Ilminster 2 miles, A303 4 miles, Chard 5 miles, Taunton 15 miles. Mainline trains: Crewkerne to London (Waterloo) Approx. 2hr 30 mins Taunton to London (Paddington) Approx. 1hr 45mins. Airports: Exeter International 31 miles, Bristol International 34 miles Oxenford House lies to the north of the village of Dowlish Wake in the secluded hamlet of Oxenford. The property occupies a delightful rural position situated off a quiet country lane. The location is very accessible with good link roads, including the A303 and A30 just a few minutes drive north and south respectively.
There is an excellent range of both public and private schooling in the area including Chard Prep School, Perrot Hill at Crewkerne, Milfield at Street, King’s College and Queen’s College at Taunton and Sherborne prep and senior schools. For further details see www.isc.co.uk for independent schools and www.somerset.gov.uk for state schools information.
LOCAL SPORTING & RECREATIONAL
The delightful village of Dowlish wake is tucked away from main roads amongst attractive cider orchards and is characterised by its numerous local honey coloured Moolham stone period properties. The historic village which is classified as a conservation area to protect its special character and architectural heritage offers a farm shop, tea room, craft shop, sports pavilion, public house, church and a cider museum. Local shopping facilities are available in the neighbouring market town of Ilminster and the larger centres of Yeovil and Taunton where a more comprehensive range of leisure and recreational facilities can be enjoyed. There are abundant walking, riding and cycling opportunities directly from the property. Racing is at Exeter, Taunton and Wincanton. Hunting is with the Cotley and Taunton Vale.
Dating from the early 17th Century, Oxenford House is a charming Grade II* listed country house set in exceptional Penelope Hobhouse landscaped gardens. Constructed of stone under a thatched roof, the property was originally a farmhouse for a freehold farm of around 300 acres, which was later tenanted by various Farmers throughout the 19th Century before being most recently occupied by Lord and Lady Pilkington who owned Oxenford House for over 40 years. Its substantial heritage is evident in its construction and evolution, having been extended in 1727 and with the addition of an attached cottage in the 1800’s. Oxenford House today presents a comfortable and welcoming family home requiring some modernisation. The property offers a wealth of period features throughout including an inglenook fireplace with bessamer beam, stone mullioned windows, attractive panelling and exposed ceiling beams extending to some 5,495ft2.
• Entrance hall • Boot and cloakroom • Country kitchen with oil fired AGA and larder • Double aspect Dining room with inglenook fireplace • Extremely attractive panelled sitting room with open fireplace • Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom • 3 further bedrooms and large family bathroom • Study/library and storage rooms on the second floor
An attached cottage of stone construction under a slate roof was added to Oxenford House in the early 19th century and is believed to have originally been the dairy. The cottage enjoys its own separate access and offers good income potential or could be incorporated into the main house subject to the necessary planning consents. The accommodation arranged on two floors extends to some 2,200ft² and comprises: • Kitchen/dining room • Generously sized living room • 3 Bedrooms and a family Bathroom
• Outstanding landscaped gardens designed by Penelope Hobhouse incorporating a free running stream and an excellent variety of plant and flower species • Attractive pond • Level lawns • Herbaceous borders with mature trees to the eastern boundary
• Double Garage of stone construction under a slate roof adjoining the cottage • Block work and timber Stable Block comprising of 3 stables, one tack/ feed room with electricity and water • Several coal and storage sheds
The land surrounds the house and lies mainly to the south with the attractive landscaped walled gardens leading through to a mature orchard and part post and rail paddock with stable block. A second paddock and separate orchard lie to the east of the property and benefit from separate access from the village lane. See sale plan. In all the property amounts to some 2.6 acres.
Property Misdescriptions Act 1991 Fox Grant and their clients give notice that: 1. They have no authority to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property. 2. These particulars have been prepared in good faith to give a fair overall view of the property, do not form any part of an offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact. 3. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents and The Agents have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise
HEALTH & SAFETY
Health amp; Safety Children must be supervised by their parents on site due to water running through the garden and the pond.
Plans, Areas and Schedules These are based on the Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. They have been carefully checked and calculated by the vendor’s agents, however the purchaser(s) shall be deemed to have satisfied themselves as to the description of the property. Any error or mis-statement shall not annul the sale or entitle either party to compensation in respect thereof.
The property is sold subject to any development plans, tree preservation orders, ancient monument orders, town planning schedules and resolutions, which may or may not come into force. Purchasers will be deemed to have full knowledge and have satisfied themselves as to the provisions of any such matters affecting the estate.
Somerset County Council Tel: 08453 459188 South Somerset District Council Tel: 01935 462462
Band ‘G’ amount payable for 2010/11 £2,391
Mains water and electricity, oil-fired central heating with AGA, drainage to a septic tank.
Freehold with vacant possession upon completion.
FIXTURES & FITTINGS
Unless mentioned specifically all fixture, fittings and garden ornaments are excluded from the sale but may be available by negotiation.
Royds, 65 Carter Lane, London, EC4V 5HF Attn: Christopher Wright Tel: 020 7583 2222
Head west along the A303 towards Honiton and Exeter. At the Southfields roundabout take the third exit onto the A358 signposted Chard. Continue along this road and turn left signposted Dowlish Wake. Proceed through the ‘S’ bend before taking the first right turn. At the crossroads turn left signposted Dowlish Wake and the property will be found after a short distance on your right hand side. Postcode TA19 0PP.
Strictly by appointment through the agents on 01722 782727. For further information please contact William Grant, Adam Field or Myrica MacIntyre.
Property Misdescriptions Act 1991 Fox Grant and their clients give notice: 1. They have no authority to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property. 2. These particulars have been prepared in good faith to give a fair overall view of the property, do not form any part of an offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact. 3. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents. Fox Grant has not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.