Amersham’s architectural gem, High and Over, is up for sale
A rare mansion has come up for sale for a buyer hungry for history mixed with luxury with access to London.
Amersham House, known as High and Over, is considered the first and most important modernist house ever built in Britain.
Its beautifully restored timeless design and steel details have made High and Over, situated on 1.7 acres of landscaped grounds, an internationally recognized architectural landmark.
Due to its wing-like roof terraces, residents of Amersham have called the controversial mansion the ‘home of the plane’.
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Built in the late Roaring Twenties in 1929, the Grade II listed house was commissioned by renowned professor of archeology and curator of Greek and Roman antiquities at the British Museum Bernard Ashmore, with the design of a young New Zealand architect Amyas Connell.
In 1973, Sir John Betjeman wrote in Metroland: “In 1931, all Buckinghamshire was scandalized by the appearance, above Amersham, of a concrete house in the shape of the letter Y”.
Despite the scandals, the house pioneered the architectural style called Modern and later featured in famous industry publications including Irvings. 1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die: The World’s Architectural Masterpieces, design magazines, and as a filming location for movies and TV shows, including Poirot.
Having been united as a single property in 2008 after splitting into two dwellings in the 1960s, High and Over has eight modular bedrooms, two bathrooms and six impressive reception rooms over three floors, coupled with a garage detached with planning permission to accommodate the new owner. wishes.
The custom-designed kitchen and breakfast room with stainless steel fittings and worktops are fitted with a La Cornue cooker, while portholes let in plenty of light.
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Impressive open stairs and geometric landings are complemented by good light from multiple directions.
The covered part of the house on the 1000 square foot roof terrace offers views over Old Amersham and Misbourne Valley – perfect for entertaining guests.
Its Roman gardens include a terrace, with steps leading down to the circular pool against a backdrop of manicured lawns and a lightly wooded area.