Savills | Toot Baldon, Oxford, OX44 9NF | Property for sale
Guide price £5,000,000

Toot BaldonOxford, OX44 9NF

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Wonderful setting at the edge of the village
  • Spacious family home with very high ceilings
  • Extensive gardens with Tennis court. About 5 acres
  • Garaging, out buildings and one bedroom annexe
  • Excellent access to Oxford, road and rail links to London

A much loved country house, with impressive proportions, in an idyllic position with spectacular views.

About this property

  • An exemplar of the Victorian rectory, Court Leys nestles at the end of a tree lined drive in an elevated position with spectacular views toward The Chiltern Hills and Stokenchurch Tower.

    With over 8000 sq ft of beautifully proportioned living space, the house offers an exciting opportunity to update this well-loved family home. The intrinsic Victorian integrity of the house is intact. Tall ceilings, full height leaded light windows (some under arched lintels), wooden columns, cornicing, picture and dado rails and parquet flooring all feature.

    An ancient wisteria frames a delightful arched entrance porch with its chequerboard tiled floor and opens to a welcoming hallway. From here all principal rooms lead off. The drawing room is of particular note, with its ornate fanlight window above the door (mentioned in Pevsner's guide), the south and east facing full height windows, square bay with columns either side and window seat, fireplace and French doors opening to the lawn and far-reaching views beyond. The generously proportioned dining room also enjoys the views with doors opening to the garden too.

    A corridor leads on through an arch to the kitchen, large utility room, two larders, a second kitchen and the reading room/study. This area presents an opportunity to create a large living, family and kitchen space, looking out over the beautiful walled garden. A large cellar and boot room lead off, as does a second staircase to the first floor.

    Also off the central hall is the sitting room with views through the French doors to the church beyond. A further set of French doors opens to a corridor leading on to the room that Prof Seligman commissioned to house his collection. This is a striking, versatile room which lends itself to myriad uses, presently an extensive dining hall. An ideal space for friends and family to get together.

    A wide, generously proportioned and pleasing staircase leads up to the galleried landing. The principal bedroom with its square bay window has beautiful views over the gardens and the church, with the guest bedroom suite looking out over the easterly views. There are five further bedrooms on the first floor, a family bathroom and a cloakroom.

    A further staircase winds to the second floor where presently there are six rooms, a shower room and a cloakroom. This flexible space offers a variety of uses from ancillary accommodation, office space or separate teenage accommodation affording bedrooms, games rooms and sitting room. The very essence of Court Leys is a very well-loved family home, which it has been for over 40 years.

    The house is set back from the drive behind a stone wall with lawns and mature trees. The brick outbuildings and stables are to one side of the house with the drive leading on to the yard.
    The gardens are typical of Arts and Crafts design, with expansive terraced lawns, an orchard, ha-ha, a copse underplanted with spring bulbs, a walled garden and the ruins of the original stone summer house. The enclosed, formal garden is bordered by stone walls and yew hedging with a gate leading on to the lawned terraces below. The design is quartered, divided by small lawns with a central pond with small rills to two sides. The orchard boasts numerous fruit trees including apple, plum, greengage, pear and cherry.
    More recently, the present owners have added a one bedroomed flat above the outbuildings, a tennis court, a six-bay garage and a wooden summer house. A second ha-ha leads on to the picturesque churchyard beyond.

    Freehold with vacant possession on completion

    Mains water and electric
    Gas central heating
    Private drainage
    Fibre optic broadband

    Council tax band H

    View payable Stamp Duty for this property

The approach, through the tree lined lane with fields either side, is one of the best I have seen for along time. From the moment you walk in you know this is a special house that has been well loved by the whole family.

Charles Elsmore-WickensProperty agent

Local information

  • Toot Baldon is a popular village surrounded by numerous footpaths and bridleways. It boasts a C13th village church, a highly regarded pub, The Mole Inn, and a cricket club, which it shares with Marsh Baldon.
  • The village offers easy access to Oxford and London, with the M40 just 7 miles away. The market town of Wallingford, 10 miles away, is convenient for everyday shopping with more extensive shopping requirements met within Oxford, as well as a wealth of cultural and sporting activities. Stadhampton, just 4 miles away has a local shop and a farm shop.
  • Garsington Opera, now held on the Wormsley Estate, is 15 miles away, the Oxfordshire Golf Club and Spa is just 11 miles away and Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, just 6 miles away.
  • Schooling
  • There is a village primary school in Marsh Baldon, just 1.3 miles away.
  • Both Oxford and Abingdon offer an excellent choice of highly regarded prep and senior schools including The Dragon, Summerfields, Magdalen College, St Edwards, Oxford High, Headington, The Manor, Abingdon Prep, Abingdon School and St Helen and St Katherines. There is a daily school bus service from Nuneham Courtney to all central Oxford schools and a service runs from Stadhampton to the Abingdon Schools.

Additional information

  • In 1860, the Rev Edmund Peel was offered the ‘living' at Toot Baldon, but with no rectory to go with it.
  • Queens College, Oxford bequeathed land to the diocese in order to build a rectory for Peel and future incumbents. With no funds at his disposal, Peel put out an urgent appeal. The response enabled the commissioning of Gothic Revival architect, Henry Woodyer to design a rectory fit for a gentleman's residence. Woodyer went on to restore the C13th Church of Saint Lawrence, just beyond the ha-ha in the garden.
  • In 1934, the celebrated anthropologist Prof Charles Seligman came to live at Court Leys, during which time he added on the large hall as an exhibition space for his lifetime's collection.
  • Previously called The Old Vicarage, it was renamed Court Leys having been built on part of Queens College's ancient enclosure of the same name.
  • Directions: From the Oxford ring road take the B4074 towards Nuneham Courtenay. Once through the village turn left to Marsh Baldon. Carry on through the village to Toot Baldon. The treelined drive to Court Leys is on the right just before The Mole public house.
  • EPC Rating = G