An outstanding country house of style and elegance in a sought after rural hamlet.
Oldbury House is a wonderfully elegant period home that has been comprehensively remodelled and enhanced in recent years to provide exceptional family accommodation of the highest order. The property dates back to the 18th century and as with many such country homes, it was subsequently gentrified in the 19th century and at one time, this notable home was at the heart of the local community, housing the village school. Recent owners have been careful to retain the integrity and charm of the original house yet have cleverly introduced stylish and contemporary finishes where appropriate, now offering a smartly presented home with a stunning open plan, 35 ft kitchen/breakfast room at the heart of the home.
Approached via a secure gated driveway that sweeps both to the front and rear of the property, this is a home that will appeal to those that enjoy hosting large gatherings of family and friends, with all the parking and guest accommodation that one could wish for. Despite this, the home still retains a very comfortable and relaxed air and the internal space of 5266 sq ft is of a scale that is perfectly manageable and well balanced. From the central hallway two beautiful reception rooms are set to either side, both with deep bay windows flooding the rooms with morning sunshine. There are feature fireplaces in both rooms, one with open an grate and the other with a wood burning stove. Set to the rear of the drawing room is a family room/TV lounge with glazed door leading directly onto the rear patio and garden. The aforementioned kitchen/breakfast room is of exceptional design, ergonomically laid out and incorporating a bank of the latest in appliances with a series of inset Bosch ovens, integrated microwave, a large induction hob set within the granite work surface and a tall wine refrigerator. A huge lantern window above the stylishly off- set island unit draws natural light into the heart of the room which is now the central social hub for the family, leading into a wonderful garden room/conservatory, all open plan and capturing 21st century living at its finest. A porcelain floor tiles with under floor heating runs through into the equally well designed laundry room with dedicated utility cupboard discreetly housing a series of washing and drying appliances. The boot room to the rear is typically used on a daily basis for accessing with muddy shoes, children or pets with a bespoke bench seat neatly providing storage space for unsightly recycling and packaging. There is a smart cloakroom within this area. Directly off the garden room is a dual aspect play room/gym/guest bedroom with dedicated en suite shower room and WC. A further rear lobby gives direct into the garage. At first floor level there is the most magnificent owners suite occupying the whole front elevation of the property with a superb bathroom with contemporary free standing bath, dual wash basin in an oak framed vanity unit and a large walk in rain shower. The dressing room has fitted wardrobes running the full depth of the room to either side. Also at this level are three further bedrooms, two of which are en suite and a secondary staircase leading to the second floor study and huge attic room. Two further independent bedrooms sharing a bathroom are accessed via a separate staircase above the garden room and gym - perfect for those seeking to offer independence to guests or grown up teenagers.
The large and sunny walled garden to the rear of the house is a lovely safe environment for children and has been laid out with ease of maintenance in mind, featuring a smart level lawn with fenced kitchen garden and four raised beds. A recently extended west facing flagstone terrace is arranged on just two levels and is the ideal space for barbeques and alfresco dining. The grounds incorporate a large paddock to the front, accessed from the far side of the lane and including the gardens total circa 1.55 acres.
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I love the beautiful architecture of this fine period home and the wonderful elegant proportions of all the impressive principal rooms.David WildProperty agent