Holmwood is a distinguished, Grade II listed Georgian country house overlooking well maintained gardens with stunning elevated views
Holmwood is a distinguished, Grade II listed Georgian country house, built in the early 1700s with later 18th century extensions and alterations that are very much in keeping with the original property.
Built of elegant Flemish bond red brick and Bath stone clad, the house makes an instant impression, but the most charming elevation is undoubtedly the rear of Holmwood, swathed in old, gnarled wisteria, overlooking well maintained gardens with elevated views across the Thames Valley. Holmwood and its gardens and grounds have been extensively refurbished by the present owners to a very high standard throughout.
The main house benefits from all the signature Georgian flourishes characteristic of early 18th century houses. The wonderful light double aspect drawing room, with its marble fireplace, large sash windows, curved extension and access to the two terraces to the South and West epitomises proportion and balance. The other principal reception rooms include a magnificent dining room, comfortably seating up to 24, and an elegant sitting room, both with access onto the south facing terrace. Together with the limestone-floored Hall, these rooms combine to make an impressive principal entertaining area. The drawing and sitting rooms have superb marble fireplaces and other period features include beautiful heavy, polished mahogany doors. Each of the principal reception rooms has French Windows or unusual sash doors leading out onto the garden. With a total of 11 bedrooms, every one with a well-fitted bathroom en suite, an extremely unusual feature for a listed property, Holmwood offers comfortable accommodation for both family and guests.
The three ancillary houses all benefit from their own gated entrances and separate parking, so that they do not encroach on the privacy of Holmwood. They are called Clock House, The Lodge and Coachman's.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The property is approached up a long sweeping driveway running from the west of the property towards the house. The main, south facing gardens lie to the rear of the house and include laurel walks under planted with a variety of bulbs. Close to the house is a line of terraces planted with roses, lavender and a variety of Mediterranean plants, with an attractive herb and flower garden leading to a pillared pergola. Steps lead down from the terrace opposite the sitting room to a quartered sunken garden with a fountain, four lawns and herbaceous borders. Further to the west are beds of camellias, azaleas and other shrubs, including mature and very well established rhododendrons. There is also a large area of old English Woodland with a stream running through it.
To the South East is the magnificent heated infinity edged Swimming Pool positioned perfectly to take advantage of the outstanding southerly views. The Pool House with kitchen, shower, w.c. and changing rooms sits at the end of the Swimming Pool and is close to the sheltered all-weather Tennis Court. There is a separate sauna cabin, pizza oven and built in barbecues.
To the east of Holmwood a separate entrance off Shiplake Row leads to a large parking area with two attractive properties: Coachman's has three bedrooms, with Bathroom, Cloakroom, Kitchen, Sitting Room and a large Garden, along with a shed and separate parking.
This newly converted house comprises 3 Bedrooms and bathroom, a comfortable Sitting Room, Kitchen/dining room and Cloakroom. There is also an attractive garden with a shed and ample parking.
The Lodge is located to the left of the main drive and comprises a Master Bedroom, a bathroom, 2 further Bedrooms, Kitchen and Sitting Room.
Coachmans and Clock House both back onto the rear courtyard of Holmwood. The courtyard also offers ample parking space, garaging and storage areas.