Savills | Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3NF | Property for sale
36 to 36 Ac(14.57 to 14.57 Ha)
Guide price £5,000,000

RadleyAbingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3NF

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Spectacular Grade II* Queen Anne Country House
  • Main House with 7 Flats
  • Huge Potential to Develop or Reincorporate the Flats into the Main House
  • Secondary Accommodation including Wick Cottage and The Old Stables
  • Deer Park

Spectacular Grade II* Queen Anne Country House owned by one family since 1850, with exquisite gardens, deer park, 36 acres, 7 flats and 2 cottages.

About this property

  • Wick Hall is secreted away down a long drive and sits in an oasis of stunning gardens and parkland. Not only is the estate coming to the market after being owned by only two families in 282 years, it also offers an extremely rare combination of proximity to town with the utter peace and seclusion of a rural idyll.

    The front door of the original Queen Anne house opens into a large and elegant hallway, with high ceilings, stone flagged floor and original William Morris wallpaper. The sitting room, dining room, kitchen and snug each inhabit a dual-aspect corner of the ground floor.

    The central hallway continues past the conservatory and greenhouse to the grand nineteenth century additions of library and drawing room. Both rooms boast elaborately carved oak decoration and panelling dating from the 1600s, most of which was rescued from Oxford University's Exeter Chapel prior to its demolition. The original pulpit is incorporated into the library's splendid entrance. The library's height and leaded windows, along with the monumental fire surround, all contribute to this astonishing room.

    The drawing room is equally dramatic in scale and architecture, with, among other things, three enormous 18-pane Georgian sash windows, high Jacobean panelling and a wooden fireplace featuring Flemish carvings of musical instruments.

    The room has two majestic fireplaces and is separated at the far end as a chancel would be from the main congregation in a church.

    Original architectural and design details abound throughout the house including bolection-moulded panelling, stone-flagged floors, Delft tile lined fireplaces, eighteenth century grates, detailed cornicing and wooden shutters.

    The pleasing staircase with its wide, low riser treads and barley-sugar balusters pauses on a half-landing overlooked by a stunning stained glass window. On the first floor, three light-filled bedrooms open off the spacious landing. The main bedroom has a cloakroom and fitted wardrobes. A further bedroom suite has two large bedrooms, a bathroom and a laundry room.

    The top floor of the main house, 70 years ago the kingdom of the children and their nannies, is currently a spacious three bedroom flat, with spectacular views over the grounds in all four directions. It can easily be returned to the main house to create more bedrooms and space for family living.

    Similarly, all the flats could be reincorporated into the main house to create one large and splendid country residence with the possiblity of 14 ensuite bedrooms t(subject to the necessary permissions).

    View payable Stamp Duty for this property

Fabulous opportunity to restore a Queen Anne House to its former grandeur

Ed SugdenProperty agent

Local information

  • Situated between Abingdon and Radley, Wick Hall is ideally placed for easy access to Oxford, Abingdon, London, the Science Parks and the Oxford hospitals. It also benefits from easy access to the national road and rail networks.
  • Abingdon-on-Thames is a historic market town that grew up around the Abbey (dated 676 AD). There is some evidence that Wick Barn (included in the sale) was once a tythe barn belonging to the abbey. The town offers an art cinema and a wide range of restaurants and shops, including an excellent kitchen shop, an independent booksellers and a large Waitrose. A well-equipped pool and sports centre is just down the road from the property.
  • There are numerous footpaths and cycle paths in the area, including along banks of the river Thames. A colonnade of chestnut trees through Wick's deer park leads to a private gate that opens onto Radley Lakes, a conservation area and bird sanctuary.
  • Oxford is 15 minutes away and offers a rich cultural life as well as first rate shopping and dining.
  • Garsington Opera, now held on the Wormsley Estate, is just 20 miles away, the highly regarded Frilford Heath Golf Club is just over 6 miles away. The pretty town of Dorchester-on-Thames, with its Abbey and concert programme is 8 miles away.
  • There are private shoots in the area and several hunts, including The Old Berks.
  • Abingdon and Oxford both offer an excellent choice of prestigious prep and senior schools including The Manor, Abingdon Prep, The Dragon, Chandlings Manor, Summerfields, Radley College, Abingdon School, St Helen and St Katharines, Magdalen College, St Edwards, Oxford High and Headington. The Europa School is also less than 4 miles away.

