This Victorian Gothic style hall was built for the Salvation Army in 1888 and has served a number of purposes since then, including a brewery and an auction house. Interior designer Harriet Holgate bought the hall six years ago and has staged a comprehensive remodelling of the interior to provide a stunning home that embraces some lovely features and focal points. The sitting room, for instance, has a double height vaulted ceiling and opens via bi-fold doors into the lovely landscaped garden at the rear. The family room and kitchen connects to this room but drops a level and provides a spacious multi-purpose room with a cosy feel. The two first floor bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms with Italian sanitary ware and the principal bedroom has a large glazed section that offers an internal view over the sitting room to the garden beyond. In the course of the refurbishment the property has been re-wired, replumbed and new insulation installed. The lovely garden has a white stone terrace with raised planters, a variety of mature shrubs including shaped low Box hedges and dwarf Yew trees. There is a shaped lawn, timber deck and outside lighting.
Watlington is reputedly England’s smallest town with its origins dating from the 6th century. The town has a range of sports facilities that embrace football and cricket as well as tennis, squash and bowls. There are good local shops including a first class butcher and delicatessen and some excellent restaurants and pubs. Watlington Primary school and Rainbow Corner day nursery and pre-school have an ‘outstanding’ ofsted rating and senior education is provided by the well-regarded Icknield Community College. The Chiltern Hills rise above the town and offer some of the finest landscapes in south-east England. There is much on offer here for outdoor enthusiasts, cyclists and walkers as The Icknield Way (Ridgeway National Trail) passes close to the town. Watlington is also the heartland of the re-introduced Red Kite that now soar above the town’s roof tops.