A Country House in Town
Guided by the knowledge and advice of award winning Nigel Daly Architectural Design, the 15th century Grade II listed Manor House has been sensitively restored and enhanced with painstaking attention to every detail creating a truly unique family home The Manor House is built of Cotswold stone under a slate roof, the greater part of which was replaced eight years ago. The property has been completely rewired and replumbed. Original metal leaded light windows have been restored and replicated. Lime rendered internal walls, solid oak and stone flagged floors, oak beams and huge oak A-framed trusses, reinvented stunning oak staircases and natural materials, both old and new have been used creatively throughout. The attention to every minute detail is telling in every room of the house. There is underfloor heating to all ground and lower ground floor stone flagged rooms.
All external walls are fully insulated.
Approached by a gravel drive under an enormous Cedar of Lebanon tree, the front door is accessed via a walled courtyard. The flag stoned entrance hall opens to the centre of the house leading directly to the inviting kitchen with its four door gas Aga and ancillary electric oven and hob, bespoke units with honed slate worktop. Tall windows to the east facing front garden and French doors to the south terrace ensure plenty of natural light. A utility room with pantry and large built in storage cupboards is directly off the kitchen, as is a walk-in larder. Also accessed from the kitchen is the charming study, one wall being lined with bespoke joinery made fitted bookcases. Stone steps from the hall lead to the main drawing room with beautiful natural light. An oriel window with window seat makes this an enviable room for entertaining. Bespoke bookcases made from reclaimed elm boards surround the open fireplace.
From the inner hall with access to the cloakroom, stone stairs lead down through an arch to the fabulous dining room with its vaulted ceiling and stunning stone fireplace created from reclaimed carved stone sections. A large versatile games/media room leads off with dual aspect windows and door opening to the garden. With its striking central stone column it lends itself to a variety of purposes and is presently a home cinema, office and party room as the occasion dictates.
New joinery made oak stairs in the 17th century style lead from the inner hall to the first floor with its spectacular principal bedroom suite. Vaulted ceilings, triple aspect views of the garden and the hills beyond, sitting area with open fireplace, make this an enchanting room. The en suite bathroom leads off with a separate shower and cast iron roll top bath. Bedroom two with its charming en suite has views to the front garden. Bedroom three is oak panelled with quirky wet room. Bedroom four makes an ideal child's bedroom or study. Stairs to the second floor with a guest bedroom and en suite bathroom. A smaller room leads off which could be either a nursery or dressing room.
A large airing cupboard also opens from the top landing.
The large terraced gardens are very private and completely delightful. The extensive stone flagged terrace with two charming loggias makes for easy al fresco entertaining. Steps up lead to the small walled vegetable garden and greenhouse and steps down lead to the main lawn with its high stone wall and established herbaceous borders. A gate and further steps lead to the privately tucked away, swimming pool, with pool house and Den' above. A sink and WC are in place At the end of the path, to the west side of the garden and house is a stone built wood store and leads directly to the entrance courtyard and driveway beyond. There is an open two bay stone garage with a large workshop and extensive storage above. A second, wide gated vehicular access opens to the lower lawn with additional parking.
Note: Many items in and around the house are available for sale by separate negotiation.
Agent's Note: We wish to inform prospective buyers of this property that the seller is related to an employee of Savills.
Tenure: Freehold with vacant possession on completion.
Services: All mains services are connected. Gas central heating. Security system. Fibre optic Broadband.
Local Authority: West Oxfordshire District Council. Tax band H.
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A country house in a town is a rarity - this is a wonderfully authentic house, full of character and charm.David Henderson