7 bedroom detached house for saleFoscott, Buckingham, MK18
- Grade II listed manor house
- 3 cottages
- Swimming pool
- Tennis court
- Stable yard
- Landscaped gardens
A beautifully presented grade II listed Manor House in a wonderful parkland setting.
Foscote Manor is surrounded by beautiful open countryside which belies its accessibility to London and the motorway network. The county and University town of Buckingham lies within 2½ miles providing a good range of facilities for every day needs. Milton Keynes lies 12 miles to the east and provides a complete range of shopping, business and leisure facilities, together with an exceptional fast train service to London Euston taking about 35 minutes. Equally, access to the motorway network is superb with junction 14 of the M1 or junction 9 of the M40 both lying within about 16 miles.
Educational facilities in the area are first class with good provision for children of all ages. Stowe school in particular lies within 3 miles, Tudor Hall for girls, Swanbourne, Beachborough and Winchester House at Brackley, Akeley, Bloxham and Rugby School are all within easy reach. Sporting facilities in the area are extensive with golf at Whittlebury Park, Stowe, Silsden and Buckingham; motor racing at Silverstone and National Hunt racing at Towcester.
In recent years the house has been completely restored and refurbished to provide a house suitable for comfortable family living as well as more formal entertaining.
Heavy oak studded front door leads into entrance lobby with limestone floor and half panelling. An impressive reception hall overlooked by a galleried landing. Stone fireplace with patterned fireback, parquet floor and stone mullion windows with leaded lights. Staircase hall with ornate 17th century staircase with polished oak treads, moulded handrail, wood parquet floor, 2 cloak cupboards, store and stairs down to large wine cellar. Drawing room with triple aspect stone mullion windows overlooking the rose garden, forecourt and park. This room has oak stripped floorboards and 2 ornate carved wood fireplaces. Dining room with double height dining room with arched window, glass cabinet and stripped floor boards. Ornate ceiling cornicing and half panelling. Door through to garden porch with heavy oak studded door to garden terrace. Sitting room with full height oak panelling and impressive stone fireplace with patterned brick fire back. Cellars with brick and flagstone floors and extensive storage. Family dining room with stripped oak floorboards, double doors out to garden terrace. Kitchen with stone floor, Aga and central island with breakfast bar. Family room with full height stone mullion bay window overlooking the park and steps up to sitting area with stone fireplace and wood burner. Rear hall off which is a cloakroom with washbasin, WC and boot room. Utility room. From the rear hall, door to secondary staircase hall with secondary stairs to first floor.
The ornate carved wood staircase rises to an impressive galleried landing, itself with its own fine fireplace. Master bedroom suite occupying the south and west wing of the house with fine views over the park. Comprising a sitting room, en suite dressing room with dressing cupboards, en suite bathroom with wood stripped floors, roll top bath, walk-in shower and separate WC. Guest bedroom suite 2 with stone fireplace, en suite dressing room and en suite bathroom with bath, walk-in shower. Off this bedroom is a small second dressing room. Guest bedroom suite 3 with, en suite bathroom with bath and washbasin, WC and extensive cupboard units.
On the second floor are four excellent bedrooms, all of a good similar size, each pair on opposite sides of the landing, and share the use of an en suite bathroom.
3 cottages under a tiled roof with central stone clock tower. Two are in superb condition and offer excellent flexible space for either guest or staff accommodation. The middle cottage is in the process of refurbishment under an insurance claim. Cottages 1 and 3 both have individual lawned gardens hidden by high Yew hedges. This whole area is enclosed by a stone wall with pleached limes and has 3 parking bays hidden from the main house.
Gardens & Grounds
To the east of the house is a substantial stone and brick walled garden at the centre of which is a heated swimming pool. One end of the walled garden is dominated by a high dovecote/tower that overlooks the gardens. A yew walk connects formal and informal gardens and leads up to a hard tennis court. The eastern side of the gardens are dominated by an ornamental lake forming the upper section of a water system which flows to a lower pond, under the driveway. The lower pond forms the southern side of the gardens and is framed by mature trees. There is a classical rose garden, knot garden with topiaried hedges enclosed by ornate fencing supporting a wide variety of climbing plants. From the western side of the house the terrace leads down to a raised lawn parterre with classical box hedging and two ornate fountains connected by a stone channel. This large formal lawn slopes down to a lower area and onto a ha-ha. Beyond which is a wide area of park that runs gently down to a 2 acre lake and bluebell wood. Nearby is a courtyard, substantial machinery store, greenhouses and vegetable gardens enclosed by yew hedges.
Beyond the gardens, mainly to the east, south and west, are a number of fields, some enclosed by parkland railing and others by traditional stock fencing, currently grazed by sheep on a licence.
Immediately to the north west of the house comprising 3 traditional loose boxes, one currently housing the boiler system, another currently as a tool shed. There are also 4 garages with up and over doors. An archway under the dovecote leads onto the kitchen garden and land beyond. From the main stable yard are 6 further traditional loose boxes currently used as storage along with the original tack room currently housing oil tanks.
Square Footage: 11,345 sq ft
Acreage: 39 Acres
From junction 14 of the M1 take the A509 through the outskirts of Milton Keynes over a series of roundabouts. After about 4 miles turn right onto the A5 heading north and after 3½ miles turn left onto the A422 signed to Buckingham. After 5 miles turn right signed to Akeley and Leckhampstead (½ mile). Before entering the village turn left signed Maids' Moreton. After 1 mile turn left signed to Foscote into a narrow lane. Foscote Manor can be seen on the left hand side after ¼ mile, shortly after a cattle grid.
From junction 10 of the M40 take the A43 north signed to Brackley. After about 3 miles turn right onto the A421 signed to Milton Keynes. Follow the A421 as far as the outskirts of Buckingham and at the roundabout take the A413 signed to Towcester. Proceed over the next roundabout and at the following roundabout take the third exit onto the A422 signed to Milton Keynes. Continue for about 2 miles, ignoring the first sign to Foscote and turn left signed to Akeley and Leckhampstead (½ mile) and follow the directions as above.
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