The Rookery

102-104 Bishopstone, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8SH

£1,600,000Guide price

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Property Highlights

  • Grade II listed 18th century thatched house
  • Five bedrooms, three bath/shower rooms
  • Four reception rooms
  • Kitchen/breakfast room, utility room
  • Two bedroom detached annexe with sitting room, gym and mezzanine media room
  • Double garage, workshop
  • Courtyard parking
  • Plot of approximately 0.8 acres with countryside views

Property description

A Grade II listed 18th century thatched five bedroom house with a gym, a double garage, and a self-contained two bedroom annexe in the conservation area of Bishopstone.

The property is set in just over 0.8 acres of private mature gardens and is surrounded by open countryside. The main house has 2,659 sq. ft. of accommodation including four reception rooms, five bedrooms, three bathroom/shower rooms and a Mark Wilkinson fitted kitchen. Retained period features include exposed beams and timbers and fireplaces and these features have been successfully blended with modern amenities in the kitchens and bathrooms. The vendors have also installed high speed fibre optic cabling, a server room under the stairs, TV points in every room, and a Sonos sound system which is accessible in the main house, annexe, garage and patio. A detached outbuilding, known as The Cowshed, houses a gym and the annexe which has two double bedrooms, a sitting room, a bathroom and a separate kitchen accessed from the garden. There is also a detached double garage which measures over 18 ft. by 18ft. and has an adjoining workshop and a wood store.

History and Heritage

The property was originally two cottages of witchert, rendered and stone construction with a thatched roof. An additional wing was added in the 20th century, and the house was given Grade listed status in October 1985.

Ground Floor

The entrance hall has exposed wooden flooring and stairs to the first floor with understairs storage.

Reception Rooms

The study is dual aspect, with windows to the side and rear, and has exposed wooden flooring. The dual aspect sitting room has windows to the side and rear, and French doors to a south facing patio in the garden. There are exposed beams, and an inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove. The dining room is also dual aspect, with windows to both sides, and has exposed wooden flooring and beams, and an open fireplace with a cast iron hood. Doors from the dining room lead to the family room which also has windows to both sides and a range of built-in cupboards with shelving above.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room and Utility Room

The kitchen/breakfast room is open plan to the family room and has terracotta floor tiles and exposed beams. It is fitted in a bespoke Mark Wilkinson kitchen, with a larder cupboard and a range of base units. A stainless steel sink unit is situated below a window overlooking the garden, and a tiled recess houses an Aga cooker. There is space for a breakfast table to seat four. The adjoining utility room has further storage units, a further sink and fitted appliances. There is a door to the two piece cloakroom.

First Floor

The main staircase from the entrance hall leads to a galleried landing with access to four bedrooms and the four piece family bathroom, which has a bath and separate shower cubicle. The master bedroom has dual aspect windows to both sides, and exposed beams and is also accessed from the landing. The adjoining dressing room has fitted wardrobes on either side, dual aspect windows and a bath and there is an opening to an en suite shower room. Two of the other three bedrooms are dual aspect and all three bedrooms have fitted wardrobes. A second staircase, accessed from the kitchen/breakfast room. leads to the fifth bedroom which overlooks the side garden and has a fitted wardrobe. There is an adjoining bathroom and these rooms could be used to create a private guest suite.

The Annexe and Gym

The detached outbuilding, which is known as The Cowshed, has three separate entrances. One leads to the separate gym which has oak flooring, a fully mirrored wall, and windows to the front and side. The other two doors lead into the kitchen and sitting room in the annexe. The sitting room has oak flooring and a ladder to a galleried area on the first floor. The kitchen has fitted storage units and a Belfast sink unit under the window. There are also two double bedrooms and a three piece bathroom which are accessed from the sitting room.


The block paved driveway provides off street parking for several cars and gives access to the detached oversized double garage which has twin doors, power connected, and access to a boarded storage space above. There is an adjoining workshop which also has double doors.


The south facing rear gardens are mainly laid to lawn with flower and shrub borders, as well as fruit trees and a vegetable garden. There is a patio area at the rear of the property for outside dining and entertaining, and the whole garden is very private.


Bishopstone is a rural village about a mile east of Stone and 2 miles south of Aylesbury. The village has a gastropub, The Harrow, and Stone has other amenities including a grocery store, which incorporates a post office, and an Indian restaurant. For all other amenities the property is within 15 minutes’ drive of Aylesbury which has a wide variety of shops, cafes and restaurants, schooling for all ages, and a theatre, The property is in catchment for the Aylesbury Grammar Schools or Tring School is less than 25 minutes’ drive. The property is within easy reach of the rail network with mainline stations at Haddenham and Thame Parkway for the fast service to London Marylebone and at Stoke Mandeville for commuter trains, while the M40 (junction 8) is within approximately 20 minutes’ drive..

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