Philip Robinson, chairman of Christopher Wren Developments, says a few words to Roxanne Lewington of Mackenzies Smith as his site Harpsden Mews, in the heart of Hartley Wintney, is about to be brought to the market.

Entering the property industry in 1968, and going into development with Christopher Wren from 1978, Philip is still evidently as enthusiastic today as he was then about the property his company produces: “my passion in property is creating an end product that is really appreciated by the purchaser and which exceeds their needs and expectations, as well as a Home I would be also happy to live in. We have recently sold a £2.25 million house and the owners were particularly keen on the close attention to detail, both internally and externally, in the individual house design, the quality and variety of finishes (combining a superb blend of both modern and traditional) and was a home that the new owners were justifiably proud of.”

Christopher Wren continue to stand out as they are ‘big enough to cope and small enough to care,’ building to meet the ever evolving market needs and demands. By focusing on ‘niche’ opportunities they can ensure each home and development is individually designed to fit its unique environment.

“The site in Hartley Wintney was very appealing due to its uniqueness; it is probably one of the last village centre locations available and in the conservation area. Not at all easily seen from the High Street, behind closed gates ‘Harpsden Mews’ has been quietly taking shape and is now nearing completion. Although the planning was fairly stringent and did dictate the nature of the exterior of the property, we were able to take a bespoke approach to the interiors, offering finishes to suit traditional tastes but also to cater for modern expectations of convenience.

Being sympathetic to the environment was very important to the design, taking into account nearby modern buildings and the historic beauty of ‘The Limes’. This sensitive site in the heart of the village will be complemented by landscaping that will help it mature and settle into its environment.”

The Christopher Wren ethos is to provide homes that allow people to ‘live the reality rather than dreaming of the unobtainable’ and ‘Harpsden Mews’ achieves this by offering a modern house with modern conveniences in the heart of an established village centre. It is very rare to come across this and, as there are only 4 houses available, clearly on this occasion they won’t be able to satisfy the dreams of everyone who will be interested.

“Interest so far is promising, it was a natural ‘in fill’ site and we have been taken great care to make the houses fit well into the location and not to ‘overdevelop.’ The houses seem to be appealing most to those who are perhaps downsizing locally  and want to be within walking distance of all the amenities and community of the village centre.”

The launch for ‘Harpsden Mews’ is due to take place on Saturday the 28th July. To register your interest and be kept up to date with any news about the development contact Mackenzie Smith in Hartley Wintney on 01252 812121 or e-mail

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