5 bedroom detached house for saleSkirmett, Henley-On-Thames, RG9
- Grade II Listed Country House
- Tranquil Hambleden Valley location
- 5 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
- Stables and C18th Barn
- 19 Acres of gardens and paddocks
- EPC Exempt.
Nestled in a peaceful corner of the Hambleden Valley, Elmdown Farm is a charming Grade II Listed house which has been extended and improved over the years. Originally a pair of gamekeepers cottages, the property is full of original features and character with exposed timbers and quaint leaded light windows. The newer extension has a gracious drawing room and light and bright accommodation.
Elmdown Farm lies on the edge of the sought-after village of Skirmett which has a well-regarded gastro pub, The Frog, and is in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Together with the nearby village of Hambleden, this unspoilt area is one of most photographed and has been the subject of many films and TV programmes including Midsomer Murders and Agatha Christie thrillers, one episode of which was filmed at Elmdown Farm. It is just 6 miles from Henley-on-Thames where there are comprehensive leisure and shopping facilities including a Waitrose, coffee and specialist shops. There are stations at High Wycombe (8 miles) to Marylebone in 25 minutes and Henley (Paddington from 45 mins) with Crossrail allowing direct access to the City, Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow from 2018. The area is well served for schools, both state and private, including Rupert House in Henley, with Shiplake College, Sir William Borlase, Reading Blue Coat, Queen Anne's in Caversham, The Abbey, Moulsford and Cranford House Preps, all accessible. The M40 (j5) is just 5 miles distant and connects to the wider motorway network, Heathrow is under 30 miles away. There are miles of riding and walking in the surrounding countryside with many footpaths and bridleways accessible directly from the property.
Crossing the charming courtyard, filled with tumbling flowers and plants, and bounded by the barn, the house and the old pig sties, the oak front door leads to the reception hall. The drawing room is a superb 37 in length and is a lovely light room with windows on two sides and two sets of French windows to the terrace and garden. There is a large family room currently used as a study with doors to the garden and there is a cosy sitting room with wood burning stove in a lovely fireplace. The kitchen/breakfast room is well fitted with a range of solid units and an Aga and has oak beams, and there is a large utility room or studio. The dining room is modelled on a medieval design and has a vaulted ceiling with an oak staircase and a minstrels gallery which is a fine place to entertain. Full of nooks and crannies, there is lots of storage and additional walk-in cupboards and stores.
Up the two staircases are the five bedrooms, one with a dressing room. The master bedroom has a large en-suite bathroom and a second family bathroom has fine views across the hills. A shower room is located on the ground floor and there is a cloakroom.
From the lane, an electric 5-bar gate opens into the large gravelled parking area and round to the magnificent C18th barn. This is a superb detached building which has been the venue for many family parties and gatherings; it has power and light and a cloakroom. The stable block has three loose boxes, a tack room and two feed stores and there is an Equimix manege. The tennis court lies to the northern boundary and the fenced paddocks surround the house. The garden lies predominantly south and west and has been professionally landscaped by Michael Balston (current vice-president of the RHS), providing a wonderful entertaining space. There is large brick terrace and a rose and lavender sunken garden with intricate brick work. The rose covered pergola leads out to the manicured lawns and up to the swimming pool which is part solar powered. There are superb views across the fields and up the hills across to Cobstone windmill in Turville. In all the gardens and land amount to 19 acres.
LOCAL AUTHORITY and SERVICES
South Oxfordshire District Council, www.southoxon.gov.uk.
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.
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