8 bedroom manor house for sale

Lot 1 Lyford Grange, Garden, Outbuildings and Paddocks

Sold STC £2,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II* Listed Manor House of historical importance
  • Gardens, outbuildings and paddocks
  • Entrance hall, drawing room, dining room and study
  • Kitchen, pantry and laundry room
  • Vaulted master and 7 further bedrooms
  • In all about 11.2 acres (4.50 hectares)

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Lot 1 - Lyford Grange, Garden, Outbuildings and Paddocks

An attractive Grade II* Listed Manor House dating from the mid-15th Century retaining many character features from its extensive history together with gardens, outbuildings, paddocks and parts of the original moat.

For sale by private treaty | In all about 11.2 acres (4.50 hectares)

Contact Julian Sayers, Andrew Chandler or Christine Thomas for further information on 01235 862 888.


Location
Lyford Grange is located immediately to the north east of the attractive village of Lyford in the Vale of the White Horse. The market town of Wantage lies 6 miles to the south and the City of Oxford is approximately 14 miles north east. There is excellent access to the A34, 40 (70 miles to Central London) and the wider road network. Direct trains from Didcot to London Paddington take approximately 45 minutes whilst Oxford Airport lies 18 miles away.

North of the Berkshire Downs and south of the River Thames Lyford is a popular village within the Vale. There is notable schooling nearby including Cothill, St Hughs, Abingdon and The Manor Preparatory Schools, together with Radley, St Edwards, St Helens and St Katherine's and Abingdon.

Sporting and leisure activities include racecourses at Newbury and Cheltenham, many nearby golf courses including Frilford Heath and the historic Ridgeway for walking and cycling. The farm is located within the Old Berkshire Hunt country.

Historical Overview

Lyford Grange is one of Oxfordshire's important and historic houses. Formerly on the site of a Manor of the Abbey of Abingdon, then known as Moors Place and listed in the Domesday Book, the current house Lyford Grange has existed since the middle of the 15th Century. Over differing periods of five centuries alterations and re-modelling have been undertaken cumulating in its Grade II* listing in 1966.

Acquired in 1538 by John Yate of Buckland, Lyford Grange is steeped in history, in particular around the time of the later Elizabethan period and Reformation. Then under the ownership of Francis Yate, grandson of original owner John, the family were Recusants and remained loyal to the Roman Catholic Church. Lyford Grange is documented as sheltering amongst others the renowned Jesuit Priest Edmund Campion during the failed Jesuit Mission of 1580-81.

Stopping at Lyford Grange on his way to Norfolk to continue his mission Campion is said to have preached on the site on the 14th and 15th July 1581. Hunted by Government agents throughout the ill-fated mission to England Campion was captured at Lyford Grange, sent to the Tower of London to await trial in Westminster Hall trial and ultimately his execution at Tyburn on 1st December 1581.

In 1959 an Agnus Dei was found in the roof of the house confirming Campion's visit four centuries earlier. It was dated 1578 and bears the inscription of Pope Gregory XIII. To this date a Mass is allowed to be held in the barns in commemoration of Campion. The Agnus Dei lies in Campion Hall, Oxford. In 1970 Edmund Campion was cannonised (a Saint) in a service of the forty English Martyrs at St.Peter's in Rome.

Directions
From Wantage take the A338 towards Grove and Frilford, continue for approximately 3 miles before turning left towards West Hanney. On entering the village turn right onto Winter Lane at the Green and continue for approximately 1 mile. At the crossroads turn left towards Lyford Village, the farm is now situated on your right. Continue along this road to the village where Lyford Grange itself is set back from the road.

From London and the M40 take the A40 at Junction 8a toward Oxford. After approximately 4 miles exit onto the A4142 Eastern By Pass Road and follow this and the Southern By Pass Road for approximately 5 miles before joining the A34 heading south. Exit at Marcham Interchange after 5 miles taking Marcham Road for 2.5 miles towards Frilford before turning left onto the A338. After 0.5 miles turn right towards and through Garford and continue for 3 miles, over the cross roads towards Lyford Village where the farm is then on your right hand side.

Lot 1 - Lyford Grange, Garden, Outbuildings and Paddocks
Coloured Purple on the plan
About 11.2 acres (4.50 hectares)

The attractive Grade II* Listed Manor House dating from the mid-15th Century retains many character features from its extensive history together with gardens, outbuildings, paddocks and parts of the original moat.

Approached originally via a driveway from the Village alongside the front paddock the property was a moated site, formerly a Manor of the Abbey of Abingdon. Arranged around a courtyard plan the house would originally have been roughcast over timber frame with later additions including limestone rubble, hipped stone slate roof and brick ridge stack.

