4 bedroom detached house for saleVillage Lane, Hedgerley, Bucks, SL2
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This elegant period home offers purchasers the unique opportunity to buy an important piece of Buckinghamshire history. In the 333 years since the house was built, it has been offered for sale on only one occasion and that was in 1901 by the Earl Howe. There is also scope for further enhancements to create a truly wonderful country home (subject to relevant planning consents).
Filled with the essence of a bygone era, Shell House dates back to the 17th century when it was originally built by Edward Penn. Passed to the Curzon Estate in 1744, this heritage building was then tenanted over the course of the following 150 years before being finally offered for sale by Earl Howe in 1901. In 1902 it was altered for what is believed to be the first and only time to incorporate a Dutch gable extension. Following extensive research, the current owner, who has lived in the property since 1947, has uncovered rich and fascinating details both of the house itself and of its tapestry of occupants.
The property is filled with character with features including original doors, wooden beams, grand leaded windows, character fireplaces with inset wood burning stoves, ornate overmantle, picture rails and high ceilings. With well proportioned rooms over four floors there are wonderful views over the extensive gardens and countryside beyond. Both its location and mature boundaries of trees and bushes create a high level of privacy. The garden extending to approximately three acres is truly delightful and needs to be viewed to be fully appreciated. Ample lawned areas lead into peaceful glades where it's not unusual to see deer and pheasants roam freely.
Set in a tranquil location, the house benefits from being secluded and yet is just a short stroll to the picturesque village of Hedgerley. There is also excellent access to road and rail links with the M40 at junction 2 (approximately 2 miles) giving easy access to the M25, London and Heathrow.
Beyond the beautiful facade of this 17th century property, the accommodation extends to two/three reception rooms and four/five bedrooms. Wide steps lead up to double doors and into the reception area where the character of the property is immediately in evidence. The dining room, semi open plan to the reception hall, is double aspect with views through original leaded windows and a feature fireplace with wood burning stove and tiled hearth ensuring cosy evenings whatever the weather. Access to the first and second floors of the property is via stairs from this room through an open wooden entranceway. To the right of the reception area, the charming drawing room has wonderful views over the garden and features a large open fireplace with wood mantel, wood burner and tiled hearth along with a large storage cupboard and a charming recess with shelving.
To the rear of the property a hallway leads to a kitchen, utility room, shower room, fifth bedroom/study along with access to a large cellar. To the rear of the hallway, the back door gives secondary access to the property - ideal for those with dogs or muddy boots! The kitchen currently comprises a range of base units with sink, two ring hob along with an Aga with ornate recessed overmantle. There is also plenty of space here for a table. The utility meanwhile houses a sink and drainer, built in units and plumbing for a washing machine and dishwasher. There is excellent potential here (STP) for incoming purchasers to look at reconfiguring this space as ideally, the kitchen requires some updating.
The property's cellar is filled with character and needs to be viewed to be fully appreciated. Currently used for many family and social gatherings, this unique space is forms an integral and inviting part of the house whatever time of day. At its heart is an original open fireplace with inset wood mantel above. A window provides natural light into the room while brick flooring and wood panelled walls add to its charm. The second cellar also benefits from a window and has useful storage including an apple store and separate storage cupboards. There is also a wonderful internal room which makes for an ideal and impressive wine cellar.
Access to the first and second floors of the property is from the drawing room through an open feature wooden entranceway. The staircase is bright thanks to a large leaded window and leads onto a landing off which two bedrooms and the family bathroom are found. Each of the bedrooms are double aspect with wonderful views over the grounds and onto open countryside. The master bedroom also benefits from a fireplace and separate dressing room which would make an ideal en suite shower room. The family bathroom, also overlooking the rear garden comprises a bath, wash basin and WC. Two further bedrooms are accessed via stairs to the second floor of the property. These are charming, well proportioned rooms with part pitched ceilings and roof beams adding interest, practical eaves storage and far reaching views through double aspect windows.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The house sits in grounds of approximately 3 acres and is accessed via Village Lane onto a private gravel drive with parking for several cars. The property benefits from several outbuildings including a double garage with vaulted roof leading through to a potting shed along with two outhouses; one of which features a brick chimney with fireplace and vaulted ceiling. A pretty patio and private lawn, accessed from the rear door is south facing and ideal for al fresco entertaining. The full extent of the sloping gardens needs to be viewed to be fully appreciated. Extensive lawns, wooded glades, an orchard, daffodil field, kitchen garden with greenhouse, disused tennis court and small shallow stream running through the grounds all combine to create a magical effect with wonderful views in all directions.
The property is nestled on a country lane on the outskirts of Hedgerley with picturesque period buildings, a beautiful Gothic church and stunning countryside walks. While picture postcard in looks, the village also has practical amenities including a local store and renowned country pub, The White Horse.. There is easy access to the larger commuter towns of both Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross each with train links directly into London Marylebone and major amenities including supermarkets, high street and boutique shops, bars and restaurants. Train stations in both Burnham and Slough give access to London Paddington and will benefit further when Crossrail becomes operational. The M40, Junction 2 is easily accessible at approximately 2 miles away with good connections to London, the motorway network and Heathrow airport.
The selective grammar school system with schools both in Beaconsfield and Burnham is a major draw to the area and are highly regarded. For preparatory eduction, there are a good number of independent boys and girls schools with Davenies and High March in Beaconsfield and Gayhurst, Thorpe House Maltmans Green and St Marys in Gerrards Cross.
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