Rarely found, enchanting English manor house.
History: With a fascinating and mysterious history dating back to the Domesday book, Ascott Manor, formerly known as Quartermain Manor House, was one of two manors located either side of Ascott Lane, both belonging to (but not lived in by) Sir Michael Dormer, Lord Mayor of London in 1518.
It was renamed Franklins Farmhouse, when in the early 19th century the tenant, Edward Franklin, bought and managed from it the combined estate of the two manors. In 1920 the whole estate was purchased by Oxfordshire County Council to create small holdings for veterans returning from the First World War. The property was then named Ascott Park Farmhouse and Old Park Farmhouse, before, for historical reasons, being re-named Ascott Manor. (Sources:- A Short History of Stadhampton and District, compiled by A V Davers 1964 and Oxfordshire Building Trust: The Mysterious Later History of Ascott Park February 2012).
Description: Grade II listed, with 17th century origins and possibly earlier, Ascott Manor was extended and remodelled in the early 1800s, as described in the Savills sales particulars of 1977 with the building of the western elevation with its high shuttered sash windows and rendered front in dressed stone style''.
Period features include the stone mullions of the attic windows and Tudor arch fireplaces. As custodians since 1991, the current owners of Ascott Manor have also made changes to accommodate their family and changing needs, while still respecting and embracing its architectural origins.
Situated at the end of a private shared drive, Ascott Manor enjoys about 3.5 acres of gardens and grounds adjoining farmland.
With accommodation extending to about 6300 sq ft over four floors, Ascott Manor is that rarely found rambling English Manor House. With cellars and attic rooms, the diversity of architectural periods give such a variety, from the grand proportioned drawing room with its deep skirting boards and shuttered windows overlooking the lawns, to the farmhouse kitchen with solid fuel stove. In its very own time warp, the property has been used as a location for films including the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
In need of extensive modernisation, Ascott Manor is indisputably both architecturally and historically fascinating and holds enormous potential.
Gardens, grounds and outbuildings
The beautiful walled gardens are well stocked and include fruit and vegetable areas. There are two post and rail paddocks, one with a field shelter, two large ponds and a wooded copse area attracting wildlife.
The property is accessed along a private shared drive with parking to the front of the property. Outbuildings include a stone workshop, garage, former pig sties and stables.
Agents notes: Ascott Manor has a right of way over the private drive and yard it shares with Picadilly Farm.
Services: Mains water and electricity. Solid fuel cooker also provides some hot water. Two electric immersion heaters and electric radiators. Private drainage.
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It's very rare to see such an untouched property, in its own time warp its been used in film locations. In need of extensive modernisation, it's truly fascinating and holds enormous potential.Nicky Quentel