Elizabethan features retained on property in Waddesdon
PUBLISHED: 10:20 16 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:33 20 February 2013
A rare and fascinating property has come on to the market in the beautiful Rothschild village of Waddesdon, five miles north-west of Aylesbury, Bucks.
The Old Rectory, an elegant Victorian building, occupies a secluded position next to the church, overlooking its own gardens, tennis court and grounds of about 1.4 acres, and enjoying far reaching views to the rear over the Vale of Aylesbury.
In 1867, William White, the famous gothic-revival architect, wrote to the Oxford Diocese stating that the existing rectory at Waddesdon was unsuitable for its occupant and a new rectory could be built for a total cost of 2,090. The Diocese agreed, but with a stipulation that as much existing material be used as possible. Consequently, the impressive Elizabethan oak staircase and stone window with stained glass in the lower main hall have survived.
The house contains a number of Whites specialities including window furniture, door knobs, diagonal boarding, gothic chimneys and spectacular external brickwork. Owned by the Oxford Diocese until 1966, it includes a master bedroom suite, second bedroom suite, five additional bedrooms, two further bath/shower rooms, a study, second kitchen, second sitting room and two offices.
The accommodation is arranged over three floors, and could easily provide a self-contained relatives area on the first floor. The entrance vestibule includes stained glass windows, carved oak pew seat and tiled floor. An attractive Elizabethan reception hall has a small fireplace with stone surround and mantel, original patterned tiled floor and stone mullioned stained glass windows. An oak staircase rises to the minstrel hall above. Three south facing principal reception rooms feature fireplaces, high ceilings and wide bay windows.
The Old Rectory is being sold via Savills with a price guide of 1.9m.
Call 01865 339700 for more information.