Beautiful historica country house in south central England home swap
Our home is the oldest and largest part of an early 17th century manor house, Lavendon Grange, and is quite an extraordinary and very beautiful house. You are touched by its history every day you spend here; indeed, Isaac Newton used to be a regular visitor to the house as it was owned by cousins of his.
Though located in rolling open countryside, with extraordinary, uninterrupted views of medieval monastic fishponds and woodland, and with the Three Shires Way at the bottom of the beautiful, sunny Rose Garden, the house is just a mile from the pretty Georgian market town of Olney, with all the usual amenities, and just an hour from central London. Furnished with beautiful antiques and rugs, and with 4 sitting rooms, 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms (plus guest WC) it is as glorious a place to stay on vacation as it is for us to live in all year round.
On the first floor, there is a large main bedroom with 6 foot bed and luxury en suite bathroom; two huge single bedrooms (one with sofabed as well), a double bedroom and a second bathroom. On the second floor there is a bedroom with a double bed and its own shower room, as well as a bedroom with a bed which can be two singles or a double, with an en suite bathroom.
There are 2 acres of gardens with trampoline and climbing frame in the main lawn area and an exquisite walled rose garden with terrace overlooking the views. There is a further 13 acres of pasture land, usually full of our neighbour's sheep but available for you to enjoy, and three areas of woodland which provide the wood for the open fires and stoves.
Olney is a small town, but home to a thriving community with many events taking place throughout the year. It has a very pretty high street and market place, and a noted Norman church. The well known hymn, "Amazing Grace", was written by John Newton, the priest at this church, in 1779 and the town attracts many visitors as a consequence. Just an hour from London, Olney is also conveniently located for visiting Althorp, the family seat and final resting place of Princess Diana, and the town of Bedford where John Bunyan wrote "The Pilgrim's Progress", and is centrally located for access to many other tourist attractions across England.
Conditions of home exchange
- Non smokers only
- Pets welcome
- Children welcome