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Lillingstone Lovell, Buckinghamshire, MK18

Guide price £2,450,000


7 Beds 4 Baths 3 Receptions

REF: WOB170055

Lillingstone Lovell




A very rare opportunity in this part of the world to acquire a charming Grade II Listed Queen Anne six bedroomed former Rectory together with self-contained annexe , two bedroomed detached bungalow, Thatched barn incorporating home office with fibre broadband ,Stabling, Hay barn. Tennis Court, swimming pool with mature grounds and paddocks totalling 7.3 acres. Dating from the early 18th century this pretty former Queen Anne Rectory enjoys a private position nestled behind the parish church, protected by its mature grounds with views out over rolling countryside. The house itself enjoys a timeless charm and provides well-proportioned family accommodation, with the lower ground floor providing independent annexe, together with domestic rooms. Complementing the main house is the thatched barn that lies across the gravelled courtyard providing garaging, together with stunning studio with views across to the village church. Lying to the west of the house is a separate detached two bedroom bungalow suitable for accommodating dependent relatives or staff, but equally adaptable to potentially generate investment income if required. The garden and grounds are a pure delight, meticulously maintained by the current owners and providing both a profusion of colour, high degree of privacy, and a wonderful space to relax and entertain. Leisure facilities are provided by both outdoor swimming pool and En Tout Cas astro turf hard tennis court. The property also benefits from excellent equestrian facilities and stabling, as well as further modern farm buildings and grass paddocks. A viewing will be essential to fully appreciate its setting and the lifestyle opportunities it provides. The Accommodation Stone steps lead up to the four panelled front door with fanlight above, which opens into the reception hall with main reception rooms radiating off and oak staircase gently rising to the upper floors. The drawing room runs the entire width of the house enjoying a triple aspect with two working fireplaces. The room is fully panelled with all windows benefitting from working shutters. French doors with glazed sidelights open onto the rear terrace and garden. The oak panelled dining room lies opposite with open fireplace and recessed cupboard to one side, with shuttered sash windows overlooking the front garden. The study/family room has a wonderful cosy feel and benefits from a working fireplace with one wall having full length bespoke book shelving with cupboards below and central display cupboard. A full height corner cupboard stands proud in one corner. A recent extension to the property has created a most stunning open plan room accommodating kitchen/ breakfast room and leading onto a Vale Garden House conservatory. The kitchen enjoys a wonderful position on the west side of the house with blue four oven Aga having pride of place. Fitted cupboards adorn the walls with oak work surfaces and matching island. The kitchen opens onto the breakfast room which in turn opens onto the conservatory which enjoys idyllic views over the rear garden with a pair of French doors leading onto the outdoor dining terrace. Lying off the kitchen is a small pantry which is useful when entertaining, cloakroom and boot room with part glazed rear door leading out to the rear gravelled courtyard. First Floor Stairs gently rise up to the galleried landing. The master bedroom enjoys a triple aspect and like the drawing room runs the entire width of the house. One end of the room is used as a dressing area, with built-in wardrobes and cupboard housing a small pantry with sink, draining board and small fridge. The en suite bathroom benefits from a panelled bath, low level W.C., bidet and oval wash basin set in a vanity unit. The guest bedroom lies opposite and benefits from fitted wardrobes and an en suite bathroom with separate tiled shower unit. The remaining bedroom on this floor is presently used as a first floor sitting room/study. Second Floor A staircase winds its way up to the second floor which provides three generous double bedrooms served by a family bathroom with an abundance of storage cupboards, together with separate linen cupboard and additional cloakroom accessed off the landing. Lower Ground Floor This part of the house can be assessed independently or via stairs leading off the main reception hall. The independent annexe lies at the western end and features a fitted galley kitchen with separate sitting/bedroom benefitting from French doors opening onto a sunken paved terrace. Beyond is a dressing room which links through into the en suite shower room. A pedestrian door separates the annexe from the main basement rooms which are divided and provide utility room, drying room, strong room, wine store, along with separate store rooms. Within the drying room are two Megaflow hot water cylinders. The Glebe Bungalow Constructed in the 1970s this Colt bungalow enjoys a private position to the west of the main house with access off the rear gravelled courtyard. Protected by its own garden which surrounds the property, the bungalow provides comfortable accommodation. Accessed via a small porch, the kitchen is well equipped and leads through to the sitting room. A double and single bedroom lie at the rear, served by a family bathroom. A picket fence defines the boundaries to the bungalow enclosing a pretty garden. To the front is mainly lawn which runs round the western side of the property allowing access to the rear garden containing a well-stocked herbaceous border, kitchen garden and enjoying views out over one of the paddocks to the rear. The Thatched Barn Constructed of stone under a thatched roof, the Thatched Barn lies to the south of The Glebe House and overlooks the rear gravelled courtyard. Whilst formerly providing stables and outbuildings to the main house, the barn has now been converted to provide garaging for two vehicles, together with separate workshop/store areas and