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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Turville Heath, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9

Sold STC £4,650,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 6 bedroom suites
  • vaulted drawing room
  • 4 further reception rooms
  • kitchen/breakfast room
  • about 5 acres
  • staff/guest annexe
  • outdoor heated pool
  • garage for 3 cars
  • views of Turville Valley
  • EPC Rating = D

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Exceptional views from a glorious Chiltern setting, with a superbly appointed private family country house with great amenities, within an hour of central London.


Swains House is set high in the Chilterns in the lovely rural hamlet of Turville Heath and benefits from a private and secluded position well situated within its own plot. The property enjoys views over permanent pasture to the north and has its own lovely mature gardens to the east and south and there are no footpaths that overlook the house it is all private land. The accommodation on the first floor to the south and west provide distant views over The Chilterns.

Turville Heath is a sought after, peaceful Chiltern village, with good access to Watlington which provides day-to-day amenities. Henley-on-Thames is 8 miles away and has excellent shopping and recreational facilities as well as a main line train service (via Twyford) to London Paddington. Nearby High Wycombe and Princes Risborough stations provide access to the Chiltern line and are also commutable with direct trains into Marylebone. Oxford, Reading and the West and Central London can easily be reached via the M40 and M4 via the A404(M).


Swains House is believed to have been built in 1939 with a 17th century barn and occupies an outstanding Chiltern Hills position with far-reaching views over the Turville / Hambleden Valley. This handsome and substantial house has been cleverly extended and meticulously restored by the current owners in the 20 years that they have been in residence to provide an outstanding, comfortable family home. They have created an informal kitchen/ breakfast room, family room and games room area that truly complements the existing house, which includes a magnificent vaulted and beamed reception room. Throughout much of the house are wide and handsome oak floorboards, with other panelling and exposed joinery in the original part of the house creating an abundance of character.

The front door leads into the light Reception Hall providing access to the principall reception rooms and stairs to the first floor accommodation, as well as a cloakroom. The vaulted Drawing Room is a magnificent room with exposed beams, large open fireplace and galleried reception area above. French doors lead out to terracing and the gardens beyond. A Secret Dining Room with oak stripped flooring can also be found off the Reception Hall as well.

Adjacent is the magnificent Kitchen / Breakfast Room, which truly is the heart of the house, and is comprehensively fitted with a wide range of high quality Neff appliances and drinks fridges, together with a 4-oven Aga, with the main ovens run by a choice of either electricity or oil, and with a side gas console for maximum flexibility. All kitchen units have been bespoke designed with a central island and breakfast area at one end and views across the gardens to the east. Beyond is an open plan Family Room with Chesney's fireplace and bi-fold doors to the terrace. From here sliding doors lead through to the Games Room with a Utility Room, Cloakroom, Dog/Boot Room beyond and door to the outside. The Communications Room which houses the Cat 5 Distribution Centre and the Audio/Visual system is found off the Games Room. A second door from the Games Room leads into the secondary stairway which in turn leads back into the Kitchen / Breakfast Room. The Media Room is off the kitchen with built in shelving and cupboards below with cabling and sound for home cinema systems, the room is dual aspect with views to the front of the house.

From the Reception Hall, stairs lead up to a galleried landing above. The landing runs the full length of the first floor, giving access to all six bedrooms, with the majority of them enjoying outstanding easterly views across the Turville Valley, arguably some of the best in the Chilterns.

The first floor bedroom accommodation is generous and really well laid out, serviced by two staircases to give great flexibility for teenage children and/or guests. The master bedroom suite, as with a number of other principle rooms in the house, is wired for sound with inbuilt speakers. The master bedroom enjoys a substantial walk-in dressing room and a beautifully appointed bathroom.

Master Bedroom - Large dual aspect room, en suite with roll top bath raised from the floor to take in the wonderful views, twin basins and separate shower. At the opposite end of the room is a generous dressing room and walk-in wardrobe.

Bedroom 2 - Large double bedroom with dormer windows enjoying views over the paddock and beyond. En suite bathroom with shower above, dressing room area and walk in wardrobe which in turn leads through to a large and useful storage room.

Bedroom 3 - Double bedroom with views over the front of the house. En suite shower room.

Bedroom 4 - Double bedroom with easterly views. Dressing room and Walk in wardrobe and En suite bathroom with shower above.

Guest Room/Bedroom 5 - Double bedroom, dual aspect with views to the east and towards the swimming pool and the fields beyond. En suite bathroom with shower above.

Guest Room/Bedroom 6 - Double bedroom, easterly views over the Turville Valley, En suite Shower room.

Separate Oak staircase leading to the downstairs Entrance Hall.

Large wrought iron electric gates open onto a gravelled drive which arrives at the front of the house, opposite is a 3 Car Garage block with 1 bed Staff Flat above.

To the side of the house, a gate leads through to a Walled Garden with Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool and chalet style Pool House which houses the sauna. A second gate leads back to terracing running the length of the house, where the fantastic views can be admired. Formal lawns run down to a box hedging and Paddocks beyond.

To the north of Swains House, a beech hedge separates the formal gardens from a paddock which currently has planning permission to create a new tree lined avenue driveway direct to the house (should it be required), the paddock is accessed from a gate at the front of the house and from the lane via another gate.

Fixtures and fittings
Swains House could be purchased with some of the existing fixtures and fittings, subject to negotiation.

Strictly by appointment with Savills.

We would strongly encourage viewing to truly appreciate the wonderful setting and all that the house has to offer.

Square Footage: 8,692 sq ft
Acreage: 5 Acres


From the M40 (J6 Stokenchurch) take the A40 towards Oxford. Turn 1st left signposted Christmas Common and proceed for about 3 miles into Christmas Common; turn left towards Northend and follow the road into Northend village, leaving the pond on your right. Proceed across Northend common and follow the road out of the village, leaving White Hart on your right, past Swainswood and Swains House will be found after on the left-hand side.

From Henley-on-Thames proceed north up the Fairmile (A4130), fork right up the Stonor valley signposted Assendon and Stonor. Proceed to Stonor, pass The Quince Tree and Stonor Park and turn right, signposted Southend, Turville Heath. Ignore turnings to South End, proceed through the lime avenue at Turville Heath and on towards Northend village. Continue for about another 300 - 400 yards, and Swains House will be found on the right-hand side, just before Northend village.

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