3 bedroom cottage for saleWeston Road, Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire
Under Offer £599,000
- Wonderful character
- Great condition throughout
- Three large double bedrooms
- Three receptions
- Large, vaulted kitchen/ diner
- En-suite, bath & cloak rooms
- Private and secure garden
- Double garage, driveway
Full descriptionA historic village house of c.2,200 sq ft overlooking the green, combining the charm of flagstones and beams with high quality modern upgrades. 3 large bedrooms, bathroom & en-suite, 24 ft kitchen, & 3 receptions. Double garage & driveway parking. NO CHAIN
By any measure, a wonderful house in a great setting and in excellent condition throughout.
Bletchingdon is a well regarded 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 primary school. For pre-school children, nursery provision is available both at the school, or at an independent nursery scheduled to open in 2016. A newly built village hall is well used by the community, providing a caf and a hosting a range of clubs and classes, and this will shortly be joined by a separate Co-Op village grocery store. There is an active sports and social club, with an adjacent childrens play area. A gift of land from the Duchy of Cornwall will see the development of further community spaces over coming years, only serving to increase the desirability of this already sought-after village.
Commuting access is excellent with Oxford and Bicester within easy driving distance. The village is less than 10 minutes drive from the new Oxford Parkway rail station, which opened in 2015 offering trains to London Marylebone. Islip, Bicester and Oxford stations are also close by.
Little Lime Tree is a grade 2 listed historic village house of c.2,200 sq ft presented in excellent order and overlooking the village green. Believed to date from the early eighteenth century, it combines the charm of flagstones and beams with high quality modern upgrades. In many rooms, character features are sure to raise a smile from the leaded windows to the stone fireplace. What really sets it apart is the space. Every room is large, light and also exceptionally well proportioned. Happily the vendors have approached ownership with not a little enthusiasm and have made sympathetic changes and upgrades that have always been carried out to the highest standard. Their attention to detail has been thorough but delicately applied. There are few properties this well presented.
A pretty pair of leaded-glass doors open onto a wide hall. Used as a study/further living room this immediately sets the historic tone of the building, with its original floor of Cotswold flagstones and beams overhead. This leads onto the rear hallway, featuring a built-in cupboard and with an alcove at the end ideal for a dresser or chest. To the left, the drawing room opens out as a bright, pretty room with a lovely oak floor and a stone fireplace so typical of a property of this age now fitted with an attractive woodburning stove. This room also boasts a leaded bay window. Off to the rear of the hallway a third reception is currently set up as a family/play room, a particularly pleasant feature of which is double doors opening onto the garden. It also benefits from a sizeable walk-in cupboard. To the rear, perhaps the most impressive feature of this house is the kitchen/dining room. At 24 feet long, it is an unusually good size yet it feels even larger due to the vaulted ceiling at one end and the large glazed areas which flood it with light. Underfoot a slate floor suits the room perfectly, and contrasts very well with the extensive range of cream painted units with their wooden work top and double butler sink. Our clients spend most of their time here as it is a practical room and also provides a peaceful view over the garden.
Off the front hall a stairway leads up to the first floor. Again, this is a light space by virtue of a well-placed window over the landing. The first of the two bedrooms on this floor is all you would hope it to be. A large and elegant space, it is also equipped with a sizeable built-in wardrobe/cupboard making it very practical. The leaded window to the front is wide and attractive, and its view over the green is one of the best in the village. The second, adjacent bedroom is a similar size with a built-in wardrobe/cupboard and also looks across the green. Serving both, the new family bathroom is stylish and exceptionally well specified, cleverly chosen to seamlessly integrate with the original character - a modern white suite including a thermostatic shower over the bath, with an oak top with inset sink to the bespoke vanity unit.
The master suite occupies the top floor, with character provided by exposed A-frame roof trusses, and a dormer window supplying ample light. The landing is quite wide and hence there is plenty of room for storage on the left, and in addition to the right a large walk-in wardrobe has been created. Beyond, the en-suite is a good size, unusually containing a bath. At the end of the landing is the bedroom, a beautiful space with the characteristic A-frames and timber purlins all the way down the room. A dormer window to the front and two veluxes to the rear make this a fabulously bright room. It is also large, amply providing space for a double bed with side cabinets, in addition to which there is masses of space to the other end to build in wardrobes or place a blanket chest. By any measure, it's a lovely space.
Outside, the garden is peaceful and secluded, landscaped for ease of maintenance with a range of shrubs and mature trees. It also features a charming and convenient stone outbuilding. An established wisteria archway leads from the back door of the kitchen to the timber rear gate, which is set within the Cotswold stone wall and hedges enclosing the perimeter of the garden. Beyond this is the added bonus of the driveway, leading to off-road parking for three vehicles, and a double garage.
In all, this is a really significant find for anyone wanting a spacious village house that combines history and charm with ease of use and modern fittings.
Directions - Excellent local amenities
Rail to Marylebone 7 miles
A34 2 miles, M40 5 miles
Oxford 10 miles, Bicester 7 miles
Fibreoptic broadband available
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