4 bedroom house for saleThe Old Clubhouse, Nuffield, Henley-On-Thames
- 4 Bedrooms
- 3 Bathrooms
- 2 Sitting Rooms
- Kitchen/Breakfast Room
- Private Garden
- Off road parking
- No service change
- No onward chain
This unique home will leave you shaken and stirred!
Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond was a member of the golf club here for 32 years and one wonders what inspiration & ideas he took from sitting in The Library, now the Drawing room of this house when writing his most famous novels. The course is mention in his book Goldfinger when James Bond states - I played off 9 at Huntercombe
This Edwardian building, constructed in 1910 was originally the Clubhouse at Huntercombe Golf Club. Occupying an incredible setting adjacent to the golf club on one side and acres of National Trust parkland on the other, the building was converted into six luxury homes in 1967.
The second-floor sitting room at Chiltern House was the golf club’s former library where Ian Fleming was a member for 32 years and the club was immortalised in his novel ‘Goldfinger’ where Bond tells the villain that he “played off 9 at Huntercombe.” This room also entertained many other famous figures including Henry Longhurst, the war MP & renowned British golf writer and commentator, and William Morris, Viscount Nuffield - founder of the MG car brand, who purchased the club in 1926.
Chiltern House is arranged over three floors and offers 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 grand sitting rooms, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, balcony, detached garage and peaceful lawned gardens. This home is simply bursting with character and retains many of its elegant original features including double height ceilings, enormous bay windows which allow light to flood in, and grand fireplaces perfect for curling up in front of in winter months. We think the first floor sitting room with its beautiful picture window and south-west facing balcony could be converted to create a fabulous master bedroom suite, and when you visit Chiltern House we’ll discuss with you this room’s full potential.
The Old Clubhouse is set back from the road and approached by a private driveway. Outside there is parking for several cars directly in front of the house, as well as a single garage to the rear. A light-filled, glazed entrance hall welcomes you into this lovely home, and you can take off your shoes and coat here before entering the breath-taking ground floor sitting room. This is a room which really has the wow-factor! Original oak flooring, Edwardian features and high ceilings create an elegant and tranquil setting. Light floods in through the south facing bay window, drawing your eye to the focal point of the room – the stunning fireplace with a warming wood-burner. This is a fabulous room in which to relax after a long day, or to entertain friends and family. The current owners tell us that Christmas in this room is magical, with the fireplace decorated with garlands and room for an enormous tree under the grand staircase.
Just off the ground floor sitting room is a dining room with double doors which can fold right back for open plan entertaining, or be closed to create an intimate dining space or quiet area to work or relax.
The L-shaped kitchen is decorated in neutral cream shades with extensive work surfaces for food preparation, a range of Shaker-style cupboards offering plenty of storage, as well as space for a built-in dishwasher and washer/dryer. Just off the kitchen is a passageway leading to the downstairs shower room/WC and back door into the garden.
A handsome, wide wooden staircase leads from the sitting room up to the first-floor accommodation. Here you’ll find the second spacious and light-filled sitting room with bay window. It’s no surprise that this room was chosen as the original Clubhouse Library – the light in here is beautiful and relaxing in the pretty window seat with a good book is an absolute delight. In warmer months you can enjoy sitting outside on the south-west facing balcony which leads directly off this room, or curl up in front of the fire on a winter’s evening.
On this floor there is also a double bedroom, study area with extensive built-in bookshelves and a bathroom with WC and bathtub. Stairs lead from the study area to the third floor, where you’ll find a pretty master bedroom with double aspect windows, two further bedrooms and a family shower room and WC.
Outside And Gardens - The idyllic gardens at Chiltern House provide a peaceful and spacious area where children can safely play and adults can relax or entertain. There is a sheltered courtyard area for alfresco dining, leading to a ‘secret passageway’ which opens up onto a spacious lawned area with lovely mature trees and plants. You can walk directly from the gardens to the beautiful forest of Park Wood, which is carpeted with bluebells in late spring.
Location - The hamlet of Nuffield is equidistant between the market towns of Wallingford and Henley. Golf lovers will appreciate use of the prestigious club right on the doorstep, and if long walks through open countryside are your thing, you’ll be spoiled for choice with endless romps directly from your front door into beautiful bluebell woods and National Trust land.
Nearby Nettlebed is a charming village with a garage and shop for the essentials, a lovely café – The Field Kitchen, a cracking pub – The White Hart and a highly regarded primary school, currently rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED.
Henley-on-Thames is approximately 10 minutes’ drive by car. Whether you’re a young professional, a family with children or retired, Henley offers something for everyone. There’s a great range of independent shops and boutiques, as well as familiar favourites. There’s a large Waitrose in the centre of town and some fabulous restaurants and pubs, many along the riverfront.
With masses of things for kids to do, Henley is a magnet for families. You can enjoy long walks along the river, visit the River & Rowing Museum, play in the parks or take in a movie in the town’s independent cinema. There’s lot going on over the year including the world-famous Regatta in June, Henley Festival and other events including a pop up cinema by the riverside, food festivals, and arts & crafts exhibitions.
Highly regarded nearby schools include The Oratory, Shiplake, Moulsford, Cranford House, Rupert House School and Queen Anne’s.
Distances & Services - Henley - 6.5 miles
Nettlebed - 1.5 miles
Wallingford - 5.5 miles
Reading - 11 miles
Mains water and electricity, private drainage, oil fired central heating
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