Fine period house with lovely gardens
Tilia House is a fine period house believed to date from the early 1800s and extended in the 20th century. Formerly part of the Shirburn Castle Estate, it was owned briefly by the Church of England and used as a former rectory, and has since been owned by our client who bought the property around 1980.
Tilia House offers some wonderful rooms and has been the subject of high quality upgrading over the years, with some charming architectural detail within the house including cornicing, fine sash windows, splendid fireplaces, oak joinery and staircases. Tilia House offers excellent family accommodation with 4 principal reception rooms with bay windows, fireplaces with hearths and smart cornicing. There is a fine study with fireplace with carved wooden surround and fitted bookshelves. The drawing room also has an open fireplace with carved surround and double doors to the garden. The garden room is triple aspect with doors opening to the garden terrace. It is a beautiful, light room with wood flooring and built in shelves and cupboards.
There is a Mark Wilkinson kitchen/breakfast room with oak units and marble worktops, with a 4-oven Aga (oil fired), space for electric cooker with hob above, space and plumbing for dishwasher, large bay window with tiled floor and double doors to the garden. The inner hall includes a fine oak staircase and, like other principal reception rooms, has access to the terrace and gardens. The rear hall/utility room area provides day to day access to the house, with the utility room housing a tumble dryer, Grant oil fired boiler for central heating and domestic hot water, tiled floor and space and plumbing for washing machine. WC and cloakroom.
The first floor accommodation includes 4 bedroom suites, with the principal bedroom suite in particular including a bay window, en suite walk-in dressing room/cupboard with shelves and hanging space, an additional dressing room (possible additional bedroom) and a well-fitted en suite bathroom. The remaining family accommodation on the first floor comprises 3 bedrooms with en suite facilities, with the guest bedroom having an additional dressing room/nursery bedroom.
Tilia House is approached through solid electrically operated wooden gates to a wide gravel parking and turning area. Beside the house on the northern boundary is an excellent garage complex including double garage, workshop and tack room, and separately accessed 2-bedroom flat with kitchen/diner with exposed beams, well fitted with wall and floor units, 4-ring gas hob, space and plumbing for washing machine and dishwasher, and entrance hall/kitchenette with WC and separate oil fired central heating, shower room. The flat was converted in 2006 and is currently let on an Assured Shorthold tenancy. It could be used for a variety of purposes such as annexe for family, staff, studio or office. It is a wonderful asset to complement the main house.
There is also a dog run and kennel.
The gardens and grounds of Tilia house are a very special feature of the property. They have been beautifully tended, being mature and well planted. They sweep around the house itself, and on the western side at the front of the house is an area of lawn with herbaceous border with 2 splendid horse chestnut trees in the north-west corner of the garden.
Lawns sweep around the house towards the east, laid to lawn with beautifully planted and cut mature yew hedging, a substantial and very well kept vegetable garden and soft fruit cage. Immediately off the back of the house is a wide stone terrace wrapping around two sides of the house, and on the eastern boundary is a hard tennis court with summerhouse/pavilion and surrounded by beech hedging and soft planted with roses, lavender and rosemary on the other side. There is a composting area in the south-east corner of the gardens, and some lovely trees throughout including silver birch, maple, quince and judas.
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Wonderful house close to Watlington with excellent transport linksStephen Christie-Miller