Exceptional Grade II listed former Rectory set within a walled garden, with extensive grounds and separate cottage
Fittleton House is a charming Grade II listed former Rectory, which has been in the same family for four generations and comes to the market for the first time in nearly 80 years. It is principally a Georgian property, understood to date from about 1742 with an earlier wing found to the rear and an early 19th Century wing to the south. The initials R.M.J and date 1742 are incised in the central first floor window key and may reference Robert Merchant, who was Rector from 1731-73 and the President of Magdalen College Oxford. Fittleton House offers gracious proportions and a wealth of period features, including sash windows and original shutters in the principal rooms.
The half-panelled reception hall offers access to the dual aspect dining room to one side and a sitting room to the other. The sitting room, with original panelling and a wood-burning stove, opens through to a particularly elegant drawing room, with floor-to-ceiling 15-paned windows overlooking the garden and the 13th Century church beyond. A study, with a wood-burning stove, has a glazed door onto a sheltered south-facing terrace. The charming kitchen, created from the original pantry and kitchen combined, has a range of fitted cupboards under English oak work surfaces, a Butlers sink, induction hob and four-oven oil-fired Aga. An adjacent scullery has a Butlers sink, cupboards under English oak worktops and plumbing for a washing machine and dryer. A walk-in larder leads off the scullery. There are two rear entrances to the property from the drive, one leading into a boot room with underfloor heating and an inner hall with original servants bells; the other into a rear hall, from which the kitchen, a shower room/WC and library can be separately accessed. The library is south-facing and has a woodburning stove. Extensive cellars include two storage rooms and a wine cellar with a barrel vault ceiling.
A carved oak turned staircase leads up to a spacious landing, with the principal bedroom to one side. This generously proportioned room has a working fireplace and the shuttered windows are east-facing, enjoying the morning sun. The large principal bathroom, also eastfacing, has a wood-burning stove. From the half-landing, two further bedrooms, one being en suite, a family bathroom and a study are accessed. A further staircase leads up to an additional two bedrooms.
The second floor has two bedrooms off a central landing.
The house is approached via a driveway from the village road, just after the access to the Church. The driveway leads down the side of the house, culminating in ample parking in front of a double garage, with storage room above, and a brick outbuilding. The single-storey brick cottage is to one side. It has a kitchen, sitting room with wood-burning stove, two bedrooms, a bathroom and its own garden.
The spacious and well-established gardens are walled and laid predominantly to lawn, with a host of mature trees and deep herbaceous borders. A secluded stone terrace sits to the south elevation of the house. A swimming pool nestles to one side of the garden, with a pool house/plant room. Beyond the gardens are expansive grounds, with a vegetable garden, fruit cages, greenhouse, areas of woodland copse and orchards running down to a small winterbourne. An absolute haven of tranquillity and perfect for children to explore and build dens.
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Fittleton House has been owned by the same family for nearly 80 years, one of the hallmarks for any good house. It has one of the prettiest facades and stands in lovely grounds alongside a magnificent Copper Beech - this is quintessential Country House living.James McKillopProperty agent