Properties of the week: homes within commuting distance of London
Featuring double garages, summer houses and panoramic views across the gardens to the sea
First Sun House, Highover Park, Amersham
This Grade II house was designed by the renowned architectural partnership Connell & Ward, who were early exponents of the modernist movement. Amersham is a thriving commuter town, with regular services to Marylebone, Baker Street and the City (up to 41 minutes). 4 beds, 2 baths (1 en suite), kitchen/breakfast room, 3 receps, utility, cloakroom, roof terrace, garage, landscaped gardens, driveway parking.
Hare Lane, Claygate, Esher
A detached Regency-style home believed to date back to the early 1800s, with later additions, perfectly located for Claygate village and station (fast and frequent trains to Waterloo, 35 minutes). Main suite, 4 further beds, family bath, kitchen/breakfast room, 3 receps, study, WC, garage, rear garden.
35 Leckhampstead Road, Wicken, Milton Keynes
A pretty semi-detached cottage, set in the sought-after village of Wicken, that’s full of character and has lovely views. The train station at Banbury offers journey times to Marylebone from 57 minutes, and trains from Milton Keynes to Euston take from 35 minutes. 2 beds, family bath, kitchen, 1 recep, conservatory, self-contained annexe, summerhouse, garden, off-road parking.
Langham Place, Northampton
A Grade II town house, set over 4 floors and with a wealth of character. The house backs onto Northampton’s racecourse and is within walking distance of the town centre and station (Euston 55 minutes). 4 beds, family bath, shower, kitchen/breakfast room, 2 receps, garden room, entrance hall, office, cellar, cloakroom, landscaped gardens to the front and rear, 2 parking spaces.
Grange Farm, Coggeshall
Originally constructed during the 15th century, with Georgian additions, Grange Farm is a fine example of a Grade II Tudor house sympathetically renovated to retain many of its original features. A regular minibus takes commuters to and from the local Kelvedon mainline station, which runs a fast rail service into Liverpool Street (50 minutes). Main bed with dressing room, 6 further beds, 2 baths, kitchen/breakfast room with Aga, hall, 3 receps, morning room, butler’s pantry, utility, boot room, study, 1-bed annexe, garden, outhouse, pump house, 1.1 acres.
East Sussex: £2m
Clifton Terrace, Brighton
Built in 1846, this double-fronted, Grade II house is in the heart of Brighton (London Bridge 60 minutes) with panoramic views across the gardens to the sea. 5 beds, 3 baths, kitchen/dining room, 4 receps, utility, access to private gardens.
Bedfordshire: OIEO £1m
Thatchwell Cottage, Maulden, Bedford
A 400-year-old Grade II thatched cottage in the heart of the village. Flitwick Station is only 3 miles away, and you can be in King’s Cross in just 40 minutes. 4 beds, 3 baths (2 en suite), kitchen/family room, hall, 2 receps, office, study, laundry room, 1-bed annexe, garage, summer house.
Highercombe Lodge, Haslemere
This Victorian lodge has been upgraded recently but retains many original features. The mainline station provides a fast and frequent service to Waterloo, in about 48 minutes. 2 beds, family bath, dressing room/bed 3 with large balcony, kitchen/breakfast room, 3 receps, library, study, utility, WC, double garage, office, gardens.
Vine Cottage, Sarre, Birchington-on-Sea
Situated in the village conservation area, this charming Grade II cottage just to the northeast of Canterbury (St Pancras 56 minutes) has been in the same ownership for nearly 50 years. 2 double beds, family bath, kitchen/dining area, recep, pantry, rear hall, garden.