Property flirt’s baaaack
Is there anything more fun than nosing around other people's houses, imagining yourself in situ and guessing the price? Er, nope! Let the snooping commence.
Right property pervs it’s time to look through the keyhole of a mega des res, so let’s all push our noses up to the windows, peer in the cupboards, knock a few walls knowledgeably, and then the fun bit – guess how much it’s worth!
Today’s house of dreams is a modern character house with four bedrooms, four bathrooms (no need to cross your legs in this house), a pretty, mature garden and a swimming pool in the village of Hurst, Berkshire.
The pretty village of Hurst is catnip for commuters and parents looking for good schools. The house is 2 miles outside Twyford (40 mins into Paddington) and 4 miles from Wokingham (an hour to Waterloo) plus CrossRail will make it super-speedy to get into the Big Smoke in 2020/21. There’s a good village primary school, and you’re surrounded by independent schools – The Dolphin School, Reddam House and Reading Blue Coat.
This gorgeous gaff is on a leafy road with a sympathetic mix of large period and modern properties.
The show-stopping, airy, open-plan kitchen-family room has PARTY! written all over it. That’s a 33ft of dance floor, kitchen island can double up as a bar, there’s a cool revolving fireplace and bi-fold doors to spill into the garden. Send out the save the date cards and I’ll be there.
If you’re seeking five minutes’ peace from the family there’s a separate lounge, study, dining room and an annexe for granny or nanny. Eeek! Wait until you clap eyes on this glamorous entrance hall and its sweeping staircase up to the bedrooms. Fancy!
The first floor has a homely hotel vibe with stunning master bedroom, walk in wardrobe, large ensuite with a freestanding bath and Juliet balcony – perfect for reciting Shakespeare or ogling the garden view, with its pool and shaded hot tub. Slip into your one-piece, waft about in a kaftan and sip G&Ts until the sun goes down. Ahhhhhh that’s better.
If you get bored of hanging out in the garden, taking a dip and socialising with friends and family, there are plenty of playgrounds nearby – Stanlake Park Wine Estate and several good pubs for the grown ups and Dinton Pastures Country Park offering water sports and acres of open parkland for the kids. The village also boasts a bowling green, created for Charles I, next to The Castle Inn, a Norman church and Hurst Lodge (built during the reign of Elizabeth I) and was home to a former British alpine ski racer. The rural idyll? You betcha!
So how much is it on for, do you think? Best guesses in the comments box below (or if you insist playing cheatypoos, then click here to find out).
Haslams estate agents, 159 Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1HE