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8 bedroom detached house for sale

The Abbey, Aston Abbotts, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22

Sold STC £3,750,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 8 reception rooms
  • 8 principal bedrooms
  • Ample staff accommodation
  • Outdoor swimming pool and tennis court
  • 2 bed gate lodge
  • Kitchen garden
  • Formal gardens
  • Lake, parkland and paddocks

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Grade II Listed Georgian country house in a parkland setting within easy commuting distance of London.


The Abbey is a handsome Grade II listed country house in the heart of Buckinghamshire.

The property is positioned on the edge of the village of Aston Abbotts. Aylesbury, about 5 miles to the south and Milton Keynes, about 17 miles to the north, provide wider recreational facilities, shopping and eating places.

Whilst enjoying fast and convenient access to London via the M40 and M1 motorways, the house takes full advantage of some of the area's most beautiful countryside with stunning views across the Vale of Aylesbury.


The house has an interesting history and is believed to date in the main from the early 1800's with earlier origins in the 15th and 16th century. There has been a property at the location since Doomsday. Although The Abbey has never been an ecclesiastical building, it was so named having been built on land confiscated from the Abbotts of St. Albans by Henry VIII. The property has had some illustrious owners including the Duke of Buckingham, Sir James Clark Ross, the polar explorer who gave his name to the Ross Shelf, and during the war, President Benes of Czechoslovakia.

Approx 33.55 acres

The Abbey is approached through electric wrought iron entrance gates and along an impressive carriage drive, bordered by lime trees, leading to a turning and parking area on the northern side of the house. The house, stands in a fine setting with mature gardens, a lake and parkland in a quiet and protected setting on the edge of the village.

The Abbey has many attractive period features including some intricately detailed fireplaces, cornicing and wooden floors.

On the ground floor the house is entered through the impressive vaulted reception hall with a gallery to the landing. The hall leads to the main reception rooms, which lend the property very well to entertaining. It has an excellent open plan kitchen/breakfast room and French doors out onto the terrace.

The first floor bedroom accommodation benefits from a similar scale and has a good proportion of bedrooms to bathrooms. The west wing incorporates a useful integral staff flat with three bedrooms and a sitting room beneath.

There is also an attractive two bedroom thatched gate lodge.

To the west of the house is a pretty courtyard of outbuildings providing stables, feed rooms and tack rooms (including a large foaling box), a wood store, groom's flat and garage.

Beyond the courtyard is an attractive private walled area with Indian sandstone flagged terrace, planted beds and olive trees, swimming pool and a large party barn. Facing one side of this area is the rear of the courtyard buildings with showers, changing and treatment rooms. There is also an all-weather hard tennis court.

The gardens and grounds are a particular feature of the property with the main bulk of land dedicated to parkland and open farmland. The property is well positioned with landscaped formal gardens to the south and a gravel path dividing herbaceous borders with lawns that run down to a lake with sunken stepping stones across to a central island. To the eastern side of the house the lawns rise up with some specimen trees and a kitchen garden, sheltered by a part wall and a clipped yew hedge. From here the path leads to a secluded garden with a yew hedge containing an ornamental pond and terraced beds.

Approx 9.44 acres

A parcel of pasture to the north of lot 1 with access onto a track to the west.

Square Footage: 11,480 sq ft
Acreage: 42.99 Acres


From the M25, leave at junction 20 on to the A41. Continue to the end of the A41 dual carriageway and turn right towards Aylesbury, turn right at the next roundabout and follow to the end. Turn right on to the A418 towards Wing and follow the road for 4 miles through Rowsham and to a crossroads with Aston Abbotts signposted to the left. Follow the road into the
village and to the village green, and the entrance to The Abbey can be seen across the green to the left. There is a white thatched gate lodge.

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Added on Rightmove:
23 January 2018

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