Mr Clarke thinks :
We have a yearning to retreat here and buy a rowing boat.
Resting on stilts next to the river, in an exclusive enclave of Berkshire, The Shack is a magnificent house and an exceptional example of modern architecture. Set back on a private lane amongst nature, this house is a sanctuary from the hustle of daily life, yet you are within 30 miles of London. The house embraces its surroundings beautifully and sits comfortably in the landscape.
Split over two floors, the property has been cleverly conceived to provide a mix of open plan living and entertaining spaces, as well as private intimate rooms. The ground floor is a vast area, which is cleverly zoned for a variety of uses. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor. Outside is a large, beautiful garden with direct access to the river where you can moor a small boat.
This is a home that certainly exceed its name - first brought to life in the 1930s it has been enjoyed by discerning homeowners ever since. The outside is encouraged to be enjoyed in all seasons - get warm and cosy in the colder months around the incredible Danish Rais wood burner and enjoy the views, or pull the floor-to-ceiling windows open and soak up the sun on the south-west facing deck and enjoy the sounds of the river in the spring.
The highest quality natural materials have been used throughout the house - solid walnut doors, Douglas Fir floorboards, Iroko decking, all of which create a calming and inviting interior.
The openness of the home and the wonderful use of windows and sky lights bathe the interior with natural light. When you are stood in here you feel happy.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The fact that it’s built to be with nature as well as look at nature. You can't help but relax when you are here.
The theme of light continues upstairs - the main bedroom has incredible floor to ceiling sliding glazed doors that open onto a balcony. There are two further bedrooms, both of which are sleek, sophisticated and beautifully tranquil. The bathroom reminds us of a boutique hotel suite with Italian Agape finishes and freestanding bath.
Outside, the deck overlooks the west facing garden is well stocked with mature flora and fauna and abuts a channel off the main river where you can moor a small boat.
There are many factors that make The Shack a magical home - Welcome home.
- Three words : Ultimate. Riverside. Retreat.
Our favourite part
The atmosphere inside changes with the seasons.
Wargrave & Henley-on-Thames
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If you haven’t heard of Wargrave before then let's explore. It’s nestled on the bank of the Thames and 4 miles from Henley-on-Thames. You will also fall in love with the nearby historic riverside towns of Sonning and Marlow and delight in their annual regattas and festivals.
When you’re strolling around, you’ll notice there’s a real mixture of architecture; from picture postcard thatched cottages, sprawling contemporary mansions and everything in between.
After a morning of exploration, we’d definitely recommend a trip to Stanlake Park. Wine and nature - what a combo! If you love being near the water then you’ll be pleased to know Val Wyatt Marine is at the end of the road.
You have plenty of places to explore on your doorstep like Greys Court, a gorgeous National Trust manor & gardens. If you want to venture further afield Wargrave and Twyford have regular services to London Paddington (and Twyford will soon be on Crossrail). The M4 is approximately 8 miles away. Val Wyatt Marine is at the end of the road where you can stop off at Cwtch for a donut and coffee.
Some of the leading public schools in the country are nearby - Eton College, St Georges School in Ascot, Wellington College.
Heathrow is within a short drive and London can be accessed easily via rail or road.
Quiet & historic
- Closest village/town: This is the perfect village life, however you are super close to Henley-on-Thames with it's independent shops and cute cafes.
- Post Office: 1
- Supermarket: Waitrose & Partners in Henley-on-Thames.
- Pubs: St George & Dragon is always a laugh.
- Walks: We prefer to row the boat!
- Design Features: Glulam Oak frame. Cantalupi recessed LED lighting. Italian bathrooms, Danish timber burning stove, Wolf kitchen appliances, Pilkinton Glass glazing.
- Audio: It has a high quality sound and visual system (Control Four) in built throughout the house.
- Smart Technology: Control 4 entertainment system, CCTV, 3 phase power, air conditioning in all bedrooms, electronic awnings and blinds.
- Parking: Driveway to the front of the house.
- Local authority: Wokingham District Council.
- Council Tax Band: G.
- Air Quality Score: 2.
- Tenure: Freehold.