Benhams Well, Benhams Lane, Fawley, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 6JG
Blending classic with contemporary design, ‘Benhams Well’ has been recently extended and renovated, to create a thoughtful living space in this characterful home. Under-floor heating, exposed beams on ceilings and walls, and the original flint sympathetically feature throughout various rooms and modern extensions, and makes the property a unique and intriguing family home. Suitable for both cosy evenings in and for entertaining ‘al fresco’, the house is impressive both internally and externally.
As you approach from Benhams Lane, a quiet country road, do not be fooled by the property’s modest roadside appearance.
An imposing front door opens up into the entrance area, which features a large floor-to-ceiling window that overlooks attractive and spacious gardens. This window provides an abundance of light and colour into the room and creates a feeling of space. The entrance leads into the open-plan sitting room – a comfortable double ‘snug’ room that features a two-way large log burner with cosy seating areas in both rooms. The furthest sitting room leads to a small enclosed library room with in-built bookshelves.
Wooden stairs lead from the sitting room down to the kitchen/breakfast room and also act as drawers for discreet storage. This area includes the most recent addition of the oak-framed brick, flint and glass extension to the kitchen, which gives a contemporary feel. Underfloor heating adds warmth to a large dining space that looks out onto the beautiful garden with its many features. Exposed beams juxtapose with modern features to form the social heart of this family home.
The large open-plan kitchen/breakfast room has a vaulted ceiling, a neutral stone floor, and an extensive range of modern, white high-gloss wall and base units with sophisticated granite work-surfaces. There is an inset sink unit, a free-standing 6-ring gas range cooker with an extraction hood over, and integrated dish washer.
This part of the house also benefits from a large utility area which is separate to the kitchen, and a further room is currently used as a study, complete with an adjacent cloakroom.
Upstairs there is a newly decorated bathroom with a jacuzzi bath, complete with a fitted shower over and shower screen, a countertop wash basin and low-level WC. The walls have been fully tiled to a modern design.
The light and airy Master bedroom has a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the garden, and a range of large fitted wardrobes provide ample storage. The en suite features a neutral pallet comprising a shower cubicle, a counter top sink unit and WC.
The second bedroom has generous proportions and includes a pedestal wash hand basin for guest convenience. The third bedroom overlooks the gardens with two windows and space for a wardrobe. The fourth bedroom overlooks the private driveway and benefits from an in-built cupboard, and a secret wall cubby box.
The property benefits from a cellar under the house which is currently fitted with wine racks, accessible from the outside of the property.
A particular feature of Benhams Well is the thoughtfully landscaped private rear garden, where established trees provide privacy and shade. It features well-stocked beds, an ornamental pond, a summer-house, and a glass gym room with electricity and heating, which could also be used as a sophisticated garden room or office. There is a private driveway to the property with an electric sliding gate, providing parking for up to 4 cars.
Living in Fawley
Fawley is a delightful rural hamlet superbly located high in the Chiltern Hills AONB, and is approximately 2.5 miles from Henley and 7.5 miles from Marlow. Both riverside towns have excellent local amenities and recreational facilities.
The village has a parish church, a Montessori, an OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ rated nursery school, several excellent country pubs within a few miles of the property, a number of private vineyards, proximity to Stonor Park with its full calendar of shows, exhibitions and country park. The area has numerous public footpaths throughout.
Both Henley and Marlow have regular GWR train services that connect to the main train line from the West into London Paddington, and to Crossrail (2020).
The M4 and M40 motorways are easily accessible.
Maidenhead M4 Junction 8/9 – 14 miles
Wycombe M40 Junction 4 – 10 miles
London Heathrow – 28 miles
London – approx. 40 miles
Oxford – approx. 24 miles
Benhams Well is conveniently placed for good schools. Although the postal address is Henley, the property sits in Buckinghamshire and therefore has access to the grammar school system. The property is in the catchment for Sir William Borlase’s grammar school in Marlow. It is easy to travel to Rupert House School and St Mary’s School in Henley, Shiplake College, The Oratory and there are buses to the Reading and Abingdon schools.
The Pub in the Park festival takes place in Marlow in May. The world famous Henley Royal Regatta takes place in July. The Henley Festival of Arts follows the regatta. The Rewind Festival takes place by the river by Temple Island in August.
Mooring and Marina facilities can be found at Hambleden Marina. There are local golf clubs at Harleyford and Henley.
Local Authority: Wycombe District Council
Services: Mains water, electricity, oil central heating, calor gas for cooking, private drainage
Fibre high speed broadband installation for both private and business in 2020
Viewing strictly by appointment with Philip Booth Esq Estate Agents Tel: 01491 635343
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- 4 bed
- 2 bath