5 bedroom barn conversion for saleGrendon Road, Edgcott, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18
Offers in Excess of £1,350,000
- 18th century detached oak framed barn conversion
- Five bedrooms, three bathrooms
- Three reception rooms, first floor family room and study
- Kitchen/breakfast room, utility room
- Triple garage, workshop, two stables, tack/feed room
- Formal landscaped gardens with a computerised watering system
- All weather tennis court, 36 ft. Nissan barn
- Grounds of approximately 4 acres including 2.2 acres of paddock land
An 18th century five bedroom detached barn conversion set in approximately 4 acres of formal gardens and paddock land, with equestrian facilities and a triple garage. Yew Tree Farm is an oak framed barn set behind electric gates and standing in private wraparound landscaped gardens backing onto open fields. The barn has three reception rooms and a first floor family room with far reaching views. In addition to the barn, there is an all weather tennis court, a heated swimming pool, a triple garage, a workshop, stabling and a tack room. There are two separate paddocks totalling approximately 2.2 acres, with the main paddock having a 36 ft. Nissan barn and vehicular access to the road. The landscaped gardens have a southerly aspect with flower and shrub beds, troughs and pots, all with a computerised sprinkler and dripper system. There is also a filtrated Koi carp pond and a natural spring pond with an island and a duck house.
History and Design
Originally a barn belonging to one of the local farms, Yew Tree Farm has been the subject of a complete redevelopment project. The current owners bought the 18th century barn and had it painstakingly rebuilt from 1987 to 1989. Every single oak beam was removed, numbered and then put back in its original place. To provide the bedroom accommodation, the owners purchased a second barn from the Oxford College. The barn had to be the same width and height to match the ridgeline of the original barn.
The walls of Yew Tree Farm are 18 inches thick and are made up of the original brickwork, with con blocks in the centre and thermalite walls on the inside with insulation between each layer. These three layers allow beams to show on the exterior and interior of the building. To add even more character, profile brickwork was also added. The centre wall supports the original roof inside while new rafters and a tiled roof was built over the top.
Yew Tree Farm now provides contemporary and versatile accommodation with character features including inglenook fireplaces with a ceiling height chimney breast built and designed with hand cut bricks. There are vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, galleried landings, solid oak window frames and external doors, and ledge and brace internal doors. On the contemporary side, sixteen solar panels have been installed, within an enclosed paddock, which serve the barn and lower energy costs.
Reception Hall and Cloakroom
From the gable end entrance porch with oak pillars and inset herringbone brickwork, a solid oak door opens to the reception hall which has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, and a minstrels gallery. Engineered oak flooring continues to the inner hall. The cloakroom includes a wash basin and a WC. The ADT monitored alarm controls are also within the cloakroom.
The drawing room overlooks the landscaped gardens and paddock land beyond with glazed double doors to the terrace. The ceiling is vaulted with exposed beams. The brick inglenook fireplace has been based on an Oast house design with a hand cut profile brickwork chimney breast, inset lights and an open fire. A gas pipe is also provided for a gas fire. Two sets of glazed double doors lead to the conservatory.
Conservatory and Dining Room
The conservatory is of stone and glazed construction, overlooks the Koi carp pond, has a water tap and glazed doors to the garden with panoramic views towards Marsh Gibbon. The dining room has garden views and glazed double doors to the terrace. The ceiling is vaulted with exposed beams and stairs lead up to the minstrels gallery above. The brick inglenook fireplace mirrors that of the drawing room and is also based on an Oast house design with a hand cut profile brickwork chimney breast, inset lights and an open fire. A gas pipe is also provided for a gas fire.
The kitchen/breakfast room is dual aspect with views of the gardens. The ceiling is vaulted with exposed beams and LED lights, and there is space for a breakfast table with seating for six. The kitchen has been fitted with a range of Magnet cream coloured storage units, drawers, pan drawers, glass display cabinets, a plate rack with display shelving above, and granite work surfaces. Integrated Neff appliances include a double oven including a fan oven, a five ring gas hob with an extractor hood above, and a dishwasher. In addition, there is a Calor gas Aga with a black canopy hood above, and an American style fridge/freezer. A door leads to an inner lobby which has a stable door to the Mediterranean garden.
Utility Room and Cloakroom
The utility room also has views of the garden and includes a matching range of Magnet cream coloured storage units, a broom cupboard with a shelved cupboard above, an inset sink and granite work surfaces. Space is provided for a washing machine and a tumble dryer. There is a built-in double cupboard concealing the water heater. Access is provided to a loft space which is boarded, with power and light connected. The cloakroom has a two piece white suite of a wash basin and a WC.
Ground Floor Master Bedroom
An inner hallway leads to four bedrooms and the family bathroom. There are garden views and a staircase to the first floor with an understairs storage cupboard. The master bedroom is dual aspect with views of the landscaped gardens and paddock land beyond. There is a range of built-in wardrobes with hanging space, shelving, drawers and sliding mirror doors. The en suite bathroom comprises a four piece suite of a freestanding roll top bath with a shower attachment, a curved shower cubicle with an Aqualisa shower, a wash basin set into a vanity unit with a granite top and a storage cupboard beneath, and a WC. The dressing room is currently used as a study and overlooks the gardens with a door to the terrace.
