Karen was a regular visitor to the town and hoped that the Victorian school building would be returned to its former glory instead of becoming an eyesore.
Now, after nearly a year of painstaking work by Greywell Classic Homes, she is the proud new owner of a stunning two-storey home within the converted property at Henley Grange.
It features many of the character features – including the magnificent bay windows – but has also been completed to a high specification inside.
Karen, who is a property landlord, said: “Although I lived in Solihull, I used to visit Henley-in-Arden regularly.
“I used to admire River House School even when it was derelict and always had a very positive feeling about it. I knew in the right hands, it could be stunning.
“And, thankfully, it got into the right hands because Greywell have done a wonderful job. They’ve kept the historic, character features and when you are inside they have a really warm feel – they are just that bit different. I feel like it was just made for me and everyone who has been to visit loves it – they say it is just me. I was actively looking for somewhere to move to since the kids flew the nest and this ticked every single box.”
Three of the six houses within the refurbished school have already sold and a further six newly-built apartments are available on the site.
An open day is being held tomorrow (Saturday) between 11am and 4pm, and Rupert Hopcraft, managing director of Greywell Classic Homes, says all are welcome.
He said: “We are very pleased with the transformation that has taken place here when you consider the state the property was in when we found it. We knew we had a gem but it was going to take some considerable polishing. The feedback from Karen and our other first residents has made it all worthwhile.
“The open day is an opportunity for people to come along and have a look round to see the work we are doing. Of course, we want to see potential buyers but we are happy to see people with a local interest just wanting to get a better idea of the transformation that has taken place so far.”
EHB New Homes is marketing the development. Call 01926 881144 or visit www.greywellproperty.com