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7 bedroom equestrian facility for sale

Chain Hill, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12

Guide Price £2,300,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Panoramic views from North Wessex Downs
  • 3 reception rooms, 7 bedrooms
  • About 4.4 acres, paddock, garage block
  • Planning for equestrian use, stable block
  • & hard tennis court & natural swimming pond
  • EPC Rating = D

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Substantial Victorian family house enjoying panoramic views from an elevated position on North Wessex Downs and benefitting from planning permission for equestrian use, single storey stabling, natural swimming pond and a hard tennis court.


Wantage 0.6 miles, Didcot Parkway 9 miles (London/Paddington about 45 minutes), Abingdon 11 miles, Newbury 14 miles, Oxford 16 miles, Heathrow Airport 55 miles, London 69 miles



The name 'Chain' of Chain Hill is thought to derive from the French 'chene' meaning oak, being named by Norman settlers or possibly earlier. Chain Hill House itself is believed to date to the mid nineteenth century and was part of a working farm with over 500 acres, cottages and dairy until the 1990's and it has been owned by only three families since it was built.


Of mid nineteenth century classic Victorian architecture, Chain Hill House is constructed of brick and is half tile hung, below a pitched tiled roof. The property retains numerous period features, but is not listed and, having been sympathetically updated and extended by the current owners, accommodation of generous proportions lends itself perfectly to family life and entertaining.

The quarry tiled entrance hall leads to a central reception hall which, with panelled walls, gives access to reception rooms. Double doors open to the impressive sitting room which, with exposed wooden floors and open, stone surround fireplace, is open plan to the stunning conservatory. Two sets of double French doors open on to the terrace it optimizing enjoyment of the open views. The dining room, also panelled is dual aspect with a period fireplace. The study is cosy with a cast iron fireplace and wooden floors. The kitchen breakfast room, with windows overlooking the garden and views to the west, works well with a raised dining area with wooden floor stepping down to the kitchen. With quarry tiles, custom made wooden work units, granite and iroko work tops, there is an electric range oven with induction hob, integrated fridge and dishwasher and a walk-in pantry provides space for a fridge freezer. From the kitchen there is rear access to the garden through a boot room with the renewable energy boiler. A cloakroom with shower and utility room are accessed from the entrance hall. Two basement rooms provide useful storage and one room is used by the current owners as children's TV/music room/den.

On the first floor the principal bedroom, with painted wooden floors, has French doors to a balcony and en suite bathroom. Accessed from the same hallway is bedroom 5, which depending on needs could alternatively be used as nursery or dressing room. There is a guest bedroom with en suite shower room and four further bedrooms and a family bathroom.


Chain Hill House is approached through wrought iron electric gates along a driveway to gravel parking to the front and side of the property. A detached oak frame timber barn style outbuilding provides three open bay car ports and one enclosed garage a well as log stores. There is a separate timber garden store.

The house sits centrally in its plot with gardens surrounding it to three sides. Mainly laid to lawn, attractive beds are close to the house. A wide Derbyshire gritstone terrace accessed from the conservatory enjoys the panoramic views. There is an orchard with plum, pear and apple trees. To the west of the property is paddock grazing of just over 3 acres and with interspersed trees it is enjoyed by the current owners to attract all manner of wildlife.

The property also benefits from planning permission which has recently been obtained for change of use of paddock to equestrian use together with single storey stabling, installation of a natural swimming pond and a hard surface tennis court with transparent fence surround. (P17/V0003/FUL). Contact selling agents for more information.

SERVICES: Electricity is connected to the property. Private water and drainage. Boiler is fueled by wood pellets.


a) Chain Hill House enjoys right of way over a track to the north of the property giving access to the property and field.
b) There is a covenant restricting the use of the right of way (a) for development of the paddock.
c) The owners receive a government grant for the wood pellet boiler which imposes conditions on its maintenance and fuel grade.
d) The ownership of the boiler will remain with the vendors until the grant is fully paid (2021) at which point it will be assigned to the purchasers.

Please contact selling agents for further information.

Square Footage: 4,095 sq ft
Acreage: 4.4 Acres


(OX12 8PB)
From Wantage, take the B4494 road a signed to Newbury. After about half a mile at the top of Chain Hill, Chain Hill House is found on the right.

From London and the M4, exit at junction 13 and take the A34 signposted to Oxford. After 0.3 of a mile take the exit signposted to Chieveley, continue up the slip road to the T- junction and turn left into Chieveley village. After the Red Lion (0.3 of a mile) turn left onto School Lane and continue on the country lane for 1.6 miles to the T-junction. Turn right on the B4494 signposted to Wantage and continue for 10 miles where Chain Hill House will be found at the edge of the downs on the left hand side just before the final descent into Wantage.

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Added on Rightmove:
15 April 2017

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