2 bedroom cottage for sale15 High Street, Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire
- Just delightful charm
- Large, pretty living room
- Great kitchen/ breakfast room
- Two good bedrooms
- Lovely bathroom
- Landscaped garden
- Outbuilding/ bothy
- Parking on street
A splendid listed character cottage extended and elegantly upgraded with some lovely contemporary touches. Two bedrooms, wonderful living room with fireplace and window seat, delightful garden, an outbuilding with power, and off road parking. The ideal retreat set in a charming village.
More feel good factor and style than anything else of its type we have seen!
Upper Heyford is a quiet and secluded village away from the beaten track but within easy reach of amenities and road/ rail links. The community is vibrant and varied with a well-used village hall and green plus a good local pub, plus there is a highly-regarded new free-school less than a mile distant; many villagers also enjoy a walk of around a mile down the Oxford Canal to Lower Heyford where a shop and cafe can be found at the canal wharf as well as a further good pub. Rail access is excellent with Lower Heyford having a station feeding to Oxford and London Paddington, Bicester North is 7 miles East with fast and frequent trains into London Marylebone. Road links are also straightforward with both the M40 and A34 a short drive away.
Fountain View is an absurdly charming stone cottage with a thatched roof, the archetypal building everyone associates with the Cotswolds. It is part of a row dating back, we estimate, several hundred years and either built to house farmworkers or possibly those working on the canal nearby. It is in good condition with a surprisingly large kitchen and living room as the cottage has been extended on the ground floor. The property is Grade II listed, information is available here:
The wide ledge and brace door leads into a to-die-for living room. Beams and limewashed walls immediately set the tone, with an Inglenook fireplace and a window seat confirming the character. This is a larger room than you would expect and consequently it has easily swallowed some pretty large furniture with room to spare. To the side original wide plank stair treads lead up to the first floor, and the window above it provides more natural light ensuring this is not the dark space often associated with cottages. To the rear the kitchen is very appealing, with a modern range cooker and double butler sink alongside rustic wood shelves and wall decor. This, too, is a surprising room as it currently houses some pretty large furnishings including a long table. Little character keys including the exposed stone wall raise an instant smile, in addition to which the double doors opening onto the terrace invite the garden in.
Upstairs both bedrooms are a good size. The smaller is an ample double, currently set up as an occasional and dressing room with a curtain hiding hanging space and other storage. The wide plank boards underfoot are exquisite - and rare - original features and these extend through into the landing. Bedroom one is a really delightful room. Certainly the current furnishings help give it a wonderful style, but it's an ample space with a charming Suffolk latch door and a rear window looking down over the garden. Both rooms are served by a timeless bathroom which includes a vanity unit with an inset sink plus an enamel bath.
Outside to the front wisteria climbs lazily over the front wall and box hedge topiary separates the house from the pavement and continues round the corner. Through the neighbouring driveway a side gate leads into the rear garden. Landscaped throughout this is a wonderful sun trap on pretty terraces, with steps up to it from the kitchen door. It is a good length and should you desire it could easily be converted to provide a lawn. At the rear there is a covered log store to the right, and through the door a further room with power and light is ideal for a myriad of uses ranging from home office to storage to guest space.
Directions - Bicester 7 miles Banbury 12 miles
Oxford 16 miles
A34 6 miles; M40 4 miles
Excellent school, pubs, community
Infinity broadband due 2016
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