Such is the story for The Hermitage, right in the centre of Twyford. This beautiful Queen Anne property, with Victorian elevations to the rear, has been bought by Jon Hallett, a local businessman with great aspirations.
With the recent completion of the sale , his enthusiasm and vision for the house is evident. The house used to be known as Kent Lodge, but took on the name of the main house which was originally owned by the same family. With great good fortune, many of the original features of the property have been retained, including sash windows, in the main rooms from floor to ceiling, and the original skirting boards.
Jon is already updating the property, and intends to redecorate in traditional creams, and to add a marble
floor to the downstairs. The upstairs will have seagrass flooring, and with the addition of hand-made
mahogany sleigh beds and a Jacobean-style four poster bed, a stay in the house is going to provide a restful
and memorable place to stay.
Attention to detail is obviously one of Jon’s strong points; Egyptian cotton bedding and duck down pillows will ensure a good night’s rest, whilst the 40 channel flat screen televisions in the bedrooms, plus wireless broadband will appeal to both holiday and business users. Also at the house is a former stable, which provides further bed and breakfast accommodation.
Jon’s aim is to provide an elegant and luxurious experience, with the emphasis on comfort. His extensive knowledge of estate agency and the lettings industry means that he knows just what people are looking for when they stay in a bed and breakfast. And with the benefit of the railway close by, a multitude of restaurants and good shops right on the doorstep, and the elegance of The Hermitage to come home to, there is already no shortage of people wanting to share in Jon’s new acquisition.