Thursday, 12 September 2019
So often, hidden gems exist very close to the rest of the world, yet in complete peace. In the case of Beech Tree House, the centre of Dunchurch is but a stone’s throw from the front door. Yet, the oasis of calm when passing through the gates feels like being transported miles from the nearest village.
Walking through the gated and private Dunchurch Hall complex, made up of 28 leasehold properties populated by an over 55s. The community is reminiscent of a step into a quiet backwater where cars are an unusual sight and tranquillity is the overarching atmosphere. Walking down the drive from the Dunchurch Hall complex, takes you to two freehold properties. The furthest of which is Beech Tree House: rural landscape to the rear and yet a mere couple of minutes’ walk into the centre of Dunchurch. The immaculate lawn backs onto an established, maintained beech hedge, which in turn opens onto a former cricket ground, now a conservation area. At its periphery, the conservation area boasts a pond, but also includes wooded areas and green spaces.
Initially, the hall was built as a hunting lodge for the Duke of Buccleuch in 1840. It was transformed into a preparatory school in the 1880s. Joining forces with Winton House School in the 1940s, it then included a prep and pre-prep in the grounds. The school closed in 1993 when the land was sold to English Courtyard. They have developed part of the playing fields into housing, whilst retaining the rest of the 25-acre site as conservation land- never to be built upon.
Beech Tree House occupies the corner plot of the community. Not overlooked from any angle, a private home, yet safe and well protected due to its proximity to the managed properties for independent living. Within the estate, the cricket pavilion is a well-used meeting place and the original Dunchurch Hall building has been sympathetically renovated. Both buildings hold the status of being listed and the area is safeguarded by CCTV and two live-in managers.
Dunchurch itself sits upon a hill- with a Church at its highest point- as custom dictates. Named in the Doomsday book, Dunchurch is an enclave, just a few miles from Rugby, yet fiercely protective of its own identity. The local residents take pride in their village, dressing trees with crochet flowers and cleaning the streets to remove any rubbish. The Dun Cow and Huntsman on opposite corners of the central crossroads. Several other established eating and drinking establishments are dotted around the centre. Active tennis and cricket clubs, a library and excellent schooling are all on the doorstep. Dunchurch really does offer the perfect location for family living.
Beech Tree House with its extensive garden room with lantern roof overlooks the beautiful gardens. The original footprint of the property is retained on the first floor. A dining room, porch, garage and utility room have also been added to the ground floor- completed with the garden room. Building control approval has been granted for a loft conversion. The permission is for a large double bedroom and en suite shower room, in a steeply pitched roof space. Large Velux windows already in situ, creating the perfect space for a growing family.
Open House 11am Saturday 21st September 2019
We invite interested parties to attend the Open Day on Saturday 21st September at 11am. Please register your interest with the Howkins & Harrison residential team at our Rugby office on 01788 564666.