Church Lane, Padbury, Buckingham, MK18 2AJ
- Late Victorian/early Edwardian detached house
- Eight bedrooms
- Six bathrooms
- Six reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, pantry and wine store
- 1.9 acres of established landscaped gardens including a walled garden
- Detached double garage, gated driveway parking, outbuildings
- Within walking distance of village amenities
A late Victorian/early Edwardian eight bedroom detached house with 1.9 acres of grounds, driveway parking and a detached double garage within walking distance of amenities in Padbury.
The house has 9,370 sq. ft. of versatile accommodation set over three floors. The principal reception rooms and principal bedrooms are all generously proportioned rooms and retain features typical of the period including high ceilings with ornate coving and plasterwork, fireplaces, flagstone and wood flooring, dado rails and panelled internal doors. Natural light is provided by tall windows and many rooms are dual aspect. The galleried landing on the first floor is lit by a large ornate roof window. The second floor has a kitchen giving it the potential to be used as a separate guest or staff flat if desired. The property has been well maintained over the years and has been modernised recently with the installation of new boilers and Sanitan bathroom fittings, but there is still scope to modernise it further. There is approximately 1.9 acres of grounds with established gardens, extensive parking on the gated driveway and a range of outbuildings including a double garage.
Principal Reception Rooms
A double oak door opens to an entrance porch which leads into an impressive dining hall measuring over 34 ft. by 23 ft. 7. It has flagstone flooring, a decorative coffered ceiling, and an open fireplace with an ornately carved wooden surround and overmantel. A curving, low rise staircase leads to the galleried landing on the first floor. The dual aspect library has a bay window to the side and a window to the rear with views over the gardens. It also has a coffered ceiling with decorative coving and has herringbone patterned wooden parquet flooring. There is an open fireplace with a stone surround and an extensive range of built-in bookcases. The dual aspect drawing room has a decorative ceiling with an elaborate ceiling rose, and an open fireplace with an ornately carved surround. A door leads to a paved terrace in the garden.
Other Reception Rooms
The study has exposed parquet flooring and two sash windows overlooking the drive and front garden. There is also a sitting room with a door to the side garden, and a snug which overlooks a rear courtyard.
This room measures over 34 ft. by 19 ft. and has flagstone flooring and double doors to the rear garden. There is a range of units, including glazed display cabinets and drawers, and a double sink and drainer. Appliances include a Bosch oven. Feature arched openings lead to the breakfast area which has space for a table to seat at least six.
Utility/Boot Room, Pantry and Wine Store
An archway from the dining hall leads to an inner hall with a cloakroom and access to the ancilliary domestic areas of the property which include a large utility/boot room with windows to the side, fitted units, a Belfast sink and plumbing for a washing machine. There is also a walk-in pantry with slate shelves and a tiled floor, a separate wine room and a boiler room which houses two recently fitted Glowworm boilers. These rooms can also be accessed via a rear hall off the kitchen/breakfast room allowing a free flow through the space. A linen room on the first floor has shelved storage and a cupboard housing the hot water tank.
There were originally seven bedrooms on the first floor but some have been converted into combined en suites and dressing rooms. There are now four generously sized bedrooms all of which have an en suite or adjoining bathroom. The dual aspect master bedroom has windows overlooking the front and side, and space for a seating area. The suite has a shower room and a separate en suite bathroom which has a freestanding claw footed bath, twin washbasins, a bidet and WC and a range of fitted wardrobes. There is space to add additional dressing room furniture if desired. Bedrooms two and three also have en suite/dressing rooms both with baths, shower cubicles, twin washbasins, WC and bidet, and space for wardrobes. Bedroom four has a semi-circular turret window with a window seat overlooking the gardens. The adjoining bathroom has a four piece suite.
There is potential for four further bedrooms on the second floor but this area is currently being used as a separate apartment suitable for staff or for teenagers wanting some independence. Two of the bedrooms are currently used as a reading room with fitted bookcases, and a sitting room. Both these rooms overlook the front of the property and both have access to eaves storage. There is also a kitchen which has a range of units, a sink, and space for a breakfast table, and a three piece bathroom. The two bedrooms are accessed via a separate corridor and there is also a cloakroom.
Gardens and Grounds
The landscaped gardens are a particular feature of the property. There are areas of lawn with established beds and borders and several mature trees interspersed including a copper beech, mulberry, and cedar. There are several paved terraces including a York paved terrace accessible from the drawing and sitting rooms. The walled garden at the rear is planted for year round colour. It has a symmetrical design with brick and stone pathways and seating areas, one of which is sheltered by a gazebo. Electrically operated gates lead to a gravel driveway which forks with one way leading to the front of the property where there is a turning circle and space to park several cars. The other section of drive leads to a further parking area at the rear and the detached double garage. The property also has 424 sq. ft. of outbuildings which include a log store, a gardeners WC and a garden machinery store.
The property is within walking distance of amenities in the village of Padbury which has a church, a public house, a butcher, a playing field and a Church of England primary school which is rated good by Ofsted. It is in the catchment area for the Royal Latin School in Buckingham and independent schools in the area include Akeley Wood and Stowe. The nearby town of Buckingham is less than 3 miles away and has a range of shopping and leisure facilities, a library, and GP and dental surgeries. Milton Keynes is less than 25 minutes drive and has one of the largest covered shopping centres in Europe, a theatre, cinemas and a wide range of other sporting and leisure facilities. For commuting Milton Keynes has trains to Euston taking 36 minutes.
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