Monks Risborough, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP27 0LQ
- 1920s remodelled and extended detached house
- Five bedrooms, three bathrooms
- Four reception rooms
- Open plan 40 ft. kitchen/breakfast/family room
- Self-contained one bedroom annexe
- Detached home office with facilities
- Garaging, carport, workshop, timber sheds, greenhouse
- Approx. 2 acres of mature grounds
An impressive and refurbished Arts and Crafts style house situated in one of the most desirable areas of the region, set in approximately 2 acres of landscaped gardens.
Cliffe House is situated on Peters Lane close to the bottom of Whiteleaf Cross on the edge of Whiteleaf village in landscaped gardens of approximately 2 acres. The property offers contemporary open plan entertaining space and living accommodation of 4,184 sq. ft. Features of the 1920s including the brick fireplace in the drawing room, panelled inner hall, internal doors and the staircase still remain. There is a self-contained annexe, and a detached office with kitchen and cloakroom facilities known as Compass House. A double garage with a workshop and a double carport is also provided. The grounds back onto open fields with views of Whiteleaf Cross to the north east and across the valley to the south to Bledlow Ridge.
History and Design
Cliffe House was built in 1924 as a five bedroom arts and crafts style house with secluded gardens, an orchard and a paddock. It was built of brick with roughcast elevation under a tiled roof with dormer windows. The drawing room had a brick fireplace which can be seen today. The panelled reception hall and staircase also remain. At the far end of the garden, there was a separate enclosure planted with trees.
Cliffe House Today
The current owners have lived in Cliffe House since 1970 and over the years have had the property architecturally designed, remodelled and extended, working with local architect Philip Tann of Reform Architecture to create 4,184 sq. ft. of contemporary open plan accommodation. The only original rooms that remain today are the reception hall, with 1930s parquet flooring and wood panelled walls, the drawing room with the original 1920s brick fireplace. The principal change to the ground floor has been the addition of the garden room which has bi-fold doors on four sides leading to the other three reception rooms and to the sandstone sun terrace on the fourth side. Remodelling allowed the creation of a 40 ft. kitchen/breakfast/family room fitted with bespoke Optiplan kitchen units.
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The whole of the first floor was replaced along with a new roof. Bespoke storage cupboards, wardrobes and kitchen units have been fitted. The windows have been replaced with handmade wooden frames. The gardens have been landscaped to show standard condition and include a circular miniature maze for children, two ponds and pockets of lawn surrounded by topiary.
Key Features of Cliffe House
Underfloor heating throughout the ground and upper floors with the exception of radiators in the original Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room and Study. Vaulted ceilings and Engineered oak flooring throughout all first floor rooms. Pressurised Hot Water System facilitated by 32mm cold water feed and Worcester boiler. Bespoke painted hard-wood windows and doors with double glazed units. Bespoke painted glazed bi-fold doors. All rooms provided with TV points, Telephone sockets and numerous double electric sockets. Alarm systems by Expert Security provided in Cliffe House and Compass House Office.
Entrance Porch and Cloakroom
A leaded light part glazed solid oak door opens to the entrance porch which has a terracotta tiled floor and an original oak door to the reception hall. The cloakroom is dual aspect and includes a two piece white suite of a wash basin with a drawer beneath, and a WC.
The reception hall has wood panelling on all the walls, 1930s parquet flooring and stairs to the first floor with an understairs storage cupboard.
Drawing Room and Dining Room
The drawing room is original and is situated in the centre of the house with the original brick fireplace which has a herringbone style hearth and an open fire. Deep block herringbone style parquet has been laid to the floor and continues through to the dining room which overlooks the pond to one side and the landscaped gardens to the rear. Both rooms have glazed bi-fold doors to the garden room.
Garden Room and Study
The garden room has views of the gardens to three sides. Full width glazed bi-fold doors open to the terrace with two separate doors opening to further seating areas. The Montalcino tiled floor continues through glazed bi-fold doors to the kitchen/breakfast/family room. The study is dual aspect with a box bay window overlooking the side gardens. Deep block herringbone style parquet has been laid to the floor.
The kitchen/breakfast/family room is triple aspect with views of the landscaped gardens and glazed double doors opening to a seating area/garden adjacent to the Office. There is open plan entertaining space with room for a dining table and sofas. The kitchen is fitted with a range of bespoke units by Optiplan, including storage cupboards, drawers, display shelving, a corner shelved cupboard, two larder cupboards with metal basket drawers and two metal retractable corner unit shelving. A central island provides further storage. The work surfaces are of emerald black granite. Appliances include a gas fired three oven Aga, with an adjoining electric Aga cooker with two ovens and a four ring gas hob, and an extractor above. There is also an Aga fridge/freezer, Bosch microwave oven and Bosch dishwasher. The original 1920s front door of the house has been fitted to the doorway between the kitchen and reception hall. The Montalcino tiled floor continues through to the inner lobby.
Inner Lobby, Utility Room and Cloakroom
From the inner lobby, there are two external doors, one of which leads to the courtyard and one leads to the driveway. The utility room has a range of cream coloured storage units, a broom cupboard, an inset sink and work surfaces. Space is provided for a washing machine and a tumble dryer. The cloakroom includes a two piece suite of a wash basin with a cupboard beneath, and a WC. The boiler room has a front aspect.
First Floor Landing
The landing has natural light from four Velux windows and eaves storage cupboards. In addition, double doors open to a storage cupboard which has a separate cupboard housing the alarm control panel, TV relay unit and underfloor heating controls.
