Mayertorne Manor

London Road, Wendover Dean, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6QA


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Property Highlights

  • Grade II listed late 18th century Queen Anne style house
  • Five bedrooms, three bathrooms, cloakroom
  • Four reception rooms plus a hobby room
  • Bespoke solid oak fitted kitchen/breakfast room
  • Plant room/workshop, range of brick outbuildings
  • Original walled garden with stocked beds and a tennis court
  • Equestrian potential
  • Mature grounds of approx. 11.45 acres including two paddocks and woodland

Property description

A Grade II listed Queen Anne style country house in a parkland setting of 11.45 acres with paddocks, woodland and a walled garden only 2.5 miles from a mainline station.

Mayertorne Manor is approached via a private driveway, surrounded by the formal gardens and 9 acres of paddock land and woodland. Within the grounds, there is an original kitchen walled garden with fully stocked flower beds, pergolas entwined with roses, and a tennis court. There is also a natural pond set within a small copse which attracts an array of wildlife. For the equestrian minded, there is potential to create a manège and build loose boxes within the grounds, subject to the necessary consents. The manor house provides versatile accommodation of 4,738 sq. ft. on three levels, with each reception room and bedroom taking advantage of the picturesque views. The grand drawing room is adjacent to the dining room and has access to the garden, making these rooms ideal for entertaining.

History and Heritage

Mayertorne Manor was built in the late 1700s with a Queen Anne architect design. The manor was built with red and blue vitreous bricks with red brick dressings and a slate roof with overhanging eaves. In the Victorian era, the manor was known as Wendover Dean House. The manor has changed hands many times over the centuries, having been a farm in the 1850s and in the early 1900s it was a boarding school for girls. The school was founded by Isobel Fry and was closed in the early 1960s. Mayertorne Manor then became a family home and over the next 50 years was refurbished, decorated and restored to its former glory. Many original and traditional features remain within the manor today including sash windows with shutters and window seats, high ceilings, stone fireplaces, solid wood wall panelling and original doors.

Reception Hall

Stone steps lead up to the original door which opens to the reception hall. There are three sash windows with original shutters and window seats that overlook one of the formal gardens. The walls are panelled in solid wood and there are stairs to the first floor and stairs down to the inner hall. Double doors open to the drawing room.

Drawing Room and Dining Room

The drawing room overlooks the formal gardens and paddock land to the south through sash windows. These windows have original shutters and window seats, from which to enjoy the views. A glazed door opens to steps that lead down to the terrace. Solid wood panelling surrounds the room and the original stone fireplace has inset marble and an open fire. Adjacent to the fireplace there are built-in storage cupboards. A door leads through to the dining room which has sash windows to two sides, an original stone fireplace and an arch with inset shelving.

Sitting Room and Study

The sitting room is approached via the inner hall and has views over the formal gardens and paddock land beyond. There is a range of fitted bespoke storage cupboards and drawers. Adjacent to the sitting room, the study has glazed double doors to the south west facing terrace with views towards the natural pond. This room is dual aspect and has fitted storage cupboards.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

The kitchen/breakfast room is triple aspect which includes a feature porthole window and there is a courtesy door to the carriage driveway. There is space for a breakfast table and a range of bespoke solid oak Farrow and Ball painted storage units, drawers, a Shaws Classic butler’s sink, a further inset sink and a combination of black granite work surfaces and solid oak surfaces. In addition, there is a broom cupboard, a shelved larder cupboard, a recycling bin drawer and display shelving. The central island provides further storage including cupboards, drawers, wine racks, cookbook shelves, an inset vegetable sink, a solid oak butcher’s block and a marble work surface. Integrated appliances include a full height fridge and a freezer. There is also a range cooker with an extractor above. Concealed space is provided for a washing machine and a tumble dryer and there is also space for a dishwasher.

Inner Hall and Cloakroom

The inner hall has two sash windows with original shutters and window seats that overlook the driveway and one of the formal gardens. Stairs lead down to the lower hall and there are built-in coats storage cupboards with sliding solid wood doors. The cloakroom has a Waverley wash basin with a marble surface and a bespoke cupboard beneath. A door leads to a separate WC.

Inner Lobby and Guest Suite

From the inner lobby, doors open to the driveway, to the south west formal garden and to the guest suite. The guest bedroom has sash windows which overlook the gardens and there is a range of built-in furniture including a wardrobe, a shelved cupboard, a dressing table with a drawer, further storage cupboards and book shelving. In addition, there is an airing cupboard. The dressing room has natural light and fitted cupboards. From here, a door opens to the en suite bathroom which comprises a bath with corner taps, a shower cubicle, a Waverley wash basin with a marble surface and a bespoke cupboard beneath, and a WC.

