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A 1930s six bedroom detached house with annexe potential and an indoor swimming pool in approximately 19 acres of grounds in the Heath and Reach area of Leighton Buzzard

Property Highlights

  • Detached 1930s property
  • Six bedrooms
  • Six bath/shower rooms
  • Three reception rooms
  • Cinema room/annexe
  • Swimming pool
  • Approx. 19 acres of grounds
  • Open countryside views

Kingswood House has approximately 10,000 sq. ft. of well proportioned accommodation that includes a feature entrance hall, a kitchen/breakfast/family room, three reception rooms and a conservatory walk through to an indoor pool area. On the first floor there are six bedrooms, two en suite bathrooms and an en suite shower room and a family bathroom. The master bedroom also has a dressing room. The property has parking for numerous cars.

History and Setting

Kingswood House is a 1930s detached Country House situated in 19 acres of ancient woodland and formal gardens on the outskirts of Bedfordshire. The property itself was originally constructed in 1932 for Lord Salisbury. To the West, Kingswood House’s land borders Stockgrove Country Park and to the South is The Rushmere Estate which covers over 400 acres of important parkland and wildlife environment. The property has an enviable elevated position giving an uninterrupted view of the village of Heath and Reach and Ivinghoe Beacon in the distance. The property is encircled by woodland with the formal gardens running through the centre creating a feeling of tranquillity and privacy. The property is approached via a tree lined private road with electric gates and further electric wrought iron gates on entry to the main driveway of the property.

Setting Continued

The property is 2 miles from Leighton Buzzard and for a wider range of amenities Milton Keynes is only 9 miles away. Woburn Golf and Country Club with its 3 championship courses and impressive club facilities is within 4 miles. Grammar and public schools in Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire include Stowe School, Bedford School and Aylesbury Grammar.

Ground Floor Reception Rooms

The property is entered via a front door into the entrance hall which has twin windows to the front and full height French doors to the garden. There are oak stairs and balustrades to the first floor, and a tiled floor with underfloor heating. The cloakroom has a wash basin and a WC. The sitting room has a feature stone open fireplace with a raised hearth. The dining room has a feature open fireplace with a raised hearth and built-in dressers to either side. There is space for a table to seat at least twelve. The sitting room and the dining room both have an arched window and full height walk-in bay windows to the rear overlooking the formal gardens. The study/family room has a feature open fireplace with a wood burning stove set on a raised hearth. There are windows to the front and rear, twin windows to the side, and a glazed door to the side.

Kitchen/Family/Breakfast Room

The kitchen/family/breakfast room has a central circular island incorporating base units and Corian work surfaces with an inset sink with a mixer tap and a glass atrium above. Integrated appliances include twin electric hobs both with piped extractors above, an electric oven, a microwave, a dishwasher and a fridge. There are further units to one wall which incorporate a further microwave, a roasting oven, a fridge and a freezer. There is also feature wine storage along one wall. There are two windows to the front, two windows to the rear, and a set of French doors to the rear garden. The floor is tiled with underfloor heating, and there is a glass and steel spiral staircase to the guest bedroom. A further set of stairs leads down to the cellar. A set of glazed doors leads to a conservatory area which is open plan to the pool room.

Lower Ground Floor

The cellar has been converted into a laundry room which has access to the heating system and water tank. There are eye level cupboard units, space and plumbing for a washing machine and a walk through to a study area.

Swimming Pool

The indoor swimming pool is accessed through a conservatory which has windows and doors to both front and rear. The pool area has windows to the rear and side and two sets of French doors to the garden. The swimming pool has a Jacuzzi/hot tub to one end and the pool room has an atrium style ceiling to give more natural light. There is a plant room with the pool heating system, and sliding doors into a shower room and changing area which has a tiled floor and a further glass door into a wet room which has tiled walls and floor, a WC and a shower with a rainwater head. There is a further glazed door into a bar area which has access to the front and to a boiler room

Principal Bedroom

The half landing has twin windows to the front. The first floor landing area has two further windows to the front and oak stairs with balustrades to the second floor. The master bedroom has built-in twin double wardrobes, and a feature fireplace. There is a bay window and a further window to the rear with far reaching views over the gardens and surrounding countryside. The en suite has a tiled bath, a double width shower cubicle with a rainwater shower head, a wash basin and a WC. The dressing room has a range of fitted wardrobes and a dressing table.

Other Bedrooms and Bathrooms

The guest bedroom has windows to the front, rear and side and spiral stairs down to the kitchen. The en suite has a double width shower cubicle, a wash basin, a WC and a window to the front. Bedroom two has a bay window to the rear and a range of wardrobes. There is a walk through to the en suite which has a tiled bath, a circular wash basin, a WC and a window to the rear. Bedroom four has windows to the rear and side and bedroom five has a window to the front. Bedroom six has a window to the front. The family bathroom has a tiled bath, a wash basin, a WC and a window to the side.

Second Floor

The second floor has one large room - measuring over 30ft. by 22 ft. - a kitchen area and a shower room. The large room is currently being used as a cinema room but this floor could be used as a separate one bedroom annexe if required. The cinema room is dual aspect with windows to the front and rear. There are also French doors to a decked roof terrace with glass balustrades which spans the width of the property and has outstanding views over the formal gardens and towards Leighton Buzzard and Ivinghoe Beacon in the distance. The kitchen has a window to the rear, a ceramic sink with a cupboard under, with further cupboard units and eaves storage. The shower room has a double width shower cubicle, a wash basin, a WC, a window to the front, and access to further eaves storage.

Outside

To the rear, the garden area has a large paved patio across the full width of the property with stone steps leading down to the formal lawned gardens. There is a tree line to one side but the rear boundary has been left unobstructed to allow unbroken panoramic views across the surrounding countryside. Most of the rest of the 19 acres consists of woodland. Access to the property is via electric wrought iron gates leading onto a private road. A second set of wrought iron gates give access to the shingle driveway which provides parking and leads to a timber framed car port.

Situation and Schooling

Nearby leisure facilities include Stockgrove and Rushmere Country Parks which are less than 0.25 miles away, Whipsnade Zoo approximately 11 miles away, and Woburn Golf Club approximately 5 miles away. Shopping facilities include Leighton Buzzard (approximately 2 miles) and Milton Keynes Centre (approximately 10.5 miles). Leighton Buzzard railway station - with services to London Euston taking 30 minutes - is approximately 1.5 miles away and M1 junction 12 is approximately 8.5 miles away. The property falls within the St Leonards Lower and Vandyke schools catchment areas and there are GP, dental and veterinary surgeries located within 3 miles in Leighton Buzzard.

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