Weston Underwood, Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46 5JS
- Grade II* listed detached house
- Six bedrooms; three en suite
- Five reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Tennis court
- Stables and outbuildings
- Formal gardens and a 5 acre paddock
- Village location
A Grade II* listed 17th century six bedroom house with tennis court, outbuildings, stables, games room, garages, gardens and approximately 5 acres of paddocks.
The main house has over 5,114 sq. ft. of accommodation over four floors with a cellar on the lower ground floor. There are five reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room with a walk-in pantry, a utility room and a cloakroom on the ground floor. On the first floor there are three double bedrooms all with an en suite bathroom or shower room. Three further bedrooms, a family bathroom, a sitting room and a store room are on the second floor. A former coach house has a store and stables on the ground floor and a first floor games room/home office of over 400 sq. ft. There is also a detached triple carport with store. At the rear, there are paddocks with two additional stables, an attached store, hardstanding and a 5 acre field beyond.
History and Heritage
Cowpers Lodge is a Grade II* listed house, a listing given to particularly important buildings of more than special interest and is referred to in Nikolaus Pevsners series of The Buildings of England. It is an essentially Georgian property, part 17th century with 18th century additions. The poet William Cowper lived in the house from 1786 to 1795 and said of it: we dwell in a neat and comfortable abode, in one of the prettiest villages in the kingdom.
The vendors undertook a major restoration in the 1990s. Externally this included rebuilding the kitchen area, reroofing the house plus all the outbuildings, and replacing all windows. Landscaping of the garden was also undertaken. Internally, all plumbing, wiring and heating were renewed. Period features include panelling, shutters, fireplaces and a particularly fine early 18th century staircase. Additionally, careful attention was given to sourcing fixtures and fittings in keeping with the property.
The entrance hall has the original flagstone floor and a wooden balustrade staircase to the first floor with oak steps. There is an understairs storage cupboard, wall panelling, and a sash window to the front with shutters and a window seat. The rear lobby has flagstone flooring, a built-in storage cupboard, and a door to the side. The cloakroom has a WC, a wall mounted wash basin, flagstone flooring, and a window to the side.
The drawing room has a feature fireplace with a raised wrought iron gate with an open fire, wooden panelling to the lower tier of the room, two sash windows and a door to the rear, and a folding door to the music room. The family room has an Adams style fireplace with an inset wrought iron grate open fire, a dado rail, coving to the ceiling, and two sash windows to the front with shutters and window seats. There is a hatch to the cellar on the lower ground floor. The dining room has a feature fireplace with a raised wrought iron grate, tiled hearth, display shelving to the side, ornate pillars to either side, panelling to the walls, wooden floorboards, coving to the ceiling, and three sash windows to the front with shutters and window seats. The music room has a feature fireplace with a grate set on a marble hearth, double doors to the side, and sash windows to the rear and side. The study has two sash windows to the side.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room and Utility Room
The kitchen/breakfast room has a bespoke range of wall and base units from Smallbone of Devizes with granite work surfaces incorporating a double bowl sink and drainer with mixer tap and a cupboard under. Fitted appliances include a gas Aga, a double oven, microwave, dishwasher, and a fridge/freezer. There is a walk-in pantry, flagstone flooring, windows to both sides, and double doors to the garden. The utility room has a sink and drainer with cupboards under, a wall mounted boiler, a water softener, a built-in storage cupboard, plumbing for a washing machine, and windows to the side.
The landing has two sash windows with shutters and window seats to the front, and a staircase to the second floor.
The master bedroom has a range of built-in wardrobes to one wall with cupboards over, wood panelling to one wall, a door to the airing cupboard housing the hot water tank, and three sash windows to the rear with shutters and window seats. The en suite has a panelled bath with a Jacuzzi, a shower cubicle, a WC, a pedestal wash basin, and a sash window to the rear with a shutter and window seat. Bedroom two has a built-in cupboard, and three sash windows to the front with shutters and window seats. The en suite has a central bath with Victorian style mixer tap, shower attachment and wooden surround, a WC, a pedestal wash basin, a heated towel rail, and sash windows to the side and rear. Bedroom three has a feature fireplace, a built-in storage cupboard, and two sash windows to the front with shutters and windows seats. The en suite has a built-in shower, a WC, a pedestal wash basin, and a window to the side.
The landing has windows to the side and rear and opens to the sitting area which has roof beams and a window to the front.
Other Bedrooms and Bathroom
Bedroom four has a built-in storage cupboard, display beams, a Velux window, and a window to the front. Bedroom five has a walk-in storage cupboard, a built-in cupboard, display beams, a Velux window, and two windows to the rear. Bedroom six has display beams, a Velux window, and a window to the front. The bathroom has a panelled bath, a pedestal wash basin, a WC, a heated towel rail, a Velux window to the front, and a window to the rear.
Double gates lead to the gravelled driveway to a courtyard area which has a three car carport with an attached store room. The stone built former coach house and stables have a staircase at the side leading to the games room above. The cobbled area to the rear of the property has steps up to the flagstone entertaining area which has a pergola over. There is a further gravelled area with a stone built gardeners store. The lawned garden has an abundance of stocked borders and walled borders. There is a hidden walled rose garden, a lawn area with established trees to the borders, a hardcore tennis court, and a further 5 acres with stables, a store, and fenced paddocks.
Weston Underwood is an attractive, much sought after village of mainly mellow stone houses set in open countryside in North Buckinghamshire. It has a church, pub, a village hall and a village green, and has won the title of Best Kept Village on a number of occasions recently. It is about 2 miles from the market town of Olney with its independent shops and is less than 13 miles from Bedford or Milton Keynes for a wider range of amenities including a choice of commuter trains to London. Private schools in the area include Wellingborough, Oundle, Uppingham, Stowe and the Harpur Trust schools in Bedford. There is a wide array of sporting facilities in the area including golf at Woburn, hunting with the Oakley, motor racing at Silverstone and horse racing at Towcester, Newmarket and Huntingdon.