5 bedroom cottage for saleChurch Street, Somerton, Oxfordshire
Sold STC £499,950
- 4/5 bedrooms
- Master with dressing room
- 2 en-suites plus bathroom
- 4 reception rooms
- Vast kitchen/breakfast room
- Sitting room with wood burner
- Wide plot with outbuilding
- Gated parking
A rare and historic "hall" house dating at least in part to the Sixteenth century, Grade 2 listed with some charming character features, set on a small dead-end lane near the church. Wide plot, planning to upgrade outbuilding to further accommodation. NO CHAIN.
A charming house in a quiet village location offering great space and many characterful features.
Somerton village offers a rare mix of countryside seclusion and easy access to all amenities, sitting amidst some of the most wonderful rolling countryside. The village has its roots in Saxon times, mentioned in the Doomsday Book, and the Church of St James dates back in part to at least 1074. There are many local activities, a number of which revolve around a fine village hall, rebuilt with Lottery money in 2008. This features everything from gatherings of toddler groups and the monthly meetings of senior citizens and the Somerton Womens group to films, evening talks and a Thursday evening bar. The village boasts a brand-new wooden playground for young children. Within a short drive are rail and road links to London and Birmingham, the M40 and A34, Oxford via Kidlington A4260 and Banbury. Also nearby are a number of other villages offering a wide range of amenities.
Hall houses are rare examples of the evolution of the English village house, originally basic, open-plan timber buildings which grew and divided into separate rooms. 1 Church Street is an example of this. Many key character features ranging from a cottage staircase to ceiling timbers exhibit the history. In recent years the house has been heavily extended to provide a vast kitchen, extra reception space and a master bedroom suite. In essence it's a large cottage with further potential to make the best of what is a really unique opportunity.
The downstairs is a labyrinth of interesting usable spaces. The front door opens into an inner porch, and into a rather delightful living room with a multi fuel stove and beams overhead with access to the original staircase and kitchen. Off to the side a second reception room is used currently as an ample study, and also connects through to the kitchen. At somewhere around 25 feet in length the kitchen is an impressive space with units to one end complete with oven, hob and sink. At the other end a large space accommodates a table and chairs with ample room to spare. This is a light room as there are windows to the rear but in addition two Veluxes overhead flood light throughout, and there is a stable door to the rear. A sliding door leads to the modern extension, originally designed as a granny annexe, with its own sitting room, easy-access shower and bedroom. This is currently used as a second living room and separate dining room.
Upstairs is served by two staircases. The original staircase leads to a compact landing off which there are three bedrooms, all of good size, and serving the three is a bathroom. The second staircase leads off the kitchen to the master suite. To one end the bedroom area is a good size with a vaulted ceiling above. In the middle of this space is a large en-suite, with a wide shower tray and modern suite. Beyond this a further area is currently used as a dressing room, and comes complete with large wardrobes- this could easily be sectioned off to create a further bedroom.
Outside is an interesting area with much scope. There is gated driveway access to the rear, coming through to an area that could be designed to accommodate as much parking or garden space depending on need/ wish.
Forming the northern and eastern boundary a significant size of land is elevated above the rest, screened from the road by a planting of young English hedgerow species, currently offering an area of lawn or other recreational space.
In addition, the "hovel" to the rear is a stone structure, with power, light, sewerage and water supplies in place, and has planning permission granted to be turned into a home office, extra accommodation and/or utility room to include a WC.
Directions - Deddington 4 miles
Bicester 7 miles
Rail - London 45 mins Bicester
M40 5 miles, A34 8 miles
Superfast broadband imminent
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