British culture is richly diverse, from our prestigious historic buildings to our classic comedy. Fans of both will be delighted to hear that the Georgian home of money-grabbing councillor David Horton has gone on sale, giving fans of The Vicar of Dibley a chance to own a piece of the classic sitcom.
‘Missenden House’, as the property is aptly named, sits in the village of Little Missenden in Buckinghamshire. As well as serving as the set for the sitcom starring long suffering vicar Geraldine Granger, it also regularly featured in ITV’s Midsummer Murders.
Savills calls the property a “magnificent double fronted Grade II Listed Georgian residence”, and is currently offering it for £3,950,000.
The house was originally built in 1729 for one Jonas Deacon, a prosperous East India merchant. Over the years the “classic ‘Georgian Box’” style property has undergone a number of changes, and was even split into several dwellings in the 1950s. Luckily, the current owners have restored it to its original size and have modernised much of the property, while still maintaining its classic aspects.
The interior offers many of the features you might expect of a classic English country mansion. The matching bay windows of the drawing and dining rooms still retain their original Georgian window seats. Meanwhile, the adjoining library & TV room feature stunning stained glass panels of both Henry I and Charles I.
Moving into the family kitchen we are treated to some more modern decor, including stainless steel and beautiful blue pearl granite worktops. The kitchen itself wants for little and offers several integrated Miele appliances including a coffee maker, fridge, freezer and gas hob.
Further into the house we find one of two reception rooms, which under the current owners has been turned into an attractive home gym.
One of the most stunning features of this Georgian gem is the ‘glass cube’ conservatory. The clear glass walls and ceiling positively bathe the room in natural light, while the sleek and modern polished concrete floor connects seamlessly to the outside patio and “beautifully landscaped side garden”.
Missenden House offers 8 bedrooms, the two most prominent of which feature deep bay windows which grant wonderful views of nearby farmland. The master bedroom, however, is in a league of its own.
“The master bedroom features an ornate plaster cornice and ceiling, a good example of English Rococo work dating from the second half of the 18th Century,” Savills continues. “The en suite bathroom is luxuriously appointed with a Villeroy & Boch suite and a Nordic double shower with body jets.”
The bedrooms throughout the rest of the property each feature either their own ensuite facilities or easy access to one of the house’s three bath/shower rooms.
The property’s gardens are no less impressive than the interior. Several are set out in ‘rooms’, “complementing the house, and offering perspectives of the surrounding countryside.”
The southeast side of the house features a serene Zen garden, designed by Chelsea ‘Best in Show’ winner Christopher Bradley-Hole. To the north and east we are treated to gardens created by a local designer, as well as an “informal area” which features “fruit trees, bamboo and spring bulbs” and backs onto the River Misbourne.
The location also has much to offer future residents. Located just off the A413, Little Missenden has easy access to Amersham and Great Missenden, which “offer multiple shopping facilities, restaurants and amenities.”
These centres also provide Metropolitan and Chiltern line railway stations, granting easy access to Central London for regular commuting.