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An Imposing and Characterful Former Rectory Dating Back to the 1850’s. Accommodating 5 bedrooms, annexe potential and a variety of outbuildings. All immaculately presented and set in around an acre of beautiful gardens.
Entrance – Reception Hall – Sitting Room – Snug – Dining Room – Orangery – Kitchen/Breakfast Room – Back Lobby – Annex Kitchen – Cloakroom – Annex Sitting Room/Home Office – Cellar – Main Bedroom with Ensuite & Dressing Room – 3 Further Double Bedrooms – Single Room/Study – Modern Shower Room & Separate WC – Victorian Coach House With Annexe Opportunity – Secure Garaging For Several Vehicles – Parking For Several Vehicles – Cottage Garden – Formal Courtyard Garden – Landscaped Gardens Approaching 1 Acre – Separate Coach House with Original Features & Potential to Convert
‘Oxen Hall’ is an exceptional Victorian residence the construction of which is mainly comprised of mellow red bricks under a pitched roof with parapet gables, boasting impressive stone mullion windows and striking corinthian column style chimney stacks. The grounds around the property offer a variety of outbuildings and secure garaging, including a Coach House, presenting a great opportunity to convert (subject to Planning Permission, which has historically been granted but since expired). In addition, there is a well established cottage garden, enclosed courtyard terrace, ample parking and a variety of beautiful areas in which to sit and enjoy the countryside outlook. Inside, the house feels welcoming and homely, and it is immediately evident how much it has been loved and looked after over the years. In addition, it offers extremely versatile accommodation having been sympathetically extended in the 1980’s to incorporate a granny annexe or separate accommodation if necessary.
The village of Oxenhall is a small parish situated on the north-west boundary of Gloucestershire with its south side adjoining Newent town. The historic market town of Newent offers a good range of facilities to meet most domestic requirements, including a supermarket, chemist and doctor’s surgery, as well as a variety of local independent shops. The town has a beautiful arboretum and is home to the world famous Three Choirs Vineyard. The town is at the centre of the Golden Triangle, so called because of its preponderance of wild daffodils in the surrounding area. In addition, there is a good local community school with leisure centre. The transport links are very convenient, with easy access to the motorway (M50 Jct 3, 5 miles). For more extensive retail and cultural opportunities, the Cathedral City of Gloucester is approximately 10 miles away offering a variety of excellent grammar and independent schools. Cheltenham Spa is approximately 20 miles with other independent schools.
‘Oxen Hall’ has the elegance of an historic country home without compromising on the homely feeling which makes it so versatile. The entrance hall immediately invites you to drink in the character features the house offers including wonderful flag stone floors, high ceilings, deep skirtings, sash windows and picture rails, all you would expect from an early Victorian residence. The charming reception hall flows through the heart of the house with a sweeping staircase leading to the first floor.
Right of the entrance hall is the Dining Room, a spacious and well proportioned, more formal room, perfect for entertaining. It is traditionally furnished and features a beautiful sash window with wood panelling and working shutters all in excellent condition. The Dining Room naturally flows through to the Orangery making the space perfect for dinner parties.
The Orangery was sympathetically designed to match perfectly with the property’s historic charm, without compromising the ambience of the house. Constructed in the style of a traditional Victorian Sunroom, light floods into this generously proportioned room and with traditional cast iron radiators it can be enjoyed all year around, just as well with the beautiful outlook over the garden to the countryside beyond. Planters in the room create a stunning feature with climbing geraniums against an exposed brick wall.
Next to the Dining Room, the Sitting Room overlooks the rear and side of the house with a garden view. It feels cosy and welcoming with a handsome, engraved stone fireplace and mantle. Tastefully decorated with inset bookshelves, original cornicing and picture rails and boasting two, almost floor to ceiling sash windows exposing a beautiful outlook, with working shutters.
Opposite the Sitting Room is the Snug with a convenient walk-in closet in between. The Snug could naturally be adapted into the internal granny annexe if necessary. The room is cosy and bright, overlooking the terrace courtyard, with a door which leads to the inner hall of the annexe and in turn the back kitchen.
