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Market Place, Chipping Norton, Oxon

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Property Description

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Key features

  • Substantial Listed Town House
  • Shop let to "Helen and Douglas House" at 28,000 pa
  • Extensive accommodation with enormous potential
  • Wing with Planning Consent to convert to 2 Dwellings
  • Enclosed rear Gardens
  • Off street parking for several cars
  • EPC Exempt
  • Viewing strictly by appointment

Full description

A substantial listed period town house with great potential incorporating a let shop and an outbuilding with consent to create two dwellings.

Location - Chipping Norton 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, leisure facilities and a nationally recognised theatre, and there are also excellent primary and secondary schools in the area. The town is also ideally situated for exploring the picturesque Cotswold countryside and neighbouring villages. Public transport links are good with buses to the larger centres of Banbury (13 miles) and Oxford (20 miles). Mainline train services to London run from Kingham Station (5 miles) whilst the M40 can be accessed from Junction 8 or 11 (13 miles). Additional local highlights include racing at Cheltenham, Warwick and Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Description - Manchester House is a substantial and impressive town house occupying a prominent location fronting onto the west side of Market Place close to its junction with West Street in the centre of the town. Listed Grade 2, it retains an impressive early 18th Century dressed stone facade to the upper floors with older sections to the rear and extensive accommodation rising over a maximum of five floors as can be seen from the floor plans attached to these details. The lower ground floor is currently largely unused, with the six bedroomed living accommodation spread over the principal ground floor and parts of the upper floors. The self contained shop is let to a well established charity and produces an extremely useful income and the Rear Wing has Planning Consent for conversion to two small self contained dwellings.
The accommodation is arranged as follows:

Retail Shop - The Ground Floor street frontage is occupied by a substantial double fronted Shop Unit with large display windows, leading to a rear Stock Room with tea making area. Separate Toilet fitted with WC and wash hand basin. Electric Night Storage Heaters. The Shop extends to a net internal floor area of about 80.34 sq m (about 865 sq ft) and is currently let under an occupational lease to the well known regional charity "Helen and Douglas House".

Hallway - The self contained residential accommodation is approached from Market Place by a panelled front entrance door which leads into the Hallway which runs the full depth of the building. The Main Staircase rises through the building from the Lower Ground Floor and up to the upper floors and the secondary staircase leads down to the rear section of the Lower Ground Floor. There are blocked doors to the front self contained Shop and to the Upper Floor of the rear Wing. Doors lead off to the other rooms.

Reception Room "The Bank" - With part glazed entrance door incorporating the name "The Bank", stairs rising to the rear first floor Studio, door to

Living Room - With window to south aspect and connecting door to

Kitchen - With door to side Hallway and secondary stairs to Lower Ground Floor. Sink unit, window to south aspect. Wide arch to

Breakfast Room - With window to rear and door to Hallway

First Floor Landing - The main staircase rises to the first floor landing with doors off to the principal bedrooms

Shower Room - With Shower cubicle, toilet and wash hand basin

Front Bedroom 1 - With period features and front aspect over looking the Market Place and the Town Hall

Front Bedroom 2 - With pine panelling, attractive doorcase and windows to front and rear.

Rear Bedroom 3 - With built in cupboard, attractive fire surround and side aspect.

Rear Landing - A separate Staircase rises from The Bank reception room and leads up to the rear Landing area. Door off to small Office with fireplace and short passage leading to

The Studio - A large and flexible space with period stained timber boarding and shelving, and vaulted ceilings, offering immense potential for a variety of uses. Rear window overlooking the rear of the property.

Second Floor Landing - The main staircase continues to the second floor at the front of the building. Staircases lead to the third floor attic room at the front of the property, and to the rear bedroom, and panelled doors lead off to the further bedrooms as follows

Front Bedroom 4 - A delightful room with aspects over Market Place and the Town Hall.

Front Bedroom 5 - A further good sized room with similar aspects over the Market Place and distant views over the countryside to the rear.

Rear Bedroom 6 - A good sized room under roof slopes with window to side aspect

Attic Room - The small staircase rises from the second floor Landing to this good sized Attic area under the roof slopes which has dormer windows to both front and rear aspects, enjoys far reaching views to the rear, and is capable of further improvement.

Lower Ground Floor - The main staircase descends to the front section of the building which comprises a stone vaulted Cellar at the front and several basement Store Rooms. The secondary staircase descends to the rear section of the building which includes a Store Room and a Utility Room both with old fireplaces, and a Bathroom. These rooms are at Garden level and include the main Back Door. A separate outside door also leads to several further Store Rooms and a further stone vaulted Cellar in the front section of the building. All the Lower Ground Floor areas display extensive and interesting period features.

Outside - The Property has vehicle access to the rear from a private roadway leading down from West Street a short distance further to the south. A tubular gate leads into the gravelled vehicle parking area in front of the building with a path leading up through the gardens areas to the rear access doors to the house. Access doors also lead to the Barn and the integral

Former Stable - A good sized Storage Room with potential to upgrade or convert to further Accommodation.



Rear Wing - This building is also of stone construction under a pitched tiled roof. It now has two pairs of double wooden doors into the ground floor allowing for Garaging or Workshop space, and a former staircase (now in poor order) leads up to a landing area with three further rooms off. Accessed externally is an outside Toilet with WC ( not currently functional) and a former Summerhouse now used for general Storage. This section of the property has a historic planning permission for conversion to two self contained two bedroom Dwellings.

Gardens - The pleasant gardens to the west of the house are mainly lawned with various borders and potential for further landscaping.

Tenure And Possession - The property is understood to be freehold and the majority is offered with Vacant Possession. The shop is subject to the balance of a 10 year occupational lease in favour of Helen and Douglas House which commenced on 1st January 2008 at a passing rent of £28,000 per annum (further details are available from the agents). The property has full vehicular and pedestrian Right of Way along a private driveway which leads down between nos 1-3 and 5 West Street, and through a private Car Park.

Town And Country Planning - The property is a Listed Building (Grade 2). It is also located within Chipping Norton Conservation Area, which is itself contained within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Planning Permission was granted on 13rth January 1986 for conversion of the rear Wing to two self contained two storey dwellings which the local authority have confirmed in writing has been activated and remains valid. Further information available from the Agents.

Local Authority - West Oxfordshire District Council, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon OX28 1NB tel (01993) 861000

Outgoings - The Shop is assessed to Business Rates at a Rateable Value of £12,500. The residential section of the property is assessed to Council Tax (Band D).

Services - Mains water, electricity and drainage are understood to be connected.

Energy Performance Certificates - The property is exempt as it is a Listed Building

Tayler & Fletcher and any Joint agents for themselves and for the Vendors of the property whose Agents they are, give notice that (i) These particulars are produced in good faith, are set out as a general guide only and do not constitute any part of a contract (ii) No person in the employment of or agent of or consultant to Messrs Tayler & Fletcher has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property (iii) Measurements, areas and distances are approximate, Floor plans and photographs are for guidance purposes only and dimensions shapes and precise locations may differ (iv) It must not to be assumed that the property has all the required planning or building regulation consents. A list of the partners of Tayler & Fletcher LLP is available at each Tayler & Fletcher Office.


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