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Ibstone House, Ibstone, Buckinghamshire, HP14 3YA

House 7 Bedroom 6 Bathroom 1 Garage 15,644 ft2

Ibstone House, Ibstone, Buckinghamshire, HP14 3YA

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Mileage

High Wycombe 11 miles (direct trains to Marylebone Station London from 25 minutes)

Description

Ibstone house has stunning colour wash rendered, wisteria clad elevations, sash windows and a leaded parapet wall above. A fine late c18th villa, it was extended in 1830-40 and then again in the c20th. the restoration was exacting and with tremendous attention to detail. c18th and c19th panelling and carved marble fireplaces have been incorporated. The interior design is subtle, warm and superbly complements the architectural finery within the house. Arranged over three floors; the indoor pool complex and superb guest entertaining areas are found at lower ground floor level. Classic ground floor reception rooms enjoy beautiful views over the formal gardens and valley beyond. the main feature of the first floor is a sumptuous master bedroom suite. The property is approached through an in and out gravel carriage drive. In front of the house there is a wide gravel turning circle, surrounded by clipped yew hedging and some beautiful specimen trees and shrubs including flowering cherry and holly. the drive continues around to the northwest through a line of cherry trees and square topiaried yew hedging, passing the red brick boundary wall of the property and arriving at an additional extensive gravel drive, parking and turning circle. Beside is integral double garaging for four to six cars. This parking area is shielded from the formal gardens by clipped yew hedging. there is an additional tradesman’s entrance with large hard standing, tractor barn/implement store, comprising gardener’s office, tool room, gardener’s kitchen and WC and generator room housing diesel generator.
Accommodation

Ground Floor

Covered limestone porch with doric columns, glazed double front door with fanlight above. Reception Hall limestone floor, full height ornate carved panelling, inset ceiling lighting. Cloakroom marble floor, under stairs cupboard, hand basin and WC.
Study with carved stone fireplace, full height panelling and shelves either side of the fireplace, sash windows and shutters overlooking the south terrace and gravelled courtyard.

Drawing Room A beautiful room with deep south facing bay, glazed double doors onto south terrace, sash windows and shutters, ornate cornice, impressive carved marble fireplace and inset ceiling lighting.

Dining Room marble fireplace, deep bay window with glazed doors to garden, sash windows to either side, decorative cornicing, stripped wooden floor and additional door to sitting room.

Sitting Room Impressive carved marble fireplace, sash window with views over the terrace and gardens and stripped wooden floor.

Breakfast Room stripped wooden floor, marble fireplace and shelving.

The large Sitting Room Approached through double doors, magnificent carved stone fireplace to one end, large glass atrium skylight and painted stripped wooden floor, views out over the gardens and countryside beyond.

Kitchen Granite work surfaces with granite shelving above, large sink, painted wooden fronted drawers and open shelving below, built-in ‘Gaggenau’ double oven with 6 gas hobs and ‘Gaggenau’ griddle with stainless steel back and canopy over, larder with granite storage shelves and large built in glass fronted refrigerator and freezer below.

Family Room Glass fronted storage cupboards, tiled floor, sash windows with views out over the terracing.

Laundry Room Glass fronted storage cupboard, plumbing for all washing facilities, granite work surfaces with shelving above and floor units below, Belfast sink and tiled floor, sash window with views to the front of the house.

Rear Hall with stone floor, glazed doors to quadrangle. Cloakroom with wash basin and WC. Boiler Room housing boiler, water cylinders, meters and secondary stairs. Staff Accommodation comprising bedroom and bathroom and Cloakroom beyond.

Lower Ground Floor

From the rear hallway, stone steps lead down to:

Wine Cellar Lobby Intricate mahogany wine racks on either side with a barrelled ceiling, double doors lead to a galleried landing with stairway that splits, stone steps down to:

Inner Hall elegant cornice and decorative plaster work, sliding mahogany doors through to:

Games Room polished wooden floor, oak panelling to dado height, ornate cornicing and plasterwork to the ceiling. There are a number of glazed double doors opening to the terrace.

Butlers Pantry limed oak units, granite work surface with storage cupboards under.
Butlers Kitchen Granite work surfaces, ‘Paul Boase’ range with 4 gas burners, griddle and a pair of double ovens under, imperial steam oven with stainless steel top and falcon grill above, dishwasher, one and a half bowl ceramic sink, ice maker, additional area of granite work top incorporating further sink, ‘Williams’ catering fridge, further Imperial refrigerator with small freezer beneath, part-tiled walls and ceramic tiled floor with door to outside.

Cloakroom wash basin in marble top vanity unit, separate WC with marble floor.
Billiard Room mahogany floor and bar, at the side of which is a mirrored wall with mahogany surround and storage cupboards to either side with marble top counter and copper wash basin, storage cupboards beneath, refrigerator.

Pool Complex swimming pool with stone Tuscan columns, stone surround, raised seating area, glazed doors to the terrace and gardens, vaulted gymnasium with passageway leading back to the hallway.

First Floor

Approached by a splendid oak staircase. Galleried Landing with quarter height panelling, moulded cornice and inset ceiling lighting.

Master Bedroom with bay window overlooking the formal gardens and valley beyond, sliding sash windows with window shutters, quarter height panelling, impressive carved marble fireplace.

