Property of the Day: Shakespeare House, Buckinghamshire

This former 16th-century inn is rumoured to have inspired Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

THE PROPERTY: Shakespeare House is a historic Grade II-listed property dating back to the 1500s. Part Elizabethan, part Jacobean, with later Georgian additions, it has been beautifully restored to an impressive standard across four storeys.

THE LOCATION: Sitting amid an acre of landscaped gardens, the house offers superb views of the Buckinghamshire countryside. Situated in the secluded rural hamlet of Grendon Underwood, with its thatched cottages, historic church and traditional village pub, the property is nestled between the towns of Bicester and Aylesbury, and is just a short drive from Oxford. There is a rail service to London Marylebone that takes just under an hour and several good private schools are located nearby.

THE INTERIOR: Shakespeare House is a magnificent residence of great character, where original period features – prominent gables, decorative brick bands, high ceilings and character fireplaces – combine easily with contemporary living. Beautifully finished throughout, the accommodation includes a triple-aspect drawing-room, dining-room, oak-beamed kitchen and a conservatory on the ground level, with seven bedrooms spread across the two upper floors.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Formerly an inn known as The Ship, William Shakespeare is rumoured to have stayed here on several occasions en route between Stratford-upon-Avon and London. Alongside an exceptional entertainment room with cinema and a gymnasium leading directly out into the gardens, there is an outbuilding comprising a garage and lodgings above. 

BUY IT NOW: £1,500,000 with Knight Frank

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