Old Manor Farm
Reads Lane, Cublington, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, LU7 0LE
- Grade II listed 18th century detached farmhouse
- Nine bedrooms, six bathrooms
- Seven reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room, utility/boot room, second kitchen
- Versatile accommodation of 6,750 sq. ft., annexe potential
- Heated indoor pool complex with a gymnasium area
- Range of timber sheds, workshop and barn, equestrian potential
- Mature grounds, a tennis court and paddock land of approx. 11 acres
A Grade II listed 18th century manor farmhouse set in secluded grounds of 11 acres with equestrian possibilities, 6,750 sq. ft. of accommodation and annexe potential.
Situated along a country lane, Old Manor Farm is set in private grounds, approached via electric double gates and a carriage driveway. The house has been sympathetically restored and offers contemporary and versatile accommodation with internal features including flagstone and solid oak floors, monkey tail ironwork and a hand carved fireplace. There is a courtyard which is bordered by the pool house, two storage sheds, a storage barn and a workshop. These sheds and barn have the potential to be converted to stables if desired. There are 11 acres of mature grounds, including the gardens, a natural pond, a tennis court and paddocks. Old Manor Farm is surrounded with security lights and an Oak Park alarm system with CCTV. LED lighting has also been installed throughout the house.
History and Heritage
Dating back to 1734, the house was originally the principal farmhouse for the Rothschild Manor. Today, the old hay barn and cowshed is now a potential self-contained annexe which includes the vaulted cinema/games room.
An original timber door opens to the reception hall which has a flagstone floor, exposed beams and stairs to the first floor landing with an understairs storage cupboard. A part glazed door opens to the terrace with views of the rear garden.
Principal Reception Rooms
The drawing room overlooks the rear garden with double doors opening to the paved terrace. There are exposed beams and the solid oak floor continues through double doors to the sitting room. A particular feature of the drawing room is the hand carved limestone fireplace with an open fire. The sitting room has a built-in shelved storage cupboard and is dual aspect with a bay window to the rear, a door to the paved terrace and views over the natural pond.
Other Reception Rooms
The dining room has a front aspect with double doors opening to the carriage driveway. The floor has been laid with solid oak and there are exposed beams. The fireplace is brick with an inset beam above, a quarry tiled hearth and a wood burning stove. There are two studies, one of which is dual aspect with views of mature trees to the front. There is a range of fitted furniture including storage cupboards and display/book shelving. The second study has a feature bay window seat which takes advantage of the rear garden views. This study also has a range of fitted furniture including storage cupboards and book shelving. The original cast iron fireplace has a wooden mantel and surround and a tiled hearth encased with brass. Both studies have exposed beams.
Principal Inner Hall
From the dining room, there is access to the principal inner hall, which leads on to the sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room and utility/boot room. This hall has an original stone tiled floor and a second set of stairs to the first floor with two understairs storage cupboards. A bespoke built-in glass display cabinet has further storage beneath.
The entrance hall serves the kitchen wing of the house, is dual aspect and overlooks the side garden. There is also a range of bespoke floor to ceiling built-in storage cupboards with shelving. There is access to the second inner hall and the kitchen/breakfast room.
The kitchen/breakfast room is dual aspect with views of the natural pond and the carriage driveway. The kitchen has been fitted to a high standard with a range of Charles Rennie Mackintosh contemporary heritage green storage units, drawers, pan drawers, glass display cabinets with lights connected, and quartz work surfaces. In addition, there is a matching breakfast cupboard with shelving, basket drawers and jar racks. There is an oil fired Aga, set into a brick chimney breast with an inset beam, and further appliances include a Rangemaster cooker with a gas hob (supplied by Calor gas bottles) and an extractor hood above. There is also a Siemens microwave oven, a Nespresso coffee machine, a fridge, a freezer, a washer/dryer and a dishwasher. Space is provided for a table with seating for ten. A door leads back to the principal inner hall.
The utility/boot room comprises a range of bespoke storage units, drawers, an Armitage Shanks butler’s sink and solid wood work surfaces. There is also a broom cupboard with shelving, and a WC. A courtesy door leads to the side garden.