Master Bedroom Suite
The master bedroom has steps up to glazed bi-folding doors which open to a balcony with timber railings, overlooking the gardens and paddock land to the rear. A built-in triple cupboard houses a sink with double storage cupboards below and a single cupboard has space for a fridge with a work surface above. A door leads to a dressing room which has a range of fitted bespoke wardrobes with hanging space, shelving and shoe racks, and storage cupboards above. Fitted drawers are also provided. The en suite bathroom overlooks the gardens and comprises a five piece suite of a freestanding bath, a walk-in triple shower, twin wash basins with shelved mirror fronted cupboards above, light units and shaver points, a WC and a built-in storage cupboard and heated towel rail.
Bedrooms Two and Three
Bedroom two is dual aspect with a bay window overlooking the rear gardens. A door leads to a Jack and Jill shower room which comprises a walk-in triple shower, twin wash basins with shelved mirror-fronted cupboards above with light units and shaver points, and a WC. A door leads through to bedroom three which has views of mature trees to the front.
Bedrooms Four and Five, Family Bathroom
Bedroom four has a front aspect, with views of mature trees. Bedroom five is accessed via oak steps from the landing and is dual aspect with a bay window to the front and Velux window with views of Whiteleaf Cross. A built-in cupboard houses the pressurised hot water unit. The family bathroom comprises a four piece suite of a Jacuzzi bath, a double shower cubicle, a washstand basin with a towel rail below and mirror-fronted cupboard above, a light unit and twin shaver points, a WC and heated towel rail.
Compass House stands within the grounds and is currently used as a home office, but could also be used as a hobby room, studio or a gymnasium. It is accessed via the courtyard, has its own alarm system, air conditioning and heat unit, and is triple aspect with views of the gardens. A door leads to an inner lobby which has a courtesy door to the side. The kitchen has a range of storage units, drawers, an inset sink and work surfaces. Space is provided for a fridge. The cloakroom comprises a wash basin with a cupboard beneath, and a WC. There is also a store room which has plumbing available for a bathroom to be fitted if required.
The annexe is accessed via the gravelled driveway and comprises a sitting/bedroom which is dual aspect and has built-in wall to wall wardrobes with hanging and shelving, and sliding mirror doors. A kitchenette is provided and includes storage cupboards, an inset sink, a work surface and space for a fridge. The shower room includes a curved shower cubicle, a wash basin and a WC.
Garaging and Carport
There is a double carport with a storage cupboard and light connected, and a double garage with two sets of double timber doors to the front, and power and light connected. To the rear of the garage, there is a workshop area with fitted workbenches. Flooring to the loft area provides storage.
Formal Landscaped Gardens
Cliffe House is approached via double timber five bar gates and a gravelled driveway which leads to the garaging and carport. The gardens are south facing and have pockets of lawn with gravelled paths intertwining around them, surrounded by topiary, specimen shrub borders and mature trees. There are various seating areas throughout the garden including a Reppon Buff Calibrated Sandstone terrace in an elevated position with flower and shrub borders and steps down to the lawn. A further seating area with metal arches, brick pillars and climbing vines above leads to a raised pond and a herb garden enclosed by box hedging. Further metal arches with climbing vines and roses with a gravelled path below lead to a wild garden.
There is a further ornamental pond with a gravelled seating area. A circular miniature maze has also been created for children. To the rear of the garden, there is a wild meadow for wildlife, and raised vegetable plots. A variety of mature trees include silver birch trees, three ornamental beech trees, a Blue Fire tree, two chestnut trees, a medlar tree and a walnut tree. Fruit trees include plum trees, apple trees and cherry trees. There is also a range of storage sheds, a greenhouse and a workshop. Power and water are connected to all sheds, workshops and areas of the garden. The private gardens have been landscaped to show garden standard and back onto open fields. There is a 0.5 acre paddock planted with wild flowers. The gardens measure approximately 2 acres in total and are surrounded by mature trees and evergreen hedges.
Monks Risborough is a village and ecclesiastical parish in Buckinghamshire. Until 1934 Monks Risborough was also a separate civil parish, but it now forms part of the much enlarged civil parish of Princes Risborough. The boundaries of the ecclesiastical parish of Monks Risborough are almost the same as the former Manor of Monks Risborough and of the original estate laid out in the 8th or 9th century. A small stream runs from Askett hamlet to Monks Risborough Mill and Alscott. Chiltern Railways run through the parish, but the nearest main station is at Princes Risborough, with a limited number of local trains stopping at Monks Risborough Station. Grim's Dyke can be traced here, running in a southwesterly direction across the southern end of the parish. On the hills to the east of Monks Risborough is the prehistoric landmark, known as the Whiteleaf Cross, now well cared for by the owner of the Hampden Estate.
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The main road from Aylesbury to High Wycombe passes through the village of Monks Risborough. The Upper Icknield Way forms the road through the village of Whiteleaf. Monks Risborough has a Church of England Primary School, a church, a recreational ground and a cricket club. Other recreational activities include Whiteleaf Golf Club, Princes Risborough Golf Club and Princes Risborough Tennis Club. The market town of Princes Risborough is approximately 1 mile away with a variety of shops, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, supermarkets and schools. The mainline railway station in Princes Risborough has a train service to London Marylebone in 41 minutes. The larger towns of High Wycombe and Aylesbury offer a wider choice of shopping and social facilities as well as grammar schools.