Guide price £3,750,000
Bury Court sits on the site of the former Linford Hall which was demolished in the 1960's. The whole estate at the time was bought by local developer, Joe Fitzgerald and he was responsible for constructing Bury Court as his personal home in 1971. The original house was built using many of the original Tudor and Georgian bricks along with reclaimed materials from Whittlebury Hall which was derelict at that time. These included the stone balustrading and flagstone terraces, slate roof and chimney pots together with the stunning white marble fireplace enjoying pride of place in the drawing room and the large wrought iron electrically operated gates at the end of the main drive. Within the grounds (though not owned) sits one of the smallest churches in the Diocese of Oxford, St Leonards. The beautiful stone-built church dates to the 13/14th century and was saved from demolition in the 1970's and is now a daughter to the church in Haversham, both within the parish of Havershamcum-Little Linford. The original house was designed in the Queen Anne style and has been sympathetically extended and fully modernised by the current custodians to create a most stunning country house in a mini parkland setting. The property particularly benefits from a southerly aspect with comprehensive terracing, and given its elevation looks down across its parkland grounds, woodland and lake. Great attention has gone into the design and execution of the significant extension works carried out by the current owners, and the property benefits from a combination of classic proportions with a contemporary interior. Modern technology including comprehensive security systems, Cat 6 wiring throughout and Broadband fibre to the premises all contribute to a classic family house updated to cope with the demands of the 21st Century. The quality of the fixtures and fittings throughout the property is particularly of note with walnut floors and staircase, contemporary cornicing and Duravit and Grohe bathroom fittings and furniture throughout. All windows (sash) throughout the property are double glazed. Presented in immaculate condition the property lends itself to modern family living together with entertaining on an intimate or large scale. The flexible light and airy accommodation is laid out over two floors and there is potential to create an independent annexe if required. There is ample parking around the property with 2 double garages and one recently built triple garage, designed in harmony with the main property. The whole property is set in manicured grounds which surround Bury Court on all sides offering a high degree of privacy and protection. The house enjoys an elevated position with stunning views all around the property, particularly to the south over the rear grounds and paddock and across to the woodland and adjoining lakes. A viewing will be vital to fully appreciate all that is on offer. THE ACCOMMODATION The large contemporary panelled front door with glazed sidelights opens into the impressive part panelled reception hall with walnut flooring and staircase rising and dividing to the galleried landing. The hall extends the full width of the property and benefits from the parkland views front and back, with glazed french door opening onto the rear terraces. The ground floor rooms radiate off the reception hall and rear hall and are flexible in their use. The stunning drawing room enjoys a dual aspect with a white marble 18th Century decorative fireplace housing a Firebelly woodstove. A walnut floor throughout and decorative cornicing runs around the ceiling and opposite the fireplace are recessed glass display shelves. Beyond is the family room with matching walnut flooring with a Jotul contemporary gas fire in the corner. Leading off is a cloakroom with Duravit fittings and a further reception room (both with walnut flooring and corniced) currently used as a craft room/office enjoying a peaceful location with dual aspect overlooking lawns to the west. Across the hall is the study with recessed book shelving. Lying in the heart of the house with stunning views over the rear gardens and lakes is the kitchen which directly opens on to the orangery with glass atrium above, offering excellent facilities for dining, both formal and informal. The bespoke fitted contemporary kitchen designed and installed by Bells of Northampton comprises an extensive run of base and eye level units and is divided into cooking and serving areas with white quartz work surfaces, along with two islands, one having a breakfast bar. Appliances within the kitchen include Britannia oven, Bosch 5 ring induction hob, two Miele ovens, one being a microwave combination oven, AEG coffee machine, AEG microwave and cold drinks fridge. There is a recess space for a fridge freezer. The dining/breakfast area within the south facing orangery enjoys panoramic views over the rear terrace and grounds. The adjoining pantry has deep fitted cupboards offering extensive storage. The sitting room enjoys great proportions with two pairs of french doors opening onto the rear terrace. Running along one wall are fitted units with central recess to house a television. A glazed door leads through to the home gym and adjoining cloakroom with stairs leading up to office above. A Firebelly woodburning stove is located centrally within the room. The side hall with granite flooring allows access to a further cloakroom, boot room and large utility room with fitted units, sink and plumbing for washing machines and dryer. A trap door reveals steps leading down to the plant room. FIRST FLOOR The galleried landing has a spacious and luxurious feel to it with contemporary lighting. The master bedroom is accessed via