Chipping Nortons best kept secret
The Mount is set on the site of an old motte and bailey castle which dates back to Norman times. It is partly designated a scheduled monument and is in a conservation area. The house stands on the earthworks of the old motte whilst the fields include the bailey together with a meadow with a stream that runs through it.
The Mount is an impressive Victorian house which dates from 1869 and is one of Chipping Nortons best kept secrets. Set on the edge of the town, surrounded by trees, the house is approached down a lane which leads to the entrance through a pair of wrought iron gates. Just through the gates is Mount Lodge which is a charming three bedroom lodge cottage which overlooks the upper lawn. The drive continues past the garage and on to The Mount. Steps lead up to the front door which opens into the entrance hall with a gracious staircase to the first floor. Off the hall are the three principal reception rooms all of which are well proportioned with high ceilings, typical of their period. The drawing room and morning room both have distinctive bay windows which overlook the garden. Between these two room is a lobby with a door onto the terrace at the front of the house. From the hall, a passage leads to the back of the property with stairs to the cellar, back staircase and doors to the kitchen/ breakfast room with adjoining family room. Opposite the kitchen is a study, with a door to the garden, utility room and cloakroom with a bath. At the end of the passage a door leads into a secluded courtyard garden.
The main staircase rises to a galleried landing off which there are four double bedrooms, dressing room a family bathroom and a shower room. A secondary staircase rises to the second floor with two further double bedrooms.
Mount Lodge is the fomer gate house is built of stone. The property hs been extended and now has the following accomodation - Dining Hall, sitting room, conservatory, kitchen, 3 double bedrooms, bathroom and shower room.
This property has 14 acres of land.
The Mount and Mount Lodge stand in just under four acres of mature silvan grounds with a number of paths winding though the garden. There are a wide variety of established specimen trees which create a wonderful feeling of privacy. The Mount overlooks the lower lawn with a spring fed pond. To the front of Mount Lodge is an area of lawn with a number of established borders and small area of wild flowers.
To the north of the house are 10.17 acres of rolling pasture/paddock and scheduled monument with a barn and stables which are accessed from Church Lane.
Chipping Norton was once a centre for the Cotswold wool trade and was given a Royal charter by King John in 1205. The medieval Guildhall and St Marys Church reflect the prosperity brought by the wool trade. Many of the original houses around the market place were rebuilt in the 18th century with fashionable Georgian frontages. It is an attractive Market Town, often known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds situated within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town offers a comprehensive range of local amenities including a weekly market and a range of shops, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants, surgery and hospital, modern leisure centre, open air swimming pool and a nationally recognised theatre, and there are also excellent primary and secondary schools in the town.
The town is ideally located for the areas wonderful pubs, country walks and pretty towns and villages to explore, including attractions such as Soho Farmhouse at Great Tew and Daylesford Organic Farm Shop. Public transport links are good with buses to the larger centres of Banbury and Oxford. Mainline train services run from Charlbury & Kingham Stations to Paddington and from Banbury, Bicester and Oxford Parkway to Marylebone. The M40 can be accessed from Junction 8, 9 or 11. Within striking distance are a number of outstanding schools, including Hillside/Kitebrook, Kingham Hill, Winchester House, Tudor Hall, Radley and Stowe, with further schooling available in the university city of Oxford, including the Dragon, Summerfields, Magdalen College School, St Edwards, Headington and Oxford High School to name but a few.
Sporting activities in the area include golf at Chipping Norton and Tadmarton Heath and racing at Stratford and Warwick. Hunting with the Heythrop.
Postcode - OX7 5LJ - From the centre of Chipping Norton take the A44 west towards Moreton-in-Marsh. Proceed down New Street and the entrance to The Mount is a narrow lane on the right hand side between Penshurst Gardens and the playing field identified by a s ignpost to The Alms Houses and St Marys Church. The entrance to The Mount is at the end of this lane through a pair wrought iron gates.
Charlbury Station 6.6 miles, Kingham Station 6 miles, Banbury 13 miles, Oxford Parkway 18 miles, Oxford 22 miles, Central London 75 miles,Read all
- The principal house has 4 reception rooms
- The Lodge has 2 reception rooms
- 6 bedrooms & 3 Bathrooms
- 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- 10.17 acres of pasture with Barn and Stables
- Wonderful gardens and Grounds of about 3.75 acres
- In all about 14 acres
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