Mr Clarke likes :
That double garage could make a great office.
When you think of living in the Cotswolds you imagine a pretty house built of light coloured stone, the sanctuary of a rose garden, and the warmth of an open fire in the sitting room. You would want to be close to a friendly village pub where the landlady knows you by name and your usual. Well, we think we have just the property Rectory Barn in Broadwell. This charming four bedroom barn dates back to the 18th century and was converted twenty or so years ago. You fall in love as soon as you pull up. The Cotswolds stone and quiet setting make it a great spot for a family, a couple, or as an idyllic weekend retreat.
You are nestled in a quiet village with all the trimmings of Cotswolds life on your doorstep, but you are also well linked to larger hubs - Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Kingham Station to whizz you into London, and access to the road network. The property is in fine fettle, it just needs a splash of Farrow & Ball and a bit of inspiration from nearby Daylesford or Soho Farmhouse. The kitchen is dated and the carpets need throwing out but within a short space of time this could be a home worthy of an interior design magazine. You could get even more adventurous and having a coffee with an architect that could lead to a plan for the future. What you have is a pretty house with space and lots of charm.
Downstairs there is a large sitting room with the obligatory wood burner. The French doors look out to the loveliest of cottage style gardens. There is a room at the front of the house that we think would make a wonderful library and study. The large kitchen has a door looking out to the courtyard and walled garden beyond. There is a great utility space and separate shower room ideal for washing the pampered pooch after a long walk. Upstairs you find four bedrooms and a family bathroom. The master bedroom is flooded with light and oozes charm with exposed beams and original barn doors. There is an en-suite bathroom. The room could be transformed into a beautiful bedroom by replacing the fitted wardrobes, updating the bathroom, and revamping the decor. It wouldn’t take much work or investment to create a boutique hotel style suite.
The other three bedrooms all have room for double beds and could be used for visiting grandchildren, friends, or a lovely nursery. The second bedroom has a glazed door leading to the original Cotswold stone steps down to the courtyard and garden (perfect for a nanny or a teenager wanting to creep in quietly after a night at the pub).
Mrs Clarke loves :
The quiet road and beautiful gardens.
Rectory Barn is one of three courtyard properties, once all part of Rectory Farm. You can drive to the back of the Barn, park on the driveway in front of the garage, and then unload the kids and shopping straight into the kitchen - no one uses the front door in the country! There is a pretty cottage style garden and patio area bordered by a low Cotswold stone wall. Across the drive and past the garage is a lovely walled garden packed with roses and a summer house. Monty Don would be in horticultural heaven to tidy this space up and make it into a Chelsea show garden. We would probably replicate the pizza oven at Daylesford Farm shop and turn this space into an alfresco dining area. Like the inside of the Barn, the gardens are just nice as they are but with a bit of creativity they could become something spectacular.
- Three words : Quiet. Character. Country.
Our favourite part
The picturesque and whimsical setting - it's what dreams are made of.
More than just shopping
In our opinion Bicester is the best connected place in the UK. You are only a short distance to the Cotswolds and Chilterns and within commuting distance to Oxford, Milton Keynes, Reading and London. Bicester village and Bicester North stations with direct links to London (only 44 mins away) and Oxford (14 mins away). The M40 is close by to whizz you to Birmingham or London. But Bicester is more than a commuter hot spot.
Let's start with shopping - who can resist a couple of hours browsing the boutiques at Bicester Village followed by Lunch at Soho Farm House? There is also a wide range of high street shops and number of larger out of town shops (new shopping park with next, boots, Nike and marks and Spencer’s just opened.)
The schools are cracking, you have Langford Primary School, which has a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating. There are two secondary schools and plans for a third as part of the new Kingsmere estate. Several excellent private primary schools and also nearby including Beachborough in Westbury, near Brackley and Winchester House in Brackely. Secondary private schools include Bloxham and Stowe.
This is a place that has everything the modern, discerning faily could dream of - a modern sports centre with every class possible, several great playgrounds for the kids and a new wooden adventure playground. The great local garden centre has a cafe and soft play, the schools are very well regarded and you are spoilt for choice on places to eat and drink.
Slightly further afield are Stoke Woods, Waddesdon Manor (national trust site of the Rothschild Family) and Blenheim. The Cotswolds are on your doorstep from where you can spend time in the countryside and lovely farm shops!
Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa is only 10 mins drive away and offers a fantastic golf course, spa facilities, plus childcare facilities. You should join.
The loveliest of communities
- Closest village/town: Hethe is lovely
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: More than you could dream of!
- Supermarket: A big Tesco that is open all the time, and the very smart Waitrose is close.
- Pubs: The Lion Wendlebury (All local villages seem to have excellent pubs)
- Walks: Miles of countryside walks, particularly in the Heyfords and Astons, there is so much more than Langford and stoke woods
- Downstairs - kitchen, utility, dining room, lounge and conservatory
- Upstairs - Three double bedrooms, bathroom and separate WC
- Annexe - Kitchenette, bathroom, dressing room, lounge and mezzanine bedroom
- Gardens - Wrapping around the property with numerous outbuildings, vegetable plot, mature hedges and trees
- Driveway - Gated with space for multiple cars and double garage with planning for new conventional tiled roof conversion
- Technology - Double glazing, modern insulation, oil fired central heating and power to outbuildings
- Services - Broadband, two oil tanks, mains electricity, bottled gas and septic tank