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1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

The 1960s Templecombe House modernist property in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire is a fascinating place, for various reasons. Thanks to Avis for flagging it up.

1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Of course, the key thing here is the architecture, which is a C-shaped 1960s build, dating to around 1964 or 1965. But that’s not the only intriguing thing.

1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

We don’t know the architect behind it, despite some looking around. It has been rumoured to have been built to a Frank Lloyd Wright design, but that’s likely to be just that – rumour. Regardless of who is behind it, this is a striking place on the huge Park Place estate.

1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

The style of the house is the headline act, with the space inside, from what we can see of it, both spacious and bright. Extensive glazing to take in the amazing views, along with wood walls, a stone feature fireplace (plus plenty of stone in the build itself) and lots of high end luxury. Updated of course, but only really in terms of the finishes.

1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Head up the gently curving stone steps to enter the reception hall with cloakroom and WC, which in turn leads to the principal reception room with feature stone wall, open fireplace and sliding doors onto a balcony/terrace. A dining area also sits between the drawing room and the kitchen/breakfast room.

1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

The ‘bedroom wing’ is to the east, with a ‘generous’ master bedroom suite with en suite dressing room and bathroom plus a guest bedroom en suite, two further family bedrooms and a family bathroom. But that’s not quite all. Oh no.

1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

An indoor swimming pool complex (accessible directly from the master bedroom) has a covered and heated swimming pool, two changing rooms and a plant room.

1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Beyond that is an integral double garage on the lower ground floor adjoining the former staff flat (in need of refitting) plus ‘services’ and the utility cupboard. Oh yes, there’s also the Gate Lodge, which is made up of a sitting room, a fitted kitchen/breakfast room.

1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

The grounds too, which are quite something. A drive, extensive informal gardens, the Druids Altar, which is a grade II-listed collection of ancient stones, lawns, a summerhouse/pavilion with WC and shower cubicle, outbuildings and more. Pretty much your own estate.

1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
1960s modernism: Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Not cheap with a guide price of £7,000,000, but a fascinating place regardless.

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