Additional information

  • There are very early records of a house on this site but the Queen Anne house we see today was built in 1739 for Elizabeth Tomkins, a member of a successful Abingdon family of brewers and builders. It was originally styled as a ‘gentleman's farm'.
  • It has been home to the Dockars and then the Dockar-Drysdales since 1850 when William Dockar, a London businessman, bought the house as an investment from the executors of the Tomkins family. He made the purchase in the successful anticipation of a proposed railway connecting Radley to Oxford and then London.
  • Josephine Dockar-Drysdale, the present owners' great great grandmother, moved to Wick in the late 1880s and enlisted the architect Charles Bell (whose other notable works include the Wesley Memorial Church in Oxford) to design a huge extension of the original house. The requirement was for a large library, drawing room, billiard and gun rooms.
  • Within twenty years, the house had become a family home to Josephine's six grandchildren. There was at one point a schoolhouse in the garden for the three girls. The beautiful bell tower over the walled garden was to call everyone in for supper! During WWII the house was used as government offices and in the 1950's some of the extended house was converted into flats which remain today.
  • The house is approached via a beautiful tree-lined avenue, with a 100 year-old wisteria twining through a huge wrought iron arch leading to the courtyard.
  • The gardens and park were a particular passion for the present owners' parents who lived here for 38 years. Under their stewardship, the gardens were restored and extended, with ‘rooms' being created and clearly defined. They hosted many open garden days for the National Garden Scheme, as well as weddings for family, friends and tenants, photo shoots and countless parties.
  • The Walled Garden existed as a garden as early as 1739, possibly as an orchard or Kitchen Garden. Its present design with a box parterre was created during the house renovation (1889-1894) and restored in the 1980s.
  • The sculptural shapes of yew topiary tower over the Wild Garden and form the backdrop of the Walled Garden. What began as chess pieces have, over the years, softened into more light-hearted and beguiling shapes.
  • The Wild Garden is just as its name implies and its flowers and paths are an unexpected pleasure beyond the more formal spaces. The grass tennis court is watched over by three magnificent cedars, planted for and referred to as The Three Sisters.
  • The Pond Garden has been in existence since the 1800s, with extensive restoration and the addition of rockeries in the 1980s. The foundations of a dovecot are still in place near the pond and have been cleverly repurposed as a raised terrace with an ideal view of the deer.
  • The herd of 27 Fallow deer was introduced to the park in 1988 by the owners' father. They have brought huge delight to the family and the nightly feeding ritual continues to this day. The park is ancient ridgeand- furrow, having never been ploughed - another hidden wonder in this property of treasures.
  • Other delights include the Croquet Lawn; an Arboretum of native and exotic ornamental trees; a Haha; and two charming follies, one nestledbeyond the branches of a flowering cherry tree above the pond, the other tucked into a corner of the walled garden.
  • The property also includes a workshop, garage, The Old Stables (a 3-bedroom detached cottage), and a stunning Grade II listed tythe barn with a cottage at one end. Although the barn is presently used by the market garden, it would make a splendid residence or entertaining space.
  • The flats are connected to the main house but have separate entrances and staircases.
  • Freehold with vacant possession on completion, subject to the following tenancies and leases:
  • • Flats 1, 2 and 4 and The Old Stables are on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement (AST)
  • • Flat 5, 7 and 9 are under a Common Law Tenancy
  • • Flat 6 is defined by the 1977 Rent Act
  • • Wick Farm Cottage Gardens is leased under a Farm Business Tenancy (Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995) until 28 September 2027. The tenant runs a market garden and works in Wick's gardens two days a week
  • • There is also the option of keeping the flats as a going concern.
  • EPC Rating = E
  • Tenure = Freehold