A Georgian Property Flirt in Penn
I’ll say straight from the off that this property is waaaaaay out my league, but isn’t it fun seeing how the other half live?!
Have a good nose at this property, guess the price, and then see the bank manager, sell the family silver, beg and borrow from your mum and dad (do they really need to be in that swish retirement home?) and come up with a multi-million pound international business pronto.
OK, here we go. No cheatypoos please, make your guesses before you click through!
So we have here for your delectation The Red house, a Georgian family home dating from around 1820 (with later additions) bang in the middle of the well-heeled village of Penn, South Bucks, near to the village green/duck pond and deli. The former home of Mary Berry and her husband – there’s clearly a lot of money in spongey bottoms and sugary toppings – it’s over 3455ft in size, arranged over three floors.
Downstairs there’s a drawing room, a formal dining room of nearly Downton Abbey-esque proportions at 27ft long, and breakfast room leading to the kitchen, and all in the best possible taste (RIP Kenny Everett).
Up the stairs we go, and there are six bedrooms, with the master bedroom with the most bells and whistles, with working fireplace, dressing room and a period-style ensuite bathroom. Just like at Muddy HQ *cough*. Two of the bedrooms are on the second floor so potentially useful to get rid of smelly teens, or as au pair accommodation.
But wait, tis not all! There’s also a detached Coach House, with workshop and storage space, leading to a sitting room, fitted kitchen bedroom and bathroom on the first floor.
Outside, the gardens are mature and frankly delicious, with a pond, tall trees and hedgerows to keep the likes of me and my binoculars at arm’s length. The house is surrounded by paved and cobbled terraces and steps lead to the raised terrace.
Should you ever feel the need to move from this spot, there are three pubs in the village – the Old Queens Head (gastro pub), The Red Lion (country village pub overlooking the village green and duck pond) and the Horse and Jockey (village pub). Well-heeled villages like Marlow, Henley and Beaconsfield are all within 10 miles.