7 bedroom detached house for saleBreakspear Road South, Ickenham, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB10
Guide Price £3,750,000
- 5 reception rooms
- 7 bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
- utility/boot room
- 2 double garages
- brick built barn
- plot about 7.5 acre
An exceptional Grade II listed, 16th century detached house set in about 7.5 acres of gardens and grounds including a medieval water filled moat (measured by Promap).
Brackenbury House lies within a mile of Ickenham Village in Green Belt farmland. Ickenham Village offers a variety of shops, and restaurants for every day needs and Ickenham Metropolitan/Piccadilly Line station provides a fast and convenient link to Central London (Baker Street 35 minutes). Local schooling in the area is wide ranging and varied including well regarded secondary schools. such as Breakspear and Vyners in Ickenham and excellent private schools such as Merchant Taylors for boys and St Helens and Northwood College for girls in Northwood, which lies some four miles distant
Brackenbury House is situated in green belt countryside but within a mile of Ickenham village and both the London underground and over ground networks served by Metropolitan Line, Piccadilly Line and Central Line services.
There are a range of outbuildings including a double garage/workshop (which could be converted to additional accommodation, subject to the usual planning consents), separate double garage and 3 bay oak framed field shelters.
The property itself offers substantial and well presented accommodation including seven bedrooms, four bathrooms and five reception rooms, country kitchen with four oven Aga, utility/boot room and cellar.
The house is approached by a driveway shared at the entrance with single neighbouring property. The driveway splits and leads through to a brick piered entrance to a private gravelled driveway bordered by mature shrubs and trees that sweeps towards the house and forecourt. This is an extensive area with circular central lawn and attractive staddle stone border that gives access to garaging and the property itself.
The ground floor has some fine part beamed but high ceilinged rooms befitting the grand nature of the building. The principal drawing room is dual aspect and has a fine fireplace now housing a wood burning stove. The room has high ceilings with what is believed to be a ceiling mounted bacon rack. The sitting room has a larger inglenook fireplace with seating under a side window and large open grate. From this room there is also access to the second of the two staircases, the first being found in the hallway. Accessed from the hallway the kitchen has flagstone flooring, French oak fitted cabinets and units with a central island and granite work tops. To complement the country feel there is a large four oven Aga with additional modern Miele gas hob with electric oven/microwave, integrated fridge and freezer. There are windows and a stable door to the rear garden and opening to the dining room which has a triple aspect and a continuation of the flagstone flooring. The dining room also benefits from under floor heating. In the corner there are steps down to the cellar area which is arranged as two rooms and houses one of the property's two gas boilers.
Accessed from the drawing room there is a south facing study/snug which in turn leads to utility/boot room which houses the second gas boiler, a shower, fitted cupboards and sink unit. This is a wet room with tiled flooring and drainage and also has a cloakroom with sink, wc, a stable door and window to rear.
On the first floor there are four bedrooms. The master suite comprises dual aspect bedroom with open fire, a dressing room and in addition a large en suite bathroom/dressing room. As well as a double sink unit, a shower cubicle, stepped bath and separate cloakroom, there are a range of fitted wardrobes with a charming 'secret door' that leads out to the secondary stairwell and landing.
Bedroom two has a fireplace and en suite, while bedroom three has an en suite shower room and steps down to a more mo dern addition which is currently used as a second study and has fitted cupboards and desk. The fourth bedroom overlooks the rear garden and has vanitory unit and wash hand basin.
On the top floor there are three bedrooms one of which has an inter communicating lounge area. There is also a white three piece family bathroom.
The extensive grounds are split between formal gardens and paddocks and in total extends to about seven and half acres (measured on promap). The rear garden is split between formal lawns and various patio areas with ornamental and box hedging and flower beds. Behind the lawn and being the focal point of many attractive vistas is the moat. This has taken on a quite natural look that belies the amount of work put in by the owner over the years and has a range of plants to its edge and we are informed by the owner, contains mirror carp. The moat has three sides and is about 75 metres long, by 71 metres by 53 metres. The mature trees and hedging to the edges of the gardens create great seclusion. In addition to the acreage of the formal gardens there is an additional field and paddocks extending to over 5 acres. These grounds are fenced and contain a variety of large and ancient oak trees. In the front paddock which has access from both the main road and the driveway, there is a three bay oak framed field shelter.
To the front and side of the property there is a double garage, a workshop and store and a potting shed. On the other side of the driveway is another double garage and attached brick built barn which offers scope to convert into additional accommodation due to its size, subject to the usual planning consents. The barn has a staircase leading to a roof room above the garage and has huge double doors for access to its capacious interior.
Brackenbury House is a Grade II listed L shaped house on an ancient monument site. The house is formed of two portions, the smaller part dating from 1570 and the larger portion from 1667. The present owner acquired the larger part in 1977 and added the rest of the property in 1981 and have spent 30 years restoring the house and increasing the size of the grounds. The listing record describes the house as having half hipped roof with two original ridge stacks, mullioned and transomed windows, two original bolection moulded stone fireplace surrounds and splendid inglenook.
The site includes a water filled moat and is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as of national importance. The moat is the site of the old manor of Brackenbury and forms three parts of a rectangle, varying in width from 2.5m to 10m. Documentary Sources place the origin of the manor as early as 1312 and Brackenbury was linked to the Harefield estate through much of its history. It apparently took its name from Thomas Brackenbury or de Brakenburgh, a London merchant who gained the land in 1355. It came into the possession of the Newdigate family in the 16th Century. The moat recently featured as the front cover of the English Heritage 'Ponds & Moats in an historic environment'
Square Footage: 5,496 sq ft
Acreage: 7.5 Acres
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