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11 December 2003
Despite central heating system being incorporated into approximately 20 million homes across the UK, the traditional open fireplace is still widely considered to be a desirable and welcoming feature in the home. Frequently associated with Christmas festivities, fireplaces often play a crucial role in defining the character of a home.
Chris Crook, Managing Director of Countryside Properties' North Thames division, comments, "Despite the diminishing functional importance of a working fireplace, it is still an extremely popular feature that many house purchasers look for when buying a new property, as it helps to create the atmosphere within a home. We have established a strong reputation for creating traditional English homes that incorporate many details, such as open fireplaces, that are typical of a period property."
'Garrick House', in sought-after Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, is an excellent example of a Countryside home that has been built with no less than five highly distinctive open fireplaces. The impressive galleried entrance hall and landing features two fireplaces, creating a stunning, welcoming effect immediately upon entering the house. In addition, fireplaces are located in the drawing room, family room and master bedroom.
This magnificent seven bedroom, 'Arts and Crafts' style country house has all the qualities of a fine historic property and benefits from a number of authentic features, including a substantial oak front door, numerous large rooms with high ceilings, hand crafted clay roof tiles, impressive gables and mullion windows above the main entrance of the property.
Exceptionally high standards of quality have been incorporated into every aspect of Garrick House. The main entrance hall has columns and a grand staircase that leads up to the galleried landing, with benefits from an oak window seat and a reading area overlooking the driveway and mature front garden. The ground floor has no less than five main reception rooms and a stunning orangery, as well as a substantial, vaulted kitchen/breakfast room with a vast, double height window, which opens out onto the garden.
In addition to the main house, Garrick House incorporates a separate self-contained suite above a triple garage, with its own separate entrance, making it ideal for use as a leisure annex or staff accommodation.
Some of the country's finest schools are located in and around Beaconsfield, including Eton, Wycombe Abbey and Radley, as well as the American Community School at Hiddington. In addition, Beaconsfield falls within the highly acclaimed Buckinghamshire Grammar School system. Other amenities in the town itself include an array of excellent shops and restaurants.
The popular commuter town of Beaconsfield owes its initial prosperity to rapid growth in the coaching trade during the 18th century, with travellers from London to Oxford and beyond making overnight stops in the town. Today, the M40 snakes around Beaconsfield to Oxford and a journey into central London by car is approximately 25 miles. Beaconsfield train station offers direct services to London Marylebone, with journey times taking approximately 35 minutes.
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Information correct as at 11/12/2003