This luxury property must be one of the most remarkable homes in Buckinghamshire
Who doesn’t love watching ambitious self-builders wrangle tight budgets and deadlines on Grand Designs? But how many of us have the time or inclination to tackle our own self-build project? If you love the idea of a bespoke, luxury home, but don’t want to devote years of your life to its creation, how about buying a ready-to-go ‘grand design’ home?
This luxury home in Buckinghamshire, constructed on behalf of the current owner, has just gone on sale. Designed for the 21st century home buyer, 16 Westfield Road in Beaconsfield, known as The White House, has five-bedrooms and offers almost 12,000 sq ft of accommodation over four floors.
The luxury property must be one of the most remarkable homes for sale in Buckinghamshire – the James Bond-esque modern mansion comes complete with plenty of high-tech security features, an indoor pool and entertainment complex, wine cellar, heated driveway and even a car lift.
‘When you build homes for yourself you build them too elaborately, and that’s certainly what I did with this one!’ says Geoff Thomas, a developer by trade. ‘It was a very expensive house because everything is top quality.’
His favourite feature of the house is the piano nobile – the ‘noble floor’ – located on the first floor (as is traditional, so that any preparations for soirées can be taken care of ‘below stairs’). At The White House, ‘below stairs’ means the lower ground floor prep kitchen, complete with separate entrance for caterers. When entertaining guests, dinner arrives at the first-floor – which has a has a large drawing room complete with a bar, circular window and terrace – via the lift.
The entire lower ground floor is dedicated to entertainment (‘it’s a party house,’ says Geoff), with a full-size indoor swimming pool, sauna and access to the rear garden via bi-folding doors. There’s also a large study, gym, temperature-controlled wine cellar and large cinema with specialised acoustics, plus an annexe ideal for au pairs or visitors.
On the ground floor is a huge open-plan space with a full-height glazed wall and sliding doors leading out to the terrace, which offers plenty of seating and dining, as well as an expansive garden.
All the principle rooms and floors of the property are accessed via an impressive floating staircase (or the lift), and the kitchen has a range of built-in appliances including a large Corian kitchen island and walk-in fridge. Adjoining this lies a separate family area, sitting room and formal dining room, with two bespoke bioethanol fireplaces segregating the areas.
There are five bedrooms over the two upper floors, all with en suite bathrooms, dressing areas and access to the terrace. The huge principle bedroom is particularly notable, with not one but two en suite bathrooms, featuring a shower and Jacuzzi bath, a dressing area with bespoke, detailed cabinetry, and a sun terrace balcony.
The landscaped gardens, enclosed on all sides, feature a large Astroturf area, mature flower and shrub borders, rotisserie BBQ, and bespoke lighting. There’s also a storage shed and a fully heated yoga studio with sauna and shower, which could be used as an additional annexe.
And that’s not all – the grounds include a heated resin bond driveway with ample parking for numerous cars, as well as a detached triple garage and a very James Bond-esque car lift providing further parking on the lower ground floor. The property also has biometric fingerprint access, Control4 smart home system to all rooms, a full security system and CCTV, triple glazing, air conditioning and underfloor heating to all floors.
The White House has only been lived in for two years because the family needed to move abroad. The plan for this busy developer is to build a house in Portugal before returning to the UK to build another home ‘too elaborately’. Well, what better way is there to learn what works in a bespoke, luxury home than to build your own, several times over?
The White House in Beaconsfield (POA) is currently on the market with bovingdons.com and is available fully furnished if required.