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Rectory Cottage

The Green, Hardwick, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 4DU

£1,000,000Guide price

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Property Highlights

  • Grade II listed 17th century extended detached cottage
  • Five bedrooms, second floor study, four bathrooms
  • Oak framed sitting room, two further reception rooms
  • Bespoke kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, boot room
  • 2,884 sq. ft. of accommodation over three floors
  • Refurbished and remodelled to a high specification
  • Mature grounds of approx. 0.35 acres
  • Aylesbury grammar schools catchment

Property description

A Grade II listed 17th century five bedroom cottage in 0.35 acres with 2,884 sq. ft. of accommodation refurbished to a high standard with an oak framed open bay garage.

Rectory Cottage dates back to the 1600s and was originally the rectory for St. Mary’s Church. The current owners have refurbished and extended the cottage to provide a blend of contemporary living accommodation and traditional features. The mature gardens wrap around the property and provide a private terrace for outside dining. Hardwick has a church and The Bell gastropub and restaurant which offers both inside and outside dining. Local amenities in Whitchurch (1 mile) include a Supermart/post office, public house, church, beauty salon, family run butchers, hairdresser and combined school. Aylesbury (4 miles) has shopping, social and sports facilities, restaurants, the Waterside Theatre, grammar schools, a college, a university and a mainline railway station with services to Marylebone.

Entrance Vestibule and Lobby

An original front door opens to the entrance vestibule which has original oak floorboards. To the rear of the cottage there is a lobby which has a solid oak door to the driveway and a rear aspect. There are steps up to the boot room, access to the utility room, and a French limestone floor to the kitchen/breakfast room.

Sitting Room

The sitting room is an oak framed extension to the cottage and has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. This room is dual aspect with double doors to the front and rear gardens. There is a brick fireplace and fire breast which extends into the vaulted ceiling. The open fire is exposed to both the sitting room and the dining room. The floor has been laid with solid oak parquet flooring with underfloor heating, and a built-in cupboard conceals a space for a wall hung television.

Dining Room and Family Room

The dining room overlooks the front gardens and has original oak floorboards. The central fireplace has exposed herringbone style brickwork and inset beams above. There is an original built-in storage cupboard and a concealed staircase to the first floor. The family room is dual aspect with views of the grounds, and the sandstone fireplace has an open fire and a herringbone style brick hearth.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

The kitchen/breakfast room overlooks gardens to the front and has a range of handmade solid wood Farrow and Ball painted storage units, drawers including a cutlery drawer, pan drawers and a bin drawer, spice cupboards, an inset double butler’s sink and quartz work surfaces. There is also a central island with a breakfast bar with seating for two, and an original built-in shelved larder cupboard. Integrated appliances include a fridge, a freezer and a dishwasher. There is also an Aga with two ovens and an extractor and inset beam above. Space is provided for an Aga 60 and there is also space for a table with seating for up to ten. The floor has been laid with French limestone.

Utility Room, Cloakroom, Boot Room and Boiler Room

The utility room has a rear aspect and a range of storage cupboards, an inset sink and solid beech work surfaces. Space is provided for a washing machine, a tumble dryer and a fridge/freezer. A door leads to the cloakroom which comprises a WC and an Armitage Shanks sink set on a stone surface. The boot room has a window to the rear and a French limestone floor. A door leads to the boiler room which also has space for storage.

Principal First Floor Landing, Bedrooms and Shower Rooms

The landing is split level with the principal landing having solid oak floorboards, a rear aspect and a staircase to the guest bedroom. The master bedroom is dual aspect, overlooks the gardens and has distant countryside views. There is a range of fitted bespoke wardrobes with hanging space and shelving. Steps lead down to the en suite which includes a suite of a walk-in shower cubicle with a rain head shower and a handheld shower, twin wash basins set into a marble surface with a range of solid wood drawers beneath, and a WC. The dual aspect windows have been fitted with shutters and provide natural light. Bedroom three has a front aspect with views of the garden and countryside beyond. There is an open plan en suite which has an original solid wood floor and a suite of a double shower cubicle with a feature curved wall, a Savoy washstand basin and a WC.

Second First Floor Landing, Bedroom and Bathroom

The second landing has a concealed staircase to bedroom five and inset shelving with a cupboard beneath. Bedroom four has a front aspect and a walk-in storage cupboard. The family bathroom has a suite of a bath with a shower attachment and a shower above, a wash basin and a WC. The floor is of solid oak and the side window has fitted shutters.

Second Floor Guest Bedroom Suite, Bedroom Five and Study

The guest bedroom suite is accessed via a staircase from the principal first floor landing. A trap door conceals this suite which allows privacy. The bedroom has a side aspect, a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and an eaves storage cupboard. The en suite comprises a freestanding slipper bath with freestanding taps and a shower attachment, a walk-in shower cubicle with a rain head shower, a wash basin and a WC. The fittings are Lefroy Brooks and the floor has been laid with solid oak. Bedroom five - which is accessed via a staircase on the second first floor landing - has a side aspect, a built-in wardrobe with hanging space, and a built-in shelved cupboard. A door leads to the study which makes a feature of this bedroom.

Detached Open Bay Double Garage

The open bay garage is oak framed and provides parking for two cars. Power is connected. Adjacent to the garage, there is a workshop/store room which has double doors to the front and rear. Power and light are connected. To the rear of the garage is a covered wood store.

Grounds

Rectory Cottage is approached via a black wrought iron gate and a brick paved path to the front door. The gardens to the front are principally laid to lawn and wrap around the cottage with interspersed mature trees, flower and shrub borders and space for children’s play frames. The lawn extends around the cottage to a paved terrace and outside dining space. The second entrance to the cottage is via timber double gates and a gravelled driveway which is bordered by raised flower beds. The mature grounds measure approximately 0.35 acres in total and are enclosed by timber fencing and hedging.

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