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6 bedroom house for sale
High Meadows, Gerrards Cross, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 8ST
- 3 Reception Rooms
- 5 Bedrooms
- Annexe, Entrance Lodge
- Swimming Pool, Tennis Court
- About 56.4 acres
High Meadows is situated on the outskirts of Gerrards Cross which provides a comprehensive range of shopping and recreational facilities, together with a mainline station serving London Marylebone. The house is ideally suited for communications by road with the M40 motorway ( J1) about 4 miles away and the M25 motorway ( J16) about 6 miles away. Heathrow Airport is about 21 miles while Central London is approximately 27 miles.
Sporting and recreational facilities in the area include: golf at Stoke Park, The Buckinghamshire, Beaconsfield, Burnham Beeches, Gerrards Cross, Harewood Downs and Moor Park; polo at the uards Polo Club or The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club; rowing and cruising on the River Thames at Marlow and Henley; racing at Windsor and Ascot. There are many beautiful walks and bridle paths in the area including those in Denham Country Park, Burnham Beeches, Langley Park and Windsor Great Park.
The area is renowned for its choice and standard of both state and public schooling.
Buckinghamshire is one of the last counties to maintain the traditional grammar school system,
of which Beaconsfield Grammar School for boys and Beaconsfield High School for girls are the
closest. In particular, Gerrards Cross and the surrounding locality boasts a number of highly regarded independent schools, for boys and girls. These include Thorpe House, Gayhurst, Davenies
and Caldicott for boys and Maltmans Green, Holy Cross Convent and St Mary's for girls.
High Meadows is an impressive country house surrounded by outstanding mature gardens and wooded grounds. The house is in the colonial style with white rendered elevations under a slate roof with attractive window shutters to the first floor.
The main house dates from about 1928 and has been well maintained by the owner. There is now scope for modernisation and the layout offers some attractive possibilities for all sorts of family and staff combinations. It currently includes an attached annexe to the north of the house.
Subject to planning permission, High Meadows could provide a superb setting for a substantial new house.
Internally, the generously proportioned accommodation is arranged over two floors with light reception rooms and lovely views over the gardens and grounds from most of the principal rooms. Particular features of interest include elegant fireplaces, decorative cornicing and oak strip flooring.
High Meadows is set within delightful gardens and grounds which are a spectacular feature and extend to about 56.4 acres. The house is positioned to take advantage of the seclusion and privacy.
Guarding the entrance to the property, and set off from the east side of the drive, is the Entrance Lodge which provides excellent ancillary guest/staff accommodation. The drive then continues sweeping through the mature and beautiful grounds and leads to the main parking area in front of the house.
An attractive stone paved terrace leads up to the front of the house with steps, a pillared porch and a bowed front door, through into the entrance hall with oak strip flooring, attractive cornicing, cloaks cupboard and cloakroom with wash basin and W.C. An archway leads into the reception hall featuring pine door architraves and skirting, oak strip flooring and staircase to the first floor.
From the reception hall all the main reception rooms are accessed.
The triple aspect drawing room is light and spacious with decorative cornicing, impressive and imposing open fireplace with carved pine surround and mantel, marble slips and hearth; full height French doors open to a delicate garden loggia overlooking the exquisite grounds. The
dining room is a similarly fine double aspect room with a wood strip floor, decorative fireplace with carved pine surround and mantel, marble slips and hearth. Flanked to either side are ornate arched alcoves with display shelving, book shelves, and cupboards beneath. A door with attractive architrave leads through to the loggia, with further doors to terrace and garden.
Beyond the dining room is a single aspect study with a pair of doors out to the gardens. Off the hall is a pantry/flower room with stainless steel sink, wall and floor cupboards. The kitchen/breakfast room is fully appointed with excellent wall and floor cupboards, double stainless steel sink, ample work top surfaces, Neff oven and grill as well as Neff four ring electric hob with extractor, Miele dishwasher and a breakfast area.
