Lower Farm House

Leckhampstead, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 5NP

£1,850,000Offers in excess of

7 4 5

Property Highlights

  • Grade II listed 17th century detached farmhouse
  • Six bedrooms, four bathrooms
  • One bedroom self contained cottage
  • Quadruple garaging, off street parking
  • 0.75 acre plot including two gardens
  • Three reception rooms and a cellar
  • Rural village location
  • Panoramic countryside views

Property description

A Grade II listed 17th century six bedroom detached farmhouse with quadruple garaging, a one bedroom detached cottage and a 0.75 acre plot, in a rural position with panoramic countryside views.

The house has 5,013 sq. ft. of versatile, high specification accommodation arranged over four floors. The ground floor has three principal reception rooms, a bespoke kitchen/breakfast room, a prep kitchen, a utility room, a dressing room, a store room, a boot room and access to a cellar which is currently used for wine storage. The first floor has four double bedrooms with three en suites and a bathroom. The second floor has two further double bedrooms and could be used as a teenage den or suite. There is also a detached 882 sq. ft. one bedroom cottage, outbuildings, two double garages and off street parking for up to six cars. The plot extends to 0.75 acres in total with gardens and grounds and is in a quiet, rural setting with far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside.

History

The house dates back to the 17th century and combines Georgian features with elements from the 1600s. Character features include original Georgian flooring in several of the rooms, and 22 sash windows throughout the property, allowing plenty of natural light, and with original window shutters. The property also has two early 17th century stone mullioned windows which probably came from the Toy, a renowned local house, which was built in 1603.

Specification

The vendors have undertaken a sympathetic restoration programme over the last six years retaining the character and original features of the property while introducing modern amenities including a new bespoke kitchen. They have also installed a ground source heat pump operated by a 3 phase electric supply which generates a rebate under the non-domestic RHI scheme in the region of £9,000 per annum with 19 years remaining. The project involved dropping cables into the drive and these could be used to install an electric vehicle charging point; currently a hut on the drive has electricity and water available. A new gravity sewage treatment plant was also installed under the drive and cabling is in place for Tesla Powerwalls, CCTV and data cabinets.

Ground Floor

The front door opens into an entrance hall which has flagstone flooring and access to the drawing room, dining room and kitchen/breakfast room. Off the hall is a cloakroom which has a two piece suite, and a boot room which has built-in storage, an entrance from the rear garden and stairs down to the cellar. At the other end of the property there is a store room, and a dressing room with comprehensive floor to ceiling storage which could be utilised as part of a suite to Bedroom Six.

Reception Rooms

The dual aspect drawing room has far reaching views over the countryside at the front and views out over the garden at the rear. There is a stone surround fireplace with an inset log burner, and original Georgian wood flooring and shutters to the sash windows. The dining room has an inglenook fireplace with an open fire and beams over, and two original shuttered sash windows overlooking the garden, creating a light filled space. The playroom has wood flooring, and an inglenook fire with an inset log burner and built-in storage in the chimney recesses. A door leads to the kitchen/breakfast room.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

The dual aspect kitchen/breakfast room has two shuttered sash windows, with window seats, overlooking the front. It is fitted with a bespoke British Standard kitchen with a range of base and wall units, and an oversized island with an integrated dishwasher and additional storage under. There is a double butler sink, and an Everhot range cooker set into a recess with a commercial extractor over. There is space for a table and chairs for everyday family dining.

Prep Kitchen and Utility Room

The adjoining prep kitchen has a built-in bar area, a range of fitted units and two Miele ovens, one of which is steam. There are two one and a half bowl sinks, an integrated dishwasher and a built-in full height fridge/freezer. The reclaimed mullioned windows in this room date back to the 1600s and are the oldest feature of the house. The utility room has a range of base and full height storage units and plumbing and space for three laundry appliances. This room also houses the ground source heat pump and an oversized water tank. The walk-in store room off the utility room has a door to a bin storage area.

