21000 sq ft(1950.96 sq m)
Asking price £4,750,000

HighmoorHenley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 5DH

    Key features

    • Private and tranquil site with planning permission for 21,000 sq ft house
    • Existing 5 bed house
    • Long sweeping driveway, open vistas
    • Images of the house shown are computer generated
    • Extensive gardens and grounds and woodland
    • Tennis court and pavilion
    • Garaging and stables

    Swanwood provides an extremely rare opportunity to acquire a tranquil and private site with planning permission for a stunning 21,000 sq.ft. Arts & Crafts style house.

    About this property

    • The proposed design offers spacious open plan, modern living and is meticulously positioned to take advantage of the views beyond Swanwood. The land predominately consists of formal gardens, woodland all set within 42.35 acres acres of land.

      The proposed main house will provide 21,000 sq ft of accommodation. The new design scheme has been created to sit within the historic and typology planning guidance. An overall property and landscape strategy has been prepared by chartered architects The Anderson Orr Partnership, with an aim to respect the nature of the site. Energy My Way, have composed a report to assess how to advance the energy efficiency of the proposed house. The intention is to replace the current house on the existing site and rotate the dwelling by 30 degrees. The new house has been carefully planned so that it is positioned to take advantage of the three
      vistas in the woodland.

      The architects propose Swanwood to comprise of open planned living on the ground floor with a large kitchen/ breakfast and family room. There will be four further rooms on this floor including two large reception rooms to the south and west providing the entertainment spaces, as well as a garden room to the south and a billiard room to the north.

      On the first floor, four bedroom suites will be accessed off the landing all benefiting from separate dressing rooms and en suite bathrooms. In addition there will be a reading room adjacent to the large landing. On the second floor will be three further bedroom suites with far reaching views. The basement will contain ancillary spaces including a games room and cinema room.

      The proposed ancillary buildings (garage and swimming pool) are designed as standalone structures and will not be connected to the accommodation within the main dwelling. The tennis court and pavilion have also been redesigned on their current site, with a grand pavilion with all necessary services.

      The basement and indoor swimming pool are designed to utilise the sloping topography of the site.

      The enchanting setting is responsible for making Swanwood such an exceptional site. Hidden away down an extensive, yet refreshingly low-key, driveway, it is one of Oxfordshire's best kept secrets. Benefiting from an entirely rural location, with all the conveniences of a superbly accessible position.

      The current house was built in the1930s with striking white brick elevations. The sizeable, wooded garden and grounds surrounding the proposed site are a large part of its appeal, featuring some carefully planted veteran specimens, the woodland has undergone compliant management which has included clearing to reveal the glorious vistas that were once concealed.

      Majestic trees of note include several beech and copper beech, oak and chestnut. There is a disused tennis court and pavilion at the foot of the main garden with proposed plans to redevelop. There is also a small crater within the grounds that marks the spot where a bomber crash-landed during the Second World War. There are various outbuildings to Swanwood; a spur to the right of the main house leads to a timber garage.

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    Local information

    • Swanwood is situated on the edge of the pretty village of Nettlebed, which boasts several antique shops, a local store/post office and the well regarded White Hart Hotel and Restaurant. Positioned south of the village, it lies north of the charming hamlet of Highmoor with its church, village hall and pub. More extensive shopping and recreational facilities can be found in the nearby historic riverside town of Henley-on-Thames, offering a fine variety of shops, public houses and restaurants as well as a Waitrose and a hospital. The town of Reading also offers further shops and amenities, together with a fast rail service to London Paddington (from 27 minutes). The M4 junction 8/9 lies within easy reach and provides access to Heathrow and the national motorway network. The surrounding countryside offers extensive walking and riding through a well-linked network of public footpaths and bridleways.
    • SCHOOLS - There is a selection of excellent schools nearby, such as Rupert House and St Mary's in Henley, Leighton Park, Queen Anne's at Reading, the Oratory School, Eton, Bradfield, Pangbourne, Shiplake, Papplewick Prep School, Moulsford Prep School, Cranford House, Radley, Ludgrove, Wellington College, Wycombe Abbey, St George's and Heathfield at Ascot.
    • SPORTING AND RECREATION - There is an abundance of leisure facilities available locally including; rowing on the Thames and a number of fine local golf courses at Badgemore Park, Henley, Temple and Huntercombe. Racing may be enjoyed at Ascot, Windsor and Newbury and the Guards Polo Club and the Royal Berkshire Polo Club are both within striking distance.

    Additional information

    • Directions: From Henley-on-Thames take the Fairmile (A4130) in the direction of Oxford and, after approximately 4 miles at the mini roundabout just before Nettlebed, turn left signposted to Peppard Common and Reading (B491). After about half a mile, Swanwood will be found on the right hand side down a discreet track.
    • EPC Exempt