The riverside market town of Henley, renowned for the annual Royal Regatta, is a magnet for the super-rich, with many high-profile individuals, including Orlando Bloom, Boris Johnson and Phillip Schofield, owning residences in the area. Henley has more than its share of celebrity kudos and here premium developer Millgate has just unveiled the new show home at its Farnehurst development, on the edge of the rolling South Oxfordshire Chiltern Hills.
Farnehurst is an exclusive collection of just three, five-bedroom Arts and Crafts style homes, exquisitely designed and built by Millgate’s master craftspeople using time honoured techniques. Providing the optimum combination of comfort, style and privacy, each of the three homes sit behind their own private gated entrance within a thoughtfully landscaped plot.
The new show home, Bamburgh House, is set over three storeys, comprising everything a modern family could possibly need, including a formal drawing room, study, media room and triple garage. The focal point of the ground floor is the hub of the home, an impressive open-plan kitchen, breakfast, dining and family room which opens onto the rear garden. Designed by a Chelsea gold medal winner, the front and south-facing rear gardens have been carefully planned to frame the home and provide a beautifully secluded and private space.
Jonathan Cranley, Sales and Marketing Director at Millgate comments: “Following the success of our Hamilton Place development in nearby Checkendon, we have returned to renowned Henley on Thames, and created a bespoke collection of just three large family homes. With one of the homes at Farnehurst being reserved on the day of the launch, there is already a lot of competition among buyers to secure one of the remaining two properties in this sought-after location.”
Kitchen specification is of the highest standard, with bespoke hand painted soft-close cabinets, complemented by stone worktops and a Villeroy&Boch farmhouse sink. Top of the range appliances include an American style fridge freezer, a Falcon stainless steel range cooker and a Caple wine cooler, while a separate utility room provides plenty of space for laundry and muddy boots, after a day of rambling through the surrounding countryside.
A formal drawing room, study and WC make up the rest of the ground floor accommodation, focused around an impressive entrance hall. On the first floor, there are four en suite bedrooms, all with generous built in storage. The master suite has a private terrace overlooking the rear garden, as well as a large dressing room and spacious bathroom. On the second floor is a fifth bedroom and a media room. The home allows generous space for everyone, places to relax together and separately, ideal for the modern-day family.
Henley is an area where residents can enjoy everything that country living offers, whether that is walking, cycling, horse-riding or enjoying all that residing by the River Thames includes, such as rowing, sailing or paddle boarding. Henley itself offers a great range of restaurants and shops including Waitrose, while Oxford and Reading are in easy reach. The Chilterns are the first significant area of countryside heading West from London, making this a potential location for those that need to commute into the capital. From Reading station, central London is accessible in less than half an hour by train while Pangbourne and Goring &Streatley stations are even closer and by car both the M40 and M4 are easily reached.