See inside this handsome thatched house – gracing the pages of Ideal Home back in 1949!

Take a trip down memory lane with a tour of this charming house – which looks pretty much the same

Drayton Beauchamp is a detached 4-bed thatched house in Buckinghamshire, which holds a certain amount of charm. The 17th Century grade-II listed home boasts a whole lot of history, some of which is very close to our own hearts.

The house was once featured on the pages of our very own beloved magazine, the July issue of Ideal Home back in 1949.

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Inside Drayton Beauchamp

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The quaint country house is believed to have been built back in 1620, making it of Jacobean origin.

A source from Fine & Country tells us, 'the name Drayton Beauchamp is composed of two parts. The first part, Drayton, is believed to mean 'place where timber is dragged'. The second part, Beauchamp, derives from a family of that name that historically owned property in the village.

The intriguing property has appeared in numerous TV productions, predominantly period dramas. Sources say,' the house was once owned by the well-known conductor and composer Arthur Reynolds, responsible for such scores as "1066 and all that''.'

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We've been exploring the archives of late, as this year marks Ideal Home's 100th year. Here is Drayton Beauchamp gracing the pages of the Ideal Home pages, dating back to July 1949. We wrote back then, 'a certain amount of internal work was necessary to floors, walls and ceilings before it became the attractive little home it is now.'

The living room

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The living room, with it's period features, hasn't altered much since the days of 1949.

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The 'Old buildings, new homes' house tour in the July issue of 1949.

The kitchen

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The kitchen is crying out for modernisation. Well-worthy working around the country-classic AGA, that's a dream in any kitchen.

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Again the bathroom has potential, but requires some decorative alterations.

The house is currently on the market with agents Fine & Country via Zoopla, with an asking price of £1.35 million

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Here's the cover of the issue that featured the house as house tour.

Related: Give your kitchen a country-style makeover for just £50 with this DIY storage solution

Look out for more nostalgia as we continue to celebrate our centenary over the next few months.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.