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The Avenue, Aspley Guise, Milton Keynes, MK17

Guide price £2,350,000

6 Beds 4 Baths 6 Receptions

REF: WOB190195

Aspley Guise




A HISTORIC 16TH CENTURY HOUSE ENJOYING A PRIVATE POSITION IN A QUIET AVENUE IN THIS HIGHLY DESIRABLE VILLAGE. The Old House is believed to date back to around 1575 and is the oldest, substantial house within this highly desirable village, which regularly appears in The Sunday Times top 100 locations to live in the UK. Mentioned in Pevsner, the property is Listed Grade II* and in the 18th Century was altered externally to give a Georgian appearance, including white stucco. At the beginning of the 20th Century the house underwent an extensive renovation including the removal of the stucco to reveal its original timber frame and attractive infill brickwork. The Old House is link detached with the archway and games room above abutting the gable end of The Red House. On stepping over the threshold, one immediately feels the timeless charm of the property with stunning Great Hall, and panelled drawing room and study. The house, whilst retaining all its period features has been adapted to suit modern family living and offers a great environment for entertaining on an intimate or large scale. The Old House is set back from The Avenue and benefits from both a gated front drive and side drive leading to gravelled parking area and allowing access to the garaging and traditional outbuildings. A mature yew parterre frames the house to the front. The property sits in mature grounds extending in total to just over 2 acres with the majority lying to the rear and enjoying a southerly aspect. Formal lawn with well stocked herbaceous borders gives way to mini parkland setting. A viewing will be essential to fully appreciate the character and charm offered by the house and its wonderful grounds. THE ACCOMMODATION Panelled front door opens into panelled entrance hall with cloakroom off and inner door reveals the stunning tiled floor Great Hall with exposed beams and marble fireplace housing a wood burner. Double doors at the end reveal the fully panelled drawing room enjoying a triple aspect with focal point being the decorative stone fireplace. Part glazed pair of French doors at the far end lead into the rear grounds. Also lying off the hall is the cosy sitting room with part glazed bay enjoying views and direct access into the rear grounds and adjoining with access directly off the hall is the double aspect dining room which also provides access to the panelled office overlooking the front drive with recessed shelving and living flame gas fire. The kitchen/breakfast room retains a very period feel with a flagstone floor with cream gas fired four oven Aga having pride of place in the alcove. There is one run of fitted Shaker style units with black granite worksurface with inset double bowl enamel sink and housing integral Bosch dishwasher. There is a separate island unit with further cupboards and the remaining furniture is free standing and potentially available, subject to negotiation. A glazed lantern lights up the breakfast area and glazed French doors lead into a most attractive garden room enjoying elevated views over the rear lawn and entertaining terrace. The rear flagstone floored reception hall doubles up as a boot room with well equipped fitted utility room off. In the corner a door reveals steps leading down to the cellars with main room housing the heating and hot water plumbing for the house, which includes pressurized hot water cylinder. A staircase leads up to a games room which currently houses a full-sized snooker table. FIRST FLOOR The main wooden dog leg staircase gently rises to part galleried ''L' shaped landing with all bedrooms radiating off with separate staircase rising to the second floor. The principal bedroom suite is fully panelled with decorative ceiling and adjoining ensuite bathroom with polished wooden flooring with cast iron roll top bath and separate tiled shower cubicle. Across the landing is a walk-in wardrobe with built in fitted furniture. Two further generous size double bedrooms share a Jack and Jill shower room and a further bedroom is served by the family bathroom with separate wc. SECOND FLOOR Stairs lead up to seating area which divides two further double bedrooms served by a bathroom. A separate oak staircase also offers access to two further attic store rooms, one housing a hot water tank. OUTBUILDINGS Lying off the side drive are a number of traditional brick built outbuildings providing double garage with former tack room adjoining, studio/gym along with two useful storage barns. An archway leads through to the old carriage drive providing access to a brick built dog kennel with three separate runs. GARDEN AND GROUNDS The Old House is approached over a gravelled drive that sweeps round to the front door and overlooks the landscaped front garden featuring mature yew parterre with lawn beyond. Running along the rear of the property is a split level paved entertaining and seating terrace enjoying wonderful views over the former croquet lawn edged by well stocked herbaceous borders. Steps lead down onto a further lawn that gently falls away to the south and down to former swimming pool on the far boundary. This area is more informal with specimen trees creating a mature backdrop. LOCATION The village of Aspley Guise is a favoured residential location on the edge of the Duke of Bedford's Woburn Estate and is within four miles of the prestigious Woburn Golf and Country Club with its three championship courses. Extensive shopping and leisure facilities are available in Milton Keynes and the Georgian market town of Woburn provides a fine selection of restaurants. There is a wide choice of schooling both state and private for children of all ages and a school bus runs from the village to the renowned Harpur Trust Schools in Bedford. The M1 motorway is conveniently close providing excellent road communications to London within an hour and access onto the national motorway network. Milton Keynes station provides trains to London Euston and Harlington provides a Capital Connect service to London St Pancras onto the City within 40 minutes. Air travel is available from Luton with Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Birmingham further afield. THE AVENUE The ownership of The Avenue runs with The Old House with five other properties having vehicular rights of way over it and contributing towards its maintenance. PROPERTY INFORMATION Services: Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage connected. Gas fired central heating to radiators. Local Authority: Central Bedfordshire Council. Tel: 0300 300 8000 Broadband Speed Test: 28.22 mbps download and 3.46 mbps upload speed according to Outgoings: Council Tax Band "H" £4,242.60 2023-2024 Tenure: Freehold. EPC Rating: "Exempt" Viewing: Strictly by appointment through the sole agents Jackson-Stops. 1 Market Place, Woburn, MK17 9PZ. Tel - 01525 290 641