House by the river with a garden that will make passers-by jealous

An imposing four storey riverside property is on the market with Philip Booth Esq.

About a mile upstream from Henley Bridge, at the other end of Mill Meadows, two wooden footbridges connect some sections of the Thames Towpath on the Oxfordshire side of the river across a small island.

Marsh Lock is on one side of the island and its associated weir on the other. Together they are used to control the flow of water along the river, allow safe boat navigation and prevent flooding.

Marsh Lock is one of Henley’s most attractive and well-known attractions. It was first built in 1773 and remodeled in 1787 and a few more times since.

In those days, boatmen used ropes to slowly pull heavy barges, laden with coal, paper, malt and other goods for sale, through Henley on the Oxford to London route before being seized by horses and then steam engines.

The Marsh Lock House is said to have been built in the 18th century. It is located down a short private driveway just off Wargrave Road, along with a handful of other great riverside homes.

The exterior has recently been refurbished with freshly painted white plaster, roof repairs and new double glazing on the beautiful large windows.

The interior is kept in light, neutral colors and leaves plenty of scope to design the rooms according to your own taste. The house benefits from plenty of natural sunlight and there are modern wood veneer and tile floors throughout.

On the ground floor there is a mirrored dance studio/gym and a double bedroom, both with river views. There is also a tiled bathroom with a walk-in shower.

The main living area is on the first floor via a marble tiled staircase. There is a large, bright living room off the lobby with a gas fireplace and high ceilings.

The open plan kitchen/breakfast room is almost 30 feet long with granite countertops, a five oven gas aga and a large central breakfast bar island.

A standout feature of this property is the balcony that runs across the front of the house and is accessed through French doors from the living room and kitchen. On the first floor there is also a cloakroom, study and utility room at the rear of the house, along with a door that opens onto the back garden.

High up on the second floor, the front and rear views are excellent. There are three bedrooms, a family bathroom with attractive mosaic tiling and storage cupboards on the landing. The master bedroom has a stunningly large and bright ensuite bathroom with a freestanding bath in the centre, a double walk-in shower and double sinks set into a marble countertop.

Outside there is a separate annex which is currently used as storage but could potentially be used as an office or games room.

Marsh Lock House has two gardens, one at the front and one at the back.

From the front door you walk across the driveway, through a small picket fence and down a few cobbled steps to reach the enclosed river garden which is the envy of all who walk by.

This beautiful green space looks directly onto Marsh Lock, the footbridges and weir and is a peaceful place to relax and watch all the boats and waterfowl coming and going along this stretch of river.

There is a lawn with mature shrubs and a private dock for a small boat or canoe.

The terrace is ideal for entertaining or just sitting and watching the world go by while listening to the gentle murmur of the running water and the music of birdsong.

There is a second terraced garden to the rear of the house with pedestrian access up to Wargrave Road. This has the potential to be developed into a vegetable garden or possibly a patio for growing plants in pots and containers.

There is parking for four cars along the driveway and a single garage built under the ground floor of the house.

Beyond the rear garden is a steep wooded slope with magnificent trees in the distance above and beyond Wargrave Road. This is something to keep in mind if you believe in the wisdom of feng shui masters who say that living in a place that is leaning against a hill or mountain in the background and facing a river brings good luck.

So Marsh Lock House must be in one of Henley’s happiest and most beautiful riverside settings.

The property will be marketed with Philip Booth Esq with no forward chain at a target price of £2.2m. For more information or to arrange a viewing call (01491) 876544.

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