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6 bedroom detached house for sale
Ipsden, Wallingford, Oxfordshire
Believed to date back to 1895, Larkstoke Manor is a striking country house set beautifully in its grounds. The reception hall, with adjoining inner hall, have an exquisite galleried staircase with oak panelling. Off this central atrium, are the principal receptions rooms, all of generous proportions with elegant, beautifully plastered ceilings and large bay windows, creating a light and airy space which takes advantage of the beautiful outlook. The stylish kitchen breakfast room has been newly fitted and benefits from the addition of its south-facing dining area, glazed around three exterior walls with doors at each end leading out into the gardens. There is a drawing room of gracious proportions to one end of the house with an open fireplace and views of the private parkland. This leads off the inner hallway which also gives access to the library with full height bookcases, and the sitting room which benefits from an elegant bay window. Across from the kitchen/breakfast room is the majestic dining room which provides a more formal entertaining space in contrast to the dining area adjoining the kitchen/breakfast room. There is also a family room, utility room, cloakroom and shower room to the ground floor. The house has been intelligently designed and laid out to allow the majority of the reception rooms to have windows on three sides, providing a light filled space which takes full advantage of its surroundings and views. The house is wired for sound.
To the first floor, the impressive master bedroom suite takes precedence with an extensive, fitted dressing room leading through to the contemporary bathroom with modern spotlighting and smart floor tiles. There are four further bedroom suites (three with adjoining bathrooms) as well as a family bathroom. A separate staircase leads from drawing room to the sixth bedroom with en-suite bathroom and fitted wardrobes, ideal as a guest suite.
" Larkstoke Manor stands in a private and secluded location on the edge of the village of Ipsden; An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, with exquisite countryside offering excellent walks and rides.
" Ipsden enjoys the splendour of the local countryside with plenty of deer to found in the woodland, as well as Red Kites which were reintroduced to The Chilterns in the 1980's, and are abundant at Larkstoke Manor.
" The Village offers a nursery school, village store and post office, Church, village hall and public house, The King William.
" The nearby market town of Wallingford offers an excellent range of local facilities, shopping and recreational amenities including a Waitrose and a good range of antique shops.
" Goring on Thames is just 3 miles away and has a mainline rail link to London, Paddington within the hour. The more comprehensive amenities of Reading are within easy driving distance (London, Paddington 27 mins).
" There are several major roadway within easy reach including the M4, M40 and A34 which provide excellent road links across the country, especially into central London.
" The local area is served by a first class range of schooling for all requirements. In particular, The Oratory, Radley College, Bradfield College, Cranford House and Moulsford preparatory schools, as well as having good links to Oxford for further schooling.
" The area is also extremely well served for sporting facilities including golf, clay pigeon shooting at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School, horse riding, walking, and racing at Newbury and Ascot.
The house is approached through impressive cast iron gates, where a smart pressed gravel drive winds its way through the spectacular parkland. The house sits neatly in its plot, surrounded by formal gardens, parkland and enviable views, offering privacy and seclusion, with the tennis court set neatly to one side. To the east side of the property, an orchard gives gated access to a bridleway connecting to The Ridgeway. A stunning bluebell wood lies to the north, and is just a small part of the extensive grounds and woodland. There are also two good sized paddocks, ideal for equestrian use as the property formally served as a stud, particularly in conjunction with the wonderful coach house, comprising a barn, stable and store room. There is a recently designed swimming pool garden which is discreetly located to the side of the tennis court.
There is a smart double garage with studio and bathroom above, ideal as a home office, ancillary accommodation or annexe.