A Country House in Town
Under the guidance of designer Nigel Daly, this 15th century Grade II listed Manor House has been sensitively restored and enhanced with painstaking attention to every detail, creating a unique family home. The Manor House is built of Cotswold stone under a slate roof, the greater part of which was replaced ten 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. Both old and new have been used creatively throughout. There is underfloor heating to all ground and lower ground floor stone flagged rooms. All external walls are fully insulated.
Approached through 19th century oak gates, 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 kitchen with its four door gas Aga with ancillary electric oven and hob and 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 study/snug with one wall being lined with bespoke joinery fitted bookcases. Stone steps from the hall lead to the drawing room/ library with beautiful natural light and an oriel window with window seat. Bookcases made from reclaimed elm surround the open fireplace. From the inner hall, stone stairs lead down through an arch to the 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 to the garden.
The 17th century style oak staircase leads 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 and a 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 a quirky wet room. Bedroom four makes an ideal child's bedroom or study. Stairs to the second floor lead to bedroom five with en suite bathroom and dressing room/nursery A large airing cupboard opens from the top landing.
The large terraced gardens are a particular feature of the property and unusually for a town centre location are entirely private and not overlooked. The stone flagged terrace with two 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 and pool house with sink and WC and Den' above. Next to the pool house is a Clearlight infrared sauna. The path to the west side of the garden leads directly back to the entrance courtyard. 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. The whole property is surrounded by a high Cotswold stone wall.
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