Leading off the entrance hall, is an inner hall which overlooks mature trees to the front and which leads to a series of rooms, including a kitchen and a wet room, that have their own boiler and heating system and could be used to create a self-contained annexe if desired. The principal space, currently used as a cinema/games room, is large enough to be divided into separate living and bedroom accommodation and there is also a conservatory.
The cinema/games room, which measures just under of 33 ft. in length, has a vaulted ceiling with inset LED lighting. This room has exposed beams, restored wood panelling and has a range of built-in storage cupboards, one of which has a full height safe. A contemporary wood burning stove creates the focal point of this impressive room. There is plenty of natural light from the dual aspect windows. Glazed double doors open to the side garden and there are views of the natural pond.
Second Kitchen, Wet Room and Conservatory
The second kitchen includes a range of cream coloured storage units, drawers, an inset sink and work surfaces. Integrated appliances include a double oven with a four ring ceramic hob and an extractor, and a fridge/freezer. Space is provided for a washing machine. Glazed double doors open to a conservatory which is of double glazed and brick construction and overlooks the natural pond. Double doors open to the garden. The wet room includes a shower, a wash basin, a WC and a bespoke sauna.
Principal First Floor Landing and Master Suite
From the reception hall the stairs lead to the principal first floor landing overlooking the rear garden and paddock land beyond. A concealed staircase, with an understairs storage cupboard, leads to the second floor rooms. The master suite has a bedroom, dressing area and en suite bathroom and the bedroom has views of the rear garden and paddock. The dressing area has a range of bespoke fitted wardrobes with full length and double hanging space. The en suite bathroom has been fitted with a contemporary white suite comprising a Whirlpool bath with a shower attachment, a P-shaped walk-in shower with a rain shower head and a handheld shower, twin wash basins with cupboards and drawers beneath and further cupboards above, and a WC. The floor is tiled with underfloor heating. There is a second dressing room adjoining which could be used as a nursery. It has a range of fitted wardrobes and shelved cupboards, and overlooks the rear garden.
Further Bedrooms and Shower Room
Bedroom three overlooks the rear gardens and paddock land beyond. There are two storage cupboards one of which houses a CCTV monitor. Bedroom five is dual aspect and has a built-in double wardrobe with hanging space. Bedroom seven overlooks mature trees to the front and has two original built-in cupboards with shelving. The shower room comprises a three piece contemporary suite of a P-shaped walk-in shower with a rain shower head and a handheld shower, a wash basin with cupboards and drawers beneath, and a WC.
Second Landing, Bedrooms and Bathrooms
The second landing is approached via the staircase from the inner hall. There are two airing cupboards with shelving, and access to the first floor inner landing which has windows to the front giving natural light. The guest bedroom overlooks the side garden and natural pond. A built-in wardrobe provides hanging space and shelving, and the en suite shower room has a shower cubicle, a wash basin and a WC. Bedroom four is dual aspect, has a wooden floor and a range of wall to wall built-in wardrobes with hanging space and shelving. Bedroom six has side garden views, exposed beams, a built-in double wardrobe and display shelving. The family bathroom has a side aspect and a four piece suite of a Sanispa Whirlpool bath with a shower attachment, a curved shower cubicle equipped with jets, a rain shower head, a radio, bluetooth connection and a seat. In addition, the bathroom has a wash basin with a storage cupboard beneath, and a WC.
Other Bedrooms and Shower Room
Bedroom eight also overlooks the side gardens, has exposed beams and a built-in double wardrobe. Bedroom nine has views of the natural pond, exposed beams and two built-in double wardrobes with hanging space and shelving. The shower room includes a shower cubicle, a wash basin and a WC. The above bedrooms and shower room could be used to provide a teenager with their own suite with bedroom nine being used as a study/TV room.
Second Floor Attic Rooms
A staircase leads to two attic rooms with eaves storage cupboards and natural light provided by windows to the front and rear. There is also a further storage area. The two attic rooms have the potential for further bedrooms/teenager's den.
