The Avenue, Church Street, Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, MK17 8HH | Property for sale | Savills
7,447 sq ft(691.85 sq m)
Guide price £2,350,000

The AvenueChurch Street, Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, MK17 8HH

  • Under offer

Key features

  • 16th century historic village house
  • Six receptions
  • Seven bedrooms plus two attic rooms
  • Four bathrooms
  • Studio/gym
  • Double garage
  • In all about 2.4 acres

A beautiful and historic village house dating to the 16th century, presented in immaculate condition with mature gardens, situated in a private position in a sought after village.

About this property

  • The Old House is believed to date back to around 1575 and be the oldest house within this highly desirable village, which regularly appears in The Sunday Times top 100 locations to live in the UK. Mentioned in Pevsner, the property is Listed Grade II* and in the 18th Century was altered externally to give a Georgian appearance, including white stucco.

    At the beginning of the 20th Century the house underwent an extensive renovation including the removal of the stucco to reveal its original timber frame and attractive infill brickwork. The house, whilst retaining its period features has been adapted to suit modern family living and is presented to an exacting standard, offering a wonderful environment for entertaining on an intimate or large scale.

    The front door opens into a panelled entrance hall with a cloakroom off. An inner door reveals the stunning tiled floor of the Great Entrance Hall with exposed beams and a marble fireplace housing a wood burner.

    Double doors lead in to the impressive fully panelled drawing room, with a triple aspect, feature fireplace with decorative stone surround and part glazed French windows opening on to the garden. The sitting room has an attractive bay window enjoying far reaching views across the garden. The double aspect dining room also provides access to the panelled office that overlooks the front drive and has recessed shelving and a living flame gas fire.

    The traditional style kitchen/ breakfast room has a flagstone floor and a cream gas fired, four oven Aga within an alcove. There is one run of fitted Shaker style units with black granite worksurfaces, inset double bowl enamel sink and an integral Bosch dishwasher. There is a separate island unit with further cupboards. A glazed lantern lights up the breakfast area and double doors open in to the attractive garden room enjoying elevated views over the rear lawn and entertaining terrace.

    The rear flagstone floored reception hall doubles up as a boot room with well equipped fitted utility room off. In the corner a door reveals steps leading down to the cellars with main room housing the heating and hot water plumbing for the house, which includes pressurized hot water cylinder. From the rear hall, a staircase leads up to a games room which currently houses a full-sized snooker table.

    The principal staircase gently rises to part galleried ‘L' shaped landing with bedrooms radiating off with a separate staircase rising to the second floor. The principal bedroom suite is fully panelled with decorative ceiling plasterwork and an adjoining en suite bathroom with polished wooden flooring with cast iron roll top bath and separate tiled shower cubicle. Across the landing is a walk-in wardrobe with built in fitted furniture.

    There are two further generous size double bedrooms that share a Jack and Jill shower room and a further bedroom, served by the family bathroom with separate WC. Stairs lead up to second floor seating area which divides two further double bedrooms, served by a bathroom.

    A separate oak staircase also offers access to two further attic store rooms, one housing a hot water tank. There is a secondary staircase that descends to the ground floor.


    The Old House is set back from The Avenue and benefits from both a gated front drive and side drive leading to a further gravelled parking area and allowing access to the garaging and traditional outbuildings. The principal gravelled driveway sweeps round to the front door and overlooks the landscaped front garden featuring mature yew parterre hedging with lawn beyond.

    The property sits in handsome, mature grounds extending in total to about 2.4 acres with the majority lying to the rear and enjoying a southerly aspect. The formal lawn with well stocked herbaceous borders affording a mini parkland setting with a number of fine, specimen trees.

    Running along the rear of the property is a split level paved entertaining and seating terrace enjoying wonderful views over the former croquet lawn edged by well stocked borders.

    Steps lead down onto a further lawn that gently falls away to the south and down to the former swimming pool. Hedging, mature trees and a wall to one aspect provide ensure total privacy.

    The traditional brick built outbuildings can be accessed directly from The Avenue and include a double garage with former tack room adjoining, a versatile and spacious studio/ gym along with two useful storage barns. An archway leads through to the old carriage drive providing access to a brick built dog kennel with three separate runs and leads to the garden.

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A beautifully restored and sophisticated country house in a wonderful village setting.

Rosie RickettProperty agent

Local information

  • The Old House is situated in the desirable village of Aspley Guise within a conservation area nestling close to the woodland of The Duke of Bedfords Woburn Estate. The village has a small historic central square with a number of period properties surrounding the square, yet is situated just over 1 mile from the M1 at junction 13. Aspley Guise boasts its own railway station which stands on the Bedford to Bletchley railway line which links to the east coast and west coast main lines.
  • The traditional town of Woburn Sands lies about 1 mile to the west and offers a comprehensive range of amenities including shops, banks, restaurants and public houses. The stunning and historic Georgian town of Woburn is about 2 miles distant, whilst the city of Milton Keynes, with its vast range of shopping, leisure and commercial facilities, is approximately 8.5 miles away.
  • There are a number of scenic footpaths and bridlepaths in the locality while the prestigious Woburn Golf and Country Club with its three championship courses is less than 4 miles away. There are also a number of highly regarded both state and private sector schools nearby. Aspley Guise has its own lower school and middle school, Fulbrook School, at Woburn Sands. Preparatory schools include; Parkfield Middle School in Toddington, Eversholt Lower, Maidwell and Swanbourne House, along with private schools such as Stowe, Uppingham and The Harpur Trust Schools, Bedford which has buses running from the village. In addition, grammar schools are available in Buckingham and Aylesbury.
  • The M1 motorway is conveniently located providing excellent road communications to London and access to the national motorway network. Milton Keynes station provides fast and frequent services to London Euston while Harlington provides a Capital Connect service to London St Pancras and onto the City within 40 minutes.

Additional information

  • Directions: From junction 13 of the M1 motorway proceed on the A507 via Husborne Crawley to Aspley Guise. In The Square at the centre of the village turn right into Church Street and The Avenue will appear on the right hand side. The front drive to The Old House is on your right shortly after passing Park House. Postcode: MK17 8HH
  • EPC Rating: E
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Council Tax Band: H