4 bedroom detached house for saleShutford Road, Balscote, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15
Sold STC £400,000
- Village house for re development subject to planning
- Attached stone barn which could be incorporated into the main residence subject to planning
- Open fronted stone barn, double garage, further garaging
- Stores and gardens
- Dining hall, drawing room, sitting room, kitchen
- Three/four bedrooms
- Three bathrooms
- Off road parking
Balscote, on the borders of North Oxfordshire and South Warwickshire, is a small village made up of principally ironstone properties. Village amenities include the Butchers Arms public house, village hall and church, St Mary Magdalene, dating from 14th Century. More extensive amenities can be found in the market towns of Banbury and Chipping Norton, or further afield at Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington Spa. Excellent communication links on to the M40 at J11 (Banbury), only 6 miles away, giving access to Oxford and London to the south, or M40 at J12 (Gaydon) only 10 miles giving access to Birmingham to the north. Mainline train services from Banbury to London Marylebone (from 59 minutes). Birmingham airport is about 40 miles away. Schooling in the area includes primary schools at Wroxton, North Newington and Shenington, with senior state schooling at The Warriner, Bloxham. Local independent schools include Sibford School (Sibford Ferris), St Johns Priory (Banbury), Carrdus (Overthorpe), Winchester House (Brackley), Bloxham School, Tudor Hall Girls (Bloxham), and King's High (Warwick).
The property is also in the catchment area for the Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar Schools. Sporting activities include golf at Tadmarton and Brailes; horse racing at Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Cheltenham; indoor sports centres at Banbury; motor racing at Silverstone; polo at Southam; walking and riding locally.
Church Farm House is Grade II Listed and believed to be of 17th Century origins. The property is of ironstone construction under a slate tiled roof. Nestled beside the church on the village lane, it has been in the same ownership for the last 50 years. The property is now in need of comprehensive modernisation and offers plenty of scope for re-development, subject to the relevant consents. The property retains a wealth of period features including exposed beams, inglenook fireplace and flagstone floor. An adjoining stone barn with tin roof could either be incorporated into the house as further living space, or as an annexe/additional accommodation, subject to the relevant consents. There is a generous landing which could be altered to create a further bedroom. Here, a ceiling hatch opens to the roof void/attic room with gable end window, offering scope for improvement/alteration to a further bedroom subject to the relevant consents. A range of traditional outbuildings including the adjoining stone barn, double garage, open fronted stone barn and separate part stone/ part timber clad garaging and stores. The gardens are laid to grass, interspersed by various trees and are enclosed by a stone wall. In all about 0.25 acres. This is undoubtedly a unique opportunity to purchase a lovely period property which is ripe for improvement and renovation into a superb village home.
From Banbury take the A422 towards Stratford, passing through the villages of Drayton and Wroxton. On leaving Wroxton, take the second Balscote turning and continue into the village. Follow the road around a sharp right hand bend in front of the Butchers Arms and Church Farm House is the first house on the right hand side in front of the church.
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