The Pool House
The pool house is approached via a paved path from the rear garden. The complex has a heated swimming pool with a gymnasium area. The dual aspect provides natural light and there are four sets of double doors to the gardens and the paved courtyard. The ceiling is vaulted with exposed beams and concealed multi coloured mood lighting. There is also a changing room, a shower room including a shower cubicle, a wash basin and a WC, and a store room housing the heat exchange and the pump for the pool.
Storage Sheds, Barn and Workshop
Adjacent to the pool house, there is a paved courtyard with security lights connected and a range of timber and brick storage sheds, a storage barn and a workshop. The principal storage shed has double timber doors, an internal storage area, and power and light connected. The second storage shed, the storage barn and the workshop also have power and light connected and the workshop has timber double doors. These range of outbuildings have the potential to become a stable block for equestrian use.
Old Manor Farm is approached via electrically operated double timber gates and a security system to a block paved carriage driveway with automatic security lights and cameras on arrival. There is parking for numerous cars and areas of lawn with mature trees including two walnut trees, a weeping willow tree and a horse chestnut tree. An open bay garage provides parking for a further two cars and there are wrought iron double gates to the rear garden. Adjacent to this open bay parking, there is a brick storage shed which is dual aspect, houses the boiler for the pool, and has power and light connected. A 300 year old working brick built well with a canopy hood lies within the grounds to the front of Old Manor Farm. To the side of Old Manor Farm, double timber gates lead to an enclosed paved area which stores the oil tank, the boiler for the cinema/games room, and a log store. Further double timber gates lead to the side garden.
The mature gardens to the side are principally laid to lawn with gravelled seating areas and a gravelled path to a raised enclosed hot tub. Two timber decked seating areas take advantage of the views of the natural pond which has an island and an array of ducks and wildlife. Mature trees surround the pond and a wrought iron gate leads to the south facing formal garden.
Formal Gardens and Tennis Court
The landscaped gardens to the south of Old Manor Farm are laid to lawn and interspersed with mature trees which are lit up at night and create shade on sunny days. Fruit trees include plum, apple and pear trees. The paved terrace with views of the garden and external lighting provides entertaining space. The borders have flowers and specimen shrubs. A lawned path leads through the rose garden which is surrounded by hedging, and into an orchard with access to the enclosed tennis court. A ha-ha divides the formal garden from the rear paddock. A lawned path leads to a further garden with mature trees and a greenhouse which is of glazed and brick construction and has power, light and heat connected. This garden opens to a gravelled area which in turn leads to a private drive and the paddocks. The formal grounds are surrounded by retaining walls, fencing and mature trees and hedging.
The land is split into two paddocks and measures approximately 8.6 acres in total. The largest of the paddocks measures approximately 8.45 acres and extends around the formal garden and has two five bar gates. The paddocks are surrounded by post and rail fencing and mature trees and hedging. Situated further along Reads Lane, there is also a separate paddock measuring 0.073 acres.
The earliest mention of Cublington is in the Domesday Book, the great volume produced by William the Conqueror in 1086 so that he could find out how much his new territory of England was worth. Cublington is known to have had an “Old Village Site” which is still visible. It lies in the field at the end of Ridings Way and has a footpath running through it. The old village is dominated by a mound called the Beacon, but actually the site of a small castle, probably built about 1100. It is also recorded that on 23rd July 1552, Cublington Parish Church was one of only two churches in the country to have a clock. During the Second World War, the bomber base was built in Cublington and the Army were often there on manoeuvres.
Cublington Today and Local Amenities
Situated in the Aylesbury Vale, the village of Cublington has a 15th century church, the Unicorn public house, two tennis courts, a cricket club, and a trout and coarse fishing lake. The village also has a fast broadband connection. Other amenities are located in the village of Wing which is 4 miles away and has a local store, a post office, restaurants, public houses, a GP surgery and Cottlesloe Upper School. The property is in catchment for Wingrave Combined School and Aylesbury grammar schools. A number of independent schools are also available within a 17 mile radius. Leighton Buzzard railway station is 5.5 miles away and has a train service to Euston in 32 minutes. The county town of Aylesbury offers shopping, social and sports facilities, schooling for all ages including Aylesbury College and University, and a mainline railway station with Marylebone reached in 60 minutes.