Claybank, 30 Packhorse Road, Gerrard’s Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 7DA

House 8 Bedroom 6 Bathroom 1 Garage 9,118 ft2

Claybank, 30 Packhorse Road, Gerrard’s Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 7DA

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Claybank is a large family home with well balanced accommodation. Sumptuous bedrooms suites span over the top two floors, while downstairs there is a luxurious kitchen/breakfast room, elegant drawing room, cinema room and a bespoke fitted study. The house is complimented by illuminated landscaped gardens with water features and tranquil ‘garden rooms’. Additionally, there is a detached leisure complex with gym, games room, heated swimming pool and hot tub.
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The Story
In the evenings they might settle down to watch a film on the big screen in the cinema room. At the weekends, they will entertain friends out on the terrace or in the impressive leisure complex.

The owners of Claybank bought their exclusive home and immediately set about redesigning its interiors and creating its fantastic leisure areas.

“We often entertain and can have lots of people here,” she said. “We have had kids’ 21st birthday parties and 50th anniversaries here.

“For some parties, where we have had hundreds of people, we have covered the pool with Plexiglass to create a dance floor and then had a tribute band up on a stage.”


It was about two and a half years ago now that the couple bought the incredible house, realising it had the potential to offer them everything they needed from a home. Inside, they opened it up to create bright spaces into which they could bring bold, contemporary design. Outside, they came up with exciting leisure areas, where they could relax together or entertain friends.

“Where there had been an annexe, we opened the house up to create a grand hallway. I wanted rooms that flowed into each other and a house that would be easy to live in,” she explained.


The aim was to meet everyone’s needs – to design spaces where everyone could pursue their own interests.

“Our children are different ages. My daughter might want to have the whole class for a sleepover, so they can now take over the entire top floor of the house,” she said.
“My son is older and needs space of his own too. We have created a leisure area for him and his friends behind the main complex.

“Here they have their own fire pit and barbecue, and can be away from everyone else, but they also have access to the pool.”


Claybank has been designed to accommodate overnight guests in complete comfort as well.

“Every bedroom has its own theme and feel. Each one also has its own en-suite bathroom. People say it is like a boutique hotel,” she said.

“I sometimes go round the house and just sit in the different rooms to enjoy them. Sometimes we decide to sleep in a different room for a change.”

From the sumptuous cinema room, with its enormous screen and fabric walls, to the large drawing room – which can at times feel airy and bright, and at others seem cosy and welcoming – the house has spaces for every mood.

“The kitchen is another great room. I love to cook and will often spend time in there preparing four or five meals at a time, chatting to everyone as they come in and out.”


The owner admits she is sad to be leaving the house she has so carefully designed. She will miss the individual spaces and their unique styles, as well as the ease of living Claybank now offers the whole family, all year round.

“So much thought has gone into the interior design of this house. It is now a superb home for entertaining but somewhere that is very comfortable and liveable, as well,” she said.

“I have such fond memories of spending time here and seeing the house come together. I do love the way it now flows and its spaces open up.”

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Ground Floor

As the double wrought iron electric gates swing open, you get your first glance of the distinctive timber, cream and soft brick elevations. From the spacious driveway, double oak doors open to this magnificent home. Stepping into the striking reception hall, the cream marble floor spans through to the drawing room, family room and kitchen offering an early indication of the stylish interior and concealing the ‘time and temperature zone controlled’ under floor heating. There is a glamorous seating area to the left of the pale oak staircase and an easy flow into the various ground floor rooms.

The drawing room has wooden flooring that complements the elegant cream hues of the walls and cream porcelain flame fire that is set within the wall. As the sunlight gleams through the double French doors one wall twinkles and sparkles with crystals creating a wonderful backdrop to this elegant room. Oak doors lead across the hallway into the heart of the house – the kitchen/breakfast room. The stunning black and white hi gloss Italian kitchen is topped by black and silver fleck granite. Complete with a family TV area and bar housing three wine fridges, water filter and ice machine, the cabinets are gently lit by LED lights that are cleverly embedded in the skirting. Additionally, there are four ovens that steam, grill, bake and microwave with two plate warming drawers. Set within the white granite breakfast bar are a pair of pyrolytic self-clean double hobs, BBQ grill with volcanic rock and a Teppanyaki plate. Two stunning disco diva balls serve as efficient extractor fans overhead, while the Zip hydro tap means no more boiling kettles. There is also a coffee station and a 3D internet-connected wall-mounted TV with blue ray and DVD.

