MEDMENHAM Gate is a charming and historic Grade II-listed house dating back to the 16th century situated in a picturesque and secluded setting on a lane leading down to the River Thames.
The house was once home to lace makers at a time when lace was the predominant trade in nearby Marlow.
The oldest part of the timber-framed brick-and-flint building has an elegant Queen Anne style front which was added in the 18th century.
The house fronts woodland which once formed the Wittington Water Gardens and the “gate” in its name derives from the days when the property was gatehouse to the entrance of the Wittington Estate.
The gates themselves were erected by Lord Davenport, Hudson Ewband Kierley, of Hudson Soap renown and whose initials appear on the front façade of the house and within the wrought ironwork of the gates (which are also listed).
Reminiscent of a scene from The Wind in the Willows, the gardens are beautifully romantic and feature a stream which meanders down to the Thames, a couple of minute’s walk away.
The vendors comment: “This has been the most wonderful place to bring up our family. The garden has been an adventure playground and the wildlife a source of constant delight with regular visitors from herons, kingfishers, mallards, coots, deer and pheasants. We had a superb choice of schools ranging from Danesfield Primary School just up the road to the south Buckinghamshire grammar schools — Sir William Borlase’s, John Hampden, Wycombe High School for girls and The Royal Grammar School for boys.”
Nick Warner, a director of Savills in Henley, comments: “This is the first time in almost 30 years this handsome property has become available for sale.
“It has proved to be the most wonderful family home to the current owners, who have not only raised their family here but have also taken advantage of the many country walks and river pursuits which are available on their doorstep.
“In addition, the bustling nearby town of Marlow with its selection of restaurants, boutiques and high street shops means that a prospective purchaser really can have the best of both worlds.
“There is also scope for sympathetic modernisation providing a buyer with the opportunity to adapt the accommodation to suit their own personal tastes if required.”
Medmenham Gate offers five bedrooms, a bathroom, a sitting room, family room, dining hall/breakfast room, a fitted kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, garden, and various garden sheds, all sitting in about 0.43 acre.
The property is available for a guide price of £1.395million. For more details, call Savills on (01491) 843000.