Off the kitchen is the rear lobby with a walk in shelved larder, storage cupboard, door to outside and boiler room including hot water and central heating boilers, water softener and hot water ylinder. The rear lobby and annexe are linked by a laundry/boot room with ample hanging space, double butler's sink and plumbing for washing machine.
On the ground floor the annexe comprises a back door leading outside, kitchen/breakfast room, through to the sitting room. A spiral staircase leads to a good sized bedroom suite with fantastic views across the grounds.
The impressive pine staircase from the reception hall leads to the light and spacious galleried landing with hatch to loft, walk-in shelved storage cupboard and walk-in shelved airing cupboard.
The double aspect master bedroom suite benefits from double doors opening out onto an impressive
covered balcony with fabulous views across the gardens. It is generous and well proportioned with
an en-suite bathroom and a dressing room. There are four additional bedrooms, family bathroom
with bath, W.C, wash basin and shower room with shower, W.C and wash basin. Beyond this is
a connecting door to the annexe.
The guest/staff cottage is situated close to the main entrance to the east side of the drive. It
is a single storey lodge, built of white painted rendered elevations under a slate roof, in keeping
with the main house, and it comprises a kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and two bedrooms.
Outbuildings, Gardens and Grounds
From the moment one turns into the drive of High Meadows one absorbs the maturity and beauty of the gardens and grounds. The driveway sweeps gently past the lodge and through the edge of a beautiful wood in the north east corner of the site with bracken as ground cover and trees including oak, beech and silver birch. The drive then turns to the south, bordered on the right by a wide
grass verge with trees including pine and silver birch. To the left, behind mature privet hedging, is a beautiful parkland garden laid to grass and interspersed with specimen trees and shrubs. This area of the grounds is serviced by a large timber store/outbuilding providing storage for garden machinery and implements. This parkland setting merges with the formal garden as the lovely drive
approach arrives at High Meadows. There are wide sweeping lawns to the east and south of the house with beautiful mature herbaceous borders separating the parkland from the formal garden. Along the eastern boundary is mature woodland providing exceptional privacy. The formal gardens continue around the south side of the house, past some beautiful yew hedging and bordering the most stunning woodland that is owned by High Meadows. Off the main drive, discreetly positioned behind further yew hedging and a brick wall, is a substantial parking and turning area with a large collection of timber outbuildings including garaging, various tool/tractor sheds, garden sheds and greenhouse complete with gardener's kitchenette and W.C. A very beautiful additional area of formal garden, which lies to the west of the house, is separated by a substantial outdoor swimming
pool (not currently in use) and a hard tennis court (in need of repair) enclosed within beautiful manicured hedging.
Throughout a walk of the formal gardens one is struck by the beauty, variety, positioning of the formal planting and parkland trees. The stunning woodland that runs down to the southern boundary of the property provides an extraordinary contrast to the formal gardens. To the west of the woodland is a substantial field enclosed within wrought iron railings and post and rail fencing. It has direct access off Hedgerley Lane and from it there are beautiful views towards Bulstrode Park. The woodland itself is planted with a wonderful variety of trees including fir, pine, oak, beech, yew and many others. A series of pathways meander through the woodland taking one on a journey through and around an extraordinary variety of rhododendrons, camellias, acer and other shrubbery which in the spring and summer make for an absolutely beautiful setting.
Towards the bottom of the woodland is a densely wooded area affording further great privacy and seclusion.
Water/standpipes are strategically laid throughout the grounds, which in key areas include an irrigation system.
From the M40 ( J1) exit on the A40 to Gerrards Cross. Proceed to Gerrards Cross and at the crossroads junction on the A40 with Packhorse Road on the right and Windsor Road on the left, turn left into Windsor Road (B416). Proceed south passing Hedgerley Lane on your right, shortly after which on the brow of a hill on the right hand side you will find the entrance drive to High Meadows.