The beauty of the gorgeous garden is brought into the room through the double French doors that lead to the terrace. Even the utility room has been finished to a high specification with white hi-gloss cabinets completed by black and silver fleck granite work surfaces with an additional sink.

The second cloakroom on this floor is found alongside the side door leading to the garden, ideal for gardeners and little muddy feet.

Passing through the family area, pale oak and glass doors return you to the hall where you can make your way to the striking crimson and black cinema room with surround sound and Sky. The bespoke study is fitted with filing drawers, storage, a library and useful independent side access.

The downstairs cloakroom is absolutely stunning with a bespoke silver WC and bidet that incorporates Swarovski taps. The West One hand made white porcelain sink encrusted with Swarovski crystals is set within a silver mirrored pedestal table. The crystals shimmer from the white leather padded sofa and the white leather crystal encrusted ornate mirror.

First Floor

The galleried landing on the first floor leads to five opulent suites, each one designed in an individual style. The master suite is truly deserving of its title. This large room boasts a Juliet balcony allowing views over the glorious landscaped gardens, black and silver hi-gloss fitted wardrobes with central plasma screen TV and a bespoke mirrored dressing room. The towering floor-to-ceiling cube shoe rack (based on a Kurt Geiger design) can house those precious Jimmy Choos, displaying them as the work of art they truly are, while the en-suite bathroom in gentle caramel and chocolate hues has a Jacuzzi bath, ‘his and her’ sinks, Roca floating WC and bidet, plus a double shower cubicle. Relax to the piped music whilst bubbling in the tub.

The guest suite is in a deeper shade of chocolate, complemented by the caramel tiles in the en-suite. Stand under the Brazilian rain shower head and enjoy the mood enhancing colour changing LEDs. The marble stone-coloured circular wash hand basin, WC and bidet complete this suite. There are also two further individually styled luxury double bedroom suites plus a double room

Setting the Scene
After moving into Claybank, the owners set to work on the garden, creating designs that worked together as a whole and blended well with the house.

“My idea was to make it slightly Japanese, and, while it is open, to also create different ‘rooms’ within it,” said the owner.

“So there is, for example, a pagoda with drop-down sides where up to 10 people can sit and eat, or have a drink. Illuminated steps lead towards it across a lake.”
Other areas include the main terrace, the teenagers’ entertaining area and sitting space by the pool.

Within Easy Reach…
The family love living in Farnham Royal and plan to stay in the area if possible.
They find it easy to reach good schools, shops and places of work, and to travel from the location. Farnham Common is within a short drive of the M40 or a slightly longer drive to the M4.

The local village shops supply day to day shopping needs with a Tesco Express and a Sainsbury’s. Looking for a place to wine and dine? Then you are spoilt for choice with eight restaurants including, Italian, Indian, Chinese and English cuisine, plus great pub dining. Walk up the road to one of Dennis Waterman’s favourite gastro pubs, The Emperor, known locally for the delicious extensive menu and ever changing specials. Local caf’s abound, along with beauty rooms, hairdressers, a pharmacy and the famous Caldicott Prep School for boys which are located in the neighbouring road to Claybank.

Just a short distance away is the renowned Burnham Beeches, regarded as one of the finest woodland tracts in England – ideal for those who enjoy ambling with their dogs or children.

A short drive away is Beaconsfield with award-winning restaurants and bars, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and a ‘Simply Food’ Marks and Spencer. There is also a Tuesday open air market plus Zoom the soft play centre for younger children.

“Beaconsfield, which has lots of good shops and restaurants, is just 10 minutes away,” said the owner. “We can also get into London and to airports easily.”

She added: “I love the fact we are outside the hustle and bustle of the city – on the school run I drive through fields – but at the same time I can be in the West End in half an hour.”

Buckinghamshire is also known for its excellent choice of schools, both primary and secondary, with both state and private schools within easy reach.

How to Get There
Take the M40 motorway (signposted towards Birmingham, Oxford). Exit M40 at Junction 2 then on entering the roundabout take the first exit onto the A355 (signposted Slough). Continue for approximately 3.58 miles passing Beaconsfield service station and through Farnham Common village high street. Turn right into Kingsway and then left into Green Lane. As the road bends turn left into Blackpond Lane. Pass the Emperor on your left hand side and as you travel down the lane you will find Claybank on the right hand side.

For those with satellite navigation the postcode for the property is SL2 3EA.

21.07.2012 Property launched to market with a guide price of £2,600,000