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With stunning Georgian architecture, and heritage running through its veins, Raydon Hill House is both substantial and exceptionally attractive in equal measures. This beautiful family home welcomes you through double gates, before embracing you with the warmest of hugs, and unapologetically taking your breath away.
Dating back to the 17th century, the main farmhouse, spread over three floors, is built in the mellow, honeyed-tones of Hornton stone, with an attractive slate roof. Hundreds of years of history are veiled in every nook and cranny, whilst even the original plasterwork tells a story. A Georgian masterpiece at its finest.
It’s more than generously proportioned, yet Raydon Hill House still exudes warmth and cosiness. Exposed stone walls and beams, original shutters and doors, casement windows and flagstone floors act as a tangible reminder of times gone by, whilst stylish touches ensure it’s wonderfully comfortable for life in the 21st century. And, throughout, dramatic shadows juxtapose with wonderful, light-filled spaces. It’s a gorgeous home to be admired, but, above all, to be lived in and enjoyed.
The log burning stove in the drawing room, with its original panelling and built-in bookshelves, radiates character and draws you in on a wintry day with the promise of cosiness. Settle down on the window seats with your favourite book and enjoy the light and tranquillity, with views stretching across the south-facing lower garden.
The family room is also immensely toasty, thanks to the original inglenook fireplace. Kick back and relax in here in front of the roaring fire and hang Christmas stockings, or head straight out to bask in the garden on a summer’s day. Beautiful, stripped wooden flooring features in the dining room, a convivial setting for entertaining. But the beauty of this home is in its flexibility - simply change the configuration to suit your family’s style of living from season to season.
The large farmhouse kitchen and breakfast room is central to life at Raydon Hill House, and you’ll discover a triple Aga at its beating heart, perfect for warming croissants, and even socks! Bespoke oak, shaker-style kitchen cabinets, granite worktops, a halogen hob and lovely inset double butler sink add an inimitable style. The whole family can gather round in here with ease and enjoy a home-cooked brunch. There’s a downstairs cloakroom and utility room as well for additional appliances, muddy boots and damp paws! And, below, you’ll find the capacious cellar, with flagstone flooring, ideal for conversion into a wine cellar – oenophiles’ heaven.
The revered, original elm staircase dates back to the 17th century and leads to six bedrooms over two floors, with every historic creak and turn.
Enjoying uninterrupted views across the village and conservation area, the master bedroom, on the first floor, feels light and airy with high ceilings. It incorporates a walk-through dressing room and substantial en suite bathroom, complete with large shower, double basins and a delectable freestanding, roll top bath.
There’s a further roll top bath in the guest room’s en-suite, and another double room with a spiral staircase leading to an additional bedroom, which would make a superb study or relaxation area. There’s a handy shower room on this floor as well. Whilst, on the second floor, two double bedrooms in the eaves boast vaulted ceilings and exposed beams.
Outside, the extensive, romantic gardens are extremely private, extending to the curtilage of Wroxton Abbey. Landscaped with the illustrious Jane Austen in mind, if you close your eyes, you can almost imagine her ambling through the roses, penning her next novel.
- Three words : Honey. Hued. Heaven.
- Tenure - Freehold
- Services - Mains connected water, electric, drainage, gas
Historic vibes with a modern twist
Wroxton is a charming North Oxfordshire village with honey-coloured ironstone cottages and farmhouses dating back to the Jacobean era, and is one of the most thatched villages in England.
Wroxton stands in the shadows of Wroxton Abbey, a 13th century Augustine Abbey rebuilt for William Pope in the 17th century, with its own serpentine lake, and makes a perfect setting for a leisurely stroll.
The identity of the village has been beautifully preserved over time – there’s a central green with thatched duck house by the pond. It even has its own duck rota – simply put your name down to tend for them!
The Wroxton House Hotel features bijou wine bar, Vin-X, and The Hearty Hedgehog for stylish, gastro dining. You’re spoilt for choice in all the surrounding villages when it comes to Sunday Lunch, followed by picturesque family walks aplenty in the English countryside.
The historic market town of Banbury is within easy reach, complete with extensive entertainment facilities, a Lido for family fun, and all the major supermarkets including Waitrose and a large M&S. Close by is the wonderful Daylesford Farm and the cosmopolitan Soho Farmhouse, with stables, swimming, restaurants, electric barn cinema and an array of fitness classes, as well as the iconic Cowshed spa.
With great connectivity from Banbury train station, you can be in Central London in just 55 minutes, and Birmingham within the hour. There are also excellent links to the M40 and road network beyond. Stratford-upon-Avon, meanwhile, with Michelin-starred Salt and fine dining restaurants, is a 25-minute drive, whilst Oxford is very accessible too.
Wroxton Primary School is just a few minutes walk, and Great Tew Primary School is a short drive away. There are also several excellent local secondary, grammar and independent schools in the vicinity.
Local life around the village
- Closest village/town: Lots of lovely Nortn Cotwsold Villages like Hook Norton, Illmington, The Rollrights and Great Tew are on your doorstep.
- Supermarket: It's all about delivery from Ocado right?
- Pubs: It's all about the wine bar in the village.
- Walks: Endless countryside walks from your front door