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A contemporary half-timbered five double bedroom detached house set in grounds of approximately 1.8 acres with views over fields and with potential for an annexe.

Property Highlights

  • Contemporary detached house set in approx. 1.8 acres
  • Five double bedrooms, five en suite bath/shower rooms
  • Five reception rooms; three with fireplaces
  • 24 ft. bespoke solid oak kitchen/breakfast room, matching utility room
  • Solid oak woodwork, floors and internal doors
  • Potential for an annexe/teenager’s accommodation
  • Detached double garage, integral double garage with potential for conversion STPP
  • Mature grounds and landscaped gardens with views over open fields

Wisteria Cottage was built in 2009 in a style of architecture which has been described as “English cottage meets Tudor Manor House”. It reflects the styling of the Rothschild’s rural retreat and hunting lodge at Ascott House with the same redbrick base and rendered elevations with timber detailing under tiled roofs. The 4,031 sq. ft. of accommodation is extremely versatile and offers open plan entertaining space and potential for an annexe. The interior has been finished to a high specification and includes a handcrafted bespoke solid oak kitchen/breakfast room, solid oak built-in wardrobes in all the bedrooms, and solid oak internal doors, woodwork and flooring.

About the house

Wisteria Cottage is situated along a no through lane with views over open fields. It is set behind secure wrought iron gates with a carriage driveway encompassing a natural pond. The accommodation includes five reception rooms, a large kitchen/breakfast room, and five bedrooms all of which have an en suite bathroom or shower room. There is also scope to convert the integral garage into further accommodation subject to the necessary consents. The gardens have been thoughtfully landscaped and include a natural pond with a seating area and a wooded area providing shade.

Entrance Hall and Cloakroom

Double doors open to the entrance hall which has a solid oak staircase, with an understairs storage cupboard, to a first floor galleried landing. There is a further coats cupboard, a security gate entry system, and solid oak flooring. The cloakroom comprises a contemporary suite of a wash basin and a WC.

Drawing Room and Dining Room

The drawing room is triple aspect with views of the rear garden and three sets of double doors to the paved terrace. There is a contemporary arched fireplace with an open fire and the solid oak floor continues through to the dining room which also overlooks the rear garden.

Sitting Room

The sitting room is dual aspect with views of the grounds and open fields beyond. There is a shaped chimney breast and a wood burning stove set into the fireplace. The ceiling is vaulted and a solid oak staircase leads to the master bedroom suite. There is also access to the ground floor guest bedroom. It would be relatively easy to adapt the sitting room and the guest bedroom suite into a guest annexe or as a suite for a teenager.

Family Room and Conservatory

The family room is triple aspect with views of the front and rear gardens and two sets of double doors to the conservatory. The contemporary arched fireplace has an open flue. The conservatory is of brick and double glazed construction with views of the grounds and double doors to the patio. Blinds have been fitted to the roof and windows.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

The kitchen/breakfast room is also dual aspect with three windows to the front and two windows to the rear overlooking landscaped gardens. There is an extensive range of handcrafted bespoke solid oak storage units which include drawers, two pull out larder cupboards, glass display cabinets, wine racks, and a cupboard with pull out wire basket drawers. There are black granite work surfaces and two inset sinks. Cupboard doors and drawers have a soft closing mechanism. Appliances include a Britannia range cooker with an extractor above, an American style fridge/freezer, a freezer and a dishwasher. In addition, there is a wine fridge, a warming drawer and space for a microwave oven set behind glass double doors. Within the centre of the kitchen, there is a handcrafted bespoke solid oak and black granite table with eight matching chairs. Downlights have been connected and are set into solid oak above the table.

Utility Room

The utility room is dual aspect with a courtesy door to the side. There is a matching range of solid oak storage cupboards, drawers, glass display units, an inset sink and black granite work surfaces. Double doors open to the boiler cupboard. Integrated appliances include a washing machine and a tumble dryer. There is access to loft space above.

Ground Floor Guest Suite

The guest bedroom overlooks the landscaped gardens to the front and has a built-in double wardrobe with hanging space, solid oak drawers and shelving, and doors with inset mirrors. Inset lights are also connected. There is a further built-in storage cupboard with shelving. The en suite bathroom comprises a suite of a bath with corner taps, a Bravat wash basin, a double shower cubicle with a rain head shower, and a WC.

