Front Elevation
6,885 sq ft(639.64 sq m)
Guide price £1,650,000

Manor Farm LaneChesterton, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 1UD

  • Under offer

Key features

  • A wonderful home of history and character
  • Tucked away in the centre of the village
  • Extensive gardens for all the family to enjoy
  • The opportunity to improve further
  • Good for commuters and for the Oxford school run

A historically important village house with Norman origins, Listed Grade II* in need of updating

About this property

  • The Old Manor House is a handsome, detached village house that has been in the same ownership for some 30 years. It is Listed Grade II* and dates from the early 12th century with various later additions. The earliest origins comprise a Norman undercroft which is barrel-vaulted and formed a cellar beneath a first-floor hall or chamber. Considered to be one of the few examples of such an early dwelling, it is also believed to once have had an encircling moat.

    The extensive accommodation is arranged over 3 floors and incorporates a large reception hall off which are the drawing room and dining room. Both rooms have high ceilings and sash windows. Beyond the dining room is an attractive study with pine panelling. To the rear of the house is the kitchen which has a Rayburn stove, range of solid wood cupboards and a door to the courtyard. Steps lead down to the undercroft which is divided in to 2 rooms.

    On the first floor are 3 bedrooms (one with an en suite bathroom), family bathroom and a library which links to a large music room with vaulted ceiling and door to outside steps.
    On the top floor are 3 further bedrooms, box room and another family bathroom.

    The property now requires some updating.

    The Old Manor House is approached through a gated entrance with dressed Bath stone piers and wrought iron electric gates to the drive. The stone 4-bay garage is located just to the north of the house and the attic over offers scope for storage or alternative uses. The gardens and grounds of the property are a particularly attractive feature and comprise a formal area with box hedging, lavender and rose beds. There is also a kitchen garden and an orchard. To the front of the house is a lawn which opens on to further grounds in a delightful parkland setting with a range of individual maturing specimen trees. In all the grounds extend to about 2.27 acres.

    Tenure
    Freehold with vacant possession on completion.

    Services
    Mains water, electricity and drainage are connected. Oil-fired central heating.

    Overage Agreement
    The property will be sold subject to an overage agreement in the event of future development.


    Photographs taken and brochure prepared September 2018

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Approaching the house along the drive, you get the feeling that The Old Manor House is something special. Set in large gardens and offering much potential, this will make a wonderful family home.

Ronnie van der PloegProperty agent

Local information

  • Chesterton is a pleasant village approximately 3 miles from the thriving town of Bicester, which provides a range of shopping, educational, transport and sporting facilities.
  • More extensive facilities and other recreations, including theatre, cinemas and a very good range of restaurants can be found in the university city of Oxford, some 10 miles away.
  • The village is well placed for communications via both road and rail. Junction 9 of the M40 is approximately 6 miles away and junction 10 of the M40 is about 4 miles from the property.
  • The railway stations at Bicester North and Lower Heyford provide links to London Marylebone (from 50 minutes) and London Paddington (85 minutes) respectively.
  • Sporting activities in the area includes golf courses in Chesterton, Kirtlington and polo grounds at Kirtlington.

Additional information

  • Directions: From Oxford take the A34 northwards towards Bicester and exit on to the B430 at Weston-on-the-Green. Follow the road north and then take the right turning signposted Chesterton. On entering Chesterton bear left in front of The Red Cow and then take the turning on the right on to Manor Farm Lane where The Old Manor House will be found at the end of the lane.
  • EPC Exempt