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5 bedroom house for sale
4 Hitcham House, Burnham, Burnham, Buckinghamshire SL1 7DP
- 2 reception rooms
- 5 / 6 bedrooms ( 2 en suite)
- 3 bath / shower rooms
- Cellarage, double garage
Hitcham House has an ideal situation, being within commutable distance from central London and Heathrow airport. Hitcham House is set within acres of preserved and protected grounds, including woodland, parkland and formal landscaped gardens. The area's excellent communication links include regular rail connections to London (Paddington) from Burnham, with connections to Marylebone (from 32 minutes) available from Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross train stations. The M40 is about five miles away, whilst junction 7 of the M4 is merely two miles away, affording easy access to the M25, M3 and Heathrow airport.
Everyday amenities can be found at Burnham or Taplow village about 1.2 miles away, whilst more comprehensive facilities are available in nearby Beaconsfield, Maidenhead and Windsor. Hitcham House owes much of its appeal to its unspoilt and secluded setting, in green belt on the edge of conserved mature beech and mixed conifer woodland for which the area is renowned. Consequently, there are many scenic walks, cycle and bridal paths in the area. Comprehensive sport and leisure facilities can be found nearby; there are leisure centres at Cliveden and the Burnham Beeches Hotel and the area boasts a number of golf clubs, including Burnham Beeches, Gerrards Cross, Stoke Poges and Denham. Racing is at Ascot, Windsor and Kempton Park and rowing in the fashionable riverside towns of Henley and Marlow.
Buckinghamshire continues to be known for its choice and standard of schooling, both state and private, since the county is one of the last to maintain the traditional grammar school system. Nearby private schools include Davenies, Dair House, Caldicott, The Beacon, Gayhurst, High March, Kingscote, Maltman's Green, St Mary's and Thorpe House. Eton and Harrow colleges are about 7.5 and 19 miles away respectively.
Hitcham House is entered through a set of high electric wrought iron gates set within a brick wall, opening to the sweeping driveway that leads to an expansive parking area in front of the house, overlooking the manicured front lawns and hedging. The imposing entrance to number 4 is through the original oak double front door with arched portico. To the right of the entrance is a turreted tower, a unique feature that enhances both the interior and exterior of the property. The entrance hall has a tiled floor, decorative leaded light windows and oak panelling, with a further set of oak double doors leading to the impressive grand hall. The atmosphere and wealth of original features is ideally suited to a grand dining hall, being next to the main reception room. Rooms throughout 4 Hitcham House are naturally light, with high ceilings, quality oak joinery and individual character. The wealth of original listed features continues throughout the property but special note is given to the following areas of the house:
Grand Hall / Dining Room
This magnificent room is fully panelled in oak with a double height stone mullioned leaded light window, oak staircase and balustrade and sprung mahogany floor.
Adjoining the reception hall, ensuring the ground floor is ideally suited to entertaining on a grand scale, is the property's principal and most dramatic reception room with sprung mahogany floor. The room also boasts three sets of south-easterly facing windows which overlook the private rear garden and parkland beyond. The deep decorative cornicing and skirting, and extravagant Italian marble open fireplace are perfectly suited to the proportions of the room.
Mahogany trap doors reveal a staircase leading down to extensive dry cellarage from the rear hall on the ground floor. Original construction methods ensure the cellars are naturally maintained at a constant and ideal temperature for storing wine. The cool, clean air and concrete, damp-proofed floor, means all, or a section of, the cellars could be utilised as a gym.
Kitchen / Breakfast Room
Recently fitted with a stunning range of oak wall, base and display units - by John Lewis in Hungerford, with granite worktops and complimented by a matching central island.
Master Bedroom Suite
This beautiful bedroom suite encompasses half the floor area on the first floor. A stunning en suite bathroom with turret aspect and the fully fitted dressing room run from the bedroom.
A delightful feature of the property is the turret, which adds significant interest to the interior of the house, not with standing the more obvious external qualities. These two circular rooms adjoin the bedrooms on the first and second floors and afford tranquil seating areas with splendid views across the gardens and countryside beyond.
There are four principal bedrooms on the 2nd floor, one with an en suite bathroom. In addition, a separate shower room and dressing room can also be found.
The mature gardens and grounds at Hitcham House are a particularly attractive feature of the property, comprising formal lawns and wooded grassland, giving a parkland feel with views over farmland. The maturity of the gardens is evident in the well planned planting and variety of trees, which include Maritime Pine, Blue Cedar, Sequoia, and Copper Beech. Each residence is allocated an exclusive area of the gardens situated on the west and south sides of the main house There is a double garage with electric up and over door, situated on the north-west side of the house and approached by a spur from the main entrance driveway.
Entrance hall, grand hall/dining room, drawing room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room/butler's pantry, cloakroom, 5 bedrooms, dressing room / bedroom 6, 3 bath/shower rooms (2 en suite), extensive cellarage, double garage, parking.
From London take the M40 to Junction 2 and exit. Take the first exit left onto the A355, the dual carriageway signposted Farnham Common and Slough. After about 200 yards turn right on to Burnham Road, signposted Burnham and continue on this road through Littleworth Common, passing the Lambourne Golf Club on the right hand side, into Burnham village. After entering the village bear left onto a one-way section and turn right at the ensuing T-junction. Proceed straight over the next junction onto Gore Road and at the mini roundabouts proceed straight ahead, onto Hitcham Lane. Hitcham House will be found on the left hand side after about 0.5 miles.