Savills | Church Street, West Hanney, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 0LN | Property for sale
5,489 sq ft(509.94 sq m)
Guide price £4,500,000

Church StreetWest Hanney, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 0LN

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Grade II* Listed Georgian House
  • Spacious and Light Filled
  • Tennis Court and Swimming Pool
  • Sits in the Middle of Entirely-Walled circa Three-Acre Garden
  • Three Bedroom Separate Cottage

A Georgian Classic of ‘Remarkable Distinction'

About this property

  • West Hanney House, with its rubbed red bricks and panels of greyish-purple bricks, prominent keystones and curious symmetrical design provides an opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of a grand country house with the flexibility and manageability of a smaller property.

    The principal house with its spacious and light filled reception hall, flanked as it is by the main entertaining rooms of drawing room, panelled sitting and dining room (with associated Butler's pantry) all arranged in perfect symmetry, gives an imposing first impression.

    The kitchen is fully fitted with a four door oil fired Aga, Miele four ring conductor hob and double oven and off it there is a room which works either as a home office or supplementary sitting room. Leading out of the kitchen is a series of rooms including a larder, utility and boot room.

    A fine central staircase, three balusters to each step, turned and carved, leads to a landing on the first floor with a Chinese Chippendale pattern balustrade, two large bedrooms and associated bathroom as well as the master bedroom suite with its large bathroom and dressing room.

    The second floor is approached via centralised, panelled double-doors leading off the first floor landing and accommodates four bedrooms and a bathroom.

Local information

  • The property's flamboyant skyline, high gates and wall
  • dominate the Green and village cross in the quaint village
  • of West Hanney, ‘whose beauty lies in the balanced variety
  • of its buildings' (Country Life, 1943).
  • A sought after and historic location that has been valued since the Doomsday Book when it was held by Walter Gifard, a preeminent Norman baron who helped William the Conqueror win the Battle of Hastings, West Hanney retains its significance today.
  • Situated off the main Oxford to Wantage road in the Vale of the White Horse, Wantage is five miles to the south and there are excellent train and road links. Didcot Parkway provides an hourly, non-stop commuter service to London Paddington and the M4, M40 and A34 are all within easy reach. Whilst London is 70 miles away, Oxford is a mere 13 miles or 20-minute car journey to the north and offers a wide range of recreational, educational and cultural amenities, as well as first class shopping.
  • The village of West Hanney itself has a vibrant community spirit, church, community-owned pub and numerous local sports clubs.
  • Local sporting facilities include golf at Frilford Heath. Lambourn, the centre of UK National Hunt racing, is a short drive away.
  • The local area is renowned for its excellent choice of internationally recognised schools including Eton, Radley, Marlborough, Abingdon School, St Edward's, The Dragon, Summerfield's, St Hugh's and Cothill to mention a few.
  • The local hunt is the Old Berks and the surrounding estates all offer shooting on a commercial let-day basis.

Additional information

  • The courtyard at West Hanney represents an exceptional
  • range of traditional buildings. It is a long L-shaped, two
  • storey block, north of the main house made of rubble stone
  • with a stone tile roof and two louvred turrets. It offers
  • a large array of potential uses but is currently arranged as stables, storage and garages. In addition there is a large traditional barn and a granary, which could make, subject to planning, a fabulous banqueting barn and separate office.
  • The Pigeon House is situated opposite the main house in the heart of the courtyard and is a three-bedroom cottage that would make excellent staff accommodation.
  • West Hanney sits elegantly in the middle of its entirely-walled,
  • three-acre garden, offering both privacy and enhanced security. An old paved causeway runs along the outside of the east garden wall from the village green towards the church. On the inside, there is a delightful sun trap, walled swimming pool and formal garden ‘room'.
  • To the South, lawns and gravel pathways stretch out to a set of large white gates that in turn lead out onto a row of pleached limes, a further low gate and the church beyond. Stretching out in a westerly direction, a glade comes alive with snowdrops in Spring before the next ‘room' reveals the tennis court, paddock and adjacent woodland.
  • The total effect is one of a romantic garden in the classic English style combining expansive lawns, ancient trees and a variety of sheltered walled garden rooms. The latter provide any number of seating areas giving perspectives of the house and garden be if from the Summer pavilion for evening drinks or one of the terraces by the house.
  • Directions: Oxford 14 miles, Wantage 5 miles, Abingdon 8 miles Didcot Parkway station 9 miles (London Paddington 40 minutes) (Distances and time approximate)
  • EPC Exempt