4 bedroom detached house for saleHambleden, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9
Sold STC £4,650,000
- 5 reception rooms
- kitchen/breakfast room
- 7 bedrooms
- self-contained guest/staff flat
- swimming pool
- tennis court
- landscaped gardens
- orchard and paddock
- garage and outbuildings
- EPC Rating = E
Beautifully presented Victorian house with Hambleden Estate views.
Yewden Lodge is beautifully and conveniently situated at the foot of the Hambleden Valley between Henley-on-Thames and Marlow approximately ½ a mile from Hambleden village which forms the heart of the former Hambleden Estate. It is arguably one of the most sought after prime residential locations to the west of London, within a 45 minute drive from London Heathrow airport, combining convenience with outstanding Chiltern Hills countryside offering miles of horse riding, cycling, boating and walking right on its doorstep.
Both Henley-on-Thames and Marlow offerexcellent shopping, restaurant, recreational and leisure facilities together with good transport links to central London via the M4 and M40 and with trains to London Paddington via Maidenhead (9 miles) and via Twyford respectively. Direct main line train services from High Wycombe (10 miles) to London Marylebone take about 35 minutes. The River Thames and Hambleden Mill Marina are within ¼ of a mile, providing access to first class boating facilities and the Thames Footpath. Horse riding, cycling and walking throughout the Chilterns is excellent and there are internationally renowned hotels in the area including Danesfield House Hotel.
Yewden Lodge is a very handsome Victorian country house offering wonderfully proportioned and very well presented family accommodation. The current owners undertook a thoughtful refurbishment of the house including rewiring and installing complete new plumbing throughout the property which also included the creation of a substantial and superbly fitted family kitchen/breakfast room.
The wonderful reception rooms all have high ceilings, original sash windows, good cornice work and fireplaces and some herringbone woodblock floors, all the typical features that are special to the Victorian architectural period.
The house enjoys the benefit of an apartment with separate access, and has important amenities outside that include a hard tennis court and heated outdoor swimming pool.
Internally, the drawing room has a classic working fireplace with cast iron surround with marble slips, herringbone wood block floor, working window shutters and a fine moulded ceiling, opening into the quarry tiled conservatory with overhead grapevine and glazed double doors leading into the south side of the garden. Similarly, the same high quality herringbone wood block floor runs throughout the reception hall and dining room, which also feature impressive working fireplaces and panelled ceilings. The family room, which is carpeted, also has a fine working fireplace with built-in cupboards to house AV equipment.
There is also a study with a bespoke desk and a range of built-in cupboards and units. Broadband is delivered to the property via satellite and WiFi is available throughout the property.
The high quality bespoke Veritas family kitchen/breakfast room is set around a substantial central island and offers an outstanding day to day living space, with under-floor heating, bespoke handmade wall and floor units with granite worktops and a full range of modern appliances including an electric Aga, a large fridge/freezer, 2 fridge freezer drawers and a separate wine fridge (all Sub-Zero), a Neff oven and microwave and a Kuppersbusch 4 ring electric induction hob.
This room combines a dining area and a sn ug/ sitting area, with one special feature being an old Victorian well covered by toughened plate glass and illuminated internally. All the lighting in these areas is controlled by Lutron. There is also a north facing walk-in larder with slate shelving and quarry tiled flooring leading off from the kitchen.
The boot room has large ceiling to floor bespoke sliding opaque glass doors that cleverly hide the access to the adjacent boiler room that houses the immersion and water tanks and this room has a very wide hand-made stable door leading out to the tennis court on the north side.
There is a separate utility room off the inner hall and another door that leads down to a large cellar that has been tanked and is well-lit. GarageTek have fitted out both the cellar and garage with practical, modular shelving, hanging space and flooring. The garage also houses all of the electrics for the main house and it has an automatic sliding up and over door which can be controlled remotely from a car upon entering the premises.
From the reception hall a wide staircase with barley twist oak balustrades banister leads to the first floor landing and on to the master bedroom suite that was superbly renovated in 2014 with an outstanding bathroom including a roll top bath, his and hers walk-in shower/wet-room, underfloor heating and a vanity unit with twin inset wash basins. The spacious vaulted guest bedroom enjoys a "Jack and Jill" bathroom and dressing room, in addition to 5 further bedrooms, (one with bespoke desk and fitted cupboards), a family bathroom and family shower room, all of generous proportions. There are also two linen cupboards of which one is walk-in.
The staff/guest flat with external access comprises a sitting room with a wide brick fireplace and stone hearth that houses a gas fire, kitchen/breakfast room and a recently modernised bedroom en suite with under-floor heating. There is a separate electricity meter and fuse board.
The views from every window in the house - but in particular the south-west facing windows looking out over the garden and to the hills beyond - are stunning. The internal feeling is always one of light and space wherever you stand in the house.
Yewden Lodge is approached through electrically operated iron gates with an integral garage to the right of the driveway with a substantial gravelled parking and turning area in front of the main house. The front garden beyond the drive is laid to lawn and includes clipped yew hedging and mature yew trees with beautiful views of farmland to the east over the lower Hambleden Valley.
The principal gardens lie to the rear of the house which is west facing with a wonderfully wide York flagstone terrace wrapping around the south, west and north sides of the house. The west façade is clad with wisteria which can also be illuminated by 8 uplighters on the house itself and 4 separate uplighters on nearby paths.
The terrace then gives way to level lawn; two feature trees include a magnificent horse chestnut and a mature walnut tree, both of which can also be illuminated. Other lovely trees include eucalyptus, redwood, silver birch, fir and 8 further specimen trees in the orchard/paddock including flowering cherry, pear and crab apple. There are wonderful flower borders stocked with a mixture of herbaceous shrubs and plants and a special feature of the garden is an impressive illuminated rockery and haha with water features.
The part-walled hard surface tennis court lies immediately to the north of the house with access via a herb/kitchen garden and gate. A partly walled garden with the outdoor Calor Gas heated swimming pool and summerhouse with changing facilities, shower and WC is adjacent. There is also a practical and discreet composting area with 3 large robustly built bins and a bespoke firepit which have both recently been added. The bore hole is also in this part of the garden and is flanked by two outdoor sheds and a lean-to shed. There are a further two garden sheds that discreetly house garden machinery.
Square Footage: 10,084 sq ft
Acreage: 2.85 Acres
From central Lond on proceed either to Marlow or Henley. Exit either town on the A4155 and midway between the two at the foot of the Hambleden Valley in the hamlet of Mill End, turn north signposted Hambleden and Skirmett. After approximately 300 yards, the entrance to Yewden Lodge will be found on the left-hand side.
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