CHRISTMAS Common sounds so romantic as an address at any time of the year — and even more so as we settle by the fire to write out Christmas cards to friends and family.
The desirable village near Watlington is famed for its natural beauty, being situated in the middle of the Chiltern Hills and in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is renowned for its pretty countryside, ideal for walking or riding.
No one is quite sure where the name derives from, but theories range from the plethora of holly bushes in the vicinity to a 1643 Christmas Day truce between factions involved in the English Civil War.
Whatever its connotations, the name conjures up the image of a typical English village, and it was the setting of the dramatic and tragic opening scene of Ian McEwan’s seminal novel, Enduring Love, which featured a hot air balloon accident.
The Well House occupies a wonderful location in the hamlet of Greenfield on the edge of the village of Christmas Common.
The Well House is a charming Edwardian family house with painted brick elevations under a slate roof. It has been extended over the years and now offers flexible family accommodation with immense charm.
Main features include a drawing room with an open fireplace with marble surround and bookshelves to either side, a window overlooking the front garden and a stripped wood floor.
There is a double-aspect sitting room with an open fireplace with wood surround and built-in bookshelves to one side.
The lovely, light family room boasts triple-aspect with a French window and single door to the garden.
There is a study/dining room with a built-in cupboard and bookshelves while the kitchen/breakfast room has a four-oven Aga, a range of floor units, a dresser and shelves and a walk-in pantry.
The master bedroom is of double aspect with an ensuite shower room while the guest bedroom has a shower and washbasin (currently used as a studio).There are three further bedrooms, a large family bathroom with built-in cupboards and a separate WC.
Outside, the house is accessed via wooden five-bar gates to an in-and-out gravel drive around an area planted with shrubs and trees.
Solid wooden gates open on to a large parking area to the side of the house and to the front of the detached double garage that has a useful tack room to the rear.
To the northern boundary is a small copse.
The front of the house overlooks a south-facing garden, laid mainly to lawn and opening to a formal parterre garden planted with box around a central arch laden with roses and clematis.
To the west is the heated swimming pool with paved terrace, part walled and decorated with climbing roses and vine.
This lovely private area opens to the garden and around to the stable and paddock with glorious views over the surrounding countryside.
The property is available through Savills for a guide price of £1.5 million. For more details, call (01491) 843001.
Christmas Common would be the perfect address to have your Christmas cards delivered to — and there’s still time to spend the festive season in a new home with just such an address.
Simmons and Sons has two properties available to rent. The first is an immaculate three-bedroom home in this rural location, available unfurnished. The property is a solar powered energy efficient home. It has a large kitchen with dining area, sitting room with wood-burning stove, two double bedrooms, one single bedroom, and a family bathroom. There is also an enclosed private garden and off-road parking.
It is available unfurnished for a guide price of £1,500pcm.
The second property is a three-bedroom detached home with a kitchen, dining room, living room, three bedrooms and a family bathroom. Outside the property offers a large garden with off-street parking. It is available for a guide price of £1,259pcm. For more details about either of these properties, call agents Simmons and Sons on (01491) 571111.
Is there an address anywhere in the country more fitting for the season than Christmas Common? Standard property correspondent JACKY HAYLER looks at some of the homes available to buy and rent in that most quintessentially English — and festive — of villages.