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2 bed Detached House


Skirmett, Henley-on-Thames


A detached Brick and Flint Grade II listed cottage in need of some modernisation and with scope to extend subject to planning permission. The property is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the glorious Hambleden Valley.

Situation - Skirmett

Lying in one of the most desirable picturesque valleys on the borders of Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire in an area of outstanding natural beauty, in this small valley, some 500 feet above sea level and yet only 45 miles from London. The situation is an idyllic rural setting with the most glorious views across the valleys and open countryside. Pear Tree Cottage is approximately 2.5 miles from the village of Hambleden where there is an award winning village shop/post office, The Stag and Huntsman pub and the 12th Century Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Henley-on-Thames is 6.5 miles away and famous for the annual Royal Regatta followed by the Henley Festival of Music & Arts and Henley Literary Festival. There are also a number of boutique shops, pubs and restaurants, and a 3 screen cinema. Marlow, 5.5 miles away, is equally convenient and has a wide high street flanked by shops, pubs and restaurants. Schools for all ages are well catered for. Pear Tree Cottage is in the catchment area of Buckinghamshire Grammar schools and is in the catchment of The Royal Grammar School, Sir William Borlase, Wycombe High School and John Hampden. There is golf at Henley and Huntercombe, equestrian centres, racing at nearby Ascot, Windsor and Newbury, and excellent walks beside the river and in the nearby Chiltern Hills.

The Property

This detached cottage is constructed of brick and flint under a tiled roof with part timbered elevations. It is believed to date back to the 1750's. There is tremendous potential with the cottage, subject to planning permission, although it was extended in the 1980's to add a kitchen and bathroom. The cottage has oil central heating and a single garage with off street parking for 2 cars.

Solid wood front door with canopy porch and outside light.

Entrance Hall

Quarry tiled floor, electric meter and large understairs storage cupboard.

Sitting Room

4.5 x 4.02 (14'9 x 13'2 )

A brick fireplace with tiled hearth and wooden overmantle, with range of shelving to side and further wall shelves, exposed timber beams with track spotlights and stairs to first floor;

Dining Room

4.47m x 2.82m (14'8 x 9'3 )

Fireplace with overmantle with recessed oil fired Raeburn with twin ovens and double hob. Cupboards to either side with shelving, further range of cupboards with working surfaces and with cupboards over all with louvred doors. TV point, stairs to first floor and steps up to;


2.82m x 2.36m (9'3 x 7'9 )

With range of fitted wall and floor units, with single drainer sink unit and mixer tap. Working surfaces within 4-ring electric hob with extractor hood and light over, with drawers and cupboards under, radiator, dimmer switch, built in electric oven/grill, space and plumbing for dishwasher, Wall Star wall mounted oil boiler, door to front garden and door to;


Coloured suite with twin grip enamel enclosed bath with MYRA electric shower over with shower screen, low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin with mirror and strip light over, part tiled walls, wall covered with louvred front and further cupboard housing sealed copper hot water tank, with fitted Immersion heater and heated towel rail.


Bedroom 1

4.59m x 4.09m (15'0 x 13'5 )

Double aspect with original fireplace with overmantle and sides, large walk in cupboard and radiator.

Bedroom 2

4.58 x 3.15 (15'0 x 10'4 )

With access to roof storage void.


The property is approached through a small wrought iron gate, with path leading to front door. There are cottage style gardens with curving flower borders, well tended, and a good area of lawn. There is a greenhouse, storage shed, oil tank and outside tap.


4.73 x 2.94 (15'6 x 9'7 )

Single garage with wooden doors and parking for 2 cars and a courtesy door to the garden.


Mains, electricity and water, oil central heating and private drainage.Council Tax: Wycombe District Council.Band: F £2348 per annum 2016/17. EPC Exempt: Grade II Listed.

Directions Postcode RG9 6TB

From Henley: At the main traffic lights, turn right into Bell Street and then continue to the edge of town and straight over the first mini roundabout and then take the second exit at the second roundabout towards Marlow on the A4155. Proceed for a further 4 miles and at Mill End turn left signposted Hambleden and continue straight up this road until you approach the village of Skirmett. Go around the sharp right hand bend, and at the left hand bend to straight over up Shogmore Lane and Pear Tree Cottage is the last cottage on the left.


Strictly by arrangement with Robinson Sherston, SOLE AGENTS, Henley on Thames office. Please call 01491 411911 or email

Sales Disclaimer

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Nothing in these particulars shall be deemed to be a statement that the property is in good structural condition or that any services, appliances, equipment or facilities are in good working order. Measurements and distances referred to are given as a guide only whilst descriptions of the property are subjective and are used in good faith as an opinion and not as a statement of fact. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise on such matters prior to purchase.
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Robinson Sherston

Robinson Sherston

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