Principal Bathroom A wooden strip floored room, with views across the garden terrace and to the valley beyond, bay window with sliding sash windows and shutters. Large roll top bath with twin mixer taps and shower attachment, two separate marble topped vanity units with inset wash hand basins and mirrors above. Step up to separate steam/shower room, additional marble shelving and work surface and separate wc.
Dressing Room overlooking the garden terrace, fine range of built in open wardrobe cupboards, shoe racks and shelving above. Walk in Wardrobe/Dressing Room superbly fitted with an extensive range of glass fronted drawers, open hanging space, closed wardrobes and cupboards above.

Bedroom 2 overlooking the front courtyard, impressive carved marble fireplace.
Bedroom 3 overlooking the front courtyard, large carved marble fireplace.
Bedroom 4 overlooking the front courtyard, lattice cornice and large carved marble fireplace.

En-suite Bathroom with panelled enclosed cast iron bath with marble wall tiles, WC, separate wall mounted shower unit, recessed marble vanity unit with inset wash hand basin with mixer taps and stripped wooden floor.

Bedroom 5 overlooking the garden terrace and valley beyond, lattice cornice.
En-suite Bathroom with roll top bath and twin mixer taps with shower attached, marble topped vanity unit with inset wash basin, WC, heated towel rail, stripped wooden floor and ceiling lantern above. From the principal landing, steps lead down to the secondary landing past a storage cupboard and secondary stairs to bedrooms 6 and 7 and the large sitting room beyond. A stripped wooden floor runs throughout both landings. Bedroom 6 overlooking the front courtyard, carved marble fireplace. En-suite Bathroom with step to cast iron bath with mixer taps and marble wall tiles, WC, separate wall mounted shower, heated towel rail, large wash basin and stripped wooden floor.

Bedroom 7 overlooking the front courtyard. En-suite Bathroom with step up to cast iron bath with mixer taps and shower attached, WC, bidet, separate wall mounted shower, large wash basin and stripped wooden floor.

Outside

The gardens, designed by Arabella Lennox-Boyd are mature, majestic and a magnificent feature of the property. From the drawing room and dining room glazed casement doors open onto a wide garden terrace with central lawns, bounded by a stone balustrade. uplighting is set into the stone terrace and there are outstanding views across the surrounding parkland and countryside. The garden terrace leads to the quadrangle with symmetrical herbaceous borders surrounded by box hedging, both with central flowering cherry trees and stocked with a variety of wonderful plants and shrubs including ceanothus, roses, hypericum and hostas. From the quadrangle steps lead down through retaining stone brick walls, well stocked with borders including yew and ceanothus. Informal lawn rolls gently down to the park boundary.

The hard tennis court is discreetly situated to the north east of the quadrangle garden. beyond it lies a gently sloping lawn interspersed with a variety of beautiful trees including acer, flowering cherry, horsechestnut, Indian bean tree, Korean pine and Lebanese oak. These beautiful informal gardens continue in a southerly direction and are overlooked by all the principal rooms of the house. the floodlighting highlights certain specimen trees. the walled garden includes an open fronted summerhouse. The walled garden has espalier fruit trees; additional specimens include apples, hornbeam, pears and peaches. A magnificent floodlit Cedar of Lebanon lies beside the walled garden. stone steps with balustrading lead to the upper lawn and yew walk beside the principal drive and overlooked by the drawing room and the master bedroom suite.

Integral garaging for four cars. this parking area is shielded from the formal gardens by clipped yew hedging. There is an additional tradesman’s entrance convenient for the large barn used as a workshop/tool store, comprising gardeners office, tool room, gardeners kitchen and WC and generator room housing a diesel generator. The land principally comprises parkland and grassland with small pockets and strips of woodland.

The Lodge

brick and flint elevations and situated at the gate to the principal drive and comprises the following accommodation as shown on the floor plan: front door leads into the dining room. From here two bedrooms are accessed, both with en-suite bath/shower rooms with under floor heating. The kitchen and sitting room are beyond the dining room. The kitchen comprises an oven and hob, sink, fitted wall and floor units with two doors leading to outside.

Situation

Ibstone house occupies a fantastic position in the Chiltern Hills with a beautiful outlook across the surrounding undulating valleys. This is a very pretty part of south Buckinghamshire which includes both the Hambleden and Stonor valleys. It is a highly convenient location with access to junction 5 of the m40 being approximately 2Ω miles to the north. This gives fast and easy access to Heathrow, London, oxford and Birmingham. The regional centres of oxford, High Wycombe, Henley-on -Thames and Marlow provide an excellent range of educational, recreational and shopping facilities. Mainline train services run from High Wycombe (Marylebone from 25 minutes).

Directions

From London take the m40 towards Oxford as far as Junction 5. come off the motorway and at the roundabout turn left signposted Ibstone. continue for approximately 2.5 miles, passing through the village of Ibstone. As you come out of the village you will pass a short driveway and a set of gates on the left, which mark the back entrance. continue along the lane a bit further and the main entrance can be found on the left through a set of brick piers.

02.06.2012 Property launched to market with a guide price of ‘offers in excess of’ £15,000,000

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