its dressing room with bespoke birdseye maple fitted wardrobes and cupboards. The bedroom itself enjoys generous proportions with views over front and rear grounds, with access to a wellappointed en suite shower room all with Duravit and Grohe fittings and furniture. The galleried landing also offers direct access to two double bedrooms, one benefitting from a well-appointed en suite shower room and the other having dedicated use of the family bathroom and benefitting from fitted Sharps' wardrobes and matching bedside cabinets. The remaining accommodation on this level is laid out as a guest suite with reading room and two double aspect bedrooms sharing a shower room. A cupboard on the landing houses the technology for the alarm system, CCTV and intercoms along with the networked Cat 6 cabling which runs throughout the property. At the far end of the house and accessed via the gym is a further staircase leading up to an impressive office which spans the full length of the east wing of the property. The office has walnut flooring and benefits from floor to ceiling triple Velux windows overlooking the grounds to the north and south. In addition, there are full length aluminium double glazed doors with sidelights with wrought iron Juliette balcony overlooking the stunning eastern grounds and across to the attractive St Leonards parish church. GARDEN AND GROUNDS The property benefits from two electric gated driveways, the principle access being off of Little Linford Lane, with a subsidiary rear driveway off of Church Lane. The principle driveway approaches Bury Court from the west over a tarmac drive with wrought iron period electric gates hung on stone piers with voice and video intercom. The driveway sweeps onto the block paved front drive with island and also falls down to one of the two double garages lying below the rear entertaining terraces. The drive offers generous parking and access to a brick under tiled roof triple garage, built in the style of the main house with stone detailing, with three electric up and over doors. Lying to the rear of the garaging is a timber machinery store and oil tanks. Sitting on a concrete pad in the top corner of this part of the garden is a further timber machine store. The rear tarmac driveway approached from Church Lane again with electric gates and voice and video intercom, approaches the property from the east, with a drive leading to the front of the property and down to a further double garage. Bury Court is set in mature landscaped grounds benefitting from the age and history of the original c17th Century Linford Hall which sat on the site until its demolition in the 1960's. The beautiful grounds surround the property, with mature specimen trees gracing the boundaries and offering a high degree of privacy. Formal manicured lawns surround the house and run along the rear of the house and benefitting from a southerly aspect are the rear flagstoned entertaining terraces edged by stone balustrading. Steps lead off the terracing down to the rear lawn and 2 double garages. A post and three rail fence divides the formal grounds from the grass paddocks which gently fall away to the south, down to the lake enclosed by mature woodland on three sides. A mature hedge runs the whole length of the western boundary alongside Little Linford Lane with separate gated access. The Little Linford protected nature reserve lies to the east. DIRECTIONS From Junction 14 of the M1 proceed north on the A509 and continue straight over at the first roundabout into Newport Pagnell, the home of Aston Martin. At the High Street roundabout take the second exit onto the B526 and after passing Lathbury and just before the village of Gayhurst, turn left signed to Little Linford and Haversham. On arriving at Little Linford turn left into Little Linford lane and the main entrance gates and private drive to Bury Court will appear on your left shortly after passing Church Lane on your left. LOCATION Little Linford is a pretty hamlet comprising a handful of predominantly large properties and an enchanting church "St Leonards" which is adjacent to Bury Court. The hamlet is set in the Great Ouse valley and is surrounded by open countryside and protected lakes. The property enjoys a wide range of wildlife given its protected environment, particularly wild waterfowl. Local shopping facilities are available in the neighbouring town of Newport Pagnell and the pretty Georgian market town of Olney with more extensive shopping and leisure and facilities available in Central Milton Keynes. Neighbouring Haversham has a primary school with Portfields secondary school in Newport Pagnell with pupils progressing to Ousedale in Olney. There is also an excellent choice of private schooling in the area including the renowned Harpur Trust in Bedford (coaches pick up and drop off students a mile down the road from the property), Bury Lawn and Swanbourne House preparatory schools along with Stowe, Thornton College (near Buckingham) and Northampton High School. Leisure activities include Haversham sailing club, angling on the river Ouse and local lakes together with theatre, cinema, Xscape snowdome and David Lloyd centre in Milton Keynes. The property is close to Woburn with its three top 100 championship golf courses and there is motor racing at Silverstone. Communications in the area are excellent with trains taking from 30 minutes from Milton Keynes to London Euston. Bury Court is also well placed for the motorway network with M1 accessible at junction 14. Air travel is available locally at London Luton airport within a 30 minute drive of the property with Heathrow and East Midlands airports within and hours' drive.
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