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Stockgrove Park, Stockgrove, Buckinghamshire, LU7



6 Beds 4 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: WOB170199





An outstanding country residence enjoying a secluded parkland setting. 4 reception rooms. Kitchen/breakfast room. Orangery. Games room/gym. Cellars. 6 bedrooms (2 with en suite facilities). Bathroom. Shower room. Mature grounds. Double garage and car ports. Tennis court. Swimming pool. Extensive equestrian facilities. Large barn. 9 post and rail paddocks. In all about 39 acres. THE PROPERTY The property, approached along a quarter of a mile tree lined avenue, enjoys a stunning secluded setting within the former grounds of Stockgrove Park with mature woodland forming the backdrop and providing a high degree of privacy. Sir Ferdinand Michael Kroyer-Kielberg, a Danish industrial magnet, commissioned architect William Curtis Green in 1920 to design and build a new house and estate which included a stable block and clock tower, which one passes on the way to the private drive. The Dower House has an Arts & Crafts feel to it and enjoys a prominent position at the end of a long-beech avenue and is surrounded by mature grounds which afford it a high degree of privacy. The commission was to create a house suitable for large and small scale entertaining, and on stepping over the threshold one is not disappointed. The well-appointed reception rooms and bedrooms all benefit from a southerly aspect with attractive views over the formal grounds. Paved terraces are strategically placed to also benefit from these views. Surrounding The Dower House is approximately three acres of formal gardens with the remaining acreage taken up by parkland, post and rail paddocks along with a block of woodland. No rights of way exist over the land. The current owners have and continue to be extremely good custodians of the property and within the last few years have upgraded the kitchen and bathroom facilities, along with a full internal redecoration, under the guidance of an interior designer. The Dower House is a property that has to be viewed to fully appreciate its charm and the lifestyle opportunities on offer. THE ACCOMMODATION A part glazed front door opens into the reception hall with all the main reception rooms radiating off and all benefitting from original oak parquet flooring. The drawing room lies directly ahead and enjoys a dual aspect with feature fireplace housing a wood burner. French doors with glazed sidelights open onto a raised seating terrace. The dining room is well positioned benefitting from glazed double doors opening directly into the kitchen with additional access from The Hall. The kitchen/breakfast room which merges with the orangery runs the entire width of the house and is ideally suited to modern 21st century living. All benefitting from underfloor heated limestone flooring, the focal point of the kitchen is the Pewter four oven Aga with matching two oven companion. The bespoke kitchen is designed and built by Frazer James and features both Cherrywood and Shaker units with granite work surfaces, along with an island unit and display dresser. Appliances include Bosch dishwasher, Aga stainless steel wine cooler and recess for fridge/freezer. Lying within the orangery is a fireplace housing a wood burner and window seat at the far end enjoys elevated views over the rear garden. French doors open onto an enclosed paved seating terrace and spiral staircase leads down to the games room/gym, benefiting from under floor heating and enjoying direct access to the pool terrace and swimming pool. To the rear of the kitchen is the underfloor heated boot room with bespoke fitted cabinetry and across the inner hall is the utility room with plumbing for washing machine and dryer, along with fitted cupboards and shelving. A door reveals stairs leading down to the wine cellar and boiler room which also houses the swimming pool filtration equipment. Running along the other end of the reception hall is the study with a pair of fitted bookcases and open fireplace, together with the limed oak panelled Billiard room with separate bar area in the far corner. French doors lead out to the grounds. The hall also allows access to the well-appointed cloakroom and cupboard housing a safe and gun cupboard. FIRST FLOOR The staircase leads up to the part galleried landing which runs along the front of the house. The stunning master bedroom suite lies in the heart of the house and boasts a dressing area with fitted wardrobes leading into the well- appointed bedroom and beyond is an impressive limestone tiled bathroom with separate glazed shower cubicle. A further bedroom leading off the master bedroom has been incorporated to create an amazing dressing room with Frazer James bespoke full height wardrobes running along one wall. The guest bedroom suite lies