Ossicles, Newnham Hill, Henley-On-Thames
Set in woodland, this striking architecturally designed property embraces its immediate environment giving one the sense that you are very much a part of this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Enter Ossicles via the large front door you are immediately stimulated by the effortless flow of this cleverly designed home. From the vaulted lobby all the key aspects of the property can be glimpsed; the glass walkway above which leads to a partially suspended study and the glass walls that cleverly define the principal areas of the house. The kitchen and dining area have not sacrificed style over practicality and the kitchen accommodates a wall of lacquered cabinetry with Kuppersbush appliances housed within and a central island creating a convivial area to congregate. A limestone terrace runs the length of the dining and reception area with a wall of glass doors that open completely, to give the sense that the garden is an extension of the house.
A marble staircase leads to a double height cantilevered, mezzanine drawing room which has a balcony with a glass balustrade that runs along the length of the house, from where an elevated view of the landscaped gardens and woodland beyond can be held. From the drawing room the study may be accessed via the glass walkway above the lobby reception area.
The master suite is located on this upper level and reached via a corridor with bespoke built in wardrobes, en suite bathroom and bedroom with vaulted ceiling and private balcony. At garden level the remaining bedroom accommodation is found offering two guest suites and two further bedrooms which are served by a family bathroom. Careful thought has been given to the interior design to give each room its own identity and style. Each bedroom has a sliding glass wall that gives wonderful views and immediate access to the gardens.
Ossicles is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nearby are the villages of Witheridge Hill, Highmoor, Stoke Row, and Nettlebed all of which have fantastic pub restaurants including the renowned Crooked Billet at Stoke Row. There are superb walks and cycle routes close at hand as well as golf clubs, Peppard lawn tennis club and much more. Henley-on-Thames which is approximately 10 minutes drive provides shopping and recreational facilities, with a wide range of cafes and restaurants, theatre and cinema. Marlow, approximately 8 miles, offers further shopping as well as Tom Kerridges Michelin Star restaurant The Hand and Flowers and Danesfield House Hotel. There is excellent local schooling in the immediate area, both state and private, including The Oratory, Queen Annes, Rupert House and Moulsford to name a few. More extensive shopping facilities can be found at Reading or Oxford. For those working in London or internationally, the connectivity of the location without any of the usual noise or nuisance factors facilitates access to Heathrow (approx. 40 mins) and fast trains to Paddington from Reading (approx. 25 mins and Cross Rail due 2019). By road, the M4, J8/9 Maidenhead and the M40, J4 at Handy Cross or J6 at Lewknor, near Watlington are available within approximately a ten mile radius of Ossicles
Ossicles is approached through electric gates with a gravel driveway sweeping up to the front of the property. The gardens, amount to approximately 0.6 acres and wrap around the house and are predominantly laid to lawn , with established and new shrubs, trees and borders. Discreet external lighting enables the outdoor areas to be enjoyed in the evening while the integrated Sonos sound system also plays externally. This is a family home for those wanting to enjoy a private, well connected outdoor lifestyle in a low energy home of exceptional build quality and amenities.
The house has been built with modern energy efficient materials with a steel frame and three curved and parabolic roofs. Insulation to walls, floors and roof. Double glazed windows
Solid floors throughout, with under floor heating powered by two air source heat pumps. Supplementary solar panels for hot water.
CAT 5 cabling and aerials in all rooms
Electronic lighting control for different lighting scenarios. Sonos music system and Wi-Fi throughout including the dining terrace
Marble and mahogany flooring within the house and natural stone to the terrace and front entrance
Kitchen Breakfast/Dining/Family Room
Ensuite Bathroom With Shower