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8 bedroom detached house for sale

Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16

Sold STC £2,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Outstanding Chiltern views
  • 4 reception rooms
  • 8 bedrooms
  • Gertrude Jekyll garden
  • swimming pool
  • stables
  • garages & outbuildings
  • paddock
  • mature woodland

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

An outstanding Arts and Crafts home in need of refurbishment set in a Gertrude Jekyll garden.


Rignalls stands in an elevated position with a mature wooded
backdrop overlooking the popular Hampden Valley. The property
is surrounded by well-maintained agricultural land and the
traditional Beech woodland of the Chiltern Hills.


Rignalls was designed by the well-known Arts and Crafts architect, Charles Holden, in 1909 for Sir Felix Semon. Sir Felix
was an eminent nerve specialist who treated both Edward VII
and Winston Churchill.

Gertrude Jekyll was employed to design the gardens and grounds, much of which are still in existence today.

During the Second World War the house was owned by a member of the free French government. Amongst many, Charles de Gaulle is reputed to have visited on numerous occasions.

Listed Grade II being of architectural and historic
importance, Rignalls is constructed of brick, part clay tile hung and rendered under a clay tile roof. The house is typical of the Arts and Crafts movement with steep pitched roofs and striking chimneys.

Internally the house combines light and spacious reception rooms on the ground floor, with comfortable bedroom accommodation over the first and second floors. Of particular note is the double
height reception hall with double doors opening onto the beautifully proportioned drawing room. The principal reception rooms all face south, overlooking the terraced gardens.

On the first floor is a magnificent master bedroom suite with
outstanding views over the valley together with three further
principal bedrooms. The second floor offers great flexibility and
is suitable for further bedrooms or a self-contained flat.

In recent years, the house has been a wonderful family home and now requires some modernisation.

Gardens and grounds
Lying predominantly to the south of the house, the formal gardens were designed by the renowned landscape gardener, Gertrude Jekyll. A York stone terrace flanks the south elevation with brick steps leading down to the swimming pool terrace and to a further lawned area beyond, surrounded by well stocked shrubberies and laurel hedges.

To the north is a wide belt of mature woodland and a lawned
area with a carpet of daffodils in the spring months. The productive orchard and Victorian greenhouse adjoins the well-fenced paddock.

Acreage: 10.3 Acres

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
18 February 2016

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