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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Byfield, Warwickshire/Northamptonshire borders

Sold STC £1,350,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Drawing room
  • Kitchen/breakfast room
  • Dining room
  • Family room/study
  • Utility/boot room
  • Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • 3 further bedrooms (one en-suite)
  • Family bathroom
  • Self-contained annexe
  • Paddock, stables and woodland (approx 6.5 acres)

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

On the ground floor: Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Dining room | Family room/study | Utility/boot room | Cloakroom

On the first floor: Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom | 3 further bedrooms (one en-suite) | Family bathroom

Ground floor Annexe: Bedroom | Kitchen/conservatory | Bathroom

Outside: Double garage | Stables | Tack room | Greenhouse | Gardens | Extensive terrace | Fish Pond with decking | Paddock | Woodland | Further pond with island

What we believe makes this property unique:

•Approached along a private track for just two properties, this home is a true delight for those looking for total peace and quiet. With stunning views over the Oxfordshire and Warwickshire countryside, this is the ultimate escape to the country, whilst being well positioned for those needing to commute to work, with excellent rail and motorway connections nearby.

•Originally the site of a traditional 17th century farmhouse, the house itself was rebuilt twenty years ago utilising the stone and many features of the original property, but creating a modern and low-maintenance, traditional family home. With the added bonus of a recently added annexe, this would be ideal for those with dependent parents, or a family au-pair. With its wonderful position, there could even be the potential to generate an income stream through rental of the self-contained accommodation.

•From entering the reception hall, with flagstone floor, it is obvious this home would equally lend itself to stylish, designer living, or provide a practical family home with children and pets. With a fabulous large kitchen/breakfast room and views over rolling countryside, some buyers may want to open up the kitchen further, to create a true kitchen family room as the hub of the house. At present the kitchen has a traditional farmhouse feel with an open plan dining area beyond the range of kitchen units. With a range cooker and shaker style units, this room could be given a makeover to create a real wow factor with a central island and possibly adding French doors to the terrace - to provide a large kitchen family room in line with current lifestyles.

•With vaulted ceiling, maple floor, and exposed A Frame beams, the drawing room offers fabulous space for entertaining. With the barn-like proportions and expansive views to the south, this is a stunning room; for both summer days spilling out onto the terrace, or cosy winter days, curled up in front of the log burner. With the additional reception room beyond the drawing room, accessed through double doors, those with children could create an ideal TV room for youngsters, or indeed a perfect study for those with the will power to avoid gazing endlessly at the uninterrupted views.

•The wonderful thing about this home, is the flexibility. Each reception room can be configured to suit your own personal lifestyle and whilst some may prefer a formal dining room, others may prefer a snug, or playroom. However, you choose to utilise the space, the rooms are all well-proportioned and with a media system connecting the rooms, you can even impose your own musical tastes on the rest of the family, if you so wish!

•No need to clutter your kitchen with muddy wellies and weekly laundry, as the well fitted utility/ boot room with access to the garden will retain the muddiest of dogs, or children.

•The annexe, with its own access, has an enormous bedroom that could easily be divided, an open plan conservatory/kitchen and an updated bathroom. Perfect for visiting guests, family or staff.

•A staircase from the hallway provides access to the main bedrooms, with the guest bedroom with en-suite, leading off the galleried landing staircase, from the drawing room.

•A large, dual aspect, master bedroom has a nautical feel with the cherry wood en-suite with spa bath and built in sound system, plus an expansive range of wardrobes. Indeed all bedrooms in this home are large, well-proportioned and provide fantastic views over countryside.

•The gardens to the north and south are laid to lawn with a wealth of established shrubs and trees, and from entering the five bar gate onto the sweeping drive to the north side of the house, it is apparent this is a well maintained property. Beautiful flagstone terraces extend along the southern façade creating an abundance of seating, or dining areas, whilst a more intimate area of decking overlooking the spring fed pond enables you to while away the hours in complete solitude and privacy.

•The large lawn, with ha-ha opens onto the paddock and at the far boundary another pond, enclosed with fencing, even provides your very own island. Along the far boundary a well-stocked woodland, with oak, ash, cherry and field maple, not only encourages wildlife to the area, but also maintains an excellent supply of wood for the log burner!

•Finally, for those in search of equestrian happiness; the three stables, tack room, gardener's toilet and with vehicular access to the paddock, this surely completes the dream for those wishing to escape the rigours of life and truly enjoy the full benefits of life in the countryside.

•Adjacent to the stable block, if excessive relaxation is an abhorrent thought, the greenhouse and adjoining kitchen garden could enable you to be self-sufficient with a little effort and of course, green fingers.


Blackdown House sits comfortably between the villages of Byfield and Priors Marston. Priors Marston, with a post office, primary school, sports clubs and a public house, whilst Byfield offers a shop and wonderful village community. Access to both the M40 (at J11) and rail connections to London, or Birmingham, from Banbury (Marylebone from 54 minutes) and Milton Keynes (Euston from 30 minutes) are within striking distance. Educational needs are met by an abundance of excellent schools in the area, with Bilton Grange Prep, Winchester House at Brackley, Arnold Lodge in Leamington Spa and Princethorpe College and both Warwick and Bloxham public schools all being accessible.
Bothe Banbury and Leamington Spa, in addition to Stratford-upon-Avon all cater for recreational facilities and retail therapy.

Directions - NN11 6YN

From the M40 (J11) at Banbury, take the A361 north and pass through Chipping Warden and towards Byfield. Take the left turn towards Boddington and Priors Marston, and follow this road around the edge of the villages and at the cross roads, proceed straight ahead sign posted Priors Marston and Hellidon. After about a mile, fork right towards Hellidon and the entrance to Blackdown House can be found on the right hand side after about half a mile. Please drive slowly down the shared drive to the end, where Blackdown House can be found, with a five bar gate.

Things you need to know.

•Mains electricity and high quality spring fed water supply with UV filter. Private drainage and oil fired central heating system. The property also has solar water heating. Broadband and security system. Council Tax Band G (Daventry District Council).

•All items of fixtures and fittings mentioned in these particulars are included in the sale, all others are specifically excluded.

•Accompanied viewings by appointment only. Joint Agents with Savills, Banbury.

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
12 January 2017


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