Saturday, 21 October 2017

Barn with theatrical legacy

The Beehive is a stunning and imposing family home of great historical interest believed to date back to the

The Beehive is a stunning and imposing family home of great historical interest believed to date back to the 15th century, with its medieval original cruck framed construction revealed.

As a grade II listed property, it has been the subject of a creative and thorough restoration which has been carried out in a sympathetic and thoughtful manner, with great care and attention to detail shown throughout.

It is set in mature and private gardens and grounds of approximately 1.1 acres including paddock area at the rear backing onto open countryside, providing superb country views.

The impressive beamed and vaulted character accommodation also has a stylish and contemporary feel to it, especially in the kitchen/breakfast/family room with its wonderful light and spacious interior. This fabulous living area has a beautiful travertine floor with underfloor heating, complimented by the stunning bespoke kitchen which has a feature curved central island unit together with an extensive range of integrated appliances, and traditional yet contemporary oak painted base and floor units with leathered granite and oak work surfaces.

All areas of this open plan room have access directly onto the large paved terrace from which can be enjoyed views over the garden and paddock area.

The principle rooms lead off the charming and atmospheric dining hall with its original beamed ceiling, wall

timbers and open fireplace. Adjacent to the dining hall is a tucked away snug/study with open fireplace

and dual aspect over the front garden. The flexible layout has a ground floor guest suite with spacious en-suite shower room with its own access out to a paved terrace and the garden.

A wide inner hallway leads to the drawing room with its impressive oak vaulted ceiling, inglenook fireplace

with cast iron log burner. All principle rooms have superb garden/paddock and country views.

The oak staircase accessed from the dining hall leads up to a galleried landing where part of the original

medieval cruck frame is revealed and highlighted by the innovative lighting. Off the galleried landing are

two particularly impressive bedroom suites one of which being the vaulted master suite where again the

original cruck frame is evident, most of the bedrooms have similar stunning exposed wall and ceiling

beams and high ceilings, state of the art en-suite facilities and luxury family bathroom all come with

underfloor heating.

Throughout the property there are bespoke fittings including oak ledged and braced doors, period style

wrought iron door and window furniture, wide oak planked floors, together with limestone and travertine

flooring, bespoke period style painted wooden double glazed casement windows, and creative lighting

utilising energy efficient LED lights to highlight the impressive original timbers and cruck frame structure,

all adding to the ambience and great charm of this stunning family home.

The property is approached through remote controlled wooden gates which open onto an extensive

graveled forecourt area edged with granite setts which leads directly to the barn style double garage which

is linked to the house.

Across the entire frontage, side and rear boundary there is a mixed country hedge consisting of beech,

hawthorn, blackthorn and holly, along the eastern side boundary are hazel hurdles in rustic style.

Additionally there is a post and rail fencing with stock wire.

The extensive front garden is laid mainly to lawn with various specimen trees including red American and

English oak trees, a stone paved pathway leads to the oak front door and is flanked by delightful low box

hedging, English and French lavender and colourful cottage garden style planting combining native shrubs

and small herb garden.

Trained up the front elevation are two blue wisterias and clematis. Pathways lead round to the rear

garden which has a large curved sandstone terrace which is ideal for al-fresco dining and entertainment

purposes, all of the principal rooms open out onto this.

The remainder of the garden is laid mainly to lawn with a paddock area at the rear, where there has

been planted a collection of native trees including Beech, white bark birch, oak, mountain ash and field

maple all combine to give a colourful array throughout the differing seasons, immediately adjoining is open

countryside with beautiful far reaching views.

The property is available through Warmingham for a guide price of £1.85million. For more details, call (01491) 874144.

A HOUSE built by actor and impresario Jack Buchanan is on the market with Knight Frank.

Bucks Barn is an attractive five bedroom family home situated in a highly sought-after location.

Walter John ‘Jack’ Buchanan (18911957) was the major British musical stage and screen star of his day. He appeared in a series of musical comedies many of which were later made into films.

In 1926 Buchanan teamed up with Elsie Randolph in Sunny. She was a comedienne and their stage partnership was rooted in romantic comedy, but to their public they were a romantic couple, both on and off stage. For the next 10 years they starred together in a string of successes including That’s A Good Girl, Stand Up And Sing and Mr Whittington, an updated version of the Dick Whittington legend. In 1933 Buchanan built the Leicester Square theatre where the Odeon cinema now stands.

Buchanan remained popular on stage and film throughout the Forties and early Fifties. In 1951 he had the unenviable task of taking over the lead in King’s Rhapsody after Ivor Novello died and in 1953 he made his best film The Band Wagon with Fred Astaire.

Buchanan built Bucks Barn and lived in it for a brief period before selling it, yet the property still retains a theatrical appeal. Only recently current owner Harriet Denne met actor Michael Crawford as he viewed the property with estate agents. And she herself has connections with the theatre, having spent time working behind the scenes at the Kenton Theatre.

Standing in beautiful gardens of just over half an acre in Witheridge Hill, Highmoor, Bucks Barn has a heated swimming pool and double garage with a studio above. Harriet has fond memories of the property and admits it will be a wrench to leave. Her stepchildren and grandchildren have enjoyed time spent in the swimming pool over the years, and she said it is the perfect place to entertain.

She said: “The house has an elegant feel and a nice flow to the rooms. They can be used in a very flexible way with every space put to good use — no room is left only for special occasions. There is plenty of natural light flooding in the large windows making it feel light and airy with a lovely atmosphere.”

The entrance hall provides access to the principal reception rooms, study and office. The triple-aspect office/study has custom-made shelving and cupboards with French windows opening on to the garden. Adjacent to this room is a second study.

The drawing room has views over the garden and an open fireplace. The large double-aspect, slate-floored dining room has two sets of French windows opening on to the garden and is ideal for entertaining.

The kitchen has a Chinese slate floor and is fitted with a comprehensive range of handmade, reclaimed pine units. There is a pantry and a walk-in drinks cupboard.

The first floor accommodates five double bedrooms. The master suite, with double-aspect windows, has built-in storage and an ensuite bathroom. The four further bedrooms all have views over the garden and share two shower rooms.

The gardens of Bucks Barn are a prime feature of the property and are planted with specimen trees and shrubs with well-stocked herbaceous borders created over 20 years by Harriet and her late husband. A York stone terrace runs along the front and side of the house. There is a secluded and sheltered swimming pool, bound by a 6ft high wall and yew hedging. There is also a double garage with a newly-converted studio above, and parking for several cars.

The property is available through Knight Frank. For more details, contact (01491) 844900.

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