Georgian Former Rectory
Formerly the Rectory, St Michael's House is an impressive Grade II Listed house of 17th Century origins which was remodelled in the early 19th Century.
Constructed of limestone under a slate roof, the house stands in a private position beside the church in the heart of the conservation area of the village.
Approached up a cobbled driveway, through a gated entrance, this imposing Georgian property stands proudly on its plot.
The property offers a wealth of original period features including open marble fireplaces with fluted Grecian decoration, shuttered sash windows, part panelling, flagstone, tessellated tile and wooden flooring, six panel internal doors and an elegant staircase. The current owners have extensively renovated the house to provide modern living amongst its age and charm.
Internally this is a stunning home with the proportions and ceiling heights reflecting its classic architectural heritage. As a result there is a real sense of space and light. Formality sits well besides modern day informality, so, for many, a perfect combination. Of note is a magnificent reception hall providing a real sense of arrival; impressive drawing room; sitting room with log burner for winter evenings; study for working from home; bespoke handmade fitted kitchen and breakfast room for informal entertaining; substantial cellarage; extensive principal and secondary bedrooms, particularly the principal suite enjoying a lovely aspect over the garden towards the church; the attic rooms on the second floor being ideal for teenagers or an au pair.
Externally there are extensive landscaped walled gardens predominately to the rear providing a real sense of space and privacy. To the front, lawn, box hedging and topiary flank a gravel driveway and sweep. To the rear, the gardens are laid to lawn with deep borders and flowering beds along with various shrubs and trees including holly, acacia, magnolia grandiflora and copper beech. There is a lovely York stone paved terrace off the kitchen and breakfast room for summer entertaining enjoying a southerly aspect. There is no doubt that the gardens are an important feature providing a fantastic secluded backdrop to this handsome house.
Various outbuildings include a double car port, stone barn, loggia, stone and wooden garden stores and greenhouse.
This is a quintessential former rectory offering all manner of attributes, all within easy commute of London and Oxford, and with access to excellent schooling.
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In my view, Georgian architecture is the epitome of the classic country house. This is an exquisite example of that era and the delightful walled gardens are a perfect complement.Nick Rudge