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Woburn Road, Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard, LU7

Guide price £3,250,000


9 Beds 7 Baths 5 Receptions

REF: WOB110131

Heath and Reach




*** SUCCESSFULLY SOLD BY JACKSON-STOPS *** A GRAND AND BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY HOUSE PRESENTED TO AN EXTREMELY HIGH STANDARD STANDING IN MATURE GROUNDS. The Grange enjoys a private position within the village and is approached over a tree lined avenue with gravelled drive culminating in a wide turning circle in front of the house. The Grade II listed property originally dates back to the 18th century and was remodelled and extended in 1906 by the renowned architect Thomas Handley Bishop, for the Willis family. Asymmetrical cross wings were added on the east and west sides of the original 6 bay house with the finished property having an arts and crafts style with tile and stone dressings under a fully restored slate roof with gable parapets. During the Second World War, The Grange was requisitioned by the Royal Air Force and used for billeting female staff from Bletchley Park - the base of the infamous "Enigma" decoder. This fully explains why there remains to this day, an underground bomb shelter in the rear garden. Under the custodianship of the current owners an extensive and sympathetic refurbishment programme has been carried out yet the house still has a timeless charm retaining all of its period features from the Georgian era. The Grange is presented in excellent condition and is a property that lends itself to modern family living. The east wing or second floor are easily adaptable to create multi-generational living facilities if required. The accommodation within the house, combined with the mature grounds, is ideally suited to entertaining on an intimate or large scale and a viewing will be essential to fully appreciate the lifestyle opportunities on offer. GROUND FLOOR A pair of double doors open to reveal the panelled vestibule with raised marble seating area with fireplace and adjoining is the boot room with cloakroom. Lying beyond is the impressive central reception hall with views down the rear garden and wide staircase gently rising to galleried landing. The four principal reception rooms all run along the rear of The Grange accessed off central inner hallway that runs the full length of the house with music room and dining room enjoying direct access onto the rear south west facing entertaining terrace. The drawing room lies at the far end of the hall with bay window overlooking the rear grounds and featuring an ornate marble fireplace with decorative surround and mantelpiece. Opposite is the atmospheric oak panelled library with bespoke fitted oak book/display shelving and cupboards. The music room lies off the hallway and is the perfect room for entertaining with peacock wall paper and ornate mahogany fireplace with picture window overlooking the rear grounds. On the eastern side of the reception hall lies the well-proportioned dining room with ornate ceiling and hand painted wallpaper from China with decorative fireplace. A door links through to the garden room with wood burner, currently utilised as a breakfast room and double doors reveal the stunning kitchen/breakfast room designed for entertaining. The bespoke kitchen is by Vela Cici of Lincoln featuring a matching island unit with breakfast bar and inset Villeroy and Bosch sink and adjoining 5 ring stainless steel hob with wok warmer. A Sandyford, green, wood/electric fired range cooker has pride of place and the remaining fitted appliances all by Miele include oven, steam oven, two warmer drawers, microwave/oven and coffee machine. Additional integrated appliances include a pair of Miele dishwashers and Liebherr full height fridge/freezer and separate drinks fridge. The east wing lobby incorporates a first floor galleried area and on the ground floor is a Scottish themed cloakroom along with two walk-in store rooms and access to the coach house garage. The remaining two rooms on the ground floor comprise a fitted study and recently fitted bespoke utility room with integrated Bosch washing machine and dryer. A staircase of the inner hall leads down to the cellar bar and wine cellar. FIRST FLOOR The principal bedroom suite lies in the west wing with bedroom enjoying views over the rear grounds from a bay window and door reveals the ensuite shower room. Across the landing is the dressing room with run of fitted wardrobes and fitted dressing table. Four further separate spacious double bedrooms lie on this floor, three overlooking the rear grounds and the one at the eastern end benefits from ensuite shower room. Running along the front of The Grange is a well proportioned bathroom and separate shower room along with fully equipped laundry room with recess and plumbing for washing machine and dryer. SECOND FLOOR Accessed via the main or rear staircase is the second floor accommodation which offers great flexibility depending on one's requirements. Whilst originally designed to provide 4 further double bedrooms served by a tiled bathroom, it is currently laid out as a bedroom, studio/study, gym with galley kitchen, shower room and games room with bar. OUTSIDE The Grange is approached over a sweeping tree lined gravelled drive culminating in a wide circular drive in front of the house with 4 tiered stone water fountain standing proud in the centre. The drive is edged by low level brick walling with clipped herbaceous borders and a gap to the east offers further parking and access to the attached garage and second entrance. Steps lead up to the recently created wildlife garden and opposite is an area of mature woodland providing a real wildlife haven with path meandering through it. In the north western corner is a water garden with waterfall tumbling down into a pond, with seating area, which overflows into the secondary pond crossed by a wooden bridge. Neatly screened within the woodland is a timber machinery garden store with enclosed composting and storage area to the rear. The main south facing grounds lie to the rear of the house overlooked by extensive Indian stone seating and entertaining terrace running the full length of the property with slightly raised loggia with first floor balcony above offering some shade at certain times of the day. The terrace runs round to the walled outdoor dining area with fitted outdoor kitchen and granite serving areas. The manicured lawn is framed by gravelled paths and ironstone walls and on the eastern side, steps lead down to the Second World War bomb shelter. Mature specimen trees grace the boundaries and offer a high degree of privacy and protection. A mature yew hedge divides the formal grounds from the more informal split level garden, ideally suited for entertaining with extensive paved area along with oval summerhouse with drinks fridge and power and light connected. The lower lawn is an ideal croquet lawn but combined with the upper lawn could quite easily house a tennis court or swimming pool.