8 bedroom equestrian facility for saleArlescote, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17
Sold STC £2,850,000
- 6 reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- 8 bedrooms
- 7 bathrooms
- Laundry, utility & boot rooms
- Billiard room
- 2 bedroom coach house
- Stable yard, further outbuildings, pavilions, 4 car garage
- Formal gardens, tennis court, swimming pool and canals
- EPC Rating = E
A wonderful historic Grade II* Listed detached Country house dating from 1625 and attributed to Inigo Jones
Banbury 7 miles (London Marylebone by rail from 54 minutes)
M40 (J11) 9 miles
Leamington Spa 14 miles
Warwick 15 miles
Stratford-upon-Avon 15 miles
London 80 miles
Please note that all distances are approximate
Arlescote House stands in a fine south-facing position overlooking rolling Warwickshire countryside. This detached house is constructed of Hornton stone under a hipped Stonesfield slate covered roof with squared 19th Century chimneys. The property's historical 17th Century architecture accounts for its attractive symmetrical facade which brings with it both elegance and generous proportions. It benefits from mullioned windows, some shuttered sash windows with hooded moulds, numerous working fireplaces, flagstone floors, panelling, panelled internal doors with delicate door furniture, window seats, exposed timbers, deep window boards and elegant oak staircase. Between 2004 and 2005 the house was extensively upgraded and modernised particularly the heating, electrics, bathrooms, plumbing, alterations to the Brew House and the construction of the garages and stables, all providing for a 21st century home amongst it's 17th century age and charm. A key attribute to the house is its elegant proportions which offer light and airy principal rooms ideal for families and entertaining.
The front door leads to a porch which opens into the reception hall. From here there are doors to the guest cloakroom, the sitting room (known as the parlour) with pretty stone fireplace with club fender, panelling throughout with display alcove and enjoys a dual aspect to the front and side. The drawing room (known as the hall) is at the centre of the original house and very much underpins the property's grandeur, as this was quite probably the main hall indicated by the part glazed door to the front flanked by elegant mullion windows. Again, like the sitting room, the drawing room is panelled and has the benefit of an impressive fireplace, exposed timbers, a number of window seats with a glorious view over the gardens to the front. The room enjoys considerable light and whilst a comfortable drawing room is ideal as an impressive entertaining hub of the house. From here the elegant principal oak staircase rises to the first floor. The dining room is a spacious and elegant room with excellent ceiling height and oak floorboards with aspect and door to the garden to rear. The study (known as the library), positioned on the southern elevation, has a pretty open stone fireplace, extensive fitted bookshelves and cupboards and offers a peaceful vantage point with views over the gardens to the front. From here there is a door to an inner lobby where there is access to the garden to the front and the secondary staircase.
From the inner lobby a door leads to the Brew House which includes the kitchen and breakfast room, which is very much the heart of the house and ideal for modern day purchasers, being of generous proportions with a range of base and eye-level units, granite work surfaces, stone floor, island with cupboards and drawers, and a 4-oven oil-fired Aga. The kitchen is fitted with a 4-ring halogen hob, integrated twin electric ovens and dishwasher. This room enjoys a dual aspect and door to the laundry room (known as the garden room) offering plenty of storage and door to the gardens at the rear. From the kitchen and breakfast room a door leads into the family room, which is dual aspect and has an open fireplace. This room is ideal for an everyday room for a large family or a playroom for younger children. From here there is a door to a pantry. For a house of this size there is the added benefit of a utility room and boot room with stone floors, extensive built-in cupboards, space and plumbing for washing machine, dual Belfast sink and drying racks. There are doors to the stable yard to the western elevation and cloakroom two.
Due to the property's configuration, it very much has a family feel to it, with the formal entertaining reception room to the east and the more informal day to day living around the kitchen and breakfast room to the west.
Elegant principal oak stairs rise from the drawing room to a large landing with views to th e front and built-in display shelves. The principal stairs continue to the 2nd floor.
To the east is the principal bedroom suite comprising bedroom one with open fireplace and dual aspect, dressing room with open fireplace, fitted out with wardrobes, inner landing and en suite bath/shower room, which has a pair of wash hand basins and a separate WC.
To the west of the main landing are two guest bedrooms, one of which has an en suite bathroom. From both rooms there are doors to an inner landing from where there are steps down to a further landing. From here there is a further en suite bedroom and family bathroom, billiard room and secondary staircases descending to the kitchen and breakfast room and ascending to a further en suite bedroom.
The 2nd floor offers generously proportioned bedrooms with two en suite bathrooms. There is a useful sitting room and further bedroom with built-in wardrobe. This floor lends itself to teenagers, working from home or integral au pair flat.
Outbuildings and Coach House
There are two drives that lead to Arlescote House. The front drive to the east through entrance gates on stone piers leads to the front door and gravelled parking area. The rear drive to the south-west through entrance gates to a gravelled drive and onwards to the stable yard and back door beyond. The stable yard is flanked on two sides by outbuildings including 4-bay open fronted garage with hay loft over, three stables, tack room, log store and plant room.
The Coach House (currently used as staff accommodation) has its own separate access to the north-east and consists of two bedrooms, family bathroom and kitchen/living room. As the coach house has its own driveway and is set a little away from the main house, it would be ideal for live-in staff, dependant family, guest accommodation or rented. There is also a garage for 2 cars and large insulated wine store.
Gardens and Grounds
The gardens at Arlescote House are predominantly laid to lawn interspersed with wide borders and beds and a couple of small canals, believed to have once formed a moat around the house. To the south are more formal areas of lawn, again planted up with flowering borders, enclosed by garden wall and wrought iron fence. To the front (south) aspect there are three elegant stone pavilions with ogee roof which stand in three corners of these formal gardens. The gardens to the rear (north) are again laid to lawn and run down to the hard tennis court. From here there is a gate that leads to the vegetable garden and paddock grazing beyond. To the north-east of the house is Garden Court, a walled garden that encloses the swimming pool. There are two fields and a paddock to the north and north-west which amount to approximately 15 acres. There is separate vehicular access to the land from within the hamlet.
Square Footage: 7,783 sq ft
Acreage: 18.78 Acres
From M40 (J11) at Banbury: Proceed through the town and take the A4100 north signed to Warmington and Gaydon. After 6 miles, having passed the village of Warmington on your right, turn left signposted Arlescote. After about 1 mile upon entering Arlescote the entrance to Arlescote House will be on your right.
From M40 (J12): Turn left onto the A4451 and at the mini-roundabout turn left onto the A4100. After about 4 miles turn right signposted to Arlescote, and upon entering Arlescote the entrance to Arlescote House will be found on your right.
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