£1,000,000 Offers In Excess Of

Castle Keep, Warren Wood Drive, High Wycombe, HP11

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Castle Keep is a historic yet modern detached residence with a stunning tower and treetop roof terrace, set in a conservation area with no near neighbours. The property is surrounded by mature woods and parkland giving a feeling of seclusion, but within easy walking distance of the town and station.

Tenure: Freehold

History Castle Keep was originally built as a folly in the grounds of Loakes Manor (now Wycombe Abbey School) in the late 18th century by architect James Wyatt RA, as part of significant remodelling works for the Earl of Shelburne that included landscaping by Capability Brown. The house was extended in the 1970s, and has been fully refurbished during the last decade. Interior Castle Keep is built into a hillside and has two front doors, the original ‘castle door’ porch entrance at road level leading into the original building, and a modern entrance from the lower level driveway. Lower ground floor: The modern front door opens onto an airy entrance hall, with tall windows looking onto the garden pond (occasionally home to visiting mallards and moorhens) and a wooden stairway to the upper floors. To the left of the entrance the original back door of the house leads to a large fitted country-style kitchen featuring a range cooker and plenty of storage including a secret cupboard. A modern WC/cloakroom is accessed from the left of the hallway, while to the right hand side is the sitting room, with a wood-burning stove and African Padauk hardwood floor. Bifold doors open out into the double-glazed garden room with underfloor heating, currently used as a dining room. A further set of bifold doors lead into the garden and outdoor seating area at the side of the house, making the ground floor perfect for entertaining. Ceiling speakers have been fitted in the lounge, kitchen, 1st floor bedroom and 1st floor reception. The garden room also features speaker connections, all of which are independently configurable from the lounge. The lounge adapts brilliantly to a cinema room. The space above the fireplace allows for a 3 metre projection directly onto the wall and the Bowers and Wilkins speakers complete the immersed experience. Ground floor: The stairway leads to a well-lit landing, with views of surrounding woodland. To the left are two bedrooms and a room currently used as a study; to the right, a modern bathroom finished in German limestone, and the front reception hall. This room, which features the original arched entrance doorway, is currently used as a library and study area. A hidden spiral staircase leads up to the first floor, and downwards into the kitchen. First floor: To the left of the landing is the master bedroom suite, featuring Brazilian Jatoba flooring with brass inlay in the bedroom and walk-in wardrobe/dressing room. The bathroom, like others in the house, has a rainwater shower and is finished in German limestone. To the right of the landing is a bedroom featuring ‘arrow-slit’ windows and a skylight, which is used by the current owners as a TV/gaming area, with access to the roof terrace via a spiral staircase. Also leading from this room is an en-suite bathroom featuring a Japanese-style bath and Thai metal basin. Roof terrace: Accessed by the spiral staircase, the decked roof terrace, sitting high in the tree canopy, is surrounded by herb planting boxes which attract bees, butterflies and BBQ chefs during the summer. The surrounding trees are home to many kinds of birds, making this the perfect place to ‘get away from it all’ and relax in the sunshine with a glass of wine. Exterior The house is immediately surrounded by landscaped gardens, and the pond and waterfall attract a variety of entertaining wildlife. The original flint and stone building is complemented by the larch panelling and ‘living wall’ of the modern extension. The living wall features ferns and grasses among other plantss and is largely maintenance free. An integrated irrigation system provides water via controls situated in the roof garden. At the end of the garden is a large summerhouse, used as a workshop and gym. Further storage sheds are located to the side of the house. Surroundings Castle Keep is surrounded on three sides by the mature woodland of Keep Hill Wood, for which the ‘castle’ was named. The house backs onto the Rye, a large park which has been used by the people of High Wycombe since Saxon times. Today the Rye provides a wide range of recreational activities, including cricket, tennis, football, angling, swimming in the heated open-air Lido, the restored Pann Mill and a measured mile running track around the Dyke watercourse. The Dyke and the River Wye, which run through opposite sides of the park, are home to families of ducks, coots, moorhens, geese and the famous Buckinghamshire swans which have appeared on the county crest since Anglo-Saxon times. The Wycombe Rye Lido leisure centre, less than two minutes walk away offers a range of gym and leisure activities, and a timed 5k ‘Parkrun’ takes place every Saturday morning. For those with extra energy, the annual Wycombe half marathon starts and finishes on the Rye. Children of all ages are well catered for in the immediate area with boating on the Dyke and two playgrounds, one for toddlers and a large adventure playground for older children. Busy Bees nursery is on the far side of the Rye, en route to the town centre and railway station, while Crown House Preparatory School at Bassetsbury Manor caters for primary school age children. Both can be reached from Castle Keep without crossing roads. Local area High Wycombe is an ideal base for London commuters, with fast Chiltern line trains to London Marylebone in under 25 minutes. The station is a pleasant 15 minute walk along the Dyke and across the Rye, a relaxing way to begin and end the day. Wycombe town centre, also a fifteen minute walk, has a thriving music scene, a good local theatre, a large shopping centre and cinema complex, and a wide range of chain and independent pubs and restaurants. And when the hustle and bustle of town gets too much the beautiful Chiltern countryside is only a short drive away. Garden wildlife visitors include: Wood pigeon, Stock dove, Pheasant, Blue tit, Coal tit, Great tit, Long-tailed tit, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Firecrest, Mallard, Moorhen, Frog, Bat, Goldfish, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Jay, Muntjac Deer, Grey Squirrel, Badger, Mouse, Red Kite, Redwing, Robin, Blackbird, Thrush, Sparrow, Crow, Bullfinch, Dunnock, Wren, Yellow wagtail, Green Parakeet, Magpie

Call 0800 6899955 quoting reference 21614

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Features

  • 18th century tower
  • Roof Terrace
  • No onward chain
  • Triple glazed
  • Woodland surroundings
  • 'Living Wall'
  • Unique property

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