4 bedroom barn conversion for saleOrchard Lane, Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire
Sold STC £550,000
- Historic barn, well converted
- Four bedrooms, two en-suite
- Huge living space
- Bespoke kitchen
- Further reception room
- Surprisingly generous storage
- Two bay cart shed & parking
- Garden with terrace
A rather delightful listed barn of some 2,350 sq ft converted by a well-known local engineer for his own family to provide up to 6 bedrooms (2 en-suite) and wonderful living space with underfloor heating throughout. There is also a cart house for two vehicles. Lovely quiet village with excellent access.
One of three houses surrounding an old farmyard. Quiet, secluded, beautiful, and located nearby excellent schools and easy commuting
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.
Stables Barn was converted a few years ago. Matt and Nicky concentrated on ensuring that whatever else the house provided, it was comfortable, inviting and easy to use. Hence while there are some lovely feature beams, roof timbers and stone flooring in evidence, the whole house feels relaxing. With large glazing areas facing South it is extremely light even on dull days, and at night the modern lighting is well planned. Unusually at this price there is modern underfloor heating in every room, lovely underfoot but just as important it provides significant cash savings. In addition, this month they have upgraded their Control4 system (www.control4.com) which provides audio, visual and lighting control through one central system. And if that wasn't enough, there is a heat reclamation system with air ducts throughout the house - further details available.
The main oak door leads into a wide, stone-floored hallway with walk-in storage cupboards ahead, behind which there is also a modern wc. On the right the first room is a fully-fitted utility which provides huge storage as well as various white goods. Past this a corridor opens up that, in itself, is delightful as it features a vaulted ceiling with the original barn roof trusses crossing overhead. Here there are two double bedrooms and a study, all in impeccable order and facing South. The bedrooms are equipped with modern en-suites tastefully fitted with travertine effect ceramic tiles, and one includes double doors opening onto the garden as well as a vaulted ceiling. This layout lends itself well to the creation of an annex if desired, the walls between the end rooms are stud hence easy to remove.
Turning to the left from the entrance hall, the space is absolutely vast. 42 feet (12 metres) of living space feels even larger due to the vaulted ceiling in the centre. The kitchen to the near end is intelligently laid out with two peninsulas, one provides a breakfast bar as well as cupboards, and the other is double-sided, hence it provides exceptional levels of storage without taking up huge space. In addition there is an induction hob with a hidden downdraft extractor, a double oven and integrated coffee machine, not to mention a dishwasher and undercounter fridge. Glazed doors from here also open onto the garden. Ahead the room opens up, naturally accommodating a dining area before the bespoke stairs rise into a vaulted ceiling above with a galleried landing - both impressive and very attractive. The staircase is thoughtfully designed with slender, elegant spindles to minimise its impact on the natural light. Consequently, the light from the two double doors facing the garden is significant, making the room warm and inviting, and opposite them is a further set of glazed doors which access a secluded patio ideal for sunlit breakfasts. The space flows to an area well planned for ample seating, currently equipped with a wall-mounted TV hooked up to ceiling speakers which can also be found in the kitchen, dining area, master bedroom and the second reception. This second reception is also uniquely attractive and large, with a vaulted ceiling and double doors also opening out to the South, currently equipped with a pull--down screen and projector to make the ideal cinema room!
Upstairs is unusual and very clever. Matt's design has allowed the rooms to gain head height by fitting the floors below the levels of the roof trusses. All will become clear upon viewing, but briefly this means that the galleried landing is set almost floating under a vaulted ceiling in which two large heritage roof lights are fitted. High sides enclose the "bridge" that looks over the main living space, and at either end stairs drop down into the accommodation. To the right there are doors leading to storage and also the server cupboard (housing the home automation rack system); and past them there is a bathroom and a bedroom. The bathroom door opens into a landing from which five steps lead into the shower room. This packaging allows the shower room to offer great space with modern fittings under a timbered ceiling. The same is true in the master bedroom, which is split in two by its stair to provide a bedroom area one side and ideal dressing area/ wardrobe space to the other. At the other end of the landing the space has been split into two bedrooms, both able to be used as doubles, but again this could be reverse engineered to provide one room.
Outside, the driveway into the development is gravelled and includes a car space to the right just inside the gates. In addition the old cart shed now provides two further car parking spaces, they could we suspect (check with planning) be enclosed to provide secure storage if desired. The garden in enclosed with a low fence and adjacent to the house is a stone path and seating area. The rest is laid to lawn, flanked with various border plants.
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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