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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Fox Lane, Westcott Barton

Sold STC £800,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Around 1/2 acre
  • Characterful & comfortable
  • Four ample main bedrooms
  • Separate detached cottage
  • En-suite, further bathrooms
  • Kitchen with Aga & utility room
  • Ample driveway, double garage
  • Delightful garden facing fields

Full description

A warm, comfy, and surprisingly large four bedroom 17th century village house complete with separate detached cottage, nestling in the quietest of unspoilt village lanes within its own glorious plot of around half an acre. Wonderful views, peace and seclusion, and the scope to significantly improve and/ or extend if desired. NO CHAIN

An immensely likeable, comfortable and unusually spacious house full of character, in a particularly lovely setting overlooking the fields and river, with scope for improvement and further expansion

Westcote Barton is one of three Barton villages approximately 7 miles from Woodstock, dating back to pre-Norman times. Middle Barton offers a range of facilities including pubs, a mini-market and cafe, a garage and a post office. The village has extensive sporting facilities and a recently-completed children's playground. The primary school is within easy walking distance, and it is exceptionally well regarded. While rural and very much tucked away the village is well placed amongst other charming North Oxfordshire Cotswold locations such as Great Tew and Duns Tew. Commuting is easy: Lower Heyford station is a short distance away with connections to Oxford, London (Paddington), Banbury and Birmingham (New Street). Oxford Parkway Station, in nearby Kidlington, has direct connections to London (Marylebone) via Bicester. A local bus service circulates around the nearby villages.

Fox Lane is a location only really known to locals. Hidden away from the main road, it meanders gently down between just a handful of period houses, culminating in a charming ford that crosses in front of the Old Mill. Unless you look hard, you could miss Woodmass Cottage, as the whole house faces away from the lane. Entering the driveway, you find a house that faces dead south over its own truly wonderful gardens that in themselves are generous, but the wonderful view across the River Dorn (more a stream than a river!) and fields to the rear give an even greater feeling of openness and space. This is a house that provides warm, comfy and relaxed accommodation, quiet and secluded. As it stands it's the sort of house that cossets families for decades, from the first-born right through grandchildren - the venue for big Christmas gatherings and Sunday lunches. But it also features two further rooms in the loft not currently used and without staircases, plus scope for further expansion (subject to permission), so if desired there is great potential to elevate this property way beyond its current form.

The inner porch opens to a hallway off which the stairs rise, and to the front is a window flooding in great natural light. As with most windows in this house, the view is more than arresting! On your left shoulder a door enters the utility room complete with sink, beyond which is a further door into the double garage - this could provide quite significant extra living space if converted. Two further doors lead respectively into a cloak room and a large cupboard. Ahead, the kitchen is well proportioned and appointed, with a range cooker the central focus. Space for a table in front of the window is ideal for peaceful dining looking down the garden, and sturdy timber units provide a generous range of storage round three sides. To the rear, a couple of steps drop down into the living room. This is charming. Originally two rooms (the house was at one point six cottages), this has been opened up to provide a living space that naturally lends itself well to a dining area at the near end and living room at the other. A table and 8 chairs is accommodated with ease, leaving room for a large dresser, chest etc if desired. On the other side of the room, the Inglenook fireplace contains a large wood burning stove which is both attractive and very effective. On the lane side, two small windows compliment the larger windows to the garden side, making this a pleasantly light space. A door on the garden side leads into the conservatory. This is quite a size, so much so that it currently hosts a large suite of furniture including a table, chairs and a sofa! From here the view down the garden is breathtaking - during the Summer this would be our favourite sitting room.

Upstairs, the traditional cottage-style landing runs the full length of the house. To the western end, the master bedroom is a delight. The proportions are such that a huge wardrobe and a suite including a king size bed and various chests are easily swallowed with room to spare. The window on the west wall provides a view out over the fields. To the south side, glazed double doors lead out onto a wide balcony, a delightful feature, from which the view is at its very best. Such is the position of this house that this balcony really is private - what a wonderful venue for a Sunday morning coffee with the paper?! Serving this room, the en-suite is large, well presented and equipped with a large modern shower as well as a very grand and interesting vanity unit. Down the hall, three further bedrooms are all well proportioned - all can easily accommodate a large double bed with plenty of space spare, and one is fitted with a dressing table plus a large suite of storage and wardrobes. Two bathrooms provide for all needs, one modern and neutral, the other particularly attractive with a cast iron roll top bath - placed next to the window and offering a stunning view of the garden! Note that in addition to these bedrooms, there are two further rooms in the loft that have been used as bedrooms before (attested to by a villager who used them!). They are accessed via a loft hatch currently, but from our cursory first inspection they would appear to offer a perfect opportunity to add further bedrooms, play room space or simply the most generous of store rooms.

Outside needs careful explanation. First, the cottage. This could easily accommodate a nanny, or gardener, or a sulky teenager who needs their own space. Probably a barn originally, this detached dwelling is charming. The Inglenook in the living room on the ground floor contains a Victorian range. Off to the side a compact kitchenette is fitted, complete with a timber work top. Behind this is a shower room. And at the top of the elegant spiral stairs is a vaulted room with exposed timber roof trusses that is bright as it is double aspect, in particular enjoying the view across the whole garden. It's a large room by most measures, the most generous of bedrooms with room also for a wardrobe as well as a desk, sofa etc.

Outside the main house, a terrace runs part of the width. The gravel parking area in front of the garage is reached from the lane, and accommodates three or four cars with ease .However, note that "our" boundary runs outside the current drive, from the front wall to the telegraph pole to the West, hence if desired the parking could be extended significantly. Behind the terrace, several steps lead down to the lawn, with various flower beds incorporated into what is a deliciously soft and appealing view. Mainly lawn, the garden meanders down to the river, which is a more a quiet stream, and beyond that is a mix of woodland and fields. A wide array of trees, mature shrubs, flower and hedges provide a landscape that feels exceptionally calm and peaceful. There is always something pleasing to catch the eye. This is a garden equally perfect for enthusiastic gardeners, quiet book worms, noisy football games, or picnics. There are few gardens we know of that are this special.

Directions - Lower Heyford Station 4 miles
Banbury 14 miles, Oxford 13 miles
M40 9 miles (junc 10)
Oxford Parkway Station 11 miles
High speed broadband available

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  • Tackley (4.5 mi)
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  • Heyford (3.1 mi)
  • Tackley (4.5 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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The Morris Building, Greenway, Caulcott, OX25 4NF

01869 714037 Local call rate

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