"Wonderfully characterful and beautifully renovated, the house was formerly a village hall, dating in parts to the 13th and 16th centuries."
This wonderfully characterful Grade-II* listed detached five-bedroom house, with large garage, off-street parking and private garden, can be found in Ivinghoe, a picturesque village and civil parish on the Buckinghamshire / Hertfordshire border. Formerly a village hall, dating in parts to the 13th and 16th centuries, the house has been beautifully renovated by the current owner. Internal accommodation extends to approximately 2,288 sq ft.
Entry is to a spacious hall with storage, and to the left, an open kitchen / dining room with inglenook and breadoven. The kitchen was designed locally by Winterwood, with bespoke floating cabinets and Corian worktops. Reclaimed teak parquet flooring extends from here into a secondary utility kitchen, with pantry, rear external access and stairs to the first floor. To the right of the hall is a large sitting room with an inglenook fireplace and French window to the garden. To the left of the kitchen is a living room with a stone-hearth open fire and a guest bedroom with built-in wardrobe and en-suite shower room. Between the two rooms is a hall with side access to the driveway and garage, and an original staircase to the first floor.
Walls throughout have been sympathetically lime-plastered and painted in a lovely palette of Farrow and Ball chalk paints. On the first floor is the master bedroom, with exposed brick chimney and wardrobe space. A dressing room adjoins the bedroom and an incredible double-height bathroom with listed truss. The room retains the original flooring and contains a floating sink, walk-in shower with tiles from Emerie and Cie, and a freestanding nickel bath by William Holland. There are three further bedrooms on the upper level and a shower room between them. Windows are double glazed throughout.
At the rear of the property is a lawn garden and several outhouses which could be converted subject to the relevant planning permission.
Originally a medieval hall house dating to around 1265, the property was converted into a two-storey gentry house during the 16th Century. The house later became two cottages with a new wing added in 1721. The house retains many of its architectural incarnations, including a 13th-century crown post and ceiling beams, Bressummer beams in the sitting room, dining room and living room, a 13th-century cellar, a 16th-century Peacock wall etching, and Victorian outbuildings with earth closets and log stores.
Ivinghoe is a sought-after Buckinghamshire village close to the borders of Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire. It has many excellent examples of Tudor architecture, particularly around the large village green, across from which the house is situated. The village is adjacent to large swathes of National Trust land and is within the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ashridge Estate has wonderful walks among its 5,000 acres of woodlands, commons and chalk downland, with incredible views from Ivinghoe Beacon.
The village is well served by a number of shops and eateries, with a farm shop, tea rooms, a post office and shop, a chemist, and a highly regarded restaurant in the Kings Head. The local primary school, Brookmead, is a short walk, and the house is within the catchment area of Aylesbury Grammar Schools. There are a number of highly regarded state and private schools in the wider area. Berkhampsted is around ten minutes’ drive and Tring is around five minutes, both with an excellent selection of restaurants, independent shops and a cinema. Crocker’s Chef Table in Tring is worthy of special mention. A wider selection of shops are available in St Albans and Milton Keynes, both around 30 minutes’ drive.
Tring station is approximately five minutes by car and runs direct services into London Euston taking around 40 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.