separate boiler room that houses a diesel back-up generator. At its eastern end a door leads from one of the garages to a wonderful studio with vaulted ceiling and picture window offering a lovely view across to the church. Outbuildings The Stable Barn (14.19 metres x 10.15 metres), three bay portal framed building under a fibre cement roof. Access is provided by double sliding doors at either end and internally the building is divided to provide six loose boxes, along with tack room and workshop. A drive runs past the eastern side of the stable block providing access to gravelled hard standing area to the rear. Agricultural Barn with Lean-to (13.85 metres x 9.15 metres) Two bay steel portal frame under fibre cement roof with concrete floor. Both sides are open fronted and providing useful covered accommodation for storing hay, straw, wood and machinery. Garden and Grounds One of the stunning features of the property are the mature grounds that surround the property on all sides and provide a high degree of privacy and protection. The garden has many fine specimen trees and is laid out in rooms around the house to include Croquet lawn with surrounding espalier, fruit trees and climbing roses, a partly walled former kitchen garden having been replaced by tiled swimming pool with Roman end together with pool house providing changing room facilities, along with pool plant room. The rose garden is defined by box hedging with gravelled paths leading to an ornamental pond in the centre. Lying in the far corner is a wooden open summerhouse with views across the rose garden with The Glebe House in the distance. The wooded area features two very fine specimen horse chestnuts, along with a mature walnut tree and in the springtime is a continuous mass of flowering bulbs. Barked pathways meander through the wooded area allowing access to the orchard beyond, and recently refurbished En Tout Cas astro turf hard tennis court. Lying to the north of the tennis court one can access the pavilion which is constructed of timber under a cedar shingle roof and ideally suited for use as a summerhouse, studio or play house. It enjoys a wonderful position with views out across the rear paddocks. An ''L' shaped terrace runs along the rear of the house providing seating and entertaining area with views over the manicured rear lawn with water feature on its northern boundary. The Glebe House benefits from both a front and rear drive, both with wrought iron gates opening onto gravelled drives which provide access to the front door and gravelled courtyard. The front garden is laid to lawn edged by mature box hedging with mature Wisteria climbing up the front elevation of the house. A herb garden enclosed by box hedging lies between the house and Thatched Barn, and to the west of the house is a further lawned area enclosed by mature hedging with stone under a slate roof potting shed and apple store in the far corner. Grass Paddocks The paddocks lie to the north and west of The Glebe House and are enclosed by mature hedgerows on the outer boundaries, together with post and rail fencing making them stock proof. The larger of the two paddocks extends to approximately 3.56 acres with five bar field gate providing direct access in its south western corner onto the public highway. The pavilion overlooks the smaller paddock which extends to approximately 1.62 acres and in its north eastern corner lies a further stable block constructed of timber under a corrugated fibre cement roof with concrete floor. The block provides stabling for six, together with hay store and benefits from a concrete apron running along the front elevation. Directions (MK18 5BB) From Milton Keynes proceed westwards on the A5 and on entering Potterspury take the left turn signed to Whittlebury. Proceed on this minor road and at the ''T' junction turn right. Shortly after passing Forest Farm on your right take the next left turn signed to Lillingstone Lovell. On arriving in the village The Glebe House stands next to St Mary's Church with both front and rear drives defined by iron gates hung on stone piers. Buckingham about 5 miles Milton Keynes about 10 miles Trains to London Euston in about 30 minutes Northampton about 13 miles Oxford about 30 miles Location Lillingstone Lovell is a small village enjoying a wonderful rural location yet is within easy reach of Buckingham, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Northampton, and close to Stowe School, a world heritage site and is in an area designated as being of special amenity value. Communications are excellent with both the M40 (J10) and the M1 (J14 and J15) providing access to London, Birmingham and the national motorway network. Milton Keynes station is a 15 minute drive from the house which offers a fast and regular commuter service to London Euston within 30 minutes, and is also on the main West Coast Line. Luton airport with an increasing number of domestic and international services is within an hour's drive. Nearby Stowe, Bloxham, Tudor Hall and Rugby schools offer private education from the age of 13, alongside the renowned Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools. Both Swanbourne and Winchester House in Brackley are popular prep schools. Sporting facilities in the area are extensive with golf at Whittlebury Park, Stowe, Woburn, Silverstone and Buckingham, motor racing at Silverstone and National Hunt Racing at Towcester. The area also provides wonderful opportunities for walking, riding and cycling on quiet country lanes and on public rights of way. Property Information Services: Mains water, electricity and drainage are connected. Oil fired central heating with two boilers located in the boiler room on the lower ground floor. Local Authority: Aylesbury Vale District Council. Tel: 01296 585858 Outgoings: Council Tax Band "H" - The Glebe House. Council Tax Band "D" - Glebe Bungalow. EPC Rating: Glebe Bungalow "E" Tenure: Freehold. Viewing: Strictly by appointment through the sole agents Jackson-Stops. 1 Market Place, Woburn, MK17 9PZ. Tel - 01525 290 641. 20 Bridge Street, Northampton, NN1 1NR. Tel - 01604 632 991.