First Floor Master Suite

The solid oak staircase from the sitting room leads to a landing which has a linen cupboard with shelving and a radiator. The master bedroom overlooks the landscaped gardens and open fields to the front. The bedroom is accessed via a dressing area which is fitted with four sets of built-in wardrobes, each with hanging space, solid oak drawers and shelving, and inset downlights connected. The doors are of solid oak with inset mirrors. The en suite bathroom includes a bath, Bravat twin wash basins, a WC and a double shower cubicle with a central rain head shower and inset downlights connected.

First Floor Galleried Landing, Bedrooms and Bathrooms

The galleried landing overlooks the entrance hall and has views of paddock land to the front. Bedrooms three and four are mirror images and each is dual aspect with two sets of built-in double wardrobes with hanging space, solid oak drawers and shelving, and inset downlights connected. The doors are also of solid oak with inset mirrors. Both bedrooms also have an en suite bathroom with a P-shaped bath with a handheld shower, Bravat twin basins and a WC. Bedroom five has a side aspect with views of fields and has two built-in single wardrobes with hanging space, solid oak shelving and inset downlights connected. The doors are also of solid oak with inset mirrors. The en suite shower room comprises a shower cubicle with a central rain head shower, a Trend wash basin and a WC.

Detached Double Garage, Integral Double Garage and Store

The detached garage has an up and over door to the front, a window to the rear and boarded loft storage. Power and light are connected. Adjacent to this garage, there is a brick built store with double doors. The integral garage has an up and over door to the front, a courtesy door and windows to the side. Power and light are connected.

Gardens and Grounds

Wisteria Cottage is approached via electrically operated wrought iron double gates which open to a gravelled carriage driveway which encircles a natural pond flanked with lawn. The gardens immediately to the front of the property have been landscaped with a circular bed sown with specimen shrubs and further flower and shrub borders. A paved path, bordered with young lavender bushes, leads to the entrance doors. The remainder of the grounds to the front are principally laid to lawn with interspersed mature trees. There is a decked seating area by the natural pond to take advantage of the views over open fields. Wrought iron double gates set within brick pillars open to the rear garden.

Rear Garden

The rear garden is principally laid to lawn with a paved terrace and a patio. Within the landscaped garden, there is a rockery with specimen shrubs set beneath a mature tree. Further mature trees, and young specimen trees are interspersed around the garden. A paved path leads to a brick built storage shed which has double doors to the front. The grounds measure approximately 1.8 acres in total and are surrounded by fencing, mature hedging and retaining walls.

Crafton

Crafton is a hamlet in the civil parish of Mentmore, in Buckinghamshire. The hamlet's name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'farm where saffron grows'. Queen Edith, the wife of King Edward the Confessor, had a hunting lodge in the small area between Mentmore and Crafton known as Berrystead. The remains of the Lodge, converted in the 15th century to a farmhouse, were demolished when Mentmore Towers was under construction in the mid 19th century. The hamlet while in the ecclesiastic parish of Wing, is nearer to Wingrave. It is however, under the jurisdiction the parish council of Mentmore. Crafton once had a small Methodist chapel; this is now a private house. The remainder of the settlement comprises small terraced 18th century cottages. However the hamlet was substantially rebuilt after the 1850s when it became part of the Mentmore estate of Baron Mayer de Rothschild.

Situation

The Stag public house, restaurant and cocktail lounge is located in the adjacent village of Mentmore. Both Crafton and Mentmore are surrounded by countryside with a network of footpaths for hikers and dog walkers. There are three railway stations nearby: Cheddington is 3.5 miles (Euston 41 minutes), Leighton Buzzard 5 miles (Euston 32 minutes) and Tring 7.5 miles (Euston 37 minutes). Both Leighton Buzzard and Tring are market towns with a variety of shops, boutiques and supermarkets. The County Town of Aylesbury is 8.5 miles away and has shopping, social and sports facilities, the Waterside Theatre, a cinema, a mainline railway station, a college and a university. Milton Keynes, 18 miles away, has The Centre MK shopping centre and social facilities.

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