Busi­ness booms in South Bucks

Leafy Buck­ing­hamshire is still pulling in af­flu­ent buy­ers from both home and abroad, even if they’re not pre­pared to of­fer the full ask­ing price

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mu­nity. In 2014, a ma­jor na­tional sur­vey named Ger­rards Cross as the most sought-after and ex­pen­sive com­muter town or vil­lage in the UK, with its neigh­bour, Bea­cons­field, a close com­peti­tor.

Mr Hole-jones quotes a guide price of £4.495 mil­lion for sump­tu­ous Courte­nay House in the ex­clu­sive pri­vate back­wa­ter of Dukes Kiln Drive, a mile or so south of Ger­rards Cross. The own­ers, whose sub­stan­tial busi­ness in­ter­ests in the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent pre­sum­ably ren­der them less vul­ner­a­ble to pos­si­ble fall-out from Brexit, bought the house—built in 2008 and al­ready in pris­tine con­di­tion thanks to con­sid­er­able ad­di­tional in­vest­ment by the then owner—as some­where to live while they were ren­o­vat­ing a larger prop­erty nearby.

At the same time, they con­tin­ued to up­grade and dec­o­rate the in­te­rior, which now of­fers 6,260sq ft of liv­ing space in the main house, 2,650sq ft of leisure fa­cil­i­ties in the base­ment and a fur­ther 1,250sq ft in the ad­join­ing three-car garage block, which has staff quar­ters above.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion in the main house is laid out over three floors and a base­ment and in­cludes an im­pos­ing oc­tag­o­nal stair­case hall, a draw­ing room with a mag­nif­i­cent Louis XV Fleur de Pêche an­tique mar­ble fire­place, an el­e­gant din­ing room over­look­ing the gar­den, a pan­elled li­brary, a stun­ning be­spoke kitchen/break­fast room by Si­mon Bray and four first-floor bed­room suites, with two large bed­rooms and a Jack-and-jill bath­room on the sec­ond floor.

With work on their next house re­cently com­pleted, Courte­nay House is be­ing of­fered for sale with most of

Courte­nay House has a Si­mon Bray kitchen/break­fast room and is for sale with its fur­ni­ture and fit­tings. £4.495m. Be­low: Set in 4.75 acres of gar­dens and wood­lands, Lan­g­ley Wood House has a guide price of £6.95m Above:

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