Once a Hall House the main entrance hall is identified in the listing entry as once being open to the roof and reads 'former hall has, in
present attic, a 4-bay roof of arched-braced collar trusses flanking central collar truss which has mortices for decorative braces and ends of moulded tie beam: cusp-chamfered windbraces, and chamfered principals and butt purlins'. The detailing is now covered by the ceiling but the original openings from the viewing room are still in place on the landing. The exceptionally fine oak roof timbers are viewed from within the attic space.

The gravel driveway entrance is flanked by two imposing yew trees set inside a red brick wall with railings above, a lawn leads to the northerly elevation. An oak framed, porch covered entrance leads to the main entrance hall with stairs leading to galleried landing. There is a stone floor and fireplace, cupboard, sash windows overlooking front aspect and courtyard garden and exposed stonework. Heading to the front of the house from the main entrance is a hall with cloakroom comprising wc, basin and window to the courtyard garden. The morning room lies adjacent with stone fireplace complete with fenders, radiators, window to the water garden and French doors to the sun room. The latter has a wooden frame with glass panes above low, red brick wall with double doors to the front garden. Sited to the front aspect of the house is the drawing room with sash windows and French doors to the front elevation, exposed wooden frame to part and
imposing stone inglenook fireplace believed original to the house.

To the rear of the house a door leads to a study with sash windows and wall cupboard with a travertine rear hallway to the dining room with wooden framed windows. The side entrance hall has two storage cupboards, one interconnects with adjacent kitchen with travertine floor, a door to the rear of house leads to the courtyard garden. The kitchen is by Thomas and Thomas with hand built units in a shaker design with built in electric cooker, hob and fridge, marble surfaces and 5 door oil-fired Aga. Door to boot room and rear hall with larder adjacent and further door to laundry/utility room housing extensive built in cupboards, plumbing for washing machine, sink and fireplace with stone surround.

The main stairs lead to a large galleried landing with exposed timber, sash windows and wooden framed opening to viewing room. To the front of the house is the vaulted master bedroom with exposed timber frames windows overlooking both the paddock and water garden. A landing adjacent provides recessed cupboard and access to a bathroom with bath, basin, wc and bidet with airing cupboard. Bedroom 2 follows with windows overlooking the paddocks with exposed stonework and wooden frame. A part wood panelled landing with storage cupboard leads to bedroom 3 with sash windows overlooking the front garden and dark oak panelling together with moulded fireplace
dating from the mid-16th century and door to viewing room with exposed wooden framework. Across the large landing towards the rear of the house is bedroom 4 with exposed wooden frame, sash window over front garden and basin. A rear landing with exposed wooden beams provides access to a shower room with walk in tiled shower, basin, window overlooking courtyard garden and low level panel effect. Bedroom 5 has exposed wooden beams and sash window to front garden and window to rear. A further rear landing with stairs down to side entrance hall has an airing cupboard. Bedrooms 6 and 7 have exposed wooden beams and windows to courtyard garden, adjacent bathroom contains bath, wc and basin with window to courtyard garden and bedroom 8 has a window to courtyard garden.

Garden
An attractive, cobbled courtyard garden forms the centrepiece of the immediate exterior and many of the rooms in the house focus on this area. With adjacent a raised lawn area and cherry tree there is a brick wall with stone top and opening leading to the water garden which centres on a sunken stone edged pond with box hedging and adjacent pump house. South of this is further garden with mature planting and garden house leading round to the pond and rear driveway. Facing onto the front paddock is a lawn side garden laid mainly to lawn with low brick wall and railings with the front garden lying to the northerly elevation with low brick wall and railings with yew trees and lawn area.

Outbuildings
The boiler house and former playroom have exterior accesses and are located to the rear of the property with the duck house located opposite, adjacent to the pond. Of stone and brick construction under earth tile roof and wooden cladding it lies adjacent to a range of wooden framed former stables, open stores and calf pens. With the majority set on a brick base there are concrete and brick floors throughout with black wooden cladding, slate roof and blue ridge tiles.

Adjacent to Lot 2 is a former granary with part brick base and part on staddle stones with wood frame and cladding and tiled roof.

Paddocks
The paddocks lie to the south and west of the house providing over 8 acres of level permanent pasture. Hedged to the roadside with fencing against the driveway, the land is subdivided into a number of parcels.

Viewing
Strictly by appointment with the Vendors Agents Adkin.
Contact Julian Sayers, Andrew Chandler or Christine Thomas for further information.



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  • Appleford (8.3 mi)
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