3 bedroom detached house for saleGrove, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, LU7
Sold STC £735,000
- 14th century church conversion
- Three bedrooms, two bathrooms
- Three reception rooms
- Bespoke solid oak kitchen
- Stained glass arched windows, bell tower
- Wraparound mature walled gardens
- Approximately 0.5 acres in total
- Canal walks to The Grove Lock inn
A Grade II listed 14th century three bedroom historic church conversion surrounded by pasture land by the Grand Union Canal in mature grounds of approximately 0.5 acres. St. Michael and All Angels Church was restored in the late 18th century and became a residential property in the 1970s. The current owners have added the hardwood conservatory with arched framed windows, in keeping with the architectural design of the church. The house has a contemporary feel, but contains a wealth of character including vaulted ceilings, decorated arched windows, original stained glass windows,
stonework, exposed beams and a bell tower. The property is situated at the end of a no through lane adjacent to the Grand Union Canal with footpaths leading to The Grove Lock Inn and villages beyond. Paddock land surrounds the Old Church House with far reaching views over open countryside.
History and Heritage
Old Church House was once the smallest church in Buckinghamshire and was known as St. Michael and All Angels Church. This historic 14th century converted church has period features including original stonework, stained glass windows, exposed timbers, stone floors and the bell tower. The ancient stonework and stained glass windows are original relics of the church that is documented in the Doomsday Book. A scrapbook can be found at the property with details about the ministers, the marriages that took place and the transition of the church to a house. With the dwindling congregation, it led to the Church of England authorities having to declare the church redundant in 1971. This now refurbished and contemporary dwelling is set in mature walled gardens surrounded by paddock land and the Grand Union Canal with a short walk along the canal path to The Grove Lock Inn.
Gardens and Grounds Continued
Also within the garden, there is a brick built potting shed as well as a wooden stable style storage shed. To the side of the property, there is further seating and a hot tub. The grounds measure approximately 0.5 acres in total, and there is paddock land to the rear and side. The gardens are surrounded with fencing, mature hedging and a retaining wall with an archway gate leading to the canal.
The hamlet of Grove offers The Grove Lock Inn which is situated right on the Grand Union Canal with outdoor tables and a British menu. The town of Leighton Buzzard is 3 miles away and has a variety of shops, restaurants and a mainline railway station with London Euston reached in 27 minutes. A network of footpaths and bridleways are available in the surrounding countryside.
The kitchen/breakfast room comprises a bespoke solid oak range of storage units, drawers, feature arch shelving, display shelving, a plate rack, a butlers sink and Welsh slate work surfaces. There are further modern painted shelved storage cupboards. Appliances include a Rangemaster cooker and an extractor fan above. In addition, there is also an integrated dishwasher. Space is provided for a fridge/freezer and a breakfast table with seating for three. The room is dual aspect with views of the gardens.
Galleried Landing and Master Bedroom
The galleried landing is currently used as a study with garden and open countryside views through the church window. There is an airing cupboard and stairs to the second floor bedroom. The master bedroom is dual aspect with views of paddock land. There is a range of built-in wooden storage cupboards comprising shelving and drawers. The en suite shower room includes a shower cubicle, a wash basin and a WC.
Guest Bedroom and Family Bathroom
The guest bedroom features an original stone and leaded light glazed church window with far reaching countryside views. The ceiling is vaulted with exposed beams and there are two fitted double wardrobes with double hanging space. The bathroom comprises a three piece white suite of a bath with a shower attachment, a wash basin and a WC. A feature shelf is surrounded with exposed beams and the Velux window provides natural light.
Second Floor Mezzanine Level
The third bedroom is set on a mezzanine overlooking the sitting room and with views over open countryside. Steps in the style of shelving lead up to the bed area which has a Velux window allowing further natural light with views towards Dunstable Downs. There is a built-in storage unit and an eaves cupboard.
Detached Double Garage and Separate Garden
The garage is accessed via a separate driveway with parking for up to four cars. There are two sets of double timber doors, and power and light are connected. To the side of the garage, there is a lawned garden surrounded with mature trees and hedging.
The conservatory is of hardwood and glazed construction with views over the gardens and paddock land beyond. The outside wall has been left exposed and arched window frames have been installed to stay in keeping with the property. Double doors open to the garden and there is underfloor heating.
Gardens and Grounds
Old Church House is approached via a timber five bar gate and a gravelled entrance. Mature lawned gardens surround the house with mature trees, a paved patio, and flower and shrub beds. In addition, there is feature seating area encircled by woodland flower beds, a raised rockery shrub bed and a brick built barbeque.
Sitting Room and Dining Room
The sitting room has a triple aspect and features an original church window with inset arch stone niches to both sides, and a stained glass window overlooking the gardens. There are stairs to the first floor galleried landing and the ceiling is vaulted with exposed beams and original roof rafters. The floor has feature inset stones and a stone archway leads to the dining room which has exposed stone walls, a slate tiled floor and a built-in cupboard. In the corner of the room there is an ornate wrought iron wood burning stove set on a tiled hearth. A window to the side overlooks the gardens and paddock land beyond and a door opens to the patio.
Old Church House Entrance
A herringbone brick paved path leads to an original arched church door which opens to the entrance porch. There is a stained glass arch window to the side and quarry tiled flooring. Glazed double doors open to the sitting room.
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