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