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Soulbury, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7

Guide price £1,550,000

5 Beds 5 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: WOB110208

CONTACT Woburn OFFICE

CALL US 01525 290641 EMAIL US AT Woburn
FIND US: 1 Market Place, Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9PZ

Soulbury

PROPERTY FEATURES

  • PERIOD FROMER MILL HOUSE
  • PRIVATE TREE LINED DRIVE
  • FOUR RECEPTION ROOMS
  • FIVE BEDROOMS (3 ENSUITE)
  • ONE BEDROOMED ANNEXE & STUDIO
  • PRIVATE MATURE GROUNDS
  • FENCED PADDOCKS AND MATURE WOODLAND
  • IN ALL APPROXIMATELY 8.7 ACRES

THE PROPERTY

A charming Victorian Mill House enjoying a private position protected by its own mature grounds with detached Annexe and Studio. Stapleford Mill is an elegant Victorian property dating back to 1852 with later additions and enjoys a very private and tranquil position bordering the River Ouzel. The Mill is approached over its own private tree lined drive edged by post and railed paddocks and leading up to a gravelled parking area in front of the house. Constructed of brick under a slate roof the property offers well-proportioned accommodation arranged over two floors to include indoor pool room with endless raised swimming pool, sauna and wet room. The house retains its period charm yet has been sympathetically extended in the 1990's to provide the needs of a modern family house with kitchen/breakfast room lying in the heart of the house along with three double bedroom suites. Complementing the Mill House is the two storied outbuilding offering excellent storage and garaging facilities on the ground floor with self-contained one bedroomed annexe on the first floor along with separate one bedroomed studio flat. The annexe living room enjoys stunning views across the Ouzel flood plain and there is potential for the Annexe and Flat to be amalgamated. The mature garden and wooded grounds are a pure delight and offer great space for relaxing, entertaining and being at one with nature. To fully appreciate the lifestyle opportunities Stapleford Mill provides one is going to have to make the commitment to view. Accommodation A six panelled front door opens into the central reception hall with main reception rooms radiating off and stairs rising to the first floor. The sitting room with exposed oak flooring enjoys a triple aspect with French doors opening onto paved terrace overlooking the formal garden. The focal point of the room is the brick fireplace with decorative pine surround and mantelpiece. Lying across the hall is the dining room with exposed pine floorboards with wood burner sitting in the brick fireplace on a raised brick hearth. An internal door leads directly into the kitchen with bespoke shaker base and eye level units by Underwoods with black granite worksurfaces. Fitted appliances include Neff double ovens, four ring induction hob, microwave with recesses to accommodate dishwasher and fridge freezer. Complementing the storage facilities in the kitchen is the adjoining pantry with slate and fitted shelving. The kitchen opens into the vaulted breakfast room which enjoys wonderful views across and direct access onto the paved entertaining terrace via a pair of glazed patio doors. A wood burner enjoys pride of place with rising flue and to one side is a recessed cupboard with display shelving above. Double doors reveal the cosy family room which also benefits from French doors opening onto the terrace along with connecting door through to the pool room with endless swimming pool, Tylo sauna and wet room. A staircase rises to the master bedroom. The rear hall doubles up as a boot room and provides access to cloakroom and utility room with fitted cupboards, plumbing for washing machine, along with housing the Worcester Greenstar oil fired boiler. A Sheila Maid hangs from the ceiling. FIRST FLOOR The main staircase rises to a galleried landing lying in the middle of the house with bedrooms radiating off. Three double bedrooms run along the front of the house, two benefitting from en suite facilities and two with fitted wardrobes. A single bedroom lies to the rear as does the family shower room. The master bedroom lies to the rear and can be accessed via internal galleried landing which doubles up as a dressing room overlooking the breakfast room or via rear staircase from the Pool room. The bedroom benefits from oak fitted furniture providing storage and dressing table along with fitted wardrobes and lying in the corner is the en suite bathroom. French doors open onto decked balcony which enjoys stunning views over the formal garden and across the river meadows. ANNEXE Lying to the north of the house and connected via car port is the one bedroomed annexe with main accommodation on the first floor with the living room enjoying elevated views over the river meadows. STUDIO Steps on the outside of the outbuilding lead up to the one bedroomed studio with en suite shower. GARAGING AND STORE ROOMS Lying to the side of the Mill House and accessed over a pavioured drive is the part brick and block outbuilding with timbered first floor. Two deep single garages are accessed to the rea via up and over doors with power and light connected. To the front is a pedestrian door leading into workshop with store room behind with fitted shelving. In the far corner is a further store room which also benefits from fitted shelving. Behind the outbuilding lies the oil tank and open sided steel portal framed tractor store. GARDENS AND GROUNDS To the front of the house is a gravelled parking area partly edged by timber sleepers which gives way to the front lawn. The formal garden lies to the south overlooked from the paved seating terrace and entertaining areas that lie close to the house. The garden is enclosed by post and rail fencing with lawn edged by mature specimen trees. A path runs under a living willow arch with climbing rose leading past the wild garden and offering access to the vegetable garden with four raised beds along with fruit cage, potting shed and aluminium greenhouse. A hornbeam path leads back to the Mill past raised potato beds to a further paved seating terrace with raised brick pond with central water fountain and raised herbaceous border. LAND The land is currently divided into four grass paddocks offering excellent grazing facilities for horses or livestock with timber stable, loose box and lean to hay store behind. A wooded tree belt adds another dimension which in part borders the River Ouzel with path meandering through it. Also located within the land are the former mill ponds which offer a further attraction for wildlife. LOCATION The nearby village of Great Brickhill offers a public house, new village hall with badminton facilities and short mat bowls, tennis club with three floodlit courts and active cricket club. . The Georgian market town of Woburn is very accessible providing a selection of fine restaurants, Saville Row tailor dress and antique shops along with art gallery with Woburn Golf and Country Club providing three championship golf courses being two and a half miles away. The Three Locks 18 hole golf course almost neighbours the property. Great Brickhill has a popular junior Church of England school with progression into either Leighton Buzzard senior school or the Grammar school in Aylesbury for which there is a daily coach service provided from the village. Equally there are an excellent selection of private schools in the area including Swanbourne House Prep School, Akeley Wood, Stowe and the renowned Harpur Trust Schools in Bedford. Milton Keynes and Aylesbury provide more extensive shopping and leisure facilities including main line railway station providing connection to London Euston within approximately 30 minutes. Leighton Buzzard station is within a 10 minute drive offering a 40 minute service into London Euston also. The M1 motorway and A5 provide access routes onto the main national road networks and air travel is available locally from Luton, with Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted further afield. PROPERTY INFORMATION Services: Mains water, and Electricity. Private Klargester septic tank Mill House - Oil fired central heating Annexe & Studio - Electric night storage heating Swimming Pool - Air source heat pump Local Authority: Aylesbury Vale District Council Tel: 01296 585858 Outgoings: Mill House Council Tax Band "G" £3,035.39 Annexe Council Tax Bank "B" £1,416.50 Tenure: Freehold. EPC Rating: "D" Viewing: Strictly by appointment through the sole agents Jackson-Stops. 1 Market Place, Woburn, MK17 9PZ. Tel - 01525 290 641