Portion of a fine Grade II listed Victorian gothic mansion with beautiful gardens.
This stunning Grade II listed property enjoys a rich history and retains a wealth of original features. The house is arranged over four floors providing charming and adaptable accommodation. Beautiful period features include wood panelling, sash windows, high ceilings, period detailing, oak flooring and decorative fireplaces.
On the ground floor the elegant drawing room lies to the rear, with two sets of doors overlooking and giving access to the garden. The room is impressive with oak panelled walls, concealed storage and a beautiful marble fireplace with an open fire. Across the hall is the kitchen/breakfast room, with a large window giving garden views to the front. The kitchen is well equipped with a range of units and there is plenty of room for a table. Integrated appliances include a gas hob, double oven and built in fridge/freezer. A cleverly designed utility cupboard, which was historically the dumb waiter, has space and plumbing for appliances. A cloakroom completes the accommodation on this floor.
An elegant central cast iron staircase leads to both the basement and the upper floors. The basement is of a good size and is ideal as a playroom or gym, and also benefits from a wine cellar/store room.
The first floor landing is generous with built in shelving. There are two rooms on this floor, both full of character with high ceilings. The principal bedroom enjoys wonderful far reaching views to the rear together with a marble fireplace. An en suite bathroom features a raised claw foot bath, along with the original washbasin, a separate shower cubicle and a large fireplace. An adjoining dressing room is fully fitted giving useful storage. A large room lies to the front, but is a versatile space, currently used as a study/family room, but could be a further bedroom. The room has panelling and bespoke fitted cabinetry along one wall, with lovely views over the beautifully manicured grounds.
On the second floor the staircase leads to a seating/reception area, flooded with natural light. There are three further characterful bedrooms on this floor, all with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, all served by a family bathroom.
The mature gardens and grounds are a particularly attractive feature of Hitcham House and each residence is allocated an exclusive area of the gardens. This property enjoys a large lawned area to the front and private gardens to the rear. Hitcham House is approached through wrought iron gates set within a brick wall, opening to the sweeping driveway which leads to a generous parking area in front of the house. The manicured front lawns are bordered by clipped box hedging and interspersed by beautiful mature trees. To the side is a single garage and a wood store.
Hitcham House, originally called Blythwood, was built in 1867 by George Hanbury, a brewer and hop merchant. He acquired 75 acres to the south of Hitcham Lane from Lord Grenville's family, who owned much of the surrounding countryside. Subsequently, Hanbury purchased more land from the Grenville family and the house was renamed Hitcham House. George Hanbury became High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in 1875. He was responsible for many philanthropic endeavours within the locality.
The house was designed by T. Roger Smith, architect, and built by Holland & Hannen. The style is reputed to be Strawberry Gothic', apparently made popular by Samuel Walpole with his own gothic revival property on Strawberry Hill. In 1957, the Hanbury family sold the property to the National Health Service and it provided a nursing home for the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital in the grounds of nearby Cliveden. In 1984, the property was divided into the nine separate residences which exist today.
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Perfect if you are looking for a property with lots of charm and character and wonderful grounds.Ben Dommett