Other Bedrooms and Bathroom
Bedrooms three, four and five all overlook the Mediterranean garden with bedroom four currently being used as a gymnasium. The family bathroom comprises a four piece suite of a bath with a shower attachment, a curved shower cubicle with an electric shower, a wash basin set into a vanity unit with a granite top and a storage cupboard beneath, and a WC.
First Floor Landing and Bedrooms
The landing has a walk-in storage cupboard which houses a boiler and a water softener. The loft is boarded with a light connected. The guest bedroom is dual aspect with panoramic views towards Marsh Gibbon. There is a range of built-in wardrobes with hanging space and sliding mirror doors. The en suite bathroom has been completely updated with a double walk-in shower, a wash basin and a WC. A door opens to a walk-in airing cupboard with shelving and a light. The study/bedroom six and the dressing room/bedroom seven have views of the gardens and mature trees.
First Floor Family Room
There is a family room to the first floor with exposed beams and views over paddock land. This room could be used as a teenager's den. Steps lead up to a door which opens to the galleried landing/reading area overlooking the hall. A further door leads through to the minstrels gallery and the stairs to the dining room.
The garage has a double and a single up and over door to the front, with the double door being electrically operated with a remote control. Power and light are connected.
Workshop, Tack/Feed Room and Stables
The workshop is fitted with workbenches and shelving. It has power and light connected, and Velux style windows providing natural light. The stable yard is accessed via a timber gate and is enclosed by post and rail fencing with a further gate to the paddock. There is a tack room which can also be used as a feed room, with a storage area above for hay, and power and light connected. There are also two loose boxes which have lights connected, as well as Velux style windows providing natural daylight.
Accessed via the garden, a gate leads to the enclosed pool area. The heated swimming pool has had the surrounds re-laid in August 2016 and is surrounded by Indian paving slabs and there is a paved seating area, a covered pergola and flower borders. There is a changing room. The pump house contains the pump and filter for the pool and controls for the garden sprinklers and drippers for the hanging baskets and flower troughs. A further gate leads to a vegetable garden.
The vegetable garden contains two greenhouses, one of which has power, light and water connected. There is an enclosed area with the heat exchange for the pool and a timber lean to with covered raised vegetable plots. Also within this paddock area, there are sixteen solar panels serving the barn.
Yew Tree Farm is accessed via electrically operated wrought iron double gates to the driveway which is laid with Cretaprint. A wrought iron pedestrian gate opens to a path which leads to the barn. The formal landscaped gardens are laid to lawn and wraparound Yew Tree Farm and back onto open paddock land. There are seating areas taking advantage of the southerly aspect and flower beds and borders containing mature and specimen shrubs. There is a natural spring pond surrounded by mature trees and shrubs, with an island and a duck house. Further into the garden, a filtrated Koi carp pond with a UV light system is surrounded by a rockery with a feature wooden bridge.
Gardens and Tennis Court
A variety of mature trees are interspersed around the garden and include cherry trees, alder trees, Swedish birch trees, Indian Bean Trees, apple trees, pear trees, plum trees and crab apple trees. Within the main part of the garden, there is an enclosed all weather tennis court which was resurfaced in August 2016. The Mediterranean garden has raised flower and shrub beds, a fig tree and herb beds. There is also a paved seating area which captures the morning sun. To the front of the barn, there is a log store and an enclosed utility area which has a pedestrian gate to the road and houses the LPG tanks.
Paddock Land and Nissan Barn
There are two separate paddocks with water troughs and measuring approximately 2.2 acres in total. One paddock has sixteen solar panels which serves the barn and the main paddock has a Nissan Barn with storage space which has the potential to become an American style barn with loose boxes. There is also a pony shelter. The paddocks are accessed via pedestrian gates from the formal gardens and stable yard with a five bar vehicular access gate leading to the road. Fencing, mature hedging and trees surround the paddocks.
Once the home of a powerful chieftain, Hurca, the village name is derived from the Old English for Oak Cottage. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it is recorded as Achecote, aecen (from which the word acorn is derived) being the Old English word for oak. In 1159 it was called Hochecote and by 1223, it was named Echecott, becoming Eggercote in 1550. It had become Edgecott by the 1600s and Edgcott after 1980. The manor of Edgecott was once owned by the physician and poet Sir Samuel Garth, 1661 to 1719. Hurca raised a cross on the small hill which overlooks the village, now the site of St Michael and All Angels Church. Remnants of this cross are said to still lie in the churchyard. One large stone, once called The Gospel Stone lies east of the south door.
Edgcott today is a village and a civil parish in the Aylesbury Vale District of Buckinghamshire and sits in the middle of a triangle of three market towns, Buckingham, Aylesbury and Bicester. Each of these is within approximately a 15 minute drive. There are bus links to Aylesbury and Bicester from where there are Chiltern Rail links to London and Birmingham. Local amenities including a village shop, a post office and a public house are located in Grendon Underwood which is 1.5 miles away. Aylesbury and Bicester offer a wider variety of shops and social facilities.
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