Very much of its era (in a good way) is the Barnfield 1960s modernist property in Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, which has just gone up for sale and spotted by Avis Furness.
We love it, not least because it has that all-important originality, with the architect’s original design hardly touched in almost 50 years. Ok, some updating, such as the kitchen area and an upgrade of the windows. But the majority is still as the architect intended back in 1968.
So wood panelling, exposed brick walls, picture windows, open plan living and lots of space. Around 3,200 sq. ft. of accommodation in total, as well as a good amount of outdoor living space too. More on the latter later on.
For now, let’s focus on the house itself, which you enter via a vaulted glass entrance hall, with a door to the ground floor accommodation and stairs leading up to the reception hall.
Once in, you’ll find a double length sitting room with vaulted ceiling (currently used as a dining room) and a sitting room, which has doors opening onto the deck and gardens. Heads down some stairs and you have a library / games room and a study.
From the reception hall you can access the recently-updated kitchen / breakfast room (again with a vaulted ceiling). Off the kitchen is a family or play room with bookshelves, plus a door to the garden and a utility space.
More stairs take you to the first floor and master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a further bedroom or dressing room. The central hallway, stairs lead down to the ground floor accommodation with four bedrooms, a sitting room (or bedroom six) and two bath / shower rooms.
We suspect the layout makes a lot more sense when viewing. The bottom line is a considerable amount of accommodation. But as we said, that’s only half the story.
Head outside and you can take in the gardens, part of which were designed by the landscape architect Peter Aldrington. You’ll find lawns and trees outside, as well as a a driveway with large turning circle, a four-car garage block, a potting shed, a brick-built workshop, a water feature with waterfall, a pond and of course, the swimming pool, which has a changing room with cloakroom too. All of which covers around 0.89 acres.
Of course, the postcode, the land and a substantial house mean all add up. In fact, it adds up to a guide price of £2,450,000.
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