Mr Clarke thinks :
The quality of the home is exceptional. Everything is immaculate.
This exceptional home is part of General Sir George Higginson’s historic Marlow mansion, Gyldernscroft. The expansive interiors at Higginson House have been the subject of a careful refurbishment care of local craftsmen, who have introduced a palette of contemporary materials and luxury fittings that sit harmoniously alongside original features. Conveniently located and carefully created, this is a home for the most discerning of residents.
The three-storey house has been thoughtfully designed to create large sociable spaces that are flooded with natural light, as well as quiet areas for peaceful moments. There is a private courtyard garden, off-street parking for two cars and a beautifully landscaped front garden.
The house opens to a light-filled entrance hall that leads to the open-plan kitchen in one direction, a vast reception room in the other, the courtyard straight ahead and a utility room and cloakroom at the end of the property.
The kitchen has been sumptuously appointed with natural stone underfoot and a vaulted ceiling above. The bespoke cabinetry and island have been beautifully made and provide the stage for the most ambitious home cook. A Smeg induction range double oven, wine cooler, Neff fridge freezer, dishwasher and boiling tap are a few of the mod cons that have been added. There is also a full height pull out larder to store everything and keep the surfaces clutter free.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The stunning finish to every part of the home. You are right in the middle of town with everything Marlow has to offer on your doorstep.
Off the hallway you find a beautiful reception room that has lots of nods to the original Elizabethan Manor - fully restored original ceilings, stone mullion windows and original solid oak parquet flooring that has been carefully stripped back and fully refurbished with hardwax oil finish. The original fireplace sits front and centre of the room and will be admired by every guest that comes over to Higginson House.
On the first floor you find two bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room, and a bathroom. The main bedroom is more like a luxury hotel suite than a normal bedroom. There is a large balcony from where you can enjoy the first coffee of the day or the first glass of wine on an evening. The dark oak flooring is the perfect backdrop for a show stopping interior.
The second floor has been thoughtfully laid out to provide two bedrooms and a bathroom. This floor is ideal for guests, children or as a place to work during the day and relax on an evening. The flexibility of this floor is a real asset.
- Three words : Location. Location. Location.
Our favourite part
The mix of luxury modern interiors within an old property. Old meets new beautifully
Marlow is one of the original down-from-Londoners’ honeypots. Something about its pretty historic streets, and the dreaminess of the Thames hung heavy with weeping willows and boat clubs, has for centuries pulled in those sick of the Smoke – like Percy and Mary Shelley, probably after peace, quiet and a better work-life balance than they could get in the capital, with its streets running with ordure and don’t even talk to me about the cost of barouche-landaus. Legions have followed ever since.
The river is a big draw for legendary Olympians and mere mortals alike. — you may see Sir Steve Redgrave wandering along the banks watching the eager weekend rowers, paddle boarders and boaters. There’s a winning food scene led by Tom Kerridge’s Hand and Flowers, the only UK pub with two Michelin stars, and popular year-round events including the Marlow Regatta and Pub in the Park.
Marlow is unquestionably well heeled. Smart residents have an array of places to be seen and to see each other. The High Street is buzzing and the schools are sought after. There are sports clubs to join, parks to play in, bookshops to browse around and numerous places to buy champagne. Yes, this is a bustling town, yet you’re also in the heavenly walking territory of the Chiltern Hills where you can dare to get your Le Chameaus muddy.
If you’re concerned about schooling, Marlow has it covered. Sir William Borlase is a grammar school right in the centre of town and is renowned for its excellent education, along with Great Marlow School. The primary schools (Spinfield, Danesfield etc…) all have fantastic reputations along with the fine selection of public schools in the area.
Idyllic & postcard pretty
- Closest village/town: Lots of pretty villages in The Chilterns
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: The High Street has some classic favourites as well as some smart independents.
- Supermarket: No one goes to super markets anymore do they! It's all about delivery from Ocado right?
- Pubs: Too many to mention. The Hand & Flowers is the best known but there is everything from Champagne bars to old school boozers
- Walks: Endless countryside walks in the hills
- Proximity : easy accessibility to London and Heathrow airport
- Kitchen - Mandarin natural stone floor with underfloor heating. Vaulted ceiling with solid French oak trusses. Bespoke hand painted kitchen & island, panelled end wall. Solid granite worktops & window sills. Smeg Induction range double oven cooker Wine cooler Neff Fridge freezer Neff Dishwasher La Cornue Oven Hood Hot tap Full height pull out larder.
- Living Room - All new radiators with thermostatic valves. Fully restored original ceilings. Stone mullion windows & glazing renovated. Original solid oak parquet flooring stripped & fully refurbished with hardwax oil finish. Original fireplace & double doors refurbished.
- Hallway - Full length wall panelling and restored deep coving. Limestone floors throughout. Solid mahogany window sills. New traditional radiator with thermostatic valve.
- Utility - Restored original parquet flooring. New plumbing. Hand painted kitchen units, solid oak worktop & laundry sink.
- Bathrooms - Classic marble tiles from Mandarin Stone and Lusso suites throughout. In the family bathroom the original cast iron bath with Sanitan sanitary ware has been retained.
- Bedrooms - new dark oak flooring throughout bedrooms 1 & 4 and original flooring retained throughout bedrooms 2 & 3.
- Balcony - Fully repaired & refurbished. Siberian Larch decking fitted & external electrics added.
- Loft area - Fully insulated and lined with cedar timber. New 250 litre pressure fed hot water tank.
- Landing & Staircase - Staircase refurbished with solid oak spindles. Electrics added to understairs cupboard. Full height wardrobe refurbished. Floor & stairs repaired, new underlay & wool carpet throughout.
- Driveway - Higginson House benefits from a shared drive from the Henley Road with a shared drive agreement in place.
- Parking - Two dedicated off drive parking spaces, with pre wiring for electric car charging.
- Gardens - Newly landscaped, the front garden laid to lawn & new planting to provide clear boundaries & privacy. A courtyard that runs alongside the Henley Road, features Yorkstone paving & secure outside storage with electric.
- Local Authority - Wycombe District Council
- Council Tax Band - G
- EPC rating - E
- Broadband Speed - 75mb
- Services - Mains Water, electric & gas