4 bedroom country house for saleBishops Itchington, Warwickshire
Sold STC £1,050,000
- Traditional Farmhouse
- Four Bedrooms
- Three Reception Rooms
- Kitchen / Breakfast Room
- Two En-Suites
- Family Bathroom
- Attached "A" Frame Barn
- Formal Gardens
- Five Acres
- Paddocks and Stables
A traditional farmhouse with attached "A" frame barn commanding an elevated position with panoramic views over Warwickshire countryside. Set in approximately one and a half acres of beautiful formal gardens, with in excess of five acres of pasture field and paddock, two stables, double garage and ample parking.
Energy Efficiency Rating: D
Vendor Comments - Christmas Hill Farm has had a farmhouse on the site since the 1700's. The house was renovated and extended in the mid 1970's and has the benefit of six acres of fenced grounds. The house was modernised five years ago to make it more modern and suitable for a family, and the present owners have completed the modernisation by installing among other items, a four oven Aga and a new central heating boiler and pumps. The house is now quite modern and homely.
"When we were looking for a new home we received the house details but we were not too sure at all - it seemed too big for us, but when we viewed Christmas Hill we immediately fell in love with its charm and we knew this was the home was for us, it has the most amazing feel of tranquillity and peace to the house."
The house has been aesthetically modernised and is the perfect country home - 'The Dream'. Christmas Hill Farm is the ideal home for children with lots of space to ride ponies in its own adjoining fields and upon the local bridleways, or for exploring and running around to their hearts content, or watching out for the vast amount of wildlife such as the different types of deer and the hundreds of different birds that visit and nest in the gardens and adjoining fields.
The vegetable garden provides fresh fruit and vegetables and is a great asset to any family as well as making a saving to the household expenses.
There are some wonderful opportunities for someone to modernise the adjoining barn and make it into an extension of the house like a studio or to make it an independent property for parents, holiday letting or simply resale.
It only takes two minutes to drive into the village where there is an excellent school. Its a lovely friendly village community and has a co-op store, a post office, fish and chip shop, off licence and paper shop that delivers papers to the house, and a lovely village pub.
"The position of the house looks over to the Burton Dassett hills and into the valley - the views are simply stunning" says Terry "the location of the house provides ease of access to road and rail links. The M40 is easy to reach, the Fosse Way is only five minutes drive, the rail stations at Warwick, Leamington Spa or Banbury are just 15 minutes away and Rugby main line station takes just half an hours drive."
There is good schooling available at Bishops Itchington Primary School, and secondary schools at Stratford Grammar and Kineton High. Preparatory at Carrdus and Warwick. Warwick School for boys and Kings High (Warwick) for girls. Alternatively Bloxham School and Tudor Hall near Banbury or Kingsley School in Leamington Spa.
Sporting and leisure activities in the area include racing at Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick; golf at Warwick, Chacombe and Tadmarton; full indoor sports complex at Banbury or Southam and theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.
"It will be the hugest wrench for us to leave this lovely house" says Anne "We have had such wonderful and happy times here - in the orchard garden where the trees bare apples, pears, walnuts and hazelnuts. We have held wonderful garden parties during the summer, and we have celebratory parties for the family throughout the year with 20 or more guests - it's a wonderful atmosphere and so nice when the house is full of noise, chatter and laughter. The house is so open and spacious it is just perfect for entertaining."
"We will miss everything about the house and gardens, the orchard with the springtime flowering of hundreds of daffodils and carpets of snowdrops, the wisteria blossom around the front of the house, the summertime when the borders and beds explode into colour, the views, the numerous tranquil seating places, especially the very large balcony area, the privacy.....everything!"
"When we think we were unsure when we first received the details - it would have been a tragedy to have missed something so very special. Living here at Christmas Hill Farm is going to be a very hard act to follow."
Terry and Anne
* These comments are the personal views of the current owners and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.
Accommodation - The farmhouse boasts: an attached "A" frame barn (which subject to planning permission could be converted into additional accommodation or independent accommodation for ones parents, a holiday home or a development to let or sell), entrance porch, reception hall, cloakroom, formal drawing room, dining room, study, fitted kitchen/breakfast, utility, vestibule, gardeners toilet, four double bedrooms (two en-suites) and family bathroom. Set in approximately one and a half acres of beautiful formal gardens, with in excess of five acres of pasture field and paddock, two stables, double garage and ample parking.
Ground Floor - Double front doors with glass panelled side windows lead into an inner porch with brick flooring and two wall lights. Glass panelled door and glass panelled side windows lead through to:
Reception hallway having feature fireplace with wood burning stove, stone hearth and wooden mantel surround, three central heating radiators, wall lighting, staircase rising to first floor landing and doors leading to:
An impressive drawing room having windows to front, side and rear aspect, feature Horton stone fireplace with open fire, stone hearth and mantel, four central heating radiators, five wall lights.
Study having bay window to rear aspect, central heating radiator, two wall lights, door and steps leading into:
Downstairs cloakroom having part ceramic tiled flooring, half height tiled backsplash, low level wc, wash hand basin with chrome mixer taps with marble surround and wooden storage beneath, central heating radiator and wall and ceiling light.
From the reception hallway steps lead up into inner lobby having bay window to front aspect, coving to ceiling and central heating radiator with double glass panelled doors leading into:
The formal dining room has a bay window to rear aspect, coving to ceiling, three wall lights, central heating radiator and useful recessed storage cupboard.
The farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room is a wonderful room, having a range of Fired Earth freestanding solid oak and hand painted base units with complementary oak work surface, integrated Hotpoint dishwasher and double Belfast sink with chrome mixer taps, wall cupboard and plate rack, a new four oven AGA with hot plate, Travertine tiled flooring, exposed beams to ceiling, spotlighting, central heating radiator, windows to front and side aspect together with double doors leading onto a pretty rear courtyard.
