‘Inside-out living’ at this modern take on the Arts-and-Crafts house, with exotic curves, glass walls and spectacular country setting

Bright interiors combine with delightful grounds and great views of the countryside at Checkendon Hill House, near Streatley upon Thames, in Berkshire.

We’re always on the lookout for something out of the ordinary, and Checkendon Hill House certainly fits the bill: it’s a contemporary take on an arts and crafts home built in 2010 with an exotic living layout that’s fully glazed. walls, huge living spaces, including two-story ones, and a system of walkways to be seen.

It first hit the market at the height of the pandemic, priced at £3.5 million without being sold; Today it is up for sale again, this time through a new agent, Fine & Country, who listed the house near the Berkshire hamlet of Stitchens Green for £3 million.

Designed by architect Richard Cutler and built in 2010, the hotel enjoys a prime hillside location in the North Wessex Downs, with incredible inland views from which to enjoy the surrounding grounds: nearly two acres and a mixture of lawns, shrubs and wildflowers. meadows.

Set in a green area surrounded by open countryside, it has glazing on multiple floors to make the most of the great views.

Interiors with an area of ​​6027 sq. ft. combine open floor plans with traditional living spaces and seamlessly blend outdoor and indoor spaces, with these views opening up through huge windows—specifically, a house-high glass wall whose asymmetrical design is partly inspired by Charles Rennie. Mac

A covered bridge leads to the front door, to the “central tower” of the building, from which half a flight of stairs leads to the upper basement.

There is a vaulted dining room with French doors opening onto the terrace and an impressive living room, also vaulted, with a fireplace and double doors leading to the covered terrace.

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Internal balconies open onto both rooms, forming a three-level library. Also on the ground floor is a striking modern kitchen with great views of the countryside and two bedrooms.

There are three bedrooms on the first floor, including a huge master bedroom with walk-in closet and private balcony. Another bedroom is located on the top floor, while the lower level houses the media and game rooms, family room and garage.

Outside, the 1.8-acre lot is mostly covered in lawn that overlooks a covered deck and wraparound veranda where the hot tub is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the views.

Checkendon Hill House is on sale for £3.5m through Knight Frank – see more photos or ask an agent for more information.

Streetley-on-Thames: what you need to know

  • Location: Streetley-on-Thames is between Reading and Wallingford, just a short drive from the M4 and A34 motorways.
  • Atmosphere: This pretty village on the banks of the Thames shares its shops and transport with the equally delightful Goring upon Thames on the opposite side of the river. There is a pub, a hotel, a restaurant and a golf club.
  • Things to be done: Play for gold at a local club, ride a bike through the hills (the area is famous for hill climbing competitions), watch the Goering and Streatley regatta, or just stroll around the National Trust grounds.
  • Schools: There are many great schools within easy reach, from Streatley CE Voluntary Supervised School (Ofsted rated Good) to Downe House, Bradfield College, Abingdon School and Radley College.Find more properties in the area.

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