Discretely set within the charming hamlet of North Stoke, this beautifully presented and fully refurbished characterful country house stands in glorious grounds of approximately five acres, which includes a one acre spring fed lake with island.
Beyond the automatic Solid Timber Gates the gravel drive sweeps round to the front of the attractive house with brick and flint elevations alluding to its 18th century origins. The property has been sympathetically and extensively extended over many years and has very recently been subject to a complete renovation and refurbishment by the present owners, whose attention to detail is evident throughout.
Entering the property via the Arched Front Door, through the Lobby and into the Reception Hall, it is immediately apparent that the property exudes elegance and charm with its muted Farrow & Ball interior décor, a theme found throughout the house. The Reception Hall has a natural stone floor and open fireplace. Stairs lead to the first floor. The Dining Room is entered via glazed double doors off the Reception Hall and features a fireplace at the far end and offers direct open access to the west facing Conservatory Drawing Room. These two rooms are fabulous for entertaining and enjoy triple aspect views over a charming and private garden that features a terrace, a small pond and two magnificent trees, a Black Walnut and an ancient Mulberry. Positioned just off the Drawing Room is the Study/Music Room with a vaulted ceiling and the same triple aspect views.
At the heart of the house is the fabulous Kitchen featuring a large five oven electric AGA and a centrally positioned island unit. There are numerous additional units including deep pan drawers and pull out storage shelves. Further units around the Kitchen incorporate electric ovens. At the far end of the Kitchen is the Family Dining Area with French doors opening on to a substantial terrace which enjoys captivating views across the extensive gardens to the millstream and the lake. Just off the Kitchen is a Utility Room which conveniently connects to the Dining Room. The Utility Room has good storage and worktop space together with a generous sink, a fridge, a freezer, washing machine and tumble drier. There is a door to the Rear Garden.
The Kitchen also leads through, open plan style, to the family Sitting Room which is a delightfully bright, airy and cosy area and is complemented by a wood burning stove. This room enjoys a southerly aspect and overlooks, and opens out onto via French doors, the large and impressive front terrace.
Upstairs, the stunning Master Bedroom Suite has a vaulted ceiling and is an absolute delight. It has its own full width Balcony, accessed through double French doors, where elevated views over the gardens, the millstream and the Lake can be enjoyed. Within the Bedroom there are many bespoke built in wardrobes and cabinets and there is an extensive dressing room offering further storage. This room also allows access to the spare room bathroom via a “Jack & Jill’ double door. The main en suite bathroom has a one metre square shower enclosure with body jets, a fixed head rain shower and a handheld shower head. There is also a bidet, WC and twin wash hand basins fitted into a marble top.
There are four further elegantly and individually presented Double bedrooms with all Bedrooms enjoying ensuite facilities. The Principal Guest Bedroom connects directly to Bedroom five which has direct access onto a Roof Terrace. All bedrooms have satellite and aerial TV sockets and two Ethernet points.
A stable door from the front of the property opens into the back hall which leads, on one side, to the kitchen and sitting room and on the other to the annexe. At present this large room is used as a games area but, having an en suite bathroom, it could become a sixth bedroom or self-contained accommodation for an elderly relative or older children. With its French doors opening onto the terrace and driveway it can be truly independent of the main house.
Gardens & Grounds
Along the north side of the Gardens runs the beautiful Millstream which is fed from the Lake. The resident pair of Swans, numerous Ducks, Dabchicks, Coots and Moorhens reside on the Lake and Millstream and Kingfishers and Herons are regular visitors. Red Kites nest on the property and many more roost in the trees at night and allow for a wonderful spectacle as they come and go and wheel overhead.
The Spring Fed Lake provides a huge extra interest and amenity for those who love their wildlife and boating. To be out on the water and see the wonderful variety of wildfowl close up or maybe to catch sight of the elusive Kingfisher is truly special; as it is to land on your own island in the middle of the lake and set up camp or just have a relaxed drink looking back on the garden from a different perspective.
The South side of the garden is given over to a wildflower meadow which provides colour and interest all year, starting with a sea of snowdrops which then gives way to Daffodils, Bluebells, carpets of Cowslips and Wild Orchids.
Beside the house is a Double Detached Garage with electric doors which has a first floor room which could be used as a Gym, Home Cinema, office or further accommodation (subject to planning permission). There are plans, which can be made available, for conversion of this building to a three bay garage which includes oak cladding the whole building.
There is further Garaging opposite the house in the form of a double Carport which has an attached Store Room. Beyond the store room is the bulk LPG tank. There are further Garden Sheds providing useful storage areas for tools and machinery.
There are several highly respected schools in the vicinity including Moulsford Preparatory School, Cranford House, The Oratory Schools, Bradfield College, Abingdon School, St Helen and St Katherine in Abingdon (School Bus Service from end of lane). Also The Dragon School and St Edward’s in Oxford.
The Springs Golf Club is located a short walk away from the property and provides a lovely, recently improved, 18 hole course right on the doorstep. The renowned Ridgeway Path, which runs through the hamlet, allows for fabulous walking, cycling and horseriding opportunities.
Special Features and Services –
• LPG gas and mains electricity and water
• Super fast fibre-optic broadband 40/10
• 11 zone digitally controlled heating system
• Hard wired Ethernet points to all rooms
• LED Lighting throughout the house
• Under floor heating on ground floor
• Under floor heating in four of the five bathrooms
• Private drainage - New Bioficient septic tank and drainage – installed January 2018.
Local Authority – South Oxfordshire District Council. Telephone 01235 422422
Kitchen/Family Dining Room
Master Bedroom En Suite and Dressing Room
4 Further Bedrooms - 3 En Suite
Annexe - Games Room/Bedroom 6 (En Suite)
Gardens with Lake and Island - in all 5 Acres
Double Garage and Double Carport