Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire, HP22 4JS
- 17th century former priory
- Six bedrooms, dressing room, three bathrooms
- Three reception rooms, wine cellar
- Kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, boot room
- 4,430 sq. ft. of versatile accommodation over four floors
- First floor annexe potential with a kitchen/breakfast room
- External gymnasium complex, snug, triple garaging
- Mature wraparound grounds of approx. 0.55 acres
A 17th century six bedroom former priory in grounds of 0.55 acres with 5,818 sq. ft. of versatile accommodation including a gymnasium complex and a first floor annexe.
In the last three years, the property has been the subject of a complete renovation programme and now offers a blend of contemporary living space with many retained traditional features. The wine cellar is a particular feature of the house with space to entertain guests with wine tasting evenings. The loft has also been converted to include three bedrooms, one of which has a glass window into a further room which could be incorporated into a dressing room/study area. To the first floor, there is an annexe with its own kitchen/breakfast room and bathroom. Within the grounds, there is a gymnasium complex with a private garden area, a snug and triple garaging with larger than average measurements.
History and Setting
Priory Court dates back to 1670 and was originally the priory for the church in the parish of Whitchurch. The property sits in mature landscaped gardens which wraparound Priory Court with a paved terrace spanning the width of the house providing outside entertaining space.
From the open gabled porch, an original part glazed door opens to the entrance hall. The solid oak floor continues through to the reception hall which has views over the front gardens through a box bay window. Glazed double doors open to the drawing room. This room is dual aspect with double doors to the terrace and gardens, and an original stone fireplace with an open fire. Across one wall of the drawing room, there is a range of bespoke fitted glass display cabinets, storage cupboards, display shelving and a full length shelved cupboard. There is herringbone style parquet flooring and the radiators are of the ornate old school style. A door leads through to the inner hall. The dining room also overlooks the gardens with glazed double doors to the terrace. The stone fireplace has a solid wood surround and a wood burning stove. Oak panelling surrounds the room and the floor is of herringbone style parquet.
The kitchen/breakfast room overlooks the gardens and has a range of cream coloured bespoke storage units, drawers, glass display cabinets, a wine rack, an inset butlers sink and solid oak work surfaces. In addition, there is a dresser unit with further storage and pan drawers, and an island with basket drawers, storage cupboards and breakfast bars with seating for four. Appliances include a four oven Aga, a contemporary oven, a four ring induction hob with an extractor above, and a dishwasher. There is an exposed wall and the floor has been laid with red and black Victorian style quarry tiles. The walk-in pantry is original with shelving, a mesh door and a window to allow fresh air and natural light. A feature of this room is the servants bells above the door from the 17th century.
Utility Room and Boot Room
The utility room has a side aspect and a range of storage units and a solid oak work surface. Space is provided for an American style fridge/freezer and a washing machine. The boot room is accessed via the kitchen/breakfast room and the inner lobby. This room is dual aspect and has a courtesy door to the rear. There are storage cupboards, a broom cupboard, a butlers sink and a solid oak work surface. Space is provided for a tumble dryer.
Inner Hall, Cloakroom and Cellar
Within the inner hall, there is the principal oak staircase to the first floor with an understairs storage cupboard, herringbone style parquet flooring and a door to the inner lobby. From here, there is a second oak staircase to the first floor and stairs down to the wine cellar. The cloakroom comprises a Savoy washstand basin and a WC. The wine cellar is currently used to store and drink wine. A circular bar table has been fitted around a beam, and power and light are connected. A window allows natural light and the brick and stone walls are exposed.
Principal Landing and Master Suite
The principal first floor landing has a Velux window allowing natural light and a door to the second landing. The master bedroom is dual aspect with views of the landscaped gardens. The floor is of original oak boards and there are exposed beams to the walls and ceiling. A feature of this room is the cast iron fire place with a working fire. The dressing room is fitted with bespoke wall to wall and floor to ceiling clothes storage including hanging space and shelving. In addition, there is an island of sets of drawers. The Victorian style en suite bathroom comprises a roll top bath with a rain shower head above, twin Savoy washstand basins and a high flush WC. The floor has been laid with black and white Victorian style quarry tiles.
