Savills | The Grammar House, Croughton Road, Aynho, Banbury, OX17 3BE | Property for sale
7,654 sq ft(711.08 sq m)
Guide price £3,250,000

The Grammar HouseCroughton Road, Aynho, Banbury, OX17 3BE


    Key features

    • Offered in excellent order
    • Versatile accommodation
    • Bespoke kitchen/breakfast room
    • Generous ceiling heights and lots of natural light
    • Landscaped gardens
    • Garage block and home office

    Modern classic living within contemporary gardens.

    About this property

    • One of the earliest remaining buildings in the village is the Grammar House. As its name suggests it was originally built as the village grammar school.
      Built on the site of two Medieval Yeoman's cottages, (traces of which can be seen in the cellars), the property was founded by an endowment from Lady Cartwright in 1660.
      The building work was supervised in the 1660's by Edward Marshall, Master Mason to Charles II, who was engaged in the rebuilding of Park House.
      The main school house formed an “L” shape, to the front there were two entrances, one for the Master, the other for the boys. The first floor would have been dormitories and the rear rooms, accommodation for the Master.
      After nearly 200 years, the property ceased to be a school and was acquired by Sir Thomas Cartwright in 1894 (son of Sir William Cartwright, Lord of the Manor). Extended and adapted in 1898, it finally became the residence of Lady Maria Cartwright.
      In 1930's Lady Cartwright died and it was in September 1953 that the property was Listed Grade II.
      Since then it has been owned by, amongst others, a scientist, who let the property to tenants of celebrity during the 70's and 80's as well as being a family home.

      Constructed of squared uncoursed limestone with ironstone quoins and stone tile roof, the Grammar House is a fine Grade II Listed property situated in the Conservation Area of the village.
      Indicators of its long and varied history are very much in evidence including an impressive stone sundial dated 1671, when the building was completed, set in the front elevation, main doorway with stone four centred arch and square hood, open fireplaces, exposed timbers, cornicing, window seats, six panel door (similar doorway to right is blocked) and mullion and transomed windows.
      The layout of accommodation reflects the home's past use, with formal rooms for social receptions and smaller rooms of practical use.
      More importantly is the impressive kitchen/breakfast room with bespoke Heaven & Stubbs handmade kitchen units, marble work surfaces, five oven electric Aga with gas hob and companion, three Fisher & Paykel dishwashers, two Fisher & Paykel multi-temperature cool draws, oversize US style fridge freezer, wine fridge, ceramic wood effect flooring with underfloor heating and central marble island with bar stool seating.
      Its age and architecture offers generous ceiling heights and lovely proportioned rooms where ample natural pervades. Conservation approved secondary windows.
      Recent improvements include glazed entrance lobby, wooden flooring, re-plastering, re-wiring and lighting, bath/shower rooms and fittings, cast iron radiators, shutters, Thomas Crapper cloakroom fittings, two gas fired boilers, conversion of eastern elevation attic rooms to guest suite with attention to detail with bespoke joinery, sliding doors, under eaves storage and conservation roof lights.
      The cellars reveal the oldest parts of the property's history, most certainly part of the previous Medieval Yeoman's cottages, with a former bread oven, and are today useful storage with wine cellar in one room and plant in another.
      Two staircases to both upper floors provide spacious living and possibilities for teenagers or au-pair.
      There is a restrictive covenant against future development on part of the garden.
      The property benefits from high-speed cabelled internet access.

      The gardens and grounds are important to The Grammar House and provide a fitting back drop to this grand house with beautiful high stone wall with school gate to the front. Pollard Limes trees and yew hedge line the front and lead to the walled garden which is predominately laid to lawn and walled to all sides. These gardens have been lovingly re-landscaped and are interspersed with numerous flower borders and beds. A fabulous summer house with new decking area faces south, fruit and vegetable beds run the length of the boundary walls with a National Trust approved greenhouse and cold frames. There are long grass areas and central water feature with fountain. Hornbeam hedges divide the garden and line the northern boundary. Lighting and watering systems are in place. Designed with maximum pleasure, minimal effort in mind, the transformed gardens are the legacy of past and current owners and will delight future generations.

      Generous stone garage block comprises a double garage and workshop area, WC and generous office over with kitchenette, ideal for working from home or guest/staff accommodation.
      Additional garden stores in north west corner of garden include a timber store ideal for larger ride-on lawn mowers and gym.
      Ample gravel parking to the front and side of the property. Various terraces ideal for entertaining.

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    I'm always admiring sellers who can create high quality 21st Century living within a 400 year old house. And here it is!

    Nick RudgeProperty agent

    Local information

    • Aynho is a particularly sought after and attractive village situated on the borders of North Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire overlooking the Cherwell Valley.
    • Also known as the ‘Apricot village' due to its once prolific orchards, Aynho, is steeped in history. The village can trace its roots back to Saxon times and the oldest cottages can be dated to c 1500.
    • The village pub, the Cartwright Arms, was named after the family who were squires of the village from 1616 to the 1950's. The original manor house, burnt down by Royalist troops in the Civil War, was stayed in by Charles I on his return from the battle of Edgehill. In the 1680's Park House was restored and lived in again by the Cartwright family.
    • The Church of St Michael and All Angels has a tower dating to the 14th century, again damaged in the Civil War the Grecian style dates to the 18th century.
    • As well as the church and public house, Aynho has a village hall which offers a variety of community activities including a toddler group, yoga, bowls, a drama group and art classes.
    • Primary education is in the neighbouring village of Charlton with its well regarded CofE Primary School, Secondary schools in Bloxham, Banbury and Brackley. Prep school at Carrdus (Overthorpe), Winchester House (Brackley), and St John's Priory (Banbury), Beachborough, Westbury, with independent senior schools:- Tudor Hall (girls), (Bloxham), Bloxham and Stowe (both co-ed) and private bus services to the Oxford schools.
    • Market towns of Banbury and Bicester provide a full range of shopping requirements with Oxford within easy reach for further specialist and cultural activities.
    • Communication is excellent with M40 at both J10 (Ardley) 5 miles and J11 (Banbury) 8 miles. Train services from Banbury and Bicester to London (Marylebone). Peak journey time from about 72 minutes and 54 minutes respectively.
    • Sporting activities in the area include a sports field with tennis courts in the village, excellent squash and tennis club at Adderbury, Bannatynes Health club at Bodicote, numerous local rugby, football and cricket clubs, golf courses on the edge of Adderbury and at Tadmarton Heath, horse racing at Warwick & Stratford-upon-Avon and motor racing at Silverstone, Soho Farmhouse 10.6m, New Bicester David Lloyd Leisure Club 10.5m.
    • All distances and times are approximate.

    Additional information

    • EPC Rating = D
    • Tenure = Freehold