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Highlands, Amersham, Bucks


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Taking Edwardian elegance to another level, Highlands is everything you could wish for in a country home. Nestled in 12 acres with uninterrupted views over the beautiful rolling Chilterns countryside, stables and an impressive leisure complex, this rural residence is replete with character and period features. Equestrian: There is a mix of traditional timber loose boxes and a large american style barn which which can easily accommodate six+ horses. There’s also a wide range of additional outbuildings including a tractor shed, workshop and garaging. The main paddock extends to 10 acres and all offer level, quality grazing with post and rail fencing. To the right of the stables lies a former manège, which could be reinstated if desired. At nearly 4,300 sq ft, Highlands is unequivocally substantial, with a jaw-dropping expanse of gardens, stables and paddocks. The ‘in and out’ driveway sweeps off the quiet country lane, where you’ll find copious amounts of parking for even the largest of soirées. The entrance hallway leads to three reception rooms, each with their own character. Grandeur prevails in the family room, with its high ceilings and feature bay window providing sublime views over the garden. And the fireplace, flanked by built-in bookshelves, ensures it’s lovely and warm, even on the chilliest of evenings. Two further feature fireplaces can also be found in the capacious dining room, and sitting room. Here you can open the French doors onto the garden in the summer months and let the warm breeze waft through. There’s also a lovely study, making the perfect home office, and a downstairs cloakroom. The kitchen has a traditional farmhouse feel, with a warm and welcoming AGA at its heart. Whip up weekend brunches for all the family with ease, and devour them in the informal dining area, taking in the views from the bay window. There’s a walk-in pantry and a utility room to keep everything shipshape, and Oenophiles will adore the wine cellar. Forget Man Caves and She Sheds and think full-blown sanctuary for all things leisure in the dedicated games complex. Currently home to a full-size snooker table, it’s the perfect downtime escape and is accessible just off the dining room. With its vaulted ceiling, plenty of seating and a fireplace, we can imagine legendary games nights here with good friends gathered around. There’s a mezzanine as well – a perfect writer’s retreat. So versatile is this space that it could be converted into a substantial, self-contained annexe. Five double bedrooms await on the first floor of Highlands and there’s space aplenty. The Principal bedroom is en suite, with twin basins and bath with shower. The guest bedroom also features a sizeable en suite, and leads through to the mezzanine level in the games room. Meanwhile, a luxurious period suite presides in the family bathroom when a long, traditional wallow is called for. Entertaining can be as grand – or relaxed – as the mood takes you with 12 acres of gardens and paddocks. There’s a large, formal lawn with south facing terrace, which drinks in every last ray of sun from dawn until dusk. Stone steps lead down to a lower lawn, where you’ll find a former pool house and mature Eucalyptus tree – with its glimmering silver foliage. It’s just one of the varied range of established borders and trees, including a Horse Chestnut variety planted by the current owners some 40 years ago. Location: Buckinghamshire is home to some of the most picturesque locations in England and the quaint market town of Amersham is no exception. It offers the very best of both worlds, with rolling Chilterns countryside, and an historic high street with plenty of independent boutiques and restaurants in the Old Town. Amersham on the Hill (the new town) has all your daily necessities covered, including a brand new leisure centre (Chilterns Lifestyle Centre). Connectivity is excellent. The M40 runs through the county, providing easy access to Birmingham and Oxford. The M25 is also nearby, providing quick links to London and Heathrow Airport. The county is well served by train, with fast and frequent services to London Marylebone, Birmingham, and beyond. The Metropolitan tube line also runs through county with Amersham at the end of the line.Schools are simply excellent and highly sought-after, with two of the best Grammar schools in the country – Dr Challoner’s Grammar School for boys and Dr Challoner’s High School for girls. There are also several independent schools as well, from the The Beacon and Godstowe School prep schools to a varied choice at senior level. If you fancy a bite to eat, the Michelin-starred Artichoke restaurant is renowned for its accomplished food in a 16th century building with contemporary style and is just one of the many eateries in the vicinity. Set in the Chilterns, The Red Lion at Coleshill has something for everyone, and The Griffin in Old Amersham proudly boasts ‘the best Sunday lunch’. You’ll find a superstore and food halls in Amersham itself, including M&S and Waitrose, or simply order Ocado, darling. And when it comes to the great outdoors, the hardest part will be deciding which sporting option to pursue. From golf to tennis, and horse riding to cycling, it’s all here. And for breathtaking walks, the Chiltern Hills and Penn Wood are hard to beat.