One of the oldest houses in Dorney, in part dating back to the 1500’s. Originally two cottages which were renovated and extended in the 1930’s by a local craftsman, whose modus operandi was the re-use of salvaged materials from earlier buildings. Shepherds Close is one man’s clever renovation and successful blend of vintages. This is apparent in the impressive sitting room where a purist will note the appearance of a medieval hall with high level windows under the eaves, which are more in keeping with an open hall. Whatever the origins of its individual parts, the ambience is that of a splendid reception room, with exposed beams and an ancient fireplace. The house, which has been featured in the Period Living magazine, presents a rare opportunity for those seeking an enchanting property of immense character, in a village setting with views across open fields.
A spacious reception hall welcomes visitors, who will remark upon a mullioned window with diamond-paned, stained glass, reflecting coloured light into the adjacent family room, which might also serve as a formal dining area. The hall also leads to a kitchen/breakfast room, fitted with bespoke Shaker-style units, topped with wood worksurfaces, a Belfast sink and a central island, with access through to the orangery. A more recent addition to the home, and the perfect example of the old blending seamlessly with the new, the orangery is a bespoke design, with oak frame, which creates an area for informal dining whilst enjoying views over the garden. The ground floor accommodation also includes a laundry/boot room complete with storage units and space for appliances, in addition to a cloakroom.
On the first floor, the principal bedroom has a well-fitted en suite shower room, which is accessed via a walk-in wardrobe. There are two further bedrooms, both with fitted wardrobes, and a modern family bathroom at this level. All wardrobes are bespoke, designed to blend seamlessly with the style of the property.
Additional accommodation is available in a separate office building, equipped with a reverse cycle heater/air conditioner and providing the ideal spot for home working, with opportunities for alternative use as a studio or hobbies room.
In the beautiful setting of the Buckinghamshire countryside, Dorney is an attractive village with the River Thames on its southern fringes and the River Jubilee to the north. In addition to riverside ambles, nearby Dorney Wetlands and Dorney Common provide opportunities for walking enthusiasts and the village also offers a public house, The Palmers Arms, perfect for refreshment after outdoor exertions. The property is supremely placed for the local shops at Eton Wick, and Taplow; a Sainsburys store and a retail centre are also within easy reach. An extensive range of amenities is also available at
nearby Windsor and Maidenhead.
Recreational facilities in the area include boating on the River Thames, golf at numerous courses including Maidenhead and Marlow; horse racing at Ascot and Windsor.
For the commuter, rail services to London Paddington are available from Maidenhead, Taplow and Slough (all due to benefit from Crossrail, the high-speed service), and to London Waterloo from both Windsor and Datchet. Access to major road networks are available with the M4 just a couple of miles distant. Excellent schools, both in the state and independent sectors, are available in the area, including Dorney School (about a mile away) and Eton Collage (about 2 miles).
The property is set back from the road behind timber fencing with manicured evergreen hedging and enjoys a high degree of privacy. A decorative raised pond was built by the owners to complement the original well which was discovered whilst redesigning the front garden. This is fitted with a water pump and a light.
The borders contain an abundance of shrubs/perennial plants, with a well-lit pathway leading to the front gate. An expanse of paved terracing adjoins the rear of the property, providing opportunities for outdoor dining, both outside or in the covered terrace that offers sheltered entertaining and relaxation space. The length of driveway to the side provides parking for several cars and leads to the garage for additional parking/storage. The rear garden is laid to lawn, with planted borders, specimen trees and low hedging at the far end allowing views across open countryside, with a gate to access the field behind which leads directly to the Jubilee River.
Commoner’s rights allow for grazing of two neat beasts (cattle), a goose and a gander on Dorney Common and Lake End Common.
N.B. Planning permission was obtained for an ‘in and out’ driveway (lapsed). Prospective purchasers are advised that they should make their own enquiries of South Bucks Council.