“Two exceptional self-contained buildings designed by acclaimed architects Aldington, Craig and Collinge sit within the beautiful sunken garden, landscaped by Chelsea Gold Award winner Andy Sturgeon.”
This exceptional three-bedroom house, located on Great Missenden’s high street, was once an ancient coaching house, with the original foundations dating back 200 years. Concealed behind its characterful period façade, the house boasts a modern conversion by the acclaimed architects Aldington, Craig and Collinge. In addition to the extensive renovation of the original house, the practice also designed the two wonderful annexe buildings, which can be found tucked away in the peaceful oasis of the sunken garden, landscaped by Chelsea Gold Award winner Andy Sturgeon.
The house is situated in an idyllic rural location in the Misbourne Valley, an area of outstanding beauty nestled in the Chiltern Hills. The rolling landscape and beech woodland of the surrounding Buckinghamshire countryside is immediately accessible from the house, whilst London Marylebone is commutable in just 45 minutes.
The two annexe buildings, timber framed and bathed in natural light from the extensive glazing and double height ceilings, lend themselves perfectly to creative work space, but would equally offer two wonderful self-contained living spaces. The artist’s studio features stained black timber beams, floor-to-ceiling glazing, a mezzanine platform and full height sliding doors opening onto a peaceful seating area and Koi Carp pond. The wood workshop is twice the size, with a split-level mezzanine and solid fuel wood burning stove.
Entrance to the main house is at the front of the building, with the ground floor sitting room, study and access to the adjoining garage leading off from the main entrance hall. An open-plan dining area in the centre of the house flows through to a modern kitchen, fitted with integrated Miele appliances. A full-length curtain wall invites exceptional natural light into the room. There is also a separate utility room and hatch access to a substantial basement level below.
A modern staircase of maple and glass leads to the open plan first floor living room, a mezzanine and two bedrooms, adjoined by a Jack and Jill bathroom. The master bedroom sits on the opposite wing of the first floor with bespoke cabinetry and a large en-suite bathroom. Full-height windows frame an attractive backdrop of rolling hills beyond.
The Chiltern Hills offer an unspoilt corner of heavily wooded landscape, with the famous beechwoods the jewel in the crown. The River Misbourne rises above Great Missenden and flows south east for 17 miles. Water stored in the chalk hills emerges from springs to feed clear sparkling streams throughout the area.
Great Missenden has a good offering of independent shops, cafes and eateries. The fifteenth-Century George Inn is the oldest inn in the village and the Crown pub in nearby Old Amersham is a local favourite, with accommodation by Ilse Crawford. Roald Dahl lived in Great Missenden for over 40 years, weaving features of the village into many of his stories. His writing hut, which he diligently worked in for 30 years, writing only in pencil and on yellow paper, sits in a museum dedicated to his work next door.
Tom Kerridge’s The Hand and Flowers, the first pub in Britain to earn the merit of 2 Michelin Stars, is a 30-minute drive away. Heston Blumenthal’s neighbouring restaurants include the 3 Michelin starred The Fat Duck, The Crown and The Hinds Head; all a short drive away.
Great Missenden sits in a well-established commuter town and has long been a convenient layover for travellers of the well-trodden route between the Midlands and London. Great Missenden station, a five-minute walk from 1 Church Street, offers direct rail links to London Marylebone every 30 minutes.
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.
“To my mind they are some of the most beautiful houses built in England since the war… Not only are the gardens a masterpiece in their own right, but they relate to the buildings in an unforgettable way.”
Peter Davey, former Editor of Architectural Review, on The Turn, Middle Turn and Turn End.
The design of the two outbuildings and the renovation of the original house at 1 Church Street was inspired by the three seminal village houses in Haddenham: The Turn, Middle Turn and Turn End. The houses were designed and built between 1964 and 1968 by the Internationally renowned architect Peter Aldington and his wife, Margaret Aldington.
Peter Aldington established his own practice in 1962 and quickly gained an international reputation for the three houses. In 1970, the houses were awarded a Royal Institute of British Architects Award for Architecture and in 2006, became Grade II* listed; a prestigious accolade since only a handful of post war houses are listed at this grade.
John Craig joined as a partner in 1970 and the practice went on to design ground breaking doctors’ surgeries, shops and office interiors. Paul Collinge, the lead architect on the project at Church Street, joined as partner in 1983.