Shenley Park Lodge
Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK5 6AE
- 1890's detached extended house
- Eight bedrooms
- Five bath/shower rooms
- Five reception rooms
- Landscaped gardens
- Covered entertaining area
- Double garage
- Carriage driveway with automatic gates
A 1890s detached extended house with double garage, 0.35 acres of garden and views over The Toot, a scheduled ancient monument site of a moated motte and bailey castle.
Shenley Park Lodge is situated in a quiet country area only five minutes' walk from Shenley Wood but is also only 6 minutes' drive from the centre of Milton Keynes from where trains to London take only 36 minutes. There is just under 5,800 sq. ft. of versatile accommodation including five reception rooms, eight bedrooms and five bath or shower rooms. One of the bedrooms has water pipes fitted under the floor to facilitate its conversion to a family bathroom if desired. The house has a security system and two sets of automatic gates to a gravelled in and out carriage driveway leading to the detached double garage. The landscaped gardens include a covered outside entertaining area with a patio heater installed. Mature trees and shrubs provide privacy and there is garden lighting.
History and heritage
The oldest part of the property dates back to the 1890s and many original features have been retained including fireplaces, ornate ceiling coving, original floor tiles in the inner hall, and original windows which have been fitted with secondary glazing. Great care and attention to detail has been used in selecting items to complement the character of the property including an antique radiator for the inner hall, restored Victorian sanitaryware, and a vintage Royal Doulton butler sink in the boot room. More recent additions to the property have been blended seamlessly with the original building and include an L-shaped open plan kitchen/breakfast/dining/family room, the large boot room and an impressive en suite bathroom to the master bedroom.
Design and specification
The property has been extended and restored in recent years. It was completely re-plumbed and rewired in 2014 with cat5 cabling installed to most rooms and has a two zone heating system with a new boiler and water tank also installed in 2014. High specification materials have been used throughout including bespoke Fraser James cabinets in the kitchen, boot room and laundry and Fraser James wardrobes in the bedrooms. There is limestone flooring in the open plan kitchen/breakfast/dining/family room and in the boot room which has underfloor heating. Duravit sanitary ware, Samuel Heath fixtures and Fired Earth tiles feature in the refurbished bathrooms and the kitchen is equipped with Gaggenau appliances. Triple glazing has been used in the modern additions to the house including Internorm lift and slide triple glazed doors to the garden in the games room and office. The games room has a home entertainment system with a retractable screen and there are integrated ceiling speakers in the dining/family room.
A part glazed door leads to the entrance hall which has hardwood flooring, two windows to the front and two large coat cupboards. The first cloakroom has a two piece white suite. The inner hall has the original tiled floor, an antique radiator and stairs to the first floor. The understairs cupboard contains the controls for the security system.
The drawing room has hardwood flooring, decorative ceiling coving and a feature brick fireplace with a log burner. There are two sets of French doors to the garden and glazed double doors with wing windows to the dining/family room. The snug and the music room are in the older part of the house and both have traditional style radiators and original windows with secondary glazing. The snug has an open fireplace and the music room has a brick fireplace with a log burner. The games room kitchenette has bespoke Fraser James cabinets, an integrated fridge, and a granite work surface with an inset sink. A built-in cupboard houses the media system and there is a drop down screen. An Internorm lift and slide triple glazed door leads to a decked area. The office has wooden flooring and a second staircase to the first floor. An Internorm triple glazed lift and slide door leads to the covered entertaining area in the garden and there is a triple glazed window.
This is an open plan L-shaped space in excess of 40 ft. by 29 ft. with limestone flooring throughout. The dining/family area has integrated B&W ceiling speakers, decorative coving and glazed double doors with wing windows to the garden. The kitchen is fitted with a comprehensive range of bespoke handmade Fraser James cabinets which include pull out larder cupboards, pan drawers, display cabinets and an island unit which incorporates a breakfast bar. A built-in window seat includes filing drawers. Integrated Gaggenau appliances include two dishwashers, a coffee machine, a microwave, an oven, a steamer and a hob. There is also a new dual control five oven Aga in a recess with an extractor over.
The large boot room has limestone flooring with underfloor heating. The vaulted ceiling has two electric Velux roof lights and ceiling spotlights, and there are two windows overlooking the rear garden. There are bespoke Fraser James cabinets including pull out laundry bins, space for a washing machine and a tumble dryer, and a reclaimed Royal Doulton butler sink. There is space for coats and shoes and the boiler cupboard. The second cloakroom has a reclaimed Victorian WC and washbasin, and Fired Earth tiles.
The main staircase leads to an L-shaped landing which has a shelved airing cupboard containing the water tank, and a laundry which has a sink, Fraser James walnut laundry cabinets, space for a washing machine and tumble dryer and marble floor tiles by Fired Earth.
Master Bedroom Suite
The master bedroom is accessed via a dressing room which has bespoke handmade Fraser James wardrobes along one wall. The bedroom has hardwood French doors to a Juliet balcony with views over The Toot. A privacy area leads to the master en suite which has twin walk-in showers, twin sinks with recessed mirrored cabinets above, a WC and a bidet, all by Duravit with Samuel Heath fittings. An original restored Victorian claw footed bath faces an inset 32 in. TV with B&W ceiling speakers. There is underfloor heating, Fired Earth marble tiles, and glazed double doors to a Juliet balcony overlooking the rear garden.
There are three further large double rooms which all have bespoke wardrobes by Fraser James and en suite shower rooms. Two of the shower rooms have been recently refitted with Fired Earth marble tiles, Amtico flooring, large walk-in showers, a Devon and Devon washbasin, a Duravit WC and Samuel Heath fixtures.
There are two double bedrooms in the older part of the house which both have high ceilings, cast iron Victorian fireplaces and windows overlooking The Toot. One of these bedrooms has water pipes in place under the floor to facilitate its conversion into a family bathroom if desired. The stairs from the office lead to a second landing which has access to the final two double bedrooms and a shower room. One of these bedrooms can also be accessed from the master bedroom and has two double fitted wardrobes. These two bedrooms and the shower room could be used to create a separate suite for staff, guests or extended family.
The house sits on a plot of approximately 0.356 acres and the garden wraps around the rear and side of the house with mature trees and shrubs providing privacy. The covered entertaining area outside the office has a fitted outside space heater and a brick patio. There is a decked seating area and another patio area with a gazebo. There is also a play area. A side gate leads to the front of the property. The double garage has a clock tower, double automatic doors, power connected and a sink.
Shenley Church End
Shenley Church End, with the neighbouring Shenley Brook End, Shenley Wood and Shenley Lodge, are collectively known as The Shenleys. The village name 'Shenley' is an Old English language word meaning 'bright clearing'. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the area was known as Senelai. Shenley Church End has a variety of shops and pubs, a pre-school, and the Glastonbury Thorn first school which is rated Outstanding by Ofsted. The Medbourne Pavillion sport and community hall has sporting facilities including a sports hall, gym, squash courts and outdoor football/tennis courts, as well as a shopping area with a fish and chip shop, a pharmacy, a Chinese restaurant, a medical practice and a dental surgery. Shenley Church End is also home to the Shenley Toot, a 13th-century motte and bailey (only the motte remains), which was originally a home of the Earl of Chester and is now a scheduled ancient monument and cannot be built upon.