First Floor Master Bedroom Suite

There are three staircases to the first floor where there are four double bedrooms. The landing area from the main staircase has a sash window, with a window seat overlooking the rear garden.The master bedroom has dual aspect sash windows with views over the rear garden and open countryside to the front. There is a step down to an en suite bathroom which has a bath, a walk-in shower cubicle, twin washbasins, and a WC and washbasin in a separate section. There is access to eaves storage.

Other Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Bedroom six, which is currently used as an office, has French doors to a terrace in the garden. There is an en suite bathroom with a freestanding jacuzzi bath, two walk-in steam cabins with showers, a WC and twin vanity washbasins. Bedroom three is dual aspect with sash windows and has a range of built-in storage. It has original Georgian wooden flooring and new traditional cast iron radiators. The en suite shower room has twin washbasins in a vanity unit, shower and WC. There is a connecting door to a further double bedroom which is dual aspect with sash windows, a window seat, a built-in wardrobe, and beams. The three piece family bathroom has a bath with shower over, a wash basin and WC.

Second Floor

The second floor is accessed via a staircase with wooden balustrades and there is bespoke built-in storage and shelving on the stairway. There are two bedrooms on this floor, one of which is currently used as an office. There is built-in eaves storage on the landing and one of the bedrooms, and both bedrooms have original Georgian wood flooring. This floor would lend itself to use as a private suite for a teenager.

One Bedroom Cottage

The detached, one bedroom cottage is a renovated old coach house which was converted under listed building consent. The entrance hall has a utility room which has space for two appliances, and a cloakroom with a built-in cupboard for shoes and coats. The rest of the ground floor is an open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room with French doors to the terrace and garden, wood flooring with underfloor heating, and a log burner. The kitchen is fitted with a range of full height, wall and base units, including glazed display cabinets and there is also a pantry. The wooden work surfaces incorporate a butler sink, and appliances include an electric oven with an induction hob, and a fridge freezer. On the first floor there is a dual aspect bedrom with a built-in airing cupboard, and an en suite bathroom/dressing room with a freestanding bath, a double walk-in shower, a WC, a vanity washbasin and a walk-in wardrobe with hanging space and shelving.

Garden and Grounds

The front of the property has a walled boundary, mature shrubs and trees, and a gated pathway leading to the front entrance. A latch gated side entrance leads to a tiered walled rear garden with terraced seating areas and a pathway, bordered by shrubs and lawn areas, leading to the house and cottage. There is further walled garden area behind the cottage. This area includes the terrace, accessed from bedroom six/office, which is bordered on one side by an outbuilding comprising three open pigsties and a log cabin. There are also lawned areas divided with mature shaped hedging, and raised beds with a variety of mature trees, perennial shrubs and a rose arch.

Garden and Grounds cont'd

Opposite the house is a separate 0.33 acre lawned garden with meadow flower area and a vegetable patch. There are apple trees in the lawn which is bordered by maple trees and shrubs. The vendor commissioned an award-winning garden designer to develop plans to landscape this area. This is a work in progress, but the plans are available to complete the project, which includes the building of a summerhouse with views across neighbouring fields. There is quadruple garaging comprising two double garages with wooden doors. Opposite is a gravelled area providing parking for up to six cars and there is a hut with electricity and water installed.

Situation and Schooling

Leckhampstead is set in the rolling hills of north Buckinghamshire in a rural area close to the historic town of Buckingham and was recorded in the Doomsday Book of 1086. There are miles of public footpaths and bridleways through open countryside, a village hall and green and the 12th century parish church of St. Mary’s. Buckingham offers a range of shopping and leisure facilities, a library and dental and GP surgeries. For a wider range of amenities, the property is approximately 12 miles from Milton Keynes, which has one of the largest covered shopping centres in Europe, leisure facilities including a theatre, cinemas and a ski slope, and a mainline station with trains to Euston in 33 minutes. The village is in the catchment area for the Royal Latin Grammar School in Buckingham. There is an excellent range of independent schools in the locality including Akeley Wood and Thornton College for girls and Stowe public school.

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