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3 Bedroom semi-detached house Gerrards Cross £769,950

By appointment only" A delightful attached Victorian residence, dating from 1870 and formerly a Lodge house for Heusden Manor, with delightful grounds and planning permission to extend already granted.

By appointment only" This stunning period home has private, gated access and is conveniently located close to local amenities.

The Story
Nothing will ever be quite as magical as the moment the owner of Drusden West looked out of his window to see a black fox trotting past. "This house dates back to 1870 and was originally built to be the housekeeper's cottage to a manor," he says. "One of the many attractions of the location is that it overlooks the ancient woods in the manor's grounds. This has been untouched for centuries and is full of incredible wildlife. When I saw the black fox I looked it up immediately on line and realised it was one of the rarest animals in Britain. It is amazing to live somewhere like this and yet to also be just 15 minutes' walk from the centre of Gerrards Cross." He adds: "This house is also located on a gated road, which only offers access to the five houses that are down here. It is a public road so we do not have to maintain it and yet it is quiet enough for the children to ride their bikes. It had everything we were looking for." VICTORIAN BEAUTY Drusden West is believed to have been built by Anglo-Irish politician and British army officer William Le Poer Trench. "He was apparently the person who advised the government not to attack the Germans at sea if they wanted to win World War One," says the owner. "He had these houses constructed, as well as some others on the common." The period style of the house appealed to the couple as much as its garden and its setting. "It is rare to find a Victorian house in Gerrards Cross as many properties are Arts & Crafts in style. It is a really pretty house, which has some beautiful architectural details and a lovely consistent woodworking style throughout." A LIGHT HOUSE Internally, he says, Drusden West offered the family comfortable living space which was also ideal for socialising. "There are lots of interconnecting rooms downstairs and then we also have a nice terrace, where we have had numerous dinner parties," he says. "We have two double garages and I added an office at the end of the garden - this could have all sorts of other uses for someone else." There is, he points out, also scope for new owners to extend the house. Planning is in place which would transform it into a five-bedroom home. This would also see the creation of an open-plan kitchen and living area downstairs. The required documents are available on request. As it is, however, the property already offers bright, airy accommodation that has served the family well. "The bay window at the front of the property lets in a huge amount of light," he says. ALL SEASONS The property has been carefully maintained by the couple; it has been redecorated throughout and new carpets have been laid. "This is a lovely place to live," he says. "The drawing room is a fantastic space to relax in. It has become a tradition for my wife and I to roast a chicken on a spit in front of the Victorian fireplace in there - it is a cosy room at that time of year and yet is wonderfully light and cool in the summer." A TOUCH OF DRAMA The kitchen dining room is where much of the daily living takes place and has also been superb for entertaining. "It is a great space, with an oak floor and room to sit down to eat together. It is a comfortable place to sit with friends but we have also enjoyed having the dining room, which is a bit more dramatic in style," he says. "We have had many fabulous occasions in there, including one dinner party where every dish was from a James Bond novel!" GREAT LOCATION Other wonderful memories include the garden party and barbecue they held after a friend's wedding and the many long evenings spent chatting out on the terrace. "We often have friends who come to stay here on their way to Heathrow as it is so convenient," he says. "This is an excellent place to be as we have good access to the M25 and M40 too and can be at Marylebone Station in London in just 24 minutes by train." The family like to visit Black Park and Burnham Beeches, and also enjoy days out to Oxford. "This is such a won
Setting The Scene
Drusden West sits in about 0.2 acres of lawn and enjoys an enclosed garden. To the front there is a pea shingle parking area to attached double garage. There is also a detached, prefabricated double garage. The garden includes a high quality, timber summerhouse, office or annexe and a terrace, which is perfect for entertaining.
What Is Nearby
As well as a Waitrose, M&S Foodhall and large Tesco store, Gerrards Cross has many stylish boutiques, bars and restaurants. Major shopping malls are at Slough, Uxbridge and Watford and London's West End is approximately 25 minutes train journey away. There are also the golf clubs of Gerrards Cross, Denham, The Buckinghamshire and Stoke Park to name just a few. Local facilities include tennis clubs and health and fitness centres. Gerrards Cross common is within a short walk and the ancient woodlands of Burnham Beeches and Black Park, a favourite location with film makers, are within a short drive. There are numerous highly regarded private and state schools within a short drive.
Within Easy Reach
Gerrards Cross station is on the highly regarded Chiltern Line offering fast and frequent services to London, Marylebone (approximately 28 minutes) and Birmingham. Uxbridge is on the Metropolitan and Piccadilly tube lines. Gerrards Cross is one of the best located towns in the country sitting on the edge of the A40 into London, the M40 and M25. The M4 is within a short drive as is London Heathrow Airport and Luton airport. Denham Aerodrome is also close at hand.
Directions
From the A40/M40 junction at Denham, take the A40 towards Gerrards Cross. Passing through Tatling End, cross over the M25, pass the turning into Fulmer Lane on your left, then take the next left into Heusden Way, where the Drusden West will be found on the right hand side.

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