Guide price £1,600,000
A fine example of a restored Grade II Listed former Rectory with over 7300 square feet of accommodation and enjoying a secluded position on the edge of the village. 4 reception rooms. Kitchen/breakfast/family room. Cloakroom. 6 bedrooms (3 with en suite). 2 bathrooms. Play room. Library. Sewing room. Mature grounds. Former orchard. In all about 2 acres. THE PROPERTY The Old Rectory dates back to the Elizabethan era with later sympathetic extensions in both the Victorian and Edwardian era. The former Rectory is Grade II Listed and constructed mainly of stone under a red tiled roof. Of particular note are the very fine ornamental brick chimney stacks that rise gracefully above the roof line. The property is mentioned in Pevsner's Guide to Historic Buildings in Buckinghamshire. The Old Rectory was built by the Napier family with Richard Napier ordained and installed as the rector in 1590. Richard Napier was a highly regarded healer and astrologer by the nobility of the time. In its history the property has been used as a hospital and more recently by Derek Walker Associates - a firm of architects who were inspirational in their design of Milton Keynes. It is a widely held view that The Old Rectory, Linford Manor and nearby Alms Houses to be amongst the finest group of period buildings in Milton Keynes. Whilst retaining many period features the Rectory underwent a full restoration in 2010. The restoration included introduction of new wiring and central heating systems, along with overhaul of the leaded light windows, re-plastering, together with new kitchens, bathrooms and top to bottom decoration. It has been transformed into a period family home ideally suited to modern 21st century living. In more recent times the current owners (amongst other improvements) have installed new guttering, landscaped the orchard and upgraded the security system. The mature grounds extend to approximately two acres and surround the house providing a high degree of privacy and protection. The grounds are mainly lawned and provide a blank canvas for the new owner to establish their own mark on the property. Planning permission has been granted in the past for the construction of an oak framed double garage with store along with erecting estate gates on the drive. THE ACCOMMODATION A tiled porch leads to the solid oak front door which opens into the impressive central reception hall with ornate tiled floor, an oak feature fireplace and a boot room. A wide dog leg staircase rises to the first floor and running along the front of the hall is a part panelled wall with window seat. Across the hall is the light, airy and well-proportioned drawing room which enjoys a dual aspect with views over the rear grounds and featuring a central fireplace with decorative mantelpiece. Lying between the drawing room and study is an internal corridor with steps up to a cloakroom and apple store with original safe. The study has a cosy feel and has steps down to the wine cellar with brick divisions providing storage bins. The dining room enjoys commanding views over the front grounds from its bay window. This room has exposed wooden floorboards, part panelled walls and a recessed alcove. Occupying its own wing of the house is the stunning kitchen/breakfast/family room. The breakfast room has a polished oak floor with original fully restored and working Eagle Range and gas stove sitting in the fireplace. The room opens into the modern bespoke handmade Shaker kitchen with textured granite work surfaces along with matching island with stone surface and limestone flooring. Appliances include ''Stoves' range cooker with seven ring gas hob, Neff microwave, coffee machine, dishwasher and Liebherr fridge. There is a step down to the snug with feature brick fireplace. The utility room lies off the kitchen and is fitted with base and full height units, twin butler sink and plumbing for washing machine and dryer. FIRST FLOOR The 18th century oak staircase with turned balustrades and moulded handrail gently rises to the part galleried landing, which could easily provide another reception area or could be used as a library/music room. Turning left one enters a corridor which leads to the very impressive and well-proportioned master bedroom suite, with dressing room and well equipped and finished bathroom. Two further generous guest bedroom suites lie on this floor with the rear suite benefitting from a balcony overlooking the rear garden. SECOND FLOOR Accessed from either end of the house and currently providing three further bedrooms, along with play room, library, sewing room and a further bathroom. There are eaves cupboards and access to the loft room. OUTSIDE The Old Rectory is accessed off the High Street via a gravelled drive which sweeps round to the front of the house. The front and rear gardens are laid to lawn and edged by mature specimen trees and combined with a variety of hedging offer good privacy. A gravelled path runs around the entire perimeter of the house. Lying to the north of the property lies the old orchard which is enclosed by stone walling and overlooks Linford Park and across to The Manor House. COMMUNICATIONS The village is well positioned with junction 14 of the M1 motorway approximately three miles away. The main line railway station at Milton Keynes is about four miles distant with Virgin trains taking 30 minutes to London Euston. LOCATION Great Linford provides a range of local shops, together with park, sports club, Memorial Hall and primary school. The property is within a five minute drive of Central Milton Keynes which provides an extensive range of shopping and leisure facilities. Milton Keynes station provides a reliable and quick line to London Euston and Birmingham within 45 minutes. Junction 14 of the M1 motorway is close providing access onto the motorway network and air travel is available locally at Luton with Heathrow, Gatwick and East Midlands airports further afield. The area is well served by schooling both state and private for all ages. PROPERTY INFORMATION Services: Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage are connected. Two combination gas boilers. GAH Coldstream pressurised hot water cylinders. Water softener Local Authority: Milton Keynes Council Tel: 01908 691691 Outgoings: Council Tax Band "H" Tenure: Freehold. Right of Way: The Old Rectory enjoys a right of way over the first section of drive as do the properties in Dovecote Croft. Viewing: Strictly by appointment through the joint sole agents Jackson-Stops.
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