A Grade II listed family home close to the heart of Old Amersham that was previously a butcher’s and then an antiques shop is up for sale with a guide price of £950,000.

Sundial Cottage in Whielden Street is described as a “landmark” 16th century property that retains much of its original character complemented by recent renovations.

Measuring in excess of 2,000 square foot with rooms across three floors, the house takes its name from the large sundial on its front façade.

At the heart of the ground floor is a beautiful full width part-vaulted reception room, with exposed original beams and an original brick open fireplace. To the front of the house are two reception rooms, a playroom and formal dining room with feature inglenook style brick built fireplace.

To the rear, a more recent addition incorporates the kitchen along with a home office overlooking the garden, a shower room and a first floor bedroom. A former stairwell could be re-opened into the lounge which leads down into a cellar.

On the first floor there are two double bedrooms and a family bathroom, with a further staircase leading to an additional attic room.

Outside, the property has a west facing landscaped garden incorporating a secluded patio accessed from the lounge, kitchen and study, leading to a raised lawn and further shingled seating area.

A pedestrian gate allows access to the car park of The Crown Inn Hotel, where there are two private parking spaces. A garage and brick built shed provide additional storage.

Property agent Gemma Sampson, from Savills Amersham, which is selling the property, said: “Sundial Cottage is a landmark property that still retains plenty of original character and charm complemented by recent renovations and improvements.

“The property has a fascinating history and has played a central role in the local community – having up until relatively recently been an antiques shop and before that a butcher’s shop.

“The sundial on the front of the property appears to date from 1372 – but the house is not as old as it suggests. One local story is that a builder restoring the property made a mistake. According to an entry in Amersham Museum, he meant to put 1732, but when asked to change the inscription decided to leave it because it looked better!”

Sundial Cottage is close to the heart of Old Amersham, its period buildings, boutique shops, coaching inns and restaurants. Amersham-on-the-Hill is also a little over one mile away, offering further shopping facilities and rail and tube services into London Marylebone and Baker Street via the Chiltern and Metropolitan lines respectively.

For more details visit Savills.com or call Savills Amersham on 01494 725636.