Lower Ground Floor

Within the lower hall, there is a wood store located under the stairs. There is an opening to the hobby room which has natural light and has a door to the store room. Within the store room, there is a safe, and power and light are connected. The plant room/workshop houses the oil tank and the boiler. There is also fitted shelving, a work bench and a storage cupboard.

First Floor Landing and Master Suite

The first floor landing is split level and overlooks formal gardens and the Wellingtonia tree. There is a walk-in linen cupboard which has natural light and wooden slatted shelving. There are stairs to an upper landing, the master suite and bedroom five. The master bedroom has two sash windows with shutters, and window seats which take advantage of views of one of the formal gardens and paddock land beyond. The feature wall of this room has solid wood panelling. A door leads through to the dressing room which also has a window seat taking in the same view. There are built-in wardrobes with hanging space, shelving and cupboards above. The en suite bathroom includes a bath with corner taps, a shower cubicle with a rain head shower, an Adelphi wash basin with a marble surface and a bespoke cupboard beneath, and a WC. There are also two double built-in wardrobes with hanging space and shelving.

Other Bedrooms and Shower Room

Bedrooms three and four both have sash windows with shutters and window seats. There are views of the formal gardens and paddock. Bedroom four is dual aspect and also has views of the walled garden. Both bedrooms have built-in wardrobes with hanging space and shelving, and Waverley wash basins with a marble surface and a bespoke cupboard beneath. Bedroom five also has the same rural views. It has a built-in double wardrobe with cupboards above and a marble dressing table with drawers beneath. There is a Waverley wash basin with a marble surface and a bespoke cupboard beneath. The family shower room comprises a suite of a shower cubicle with a rain head shower, a Waverley wash basin with a marble surface and bespoke cupboards and drawers beneath, and a WC. A feature porthole window allows natural light.

Garage and Outbuildings

The garage is accessed via the driveway, has timber double doors, a window to the rear, and power and light connected. To the front of the walled garden, there is a range of outbuildings which includes a greenhouse, and a workshop with power and light connected. There is also a machine store and a store room with timber double doors and natural light.

Formal Gardens, Walled Garden and Tennis Court

Mayertorne Manor is approached via a private driveway and through electronically controlled timber double gates. The gravelled carriageway drive leads around the formal gardens to the entrance of the manor. The neatly kept landscaped gardens wraparound the manor with fully stocked flower and shrub beds and borders and interspersed mature trees including a Wellingtonnia tree. There are two terraces, both of which take advantage of sunny south and south west aspects. Hidden within a small copse and surrounded by a lawn, there is a natural pond which has a feature timber bridge and attracts an array of wildlife. Beyond the formal gardens, there is a walled garden with an abundance of fully stocked flower beds and numerous arches with rambling rector roses and clematis. The enclosed tennis court is also within these original walls and timber double gates lead to a paddock.

Paddocks and Woodland

Within the 11.45 acres of mature grounds, there are two paddocks with interspersed mature trees and woodland beyond. The two paddocks make up 8.4 acres of the total acreage. For the equestrian minded, there is potential to create a manège and build loose boxes subject to the necessary consents.

Agent's Note

Please note, there are two footpaths which lead through the paddocks.

History of Wendover

The town name “Wendover” is of Brythonic origin and means "white waters”, belonging to the stream that rises in the adjacent hills and flows through the middle of the town. The parish church of St. Mary is outside the town to the east on the hillside: a feature that is very common among towns with strong Celtic origins. The town was a Parliamentary Borough continuously from 1708 until the seat was abolished by the Reform Act 1832. It has had a royal charter to hold a weekly market since 1464 meaning that officially it is a town rather than a village. Part of the town was once the property of Anne Boleyn whose father held the manor of Aylesbury among his many estates. There is still a row of houses in the town today, known as Anne Boleyn's Cottages.

Situation and Schooling

The nearby market towns of Wendover and Great Missenden are approximately 2.5 miles away and offer a variety of shops, boutiques, restaurants, public houses and a mainline railway station with services to Marylebone. The County Town of Aylesbury provides further shopping and social facilities, recreational facilities, the Waterside Theatre and grammar schools including the Grammar School for Boys, the High School for Girls and the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School. In addition, there is a college and a university. Local independent schools include Griffin House School in Little Kimble, St Teresa’s School in Princes Risborough, Tring Park School of Arts in Tring and Gateway School in Great Missenden.

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