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4 bedroom semi-detached house for sale

Hillesden Hamlet, Buckingham

Guide Price £595,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Character, charm, comfort
  • Bright, vaulted living room
  • 21 ft Kitchen with range
  • Four bedrooms (two vaulted)
  • Two bathrooms
  • Lovely, landscaped garden
  • Outside office & stone sheds
  • The most peaceful location

Full description

A charm-laden 17th century thatched cottage with 4 bedrooms, vaulted reception, large kitchen, plus an outside office. The house sits in Hillesden hamlet, one of the few remaining villages untouched by modern expansion, nestling among fields while still ideal for amenities, great schools and easy commuting.

For lovers of historic houses that cosset the soul this is a must view. Delightful character throughout, but with all the ease of use of a 2016 house.

Hillesden Hamlet is a hidden treat, a tiny village unknown to all but a few. A no through road, it enjoys that rare position of being completely away from noise and hassle but still absurdly close to many amenities. Our clients travel often to London, choosing one of several rail stations that offer fast track services, but arrive back to a tranquil spot with a very few neighbours, all surrounded by fields (there's even a bridleway opposite the house!). Within just a few miles are state schools rated "outstanding" - the house is within a Grammar school catchment area - in addition to which Akeley Wood and Stowe to name just two are fantastic private schools. Buckingham, just four miles away, is a lovely market town that provides for pretty much every need, and Milton Keynes is just 14 miles away by road.

The Studio has a fascinating history. Despite approaching 400 years old, the cottage is only on its third owner! Our clients having been here some twenty years during which time they have sympathetically updated it and added an extension. The thatch has been recently re-ridged. Prior to them an artist owned it from just after World War Two and added the large windows, and for the preceding hundreds of years it was owned by an Oxford college. The changes over the centuries have culminated in a house that is impossible not to love. Beams, an open fireplace, vaulted ceilings and lots of lathe and plaster rub shoulders with gently applied modern fittings. It is also rather practical, with three of the four bedrooms at one end and the master separate above the kitchen. The addition of an outside office is also a valuable bonus as it follows the prevailing need most of us have for some home working space. Just in practical terms it's a compelling case; add the character and you may be powerless to resist!

What appears to be the original oak ledge and brace front door opens into a porch and this in turn leads to the kitchen. The floor features those gorgeous period terracotta tiles so beloved of the Victorian era, immensely practical. This is a surprisingly large space, swallowing dressers and sideboards with ease while still giving enough room for the large family table which extends to seat 12. An innocuous timber door to the side hides a staircase that rises to the main bedroom. This is a really impressive space, ample for almost any amount of furniture and the view across the front garden and beyond is to die for.

Back to the kitchen; at the front the window seat appears to be an original elm plank, something that rarely survives the ages, a great spot to look past the front garden and thatched cottages opposite towards the field. To the rear the kitchen space comes equipped with a Belfast sink and a gorgeous cream range cooker. This area is bright as there are two windows, to the side a door opens into the rear lobby which has a lovely stable door opening onto the terrace and to the side is an elegant, newly fitted shower room. From the kitchen a door opens into the living room. As the ceiling opens up above you the light floods in, highlighting the delightful timber framing evident everywhere. This is a special room, calm and inviting at the same time as impressing with its huge history. A fireplace to the near end contains a modern wood burner and this ensures the space feels cosy. On the left the door opens into a corridor which reaches three bedrooms. All are good sized rooms, but it's the largest that most impresses, with a vaulted ceiling and various original frame timbers along with double doors out to the front garden. Serving the three is a rather lovely bathroom, timeless with a white suite - and including a rather fun, unusual internal window and utility area.

To the front of the house, the garden sits behind a quirky picket fence, with a hedge curving round to the right. Mostly this area is gravelled for ease of maintenance but it includes topiary bushes and a plethora of shrubs and flowering plants so it's very pretty. At the rear the terrace wraps around, providing ample space for summer dining for family and friends, with a gate to the lane on the right. The stone sheds are on the immediate left and from here a few steps lead up to the garden. This is mainly lawn but with further topiary hedges, a wide range of border plants and two pear trees and as it is West facing this is a delightful, secluded space to sit and soak up the sun. On the right at the rear is a further timber shed and on the left is the cedar clad, purpose built outside office. This is a major asset, providing ample space for two desks in a comfortable, double glazed wooden building that is equipped with power, a broadband connection and a hard floor. What a wonderful place to work while watching the garden birds! For dog walkers and children, directly opposite the front door is a path to the fields - a wonderful open expanse well away from busy roads. Parking is catered for with space next to the side gate and further just behind the garden.

Directions - Buckingham 4 miles, Bicester 10
"Outstanding" rated local schools and Grammar school catchment area.
Nearby amenities in Buckingham
Milton Keynes - London 32 mins rail, Bicester North - Marylebone 48 mins

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16 November 2016


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