Door leading to passage to back door exit and to boiler room housing the property hot water cylinder, part panelled glass door leading to rear garden.
Door and step up to utility room.
Utility room having a range of hand painted storage cupboards to complement kitchen, to one wall and range of hand painted base units with complementary wooden block work surface with space and plumbing for washing machine and separate dryer, ceramic sink with waste disposal and chrome mixer tap, half height wooden wall panelling and Travertine floor tiles, window to front aspect. Door through to:
Vestibule with useful storage cupboards, leads through to the gardeners cloakroom with low level w.c, pedestal wash hand basin and obscure window to front aspect, a stable door leads to the adjoining barn with mezzanine floor.
First Floor - First floor landing having windows to front elevation together with glass panelled door leading onto roof balcony to rear elevation having wrought iron railings, outside wall lighting and views over rear garden, stables and fields beyond.
Master bedroom suite having windows to both front, side and rear elevations, cornice to ceiling, wall and ceiling lights, two central heating radiators, two sets of double built-in wardrobes leading through into en-suite bathroom.
The en-suite bathroom having ceramic tiled flooring with under floor heating, has a Victorian style freestanding roll top bath with chrome mixer taps and hand held shower, Victorian style ceramic wash hand basin, low level w.c, separate corner shower cubicle with chrome fixtures, fired earth natural stone tiled walls to half height, old school style heated towel rail, wall lighting and spotlighting to ceiling and window to rear elevation.
Bedroom two with window to front elevation, central heating radiator, built-in wardrobe and useful storage cupboards with built-in shelving units, wall lighting, door through into:
En-Suite shower room having low level w.c, wash hand basin and vanity unit beneath, tiled back splash and two storage cupboards with mirror inlay, double enclosed shower with tiled back splash and chrome fixtures, central heating radiator and electric heated chrome towel rail, window to rear elevation.
Bedrooms three and four both have built-in wardrobes and storage.
The family bathroom has a ceramic floor with under floor heating and wall tiles, low level w.c, bath with chrome fixtures and hand held shower, ceramic wash hand basin with chrome fixtures, beech effect storage cupboards beneath and to the side, wall lighting and ladder style radiator towel rail.
Barn - The barn is accessed from the vestibule and there is a door that leads from the barn to the side drive and parking area. The vaulted barn has the advantage of two large original barn doorways on each side with original beams and brickwork.
There is a stairway leading to three rooms, the first two are as original and have electric lighting, the third room has been fully modernised with a loft access leading to the loft area where the water tanks are contained in a modernised loft room with lighting and power sockets. The tank room has an anti-frost system installed to prevent frost damage in the winter.
The Barn offers a wonderful opportunity for an extension to the existing house; such as a studio and games room, or the opportunity to create an independent home for ones parents, a holiday let or an independent property for letting or selling.
The Barn was granted permission for the extension to the existing house in 2007, but this was allowed to lapse by the existing owners.
Outside - To the front of the property, farm style gates lead to a substantial open shingle drive with small patio area and pathway leading through a wrought iron pedestrian side gate into the beautiful side garden/orchard being mainly laid to lawn with mature trees, fruit trees, fenced pond and hedgerow, open post and rail fencing to borders, side patio, wooden gate through to field as well as gates to the rear field and a gate to the pond area, there is another gate from the front road which leads to the front of the orchards gardens. A separate gate opens to the rear garden, being laid to lawn with well stocked flowerbeds and borders, patio area, mature trees and pathway leading to raised decking area with purpose built childrens playhouse.
A side gate leads to the double garage and ample parking for a number of vehicles with farm style gate leading through to hard standing yard with double wooden stable block with lighting and mains water to the field. There is also approximately five acres of pasture field and paddock which are both newly fenced to the perimeter.
Location - The property is set well back over 600m from the Gaydon Road on an elevated position, a real escape from the hustle of urban life. With far reaching countryside views, the location is still extremely convenient with good access to road and rail links. The Motorway network, M40, M42, M1, M6, Birmingham International Airport and the NEC are all within easy reach and the Fosse Way is only five minutes drive away. The rail stations at Warwick, Leamington Spa and Banbury are just 15 minutes away with direct links to London Marylebone and Birmingham and the main line station at Rugby takes just 30 minutes drive. There is good schooling available at Bishops Itchington or Harbury Primary School, Southam College Secondary school and sixth form as well as secondry schools at Stratford Grammar and Kineton High. Preparatory at Carrdus and Warwick. Warwick School for boys and Kings High (Warwick) for girls. Alternatively Bloxham School and Tudor Hall near Banbury or Kingsley School in Leamington Spa.
Sporting and leisure activities in the area include horse racing at Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick; golf at Warwick, Chacombe and Tadmarton, full indoor sports complex at Banbury or Southam and the RSC theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.
Close to the Spa town of Leamington with its excellent array of shopping, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Banbury and Stratford upon Avon are also accessible within 25 minutes. Birmingham, Solihull, Oxford and Rugby are under an hour away.
Services - Electricity, telephone, oil-fired central heating, septic tank.
Local Authority - Stratford-upon-Avon District Council
Tax Band: H
Viewing Arrangements - Strictly via the vendors sole agents Fine & Country
Opening Hours - Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
Sunday 11.00 am - 3.00 pm
Directions - Exit the M40 Junction 12 turning left onto the B4451-Gaydon Road. Follow the road north for approximately half a mile. Christmas Hill Farm can be found on the left-hand side indicated by our Fine & Country board.
Agents Notes - All measurements are approximate and quoted in metric with imperial equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given and that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure.
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