An Outstanding William and Mary Country House, perfectly situated for Oxford Schools
Little Manor is a charming and elegant Grade II listed William and Mary house. The house is believed to date from 1696 with later additions being constructed of natural stone, adorned with Wisteria and climbing roses, under a slate roof.
Little Manor is beautifully decorated throughout and its architecture typical of a house of this period. The rooms are elegantly proportioned and well-arranged and display many period features including shuttered windows and pediments above the doors to the main reception rooms. Little Manor stands at the center of its beautiful gardens and grounds which, like the house, have been meticulously maintained and provide a tranquil setting.
The house is approached through Cotswold stone entrance gates up a gravel drive to a large turning area flanked by well stocked herbaceous borders.
A grand Cotswold stone entrance porch leads into the entrance hall, with stone flagged floor and doors off to the cloakroom and flower room. Double part glazed doors lead into the stone flagged library with large bookcases and feature open fireplace.
There are two broad archways and an attractive staircase rising to the first floor, with an under stairs cupboard beneath. Doors lead off the hall to the main reception rooms. The drawing room is beautiful - this was originally 2 smaller rooms which have been combined to form an elegant reception room with views over the garden to the east and south. There is an open fireplace with stone surround, fine cornicing and French windows into the garden to the south and east. A second door leads back to the reception hall, with a connecting door to the dining room. A lovely light room with a bow at one end, with double French doors opening onto the terrace and into the gardens.
The sitting room sits between the kitchen and dining room, with two walls of fitted bookcases. A pair of French windows open onto the stone terrace and the well-kept lawns beyond. The heart of the house is the modern kitchen, fitted with bespoke units, 4 oven gas fired Aga with additional gas/ electric module, Miele appliances consisting of a large fridge, electric oven, coffee machine and 2 dishwashers. The central work island is topped with white marble, integrated prep sink, and on the far side of the island is the dining area overlooking the inner courtyard. Beyond the kitchen is a large utility room, WC and a stable door out towards the staff flat.
There are substantial cellars with a large walk-in safe and an archway through to separate wine storage area, perfect for tasting evenings.
The chapel, with vaulted ceiling and stained glass mullioned windows bearing five coats of arms is a fine room in its own right. It is currently used as a large study.
Immediately to the west of the house, off the kitchen is a cobbled courtyard enclosed by a Cotswold stone wall, within which is a large gun room and log store constructed of Cotswold stone under a slate roof.
Returning to the reception hall, a wide staircase rises to the first floor landing which has a walk-in linen cupboard.
The principal bedroom suite has a full wall of built-in hanging and shelved cupboards together with charming window seats. This room has a lovely view of the formal gardens, swimming pool and the village church beyond. Off the bedroom is a dressing room leading to the ensuite bathroom, with his and hers sinks, WC, bath and shower.
The principal guest bedroom is ensuite and, like the majority of bedrooms in the house, enjoys lovely views over the gardens and grounds. The second guest bedroom is a bright and airy room also overlooking the garden and walled garden. The stairs continue to a half landing and a shower room with WC and basin.
On the second floor there are 4 further bedrooms and a separate family bathroom.