Our magnificent medieval manor house was probably built in about 1500-though there is a documented theory that it was built in the late 1300's!
It was, famously, the place where the renowned author John Bunyan was interrogated in 1660. Charles II stayed here shortly afterwards, when visiting his wife's tutor.
The house is timber framed,but possesses extraordinary 1630's panelling.
It has 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. One of the bathrooms has a jacuzzi-all are luxurious.There are two antique 4 poster beds, and a fantastic modern pink designer bed, with baby truckle bed for small children beneath.
There are 7 living rooms-all of which possess a different atmosphere-and two kitchens (our gorgeous farmhouse kitchen, with Aga, and a modern secondary kitchen, adjacent to the main kitchen, with halogen hob and second dishwasher).
The house has 9/10 bedrooms but we use one as an office and three are occupied by our kids-so are a bit messy! The house is, however, about 9,000 square feet, so there is lots of space (and we could accommodate more than 13 if guests didn't mind using teenager bedrooms etc.)
The house is furnished with 17th and 18th century antiques, old masters and fine modern designer furniture.
Surrounded by an acre of beautiful gardens, there are many ancient yew trees and we possess one of the oldest trees in Bedfordshire-a fantastically gnarled Robinia. Children will love playing in the gardens.
The Manor fronts onto the pretty village green. We are 100 yards from the local church from which the bells ring out (happily, however, not at night)!
We are 2 minutes walk from a main line station-45 minutes journey to London's uber-trendy St Pancras International Rail Station-with its 10 minute journey time to the Olympic Village and International terminus to the Continent.
Amazingly, the journey time to the West End of London, with its bars, theatre and restaurant, is just over an hour!
Oxford and Cambridge are an hour's drive away, whilst Milton keynes, with its huge shopping centre, renowned theatre and indoor ski slope, is 20 minutes drive. Stratford, with the Shakespeare Theatre and birthplace, is just over an hour away.
There are local zoos and the famous safari park at Woburn.
Woburn, where is also to be found Woburn Abbey, the stunning stately home of the Dukes of Bedford, is 6 miles away. The beautiful little town possesses lovely bars, restaurants, antique shops and galleries.
Wonderful walking is to be had, as the house is surrounded by countryside formally designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty-much of which is owned by the National Trust.
There are numerous quaint local pubs. The village has 2 friendly ancient timbered inns, both of which serve good food, whilst there are top rate gastropubs and restaurants in local villages and towns.
All in all, an opportunity to explore London, England's most famous tourist attractions, or simply to chill!