- 5 bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
- 3 receptions
Charming Village House
269 Banbury Road
A stunning detached village house built of local mellow Hornton stone under a pitched tiled roof. The property dates back in part to the mid 18C with more recent extensions in the 1920s Arts & Craft style. The house was completely refurbished by the current owners in 2006/2007 with the inclusion of building the Detached Barn and the garage block. The attention to detail has enabled the house to now offer the most up-to-date modern living together with well thought out room flow and the inclusion of Lutron lighting. The property has been re-plumbed and re-wired and the roof removed and part replaced with reclaimed tiles and part new tiles. It now meets modern standards whilst retaining many original features. The kitchen was designed and fitted by Cotteswood and the cupboards in the master dressing room are bespoke made by Hunts of Bloxham. Many of the windows are stone mullion with window seats. The 18th century windows on the southern aspect of the house have shutters.
On entering the house via a solid oak door, you enter the main hall with doors leading to all principal reception rooms, a parquet floor and a split staircase rising to the first floor landing. Beneath the staircase is a cloakroom with Fired Earth fittings. The drawing room boasts a large inglenook fireplace with woodburner, oak floor, dual aspect, ceiling beams and access to the cellar via a trap door. This room leads to the sitting room with inglenook fireplace and woodburner, dual aspect, continuation of oak floor, pretty square bay that overlooks the garden. The study with parquet floor, stone fire surround (not working), dual aspect with window seats, small display shelves with cupboard below, ceiling timbers and stone mullion windows. The dining room is large and located over the Under Croft, built in display cupboard and storage below, exposed ceiling beams, door to utility room. The utility/laundry room has a range of built in storage cupboards with work surface, space for washing machine and separate dryer, Belfast sink, ceiling timbers, boiler and limestone floor with under floor heating that continues to the kitchen. From the utility/laundry room is a separate door opening to the side of the house and everyday parking. Between the kitchen is a small lobby with door to a walk-in pantry and further storage. The kitchen is impressive and serves as the hub of the house. The kitchen base and eye units are designed and built by Cotteswood with a granite work surface to the base units and a small wooden surface to the left of the main sink. Included is a 4-door electric AGA with a small 2 ring gas hob to the side, separate NEFF electric microwave combi-oven and a bespoke designed prep sink of the same granite laid into the island work surface. A separate dresser houses a Miele fridge and freezer, a wine chiller and space for a coffee machine. The kitchen is triple aspect and has space for a separate dining and sitting area. French doors open from the kitchen to the gardens. The kitchen has a limestone floor that continues from the utility/laundry room with under floor heating.
Split oak staircase rises to the first floor landing with doors to all rooms. The master bedroom suite with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, wood floor, dual aspect with some stone mullion windows. A separate staircase rises to the dressing room with built in dressing table and storage cupboards designed and fitted by Hunts of Bloxham. An en-suite bathroom with limestone floor and underfloor heating adjoins the master bedroom. Further first floor accommodation includes a guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom, three further double bedrooms and two shower rooms.
The second floor comprises a large converted studio/games room with extended work space, raised area and access points to the attics, one of which houses the water tanks, the other housing the audio/visual and CAT5 cabling to most rooms. High Definition TV distribution system via CAT5.
This property has 0.92 acres of land.
Staddlestones is approached by a pair of three-quarter high wooden gates which are electrically operated. The gates open to a cobbled driveway which leads to a large tarmac parking area giving access to the triple garage. A pathway then leads up to the house. The garage block was re-built by the current owners with three bays with electric opening doors. On the eastern side of the kitchen and utility room is an additional parking area suitable for three cars accessed from Horn Hill.
The gardens are a particular feature to Staddlestones. Wrapping around the house from the main entrance door to the French doors from the kitchen is a large terrace. The gardens have been redesigned and landscaped and maintained to a very high standard. There are a number of floral borders with an array of perennial and annual flower plants and a mixture of shrubs, young and mature trees. There is a small woodland area between the main gates and the gardens and a large, flat area of small orchard include quince and apple trees. On the Horn Hill side a small pretty garden with lawn, lilac tree and rose bed.
Detached Barn Oak framed and built with mellow Hornton stone under a pitched tile roof. On entering the barn into a lobby giving access to a shower room, study and then the main reception room which is impressive with vaulted ceiling, three sets of bi-folding doors and a large fireplace with wood burner. An oak staircase rises to the gallery. The barn is fitted with an independent sound system included with external speakers.
Under Croft Beneath the dining room is the Under Croft accessed from Horn Hill. Double wooden doors open to a storage area and includes the lighting system for the external and garden lights.
An attractive, quiet, mainly stone built village situated in beautiful North Oxfordshire countryside on the south side of the Swere valley. Barford St Michael along with the neighbouring village of Barford St John has a church, public house and post office/general store. Nearby Deddington and Bloxham have a good range of local facilities including a small supermarket, post office, petrol station, hairdressers, a variety of other shops, delicatessens, pubs and restaurants. A short distance is Soho Farmhouse. More extensive shopping and recreational facilities in Banbury, Oxford and Bicester Village.
Good rail links from Banbury and Bicester North to London Marylebone (under 1 hour). Easy access to the M40 motorway at junctions 10 (Ardley) and 11 (Banbury) linking to London, the Midlands and to the north, Birmingham International Airport. Local schooling in the area is excellent and includes primary in Bloxham, Deddington and Great Tew. Prep schools at St. Johns Priory (Banbury), The Carrdus (Overthorpe), Beachborough and Winchester House (Brackley) and Sibford School. Independent schools include Bloxham School, Tudor Hall and the Warwick and Oxford Schools.
OX15 0RQ. From Banbury head south west on the A361 signposted to Bloxham and Chipping Norton. Head through Bloxham and after passing the church on the left-hand side turn left at the small roundabout into Barford Road. Proceed along this road, passing through Barford St John and on into Barford St Michael, crossing the bridge. Continue up the road, passing Summer Lea on your left, the gates for Staddlestones will be found on your left just before the road narrows up the hill. The house may also be approached from Horn Hill.
Banbury 6 miles (London Marylebone in under 1 hour) Chipping Norton 9 miles, Charlbury 11 miles, Oxford 20 miles Soho Farm House 5.7 miles, Daylesford Farm shop 16 miles
- Vaulted reception hall and 3/4 reception rooms.
- Large family Kitchen/breakfast room with laundry/boot room and pantry
- Master bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room
- Guest bedroom suite with 3 further double bedrooms and 2 shower rooms
- Detached Barn/home office
- High speed broadband
- Triple garage with ample parking
- Lovely gardens in all 0.92 acres.
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