The main Kitchen offers a charming country feel with a variety of wooden fitted drawers and units, it is open plan flowing into the breakfast room, with original quarry tiled floors, a wood burning stove features with exposed flue. The breakfast area has a bay window making it bright and welcoming and it has enough room for a large farmhouse style breakfast table and chairs. There is a good size under stair cupboard and the traditional ‘butlers’ back staircase leads from here to the first floor. The rest of the kitchen area benefits from double aspect windows, rustic, multi-coloured slate tiled floors, composite worktops and induction hob, eye level double oven and wine fridge. A door leads from the back of the kitchen to the Utility & Garden Shower Room.
Conveniently situated next to the Kitchen the Utility Room houses a separate sink, large storage cupboard, and the oil-fired boiler. A rear door leads to the Coach House courtyard and parking. Off the Utility Room there is a Cloakroom with shower, washbasin & WC ideal for gardeners, country walkers or for washing muddy pets.
The property benefits from the ability to create a separate annexe inside the house with ease. From the kitchen through the back lobby there is access to a cloakroom with washbasin and WC and plumbing to add a shower if necessary. A door to the right takes you back through to the snug, and to the left a small kitchen with separate entrance hall next to it leads into a beautifully bright and inviting room currently used as a home office/hobby room, potentially, the annexe sitting room with a door leading out to the courtyard terrace. This room forms part of the new extension and has been perfectly designed with reclaimed windows and fits seamlessly into the original building.
From the main hall stairs sweep up to the first floor, separating to the right for Bedroom 4 and the main shower room and straight up to all other first floor rooms. The landing area feels both generous and in keeping with the elegance of the property.
The main bedroom offers substantial space and is flooded with light from the two beautiful sash windows overlooking the rear of the house towards the Gloucestershire countryside, immaculately presented and designed by John Nash of Ledbury, the room offers a traditional feel matching the charming allure of the house, featuring an attractive Victorian fireplace. It benefits from a dressing room with ample shelving and hanging space and a door leads to an en-suite bathroom with rainfall shower over bath, vanity wash basin and WC all designed specifically for the house.
Bedroom 2 opposite the main room faces the front of the property also having an outlook to the side elevation with a view of the countryside, again the room is bright and welcoming, a good size double and features an original fireplace.
Bedroom 3 is positioned next to the main bedroom and faces the rear of the property, a double bedroom with a beautiful view and charming feature fireplace.
Bedroom 4 is slightly separated from the other bedrooms up steps from the half landing and is located next to the main shower room to the front of the house, it has a relaxed ambience with a further feature fireplace, inset open wardrobe, beautiful Victorian style lighting and is a perfect guest bedroom.
A newly fitted contemporary shower room next to Bedroom 4, offers a fabulous double shower tastefully finished with neutral splash backs and flooring, rainfall shower, vanity wash basin, heated towel rail, inset towel shelves, and a convenient storage cupboard all finished to a high standard, a separate WC is situated next to the shower room.
It is immediately apparent how much the current owners have enjoyed and looked after this beautiful garden over the years. Well established with different areas of interest, beautiful mature shrubs and trees, including the stunning old Acacia tree which stands proud next to the Orangery. The greenery around the boundaries of the house have been so well established over many years they have afforded natural privacy to the property; it is tucked away nicely and beautifully framed. There is an historic ‘ha ha’, and different areas to sit and enjoy the countryside views you are spoilt for choice. Most noteworthy is the well-established cottage garden, cultivated over many years and nurtured by the current owners, with a large greenhouse and little summer house to the bottom of the patch.
A significant selling point to this property are the variety of outbuildings which give versatility to a wide range of hobbies. The Coach House, a handsome building in its own right, stands opposite the house and offers a fantastic opportunity to convert, retaining many of its original character features.
Practicalities & Additional Information
The Property is Not Listed
The Coach House has previously been granted planning permission to create a dwelling which expired several years ago
Forest of Dean District Council Tax Band 'G'
Mains Water & Private Drainage
Oil Fired Central Heating
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