Why move to Sonning

PUBLISHED: 12:25 20 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:10 20 February 2013

Why move to Sonning

Why move to Sonning

A hidden gem with some of the area's finest homes, this Thameside village has remained relatively cushioned from a generally depressed housing market.

There arent many picturesque English villages that can boast a theatre, four good restaurants, including one thats world-famous, a theatre and an excellent independent school, but Sonning is one such. Indeed, this Thameside village was described by Jerome K. Jerome in his book Three Men in a Boat as the most fairy-like little nook on the whole river and its as true today as it was when he wrote those words over a century ago.

Katie Baldwin of Savills in Henley, sums up the place when she says: "Sonning is a picturesque village on the river and benefits from lovely walks. It is renowned for its famous restaurant, The French Horn, and for those who enjoy the theatre, The Mill at Sonning offers some excellent productions. In addition, it is home to the highly sought-after Bluecoat School."

Sara Batting of Sara Batting Estates agrees: "Its a brilliant village, with a great mix of people, representing different walks of life." It also has its fair share of celebrity residents. Illusionist Uri Geller, guitarist Jimmy Page and the Home Secretary Theresa May, whos also, of course, MP for Maidenhead, live here.

The village of Sonning not to be confused with Sonning Common, which is about five miles away is only three miles east of Reading, but protected from the suburban sprawl. There is only one drawback; trying to cross the ancient 18th century bridge over the Thames at rush hour. Patience is certainly required here as modernising the historic gem is out of the question.

"Sonning remains high on the desirability lists of discerning house hunters so availability is always limited," says Antony Gibson, Manager of Romans Wokingham branch.

"When a cottage comes onto the market it is always snapped up," says Sara Batting. "One recently came up and we could have sold it four times over at the asking price."

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