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4 bedroom semi-detached house for sale

Islip Road, Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire

Guide Price £698,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Fantastic character
  • Four beds, three receptions
  • En-suite, bathroom & cloak
  • Vaulted study with stone steps
  • Kitchen & separate utility
  • Suspended eaves den
  • Coach house, gated parking
  • Secluded, enclosed garden

Full description

Formerly part of the Red Lion coaching inn, a lovely family home of c.2,400 sq ft with masses of charm and delightful features. Four beds, three receptions, gated off road parking, a stone coach house and a pretty, secluded garden, set in a village close to Oxford. *** NB Fibre broadband available***

For character nuts this is a complete delight. High ceilings and beams, thick stone walls, a cobbled driveway and gorgeous mature garden. Lovely.

Bletchingdon is an attractive North Oxfordshire village, set on a plateau overlooking Oxford and Kidlington to the South. Its roots date back to Norman times, evidence of which can most easily be seen in St Giles parish church. Many residents are drawn to the village by its First school. Local activities revolve around the village hall as well as a 17th century pub, and an active sports and social club with playing field and childrens' play area. In addition plans are currently with the local council to build a new village hall, which will also contain a community run shop, and a new school. Commuting access is excellent with Oxford and Bicester within easy driving distance, Islip and Bicester stations are close by and there are frequent buses running to and from Oxford.

London House makes us smile. It has been with the current owners for circa 20 years, and by their own admission it is going to be extremely hard to leave a house that has so ideally looked after their family. Some houses just feel inviting, friendly, warm, all intangibles that have no scientific basis we know of but everyone warms to - this is one of those houses. There is so much charm and this combined with a lot of accommodation add up to a really desirable place to live. The property is Grade 2 listed, dating from approx. 1750 at which point it was part of the Red Lion coaching inn set on the then main London road to the Cotswolds.

Downstairs the three receptions are all good sizes, especially the living room which is double aspect with a large stone fireplace with stone flagged hearth and exposed ceiling beam. The dining room links through to both the hall and kitchen, the latter being in a post-war extension which overlooks the garden. Unusually there is also a rather large utility room with exposed ceiling beam, only accessible from an external door adjacent to the kitchen, our clients had always thought to one day create a larger kitchen in this space, not least as there is a further store room attached which could have become another utility room. There is also a cloak room by the back door, but perhaps the most interesting spaces are those reached by the stone external steps... To the side of the cobbled drive stone stairs lead up to two rooms. The first is a large room currently used as a study, with a vaulted, exposed timber ceiling and a roof window facing the rear. We suspect it would be possible, subject to consents, to connect this room into the main house as a fifth bedroom. The second is unique in our experience as it is an entirely timber room suspended in the eaves over the driveway! Humorously titled "the book nook" this space, with exposed timber everywhere and no windows but wired for light hence a brilliant and characterful if unorthodox space, has been the most delightful of reading spaces/ retreats for children over the years.

Upstairs is similarly quirky. Two conventional bedrooms are large and airy, one of which connects through to an en-suite bathroom. The largest however is full-height vaulted with cross and wall timbers, double aspect with a sealed glass door leading out to nowhere! However this room is so large that within it is another bedroom, boxed in and a good double with a window overlooking the front. We believe this could be reconfigured, subject to consents, to provide two entirely separate rooms without affecting the character. Serving all four is a further bathroom.

Outside to the front the entrance to the drive is via two timber gates underneath the roof which forms the aforementioned "book nook". The drive is cobbled with space for several vehicles and as it is wide it has plenty of under cover storage space to either side. The stone steps to the study lead up to the left, and behind all this is a large stone building we believe was originally a coach house. It is a significant size, more than enough room for several vehicles and there are windows as well as power. To the side the garden is delightful, mature and landscaped in a soft and natural fashion, with several paved terrace areas plus various shrub borders ranged around a lawn to the centre. This is secluded, quiet and exceptionally calm.

Directions - Good local amenities
Rail to Marylebone 7 miles
A34 2 miles, M40 4 miles
Oxford 10 miles
Broadband up to 100 Mbps

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