Approached via a long drive, The Beeches is a substantial family home of great character and presence, standing in a very private setting on one of Henley-on-Thames finest roads. The house was originally constructed around 1906 and retains many beautiful ornate features of the period. The accommodation is arranged over three floors with all the principal rooms enjoying wonderful views over the beautiful grounds.
The Ground Floor has a beautiful Reception Hall which leads through to an elegant Drawing Room and the Dining Room, all have high ceilings and classic open fireplaces. On the First Floor, there are four Bedrooms and three Bathrooms.
The Top Floor is arranged as a self-contained three Bedroom Apartment with its own Kitchen, Bathroom and large Sitting room. This can be approached via its own external entrance or via stairs from the main house, thus offering huge potential and flexibility.
There are traditional "below stairs" cellars with a coal room, wine cellar, and Sauna. Attached to the house is a substantial extension that currently houses an Indoor Swimming Pool and Jacuzzi, in need of updating and recommissioning or conversion to further accommodation.
The Beeches is approached from Woodlands Road around a sweeping drive drawing up to stone steps to an impressive Entrance Portico.
The gardens and grounds are a particularly fine feature of the property, along the southern side of the house is a beautiful York stone terrace with brick steps leading down to the lawns.
The garden has been a great love of the owners for many years and has zoned areas with wildflower planting, more formal soft landscaped borders, and a wonderful array of mature specimen trees. Tucked to the rear of the house is a beautiful pond area with a stone walkway leading up and around the pond which also creates a waterfall with lush planting to create a haven for wildlife and a beautifully tranquil and secluded spot to sit and enjoy. The kitchen steps out to a private courtyard garden which again has been nurtured into a lovely peaceful setting. Around the garden and grounds, there are original paths leading in and out of the borders. Overall the garden provides an idyllic backdrop to this elegant home.
Woodlands Road is a tree-lined avenue that connects the villages of Shiplake and Harpsden approximately 2 miles from Henley-on-Thames. The immediate area is gentle woodland and rolling open fields leading into the Harpsden Valley. Shiplake is a very popular Thames side village. Local amenities include a village shop/post office, butcher, garage, and The Baskerville, an award-winning public house and restaurant.
The railway station in Shiplake gives mainline access (via Twyford) in 8 minutes or Reading (18 minutes) with a fast service to London, Paddington (from 25 minutes). Henley-on-Thames, Marlow and Reading are all within easy reach and offer a more comprehensive range of shopping, leisure and recreational facilities.
The area is well served for schools, including Reading Blue Coat, Shiplake College, The Abbey School for Girls, and Queen Anne's in Caversham. and is also in the catchment area of Shiplake Primary School.
There are boating activities on the River Thames, and Henley is world-famous for the annual Henley Royal Regatta and hosts the Henley Festival of Music & Arts, Henley Literary Festival and regional farmers markets.
There are excellent walks beside the river into Henley and in the nearby Chiltern Hills.
Mains services: Electricity / water / private drainage.
Council Tax: South Oxfordshire District Council
EPC Rating: F
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Directions (RG9 4AB)
Arriving in Henley-on-Thames from London, cross over the bridge and at the lights turn left onto Thameside. Continue keeping The River Thames on your left, the road will bear round to the right, continue, pass Henley Station up to the lights and turn left onto the A4155 (Reading Road) and continue towards Shiplake for about 2 miles. Once in Shiplake turn right at the War Memorial onto Woodlands Road. Continue up Woodlands Road, the road bears round to the right, with fields on the left, The Beeches can be found on the right-hand side.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Nothing in these particulars shall be deemed to be a statement that the property is in good structural condition or that any services, appliances, equipment or facilities are in good working order. Measurements and distances referred to are given as a guide only whilst descriptions of the property are subjective and are used in good faith as an opinion and not as a statement of fact. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise on such matters prior to purchase.