- Stunning Countryside Views
- Heated Swimming Pool
- No Onward Chain
- Expansive Dining Terrace
- Privately Accessed Lane
- Architect Designed
- Ample Parking
- 4 / 5 Bedrooms
- 3.5 Bathrooms
An EXCEPTIONALLY RARE opportunity to acquire a stunning ARCHITECT DESIGNED home in one of the UK's most sought-after villages, with trains into Central London taking only 40 minutes. Nestled between Oxford and the Chilterns, the village of Long Crendon draws people from London, across the UK, and abroad to its charming high street, expansive green, farm shops, pubs, and highly regarded primary school. There is a strong sense of community spirit, and to find it is to fall in love with it!
The fabulous market town of Thame is at arms length, where you'll find a large Waitrose and host of amenities from independent shops and award winning dining to high street staples. The surrounding countryside is dotted with fabulous pubs, Michelin star restaurants, outstanding schools (both state and independent), lovely walks, and glorious farms! With more cultured and cosmopolitan outings in Oxford city centre just 30 minutes away, and fabulous shopping at nearby Bicester Village.
Originally constructed in 1969, Orchard House is a split level property with simply outstanding views that has been completely remodelled using highly regarded local tradespeople. It is a collaboration by bespoke property developer The Houselift and renowned architectural practice Charlie Luxton Design, completed in 2021. Approaching the property from below, it's clean lines and steep angles nod to its late mid-century origins, while triple glazed aluminium windows and steel roof carry it confidently into the 21st century and beyond. The landscape redesign softens and surrounds the property on all sides, where you'll discover a large heated swimming pool, numerous mature fruit trees, several outdoor terraces, and lots of areas for grown ups and kids alike to relax and play. The property has been developed with a real sense of responsibility to its future inhabitants and the planet, and the new energy performance certificate reflects this investment.
Having been thoughtfully renovated by the current owner occupiers, minimalist high end fixtures were chosen to be both practical and durable for family life. Acoustic panelled walls and pared back custom carpentry using local timber suppliers gives the home a sense of warmth and a decidedly organic feel. All rooms have vaulted ceilings and full height windows, capturing views of the wrap around gardens that total roughly 1/3 of an acre. These are laid to lawn with lush green grass and dotted with mature trees, including Himalayan Birch, Tibetan Cherry, Magnolia, Apple, Quince, Fig, Plum, and Olive, all of which light up when the sun goes down.
The property is especially quiet, with ample parking on the private lane it inhabits. Inside, there is generously allocated storage throughout, underfloor heating within the polished concrete floors, smart temperature controls, a water softening system, water filtration, a Quooker boiling tap, external smart lighting, and wiring for a fully integrated sound system. Architect's plans are to hand for the 400 square foot double garage to be converted into a live-work-play studio with storage facility, offering the buyer immense potential to extend in the future.
Inviting you to explore, is the double height entrance hall. First, get to know the eat-in cook's kitchen from German manufacturer Warendorf. The 3.5 metre-long island draws the eye out to a vast dining terrace with astounding southwesterly views of the countryside beyond. Next, follow the timber clad stairs to an open plan lounge on the mezzanine above. Then, make your way down the hall, passing a bespoke utility room with generous storage on your right, and a glass wall that frames an outdoor living area on your left, before padding down to the snug with its custom barn door, huge flat screen TV, and oversized windows taking in the enclosed back garden.
Once in the expansive principal bedroom with your open plan en suite you can recharge your batteries in the freestanding bath or shower for two. Then head out onto your private terraces. One has a cosy reading pod; the other offers steps leading down to the swimming pool. There are three additional bedrooms, one of which has an en suite with walk-in shower; and the two other bedrooms, all with allocated storage, share a gorgeous family bathroom. All feature Lusso Stone baths, showers, and sanitary ware, with beautiful architectural ceramic tiles by Parkside Tiles.
To the 'front' of the property, accessed via the quiet and privately-owned lane, there are jaw-dropping views across the 32 foot heated swimming pool, particularly remarkable in winter when the sun sets directly opposite. There's an expansive dining terrace with space for a BBQ and lounge seating, a wide balcony off the principal bedroom, and a tucked away chill-out zone off the pool, which is perfect for sunbathing by day and toasting marshmallows round the fire pit by night.
To the west side of the property you are drawn up a winding limestone pathway to an enclosed back garden edged with ornamental trees, a crow's nest swing, wooden tipi, pull up bars, and sunken trampoline. There's a key-coded and double-latched full-height gate offering access to the main village road. Perfect for setting out on foot to one of the lovely pubs or farm shops. Making your way around to the east side of the property, along the bedroom wing, you'll notice how each room steps down onto soft green grass lined with mature Himalayan birch trees. You're invited to discover a hidden terrace tucked away here with views of the gentle sloping Buckinghamshire countryside. Gaze out as the sun sets along the horizon to the murmur of bleating sheep in the fields below.
From the peaceful village location with world-class views, designer kitchen and bathrooms, floors that are warmed underfoot in winter, and generous gardens, to the newly renovated swimming pool heated year-round with a super-efficient air source heat pump, this home is as much of a dream in summer as it is in autumn and winter when the skies are a constant source of inspiration. This is a ONCE IN A LIFETIME opportunity to acquire a totally unique architect designed home that you won't want to miss.
Council tax band: G