at one end of the landing and enjoys a dual aspect with fully tiled en suite bathroom and two recessed wardrobes. A fully tiled wet room lies off the landing and opposite is a shelved cupboard. Lying at the far end of the main landing is a further double bedroom and beyond is an inner landing providing access to three further bedrooms served by a fully tiled family bathroom. All bath and shower rooms benefit from underfloor heating. GARDEN AND GROUNDS Extending to approximately three acres the garden and grounds surround The Dower House on all sides. A circular gravelled drive lies in front of the house and sweeps around an island which features an amenity pond. Lying to the east and accessed via a brick pergola is the floodlit Astroturf tennis court with mature beech hedging providing some protection. A covered seating area overlooks the court and beyond steps gently lead down to a cedar framed greenhouse and raised beds. Running along the rear of the house are a series of terraces all benefitting from wonderful views over the formal lawn, which gently falls away down to woodland on the boundary. To the west of the house is the enclosed pool terrace housing the rectangular heated swimming pool with electric roller cover. GARAGING Situated to the east of the house and served by a spur off the main drive is the recently constructed Heritage oak garage block under a red tiled roof and providing double garage along with double car port. EQUINE FACILITIES Lying to the west of the house is an ''L' shaped stable block with large concrete apron to the front. The block originally provided stabling for seven, along with separate tack room, although two stables have been converted into a workshop, but could easily revert to their former use. The 40 metre x 20 metre drained sand and silicon mange lies opposite the garage block and at the top of the drive is a six bay concrete framed fully enclosed barn providing excellent facilities for storage of hay, feedstuffs, machinery and equine equipment, together with separate timber building providing a further five stables. PADDOCK AND PARKLAND Extending to approximately 36 acres the grass paddocks and parkland are enclosed and divided by post and rail fencing. Currently there are six defined paddocks all served by mains water troughs with three having field shelters. The remaining area of land is in the process of being converted into parkland with the introduction of mature trees. A belt of woodland runs along the western boundary and the property benefits from direct access onto network of bridleways. DIRECTIONS (LU7 0BG) From Junction 11a of the M1 motorway travel westwards following the signs to the A5 and Leighton Buzzard. On reaching the A5 roundabout proceed in a northerly direction on the A5. Continue straight through Hockliffe and on reaching the roundabout at the Fox & Hounds Public House turn left onto the A418. Shortly before reaching Heath & Reach turn right signed Stockgrove Park and follow the road leading past the entrance to the Country Park. At the brow of the hill a lodge gate will appear on your left. Proceed through the gate bearing right and after passing the converted stable block and Clock Tower on the right you will arrive on the private drive which leads down to The Dower House. LOCATION The property is peacefully located in a rural area of high landscape value in an established parkland setting. Adjacent to the property is Stockgrove Country Park which contains some wonderful walks and lakeside views. Local shopping facilities are available in Leighton Buzzard and Woburn which also has a number of quality restaurants. Milton Keynes is a short drive and provides extensive shopping and leisure facilities including a David Lloyd tennis centre. Woburn Golf and Country Club boasts three championship courses. The property is in the catchment area for the Aylesbury Grammar schools and the area benefits from a number of renowned public schools including Bedford Harpur Trust Schools, Akeley Wood, Swanbourne, Winchester House and Stowe to name a few. The area is very accessible with the M1 motorway providing a connection onto the national motorway network. Commuting facilities are available from Leighton Buzzard to Euston within 30 minutes. Air travel is available locally from Luton with Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted slightly further afield. PROPERTY INFORMATION Services: Mains metered water. Three phase mains electricity. Private septic tank. Zoned oil fired central heating. Local Authority: Aylesbury Vale District Council. Tel: 01296 585858 Right of Way: The Dower House enjoys a vehicular right of way over the northern part of the drive to Stockgrove Park Outgoings: Council Tax Band "H" Tenure: Freehold. Viewing: Strictly by appointment through the sole agents Jackson-Stops. 1 Market Place, Woburn, MK17 9PZ. Tel - 01525 290 641