Large family house in 1.5 acres overlooking Oxford.
The design and building of Grayflete was commissioned by the celebrated artist Sir Muirhead Bone, who in 1916 was appointed the first ever official British war artist. His fastidious attention to detail is apparent today with his insistence on the use of handmade Tudor bricks under a Welsh slate roof, a delightful columned loggia opening from the kitchen, with balcony above, both overlooking the grass tennis court and views of Oxford beyond. The sitting room still features the fireplace tiles, designed by his daughter in law, also an artist. The sweeping staircases are a particular feature and make for an interesting and aesthetically pleasing aspect within the centre of the house.
The house has a light and airy feel with its tall ceilings and big windows designed to maximise views of the garden and beyond. The welcoming entrance hall opens to the dual aspect drawing room with its large bay window and fireplace with wood burning stove. The cosy sitting room, with an open fire, and the dining room with doors opening to the garden, also lead directly off the hall. Either side of the front door is a cloakroom as well as a useful small boot room/storage room. A corridor leads on to the kitchen. A pleasing room with its dual aspect windows and doors opening to the loggia with its views and steps down to the garden and tennis court. A glazed door interconnects directly to the dining room ensuring ease of access. The painted wooden cupboards house a double oven, induction hob and dishwasher and the large walk-in north facing larder is an enviable feature. A further cloakroom and back door opening to an east facing courtyard are also off the corridor.
On the first floor is the dual aspect principal bedroom with lovely views, a wall of fitted wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom with separate shower. There are 3 further bedrooms, 2 of which open onto the large balcony, a family bathroom and a newly fitted shower room.
On the second floor are 4 further good sized rooms with 2 separate staircases leading to them from each end of the house. All 4 rooms are interconnecting and have complete flexibility of use with lovely views over Oxford. At present they are used as a 5th bedroom, sitting room, studio and office. However, these could easily be configured to provide self-contained ancillary accommodation.
The beautiful terraced gardens are a delight with established herbaceous borders and mature trees, and are ideal for family gatherings and entertaining. Steps up from the tennis court viewing terrace lead to the loggia and kitchen. The gardens lead on down to a copse of oak and willow trees where there is also a stable with water and power connected and a shed.
Large utility/storage rooms are situated below the kitchen and accessible via the back door or the steps from the loggia.
The double garage has a fully boarded room above and wooden stairs accessing it and would make a good office space should the need arise.
In all approximately 1.5 acres.
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