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22 acres, Bolebec House, Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire
Sold (STC) - Guide Price £1,750,000

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  • An outstanding 5 bedroom village house
  • Additional 1/2 bedroom Cottage
  • Stunning views over the Vale of Aylesbury
  • Courtyard behind electric gates
  • Will suit a number of arrangements
  • Additional ancillary detached thatched barn
  • Gardens and paddocks in all around 22 Acres
  • Triple garaging
  • Beautiful village setting
  • Great rail and road communications

Bolebec House is a substantial house five bedroom house with gardens and paddocks of around 22 acres situated just off the centre of this delightful Buckinghamshire village and overlooking the beautiful Vale of Aylesbury across to the distant Chiltern Hills beyond. It is believed to date from the early 18th century with later additions and is supported by a pretty detached thatched barn annex that provides ancillary accommodation and an additional one/two bedroom cottage.

Fine & Country are pleased to present Bolebec House. It is an important and substantial attractive 5 bedroom village house believed to date from the early 18th century with later additions. It is supported by a pretty detached thatched annex and an additional cottage. The rear garden overlooks the beautiful Vale of Aylesbury and the distant Chiltern Hills beyond.In all around 22 acres.

The house offers versatile family accommodation and still retains much of its original charm and character.
It was once the home of the celebrated English painter, illustrator and designer Rex Whistler (b1905) who painted the famous landscape, 'The Vale of Aylesbury', from the garden of the main house. Standing in the gardens one can easily see why he was moved to create such an important piece.

An impressive galleried entrance hall with high ceiling leads to a double aspect drawing room, panelled dining room and library/media room with its ornate wood carved fireplace. The kitchen/breakfast room is well fitted to suit modern day family living with a sitting area opening onto the gardens.

The five bedrooms arranged on the first and second floors include a large master bedroom suite with a large dressing room and bathroom

Adjacent to the main house is a pretty thatched barn and converted to an ancillary accommodation with an open plan first floor to suit a number of potential uses.

There is further accommodation provided in Bolebec Cottage, a one/two-bedroom annexe with its own private garden which could be ideal for staff, guests or rental income.

The garden and grounds extend to about 22 acres in total with areas of formal gardens laid to lawn, terrace and featuring a wonderful copper beech tree. There is also a vegetable garden with greenhouses and a sunken water garden believed to have once featured at the Chelsea Flower Show. Beyond this with stunning far reaching views across Aylesbury Vale is a - ha ha', with three fenced, watered paddocks together with small areas of coppice and woodland.

Summary of Accommodation

Main House:
Entrance Hall, Cloakroom, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Library/Media Room, Snug/Study, Kitchen/Sitting Room with Aga, Galleried Landing, Master Bedroom, with en-suite Dressing room and Bathroom, Four Further Bedrooms, Two en-suites, Cellars.

Converted Barn:
Shower Room, Kitchen/Utility, Sitting Room, First floor open plan bedroom. (The first floor could be subdivided subject to any necessary consents).

Bolebec Cottage:
Sitting Room. Kitchen, Bathroom, Two Bedrooms, Private Garden.

Garages, Loose Box, Workshop, Store, Greenhouses.

Courtyard, Landscaped Gardens, Water Garden, Fenced Paddocks
The whole around 22 Acres.

The Area

The village of Whitchurch is set on an escarpment and is full of history. It was considered by Sir John Betjeman to be one of the best Buckinghamshire villages.It is an attractive largely stone built village which has been carefully protected against over development and in fact much of the High Street is the subject of a Conservation order. There are some useful day to day shopping facilities, The Swan Public house, hairdresser and garage. Aylesbury, the County Town, is some 6 miles where there is a new shopping centre. The market town of Winslow is 4 miles to the North West. There is a highly sought after first school within the village. The village also benefits from many ancient footpaths and circular walks through the surrounding countryside.

The area is well served with some excellent schools including - Swanbourne House, Winchester House, Ashfold and a very highly regarded state primary ‐ Whitchurch Combined School. Secondary schools, most with bus services from the village, include Stowe, Berkhamsted School, Akeley Wood, Thornton College, Waddesdon Church of England school and the highly sought after Aylesbury Grammar Schools.

Commuter communications are good with a train service available from Leighton Buzzard to London Euston (approx 30 minutes fast service) and from Aylesbury to London Marylebone (approx 59 minutes). The motorway network is accessed at Junction 7 of the M40 and Junction 14 of the M1.

Historical Context

Castle mound is all that remains Bolebec castle which was built in the 12th century by Hugh de Bolebec as one of eighteen, largest such castles in the country. It is reported that in 1264 it covered 6 acres. It was destroyed during the Civil War (1642-1651) on the orders of Oliver Cromwell, with evidence of the old stones still seen in many buildings in the village.

Additional Information

Local Authority: Aylesbury Vale District Council: 01296 585858. House: Council Tax Band H Cottage: Council Tax Band E. Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil fired central heating.

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