Weston Underwood, Olney
Buckinghamshire, MK46 5JS
Modestly described by the poet William Cowper who lived here between 1786 and 1795 as a ‘a neat and comfortable abode, in one of the prettiest villages in the Kingdom’, Cowpers Lodge would be better described today as a grand,Queen Anne fronted village house in excellent condition and with many superb period features intact. The property is included in Pevsner’s ‘Buildings of England’, and whilst of historical importance and beauty, Cowpers Lodge is ideally suited for modern family living. The six bedroom house has, during the tenure of the current owners, gone through a complete renovation including re-roofing, replacing all windows, re-wiring and plumbing.
There are a number of notable period features including the beautiful flagstone floor in the reception hall and a magnificent early 18th century wooden balustrade staircase, as well as window shutters, ceiling cornicing and beautifully panelled rooms.
The kitchen is very much the heart of this house, warmed by the AGA and with French doors that lead to a west facing terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens. The principle drawing room is a grand room with ornate fireplace and half panelled walls and the master bedroom is also a highlight, with stunning views over the manicured and exquisitely designed gardens below.
The landscaped gardens are split into separate sections to give the feeling of carefully designed external rooms, each providing a tranquil and calming retreat.
In total there are 7.98 acres which include formal gardens, paddocks, an orchard and a tennis court.There are various outbuildings and garaging including the attractive Coach House complete with games room above, which would make a fabulous home office. Whilst there are the most wonderful period stables within the Coach House, there are two further stables located in the paddocks.
Cowpers Lodge is undoubtedly one of north Buckinghamshire’s finest village houses.
In William Cowper’s words, Weston Underwood is one of the prettiest villages in The Kingdom and it remains as pretty and unspoilt today. Multiple winner of The Best Kept Village, there is an old world charm about Weston Underwood, with cobbled pavements, unspoilt and delightful thatched cottages and attractive surrounding countryside. There is a thriving community and an excellent village pub, The Cowpers Oak.
Only two miles away is the attractive market town of Olney, probably best known for the Olney Pancake Race. Milton Keynes, Northampton and Bedford are all within striking distance, however, importantly Milton Keynes Central Station is only 10 miles distant with the fastest trains reaching London Euston in as little as 32 minutes. Whilst benefiting from the feeling of being a world away from the Capital, Weston Underwood is highly commutable. Additionally, Junction 14 of the M1 is only 6 miles away.
The area is particularly well known for the choice of schools which include Stowe, Uppingham, Oundle and Tudor Hall to name a few.
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