In the week when your heart is ready to skip a beat at the prospect of romance, why limit the focus of your dreams to a lifetime partner, why not grab what could well be a once-in-lifetime opportunity to create a forever home in a heart-stopping setting?

This two bedroom detached bungalow in a wooded plot of 2.6 acres within walking distance of Lane End High Street was built in 1939 by the present owner’s grandfather.

Ernest King, a painter and decorator, bought this plot at the end of a track in a glorious spot in Lane End and hired one of the best builders he knew to build him the house that’s now been the much loved home for three generations of his family.

It wasn’t quite finished when Ernest and his wife moved in just before the outbreak of war.

His daughter Olive grew up there; following her marriage she had her son David there and it’s David who has never lived anywhere else since he was born in 1963 who has decided after a great deal of thought that the time has come for him to look for somewhere a bit more suited to his needs.

“Since Mum died in 2015 I’ve been living here on my own,” he explains.
David Bird had been his mother’s carer for ten years before her death.

Until he took early retirement when she needed his help full time, he’d worked for McDonalds for 20 years. By then he was facilities manager for three of their restaurants, the one in Wycombe, the one at Handy Cross and the branch in Maidenhead.

His home at Lane End has two double bedrooms, a ten foot square kitchen with a larder, the original cast iron stove for heating, an airing cupboard, water softener and space for a cooker and fridge.

All the main rooms have open fireplaces – living room and both bedrooms. The bathroom has a white suite and electric fan heater.

Of course it’s the setting that will be the main draw for today’s buyers. The bungalow is approached over common land leading to a private gravel drive with a turning circle.

Other than lawns and a couple of outbuildings, the grounds are mainly woodland.

David admits it has taken him a year to decide to sell up and move on.

“It has the wow factor,” he says, smiling “that’s what people talk about these days, the wow factor. They’ll find that here.”

Brett Rivett who is handling the sale at the Marlow office of Andrew Milsom is advising potential purchasers to consult Wycombe District Council regarding planning policy “within this desirable location.”

On his client’s behalf, the agent is inviting offers in the order of £600,000.