Second Landing and Guest Bedroom
The second landing has an oak staircase to the second floor with an understairs storage cupboard, and a door to further accommodation/annexe. The guest bedroom has an original oak floor, exposed beams and views of the gardens. There is a Victorian style en suite bathroom which includes a central freestanding roll top bath with floor standing taps, a curved shower cubicle with a rain head shower head and a handheld shower, a Savoy washstand basin and a high flush WC.
First Floor Annexe
The door in the second landing leads to an inner landing with access to the annexe accommodation. This comprises a kitchen/breakfast room which is dual aspect and has a range of cream coloured contemporary storage units, drawers, pan drawers, glass display cabinets, a breakfast bar with seating for two, an inset circular sink and solid oak work surfaces. Appliances include an oven, a four ring gas hob with an extractor above, wine fridge, fridge and a dishwasher. Space is provided for a table with seating for four. Bedroom three has a deep bay window to the front with views of the gardens and distant countryside. There are solid oak floorboards. The bathroom comprises a three piece Victorian style suite of a roll top bath with a rain head shower and a handheld shower above, a Savoy washstand basin and a high flush WC. There is also built-in linen shelves.
Second Floor Landing and Bedrooms
The second floor landing is split level, and has exposed beams and a Velux window. Bedroom four overlooks the gardens and countryside beyond. A feature of this bedroom is the museum style glass window which overlooks a further room. This can be accessed via a low door underneath the beam and could be made into another room or an extension to bedroom four. Also in bedroom four, there is a Savoy washstand basin and a separate WC. LED lights are connected and fitted to the roof beams. Bedroom five is currently used as a study and has a front aspect with views of the garden and countryside. The floor is of solid oak and there is a range of wall to wall built-in wardrobes with hanging space and shelving. Bedroom six is also currently used as a study, overlooks fields to the rear and has a solid oak floor.
Situated in a private section of the grounds, there is an outbuilding which is currently used as a gymnasium. There are bi-fold doors to a paved patio, the ceiling is vaulted and the floor has been laid with black and red Victorian style quarry tiles. There is a kitchen which has a storage cupboard, an inset sink, a solid oak work surface and space for a fridge and dishwasher. The shower room comprises a curved shower cubicle, a Savoy washstand basin and a high flush WC. On the opposite side of the gym, there is a steam room with a six seats and a rain head shower above, and a separate sauna.
Detached Tripe Garage and Snug
The triple garage has three electrically controlled roller doors to the front. Each garage is much larger than the average single with the smallest being 1711 x 15 8. There is open plan loft storage, and power and light are connected. Adjacent to the garaging, there is a snug which has an original cast iron wood burning stove and an original solid wood floor. The dual aspect provides natural light.
Gardens and Grounds
Priory Court is approached via electrically controlled timber double gates to a block paved driveway which is bordered by raised flower and shrub beds and mature trees. Further timber double gates open to the formal gardens which are principally laid to lawn and wraparound the house. Immediately to the front of Priory Court, there is a paved terrace with seating areas and space for outside entertaining. Mature trees surround the garden with a central tree having circular seating beneath. The flower and shrub borders are fully stocked with perennials. A crazy paved path encircles the garden and leads to a private section and the gymnasium which has a paved patio, a lawned garden and a brick built chimera style barbeque. External lanterns are provided for evening entertaining. The grounds measure approximately 0.55 acres and are enclosed by fencing and retaining walls.
Whitchurch is a village and a civil parish in the Vale of Aylesbury. The name Whitchurch is common in England and derives from the Old English wit chert, meaning white earth. A castle known as Bolbec Castle was built in the Anarchy in the early 12th century and was burned down by parliamentary forces in the English Civil War. The parish church, St John the Evangelist dates back to the 13th century. The village market was chartered in 1245 and was held in Market Hill which is still known by this name today. The village still celebrates the granting of its market charter with a May feast each year. A real feature of this village is Winston Churchills Toyshop, this was a house known as The Firs which was set behind the high brick wall on the edge of the village. This was where some of the nastiest and dirtiest weapons were made during the Second World War. It was known as a tiny place that played a big part.
Whitchurch today has local amenities including a Supermart/post office, The Swan public house, a 13th century church, a beauty salon, a hairdresser and a combined school. The County Town of Aylesbury offers shopping, social and sports facilities, restaurants, the Waterside Theatre, grammar schools, a college, a university and a mainline railway station with services to Marylebone in 60 minutes.