing project, all encompasses this fine property. The gardens have been landscaped by Michael Balston and the house has been subject to a number of television programmes, including Midsummer Murders. There is potential to convert the 18th Century listed barn which forms an attractive enclosed courtyard into the main body of the house.

Situation - Lying in one of the most desirable picturesque valleys on the borders of Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire in an area of outstanding natural beauty in a small valley some 500 feet above sea level and yet only 45 miles from London. The situation is an idyllic rural setting with the most glorious views across the valleys and open countryside. Elmdown Farm is approximately 2.5 miles from the village of Hambleden where there is an award winning village shop/post office, The Stag and Huntsman pub and The 12th Century church of St. Mary The Virgin. Henley-on-Thames is 6.5 miles away and famous for the annual Royal Regatta followed by the Henley music and art festival .There are also a number of boutique shops, pubs and restaurants, and a 3 screen cinema. Marlow, 5.5 miles away, is equally convenient and has a wide high street flanked by shops, pubs and restaurants. Schools for all ages are well catered for and they include Wycombe Abbey, Wellington College, Eton, Radley and Queen Anne's. Elmdown is in the catchment area of Buckinghamshire grammer schools and is in the catchment of The Royal Grammar School,Sir William Borlase,Wycombe High School and John Hampden.There is horse racing at Windsor and Ascot and golf at Huntercombe, Harleyford and Henley. There is hunting with the Kimblewick Hunt together with a branch of the Pony Club.

Front Door - Solid oak door with an outside light to a entrance hall:-

Entrance Hall - 4.34m x 2.11m (14'2" x 6'11") - Exposed ceiling beams and tiled floor.

Cloakroom - Low level WC, bracketed wash hand basin with mirror and strip light over. Coats hanging area and tiled floor.

Inner Hall - With stairs to first floor with under stairs cupboard. Multi-paned glazed door to terrace and door to:-

Drawing Room - 11.37m x 4.8m (37'3" x 15'8") - Two sets of glazed double doors to terrace, range of book shelving, recessed ceiling spotlights and wall light points. Door to:-

Study - 7.18m x 3.73m (23'6" x 12'2") - With fitted desk top with shelves to side, recessed ceiling spotlights, glazed double doors to terrace and back stairs to first floor.

Sitting Room - 5.6m x 4.31m (18'4" x 14'1") - With recessed brick fireplace, with Bressummer beam over. TV point. Ceiling beams, tiled floor and glazed door to garden.

Dining Room - 5.14m x 4.86m (16'10" x 15'11") - A fine, triple aspect, vaulted room with glazed double doors to garden. Stairs to Minstrel gallery, solid oak floor and double doors to:-

Kitchen/Breakfast Room - 7.92m x 3.85m (25'11" x 12'7") - Two door oil AGA set in recess with working tops to either side, incorporating twin Butler sink unit with mixer tap. Four ring gas hob (Calor gas) further expanse of wooden working surfaces with hand-made matching drawers and cupbaoards under. Ceiling beams, plumbing for dishwasher. Space for fridge/freezer and tiled floor.
Breakfast area with bench seating along one wall with cupboards under, tiled floor, decoratively carved wall cupboards. Bi-fold doors to small study recess. Large built-in larder cupboard with shelving.

Rear Lobby - 3.34m x 2.77m (10'11" x 9'1") - With double wall cupboard. Small side return unit with cupboards and good coats hanging area. Door to courtyard and back door with side access to drive.

Utlity Room - 8.38m x 2.91m (27'5" x 9'6") - With sink set in vanity unit, range of wall cupboards, tiled floor. Plumbing for washing machine.
Cloakroom/shower room with low level WC, fully tiled shower unit with pumped shower. Water softener and oil-fired boiler with wall mounted time controls.

Extra Utility Area - 4.22m x 2.69m (13'10" x 8'9") - With ceiling strip-light.

First Floor -

Landing -

Master Bedroom - 4.79m x 4.32m (15'8" x 14'2") - Double aspect room with fitted cupboards to 2 walls with further storage over with hanging rails and shelving. Door to:-

Dressing Room - Double aspect room with good range of fitted cupboards with hanging rails and shelves and further storage over. Staircase to study and door to:-

En-Suite Bathroom - Triple aspect with large cast iron bath with wood panel enclosed sides and mixer tap. Full tiled shower cubicle to side with pumped shower unit. Twin hexagonal basins set in vanity unit with cupboards under and mirror over. Low level WC. Heated towel rail. Recessed spot lighting.

Bedroom 2 - A large double aspect room with vanity unit and mirror over, built-in cabin bed unit incorporating pull-out bed under.

Bedroom 3 - 3.96m x 3.3m (12'11" x 10'9") - With built-in double wardrobe.

Bedroom 4 - 4.16m x 3.31m (13'7" x 10'10") - With fireplace and access to loft. Two wall lights.

Family Bathroom - A white suite with wood panel enclosed bath. low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin. Large airing cupboard housing sealed copper hot water tank. Door to(with restricted height):-

Bedroom 5 - 4.25m x 4.12m (13'11" x 13'6") - Double aspect room and door to Minstrel gallery with stairs down to dining room.

Gardens And Grounds - The property is approached through an automatic wooden 5 bar gate which leads to a gravel parking and turning area. The main house is built around a beautiful courtyard with water feature and an abundance of planted perennial colourful shrubs and plants. This is flanked by an 18th century wooden barn which in turn leads to the solid oak front door. The formal gardens lie to the south and west of the house landscaped around a circular brick terrace with sweeping lawns up to the solar and oil heated swimming pool. There is a mixture of lawn and formal gardens with mature hedging and trees to the eastern boundary. There is a rose arbor and well stocked and tended borders around the outside of the house . A pergola with climbing wisteria adds to a sheltered brick terrace. There is a hard tennis court and a dressage arena. There is a stable block with three good loose boxes, two tack rooms and two feed rooms.

The timber barn ( 13.97m x 7.00m ) has a lavatory and wash hand basin and an oil boiler room with a further hot water tank ( for domestic use ).

The paddocks are all fenced, there is water and outstanding views across the valley towards the windmill at Turville. These in turn lead onto mixed woodland.

The gardens and grounds amount to around 19 acres.

Fixtures And Fittings - The fitted carpets are included in the sale but all other items known as tenant's fixtures and fittings including light fittings, garden ornaments and equipment are excluded. However, some may be available to purchase by separate negotiation.

Services - Mains electricity and water. Oil central heating. Private drainage. Solar heating to boiler & oil for the swimming pool and a private water bore hole for garden, fields and swimming pool.

Council Tax - Council Tax Band H-£3002.48 p.a. for 2015/16 Payable to:-
Wycombe District Council
Queen Victoria Road
High Wycombe
Bucks HP11 1BB
01494 461 000

Viewings - Strictly by appointment only with Robinson Sherston, SOLE AGENTS, Henley on Thames office. Please call 01491 411911 or email sales@robinsonsherston.co.uk

Directions - From M4 take Junction 8/9 exit and follow the A404 towards High Wycombe, after 2.5 miles take the Henley exit, bear left off the slip road and go straight over the roundabout and continue straight through the village of Hurley(A4130). Go down Remenham Hill into Henley and over the river bridge into Hart Street . At the main traffic lights, turn right into Bell Street and then continue to the edge of town and straight over the first mini roundabout and then take the second exit at the second roundabout towards Marlow on the A4155. Proceed for a further 4 miles and at Mill End turn left signposted Hambleden and continue straight up this road until you approach the village of Skirmett. On the sharp right hand bend, Elmdown can be found on the left hand side approached through a wooden 5 bar gate.


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