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Shrubs Wood, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire – SOLD


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3 4 6

Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, £5M, 6 bedrooms

SUMMARY

Drawing Room

Dining Room

Study

Entrance hall

Kitchen breakfast room

Boot room and cloakroom

Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and dressing rooms

Guest suite with sitting room

4 further bedrooms

2 further bathrooms

Playroom

Wine cellar

Utility room

Double garage

Terracing

Outdoor heated swimming pool

Landscaped gardens, total of 23.84 acres

Paddock of 11.55 acres

A further 64 acres of woodland are available

DESCRIPTION

An ‘Art Deco’ Grade II* Listed Country House within a private landscaped setting of 23.84 acres with a further 64 acres of woodland available. Built between 1933 and 1935, designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff. Shrubs Wood reflects these forward thining architects desire to create a modern house ahead of its time. The fact that it is a Grade II* is testimony that Shrubs Wood is one of the finest examples of modern architecture of that period, experimental not only in its exterior architectural design but also its construction and many internal details including the fine use of zebra striped sycamore wood, its modern Continental plumming system and other innovations. It is a rare true gem of its period.

Shrubs Wood was the favorite family home of Dame Bridget D’Oyly Carte for 49 years. The house was frequented by many of the celebratries of the period, including the conductor and pianist Sir Malcolm Sargeant. Here Dame Bridget persued her love of gardening and gave summer parties. Dame Bridget was head of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company which controlled the joint copywrights of Gilbert and Sullivan. The house has been a favorate setting for many historiacal TV plays and dramas, including Midsummer Murders, Poirot and Endeavour and has been a popular venue for the 1930’s Society. The D’Oyly Carte family owned The Savoy Group of Hotels, including Claridges, the Berekely and The Savoy, where Dame Bridget later assisted her father.

Shrubs Wood has been a very happy family home of the present owners.