Smith Barry Crescent, Upper Rissington, GL54

Price £995,000

7 Bedroom Detached House For Sale in Smith Barry Crescent, Upper Rissington, GL54

5 7 5 1

An exceptionally fine example of a substantial 7 bedroom detached home, including a self-contained annexe, all sitting within grounds of over half an acre, 

An exceptionally fine example of a substantial 7 bedroom detached home, including a self-contained annexe, all sitting within grounds of over half an acre, extended by the previous owners to provide a large self-contained three storey annexe. Ideal for a multi-generational family wishing to live independently but in close proximity.

Entrance Hall | Living Room | Dining Room | Study | Kitchen | Breakfast Room | Utility | Cloakroom | Master Bedroom with en suite Shower Room |  Guest Bedroom with en suite Shower Room Three Further Bedrooms | Family Bathroom Double Garage | Studio / Office | Gardens | Parking

Self Contained Annexe : Entrance Lobby | Entrance Hall | Open Plane Family Room / Kitchen | Utility | Cloakroom | Two Double Bedrooms with en suite Bathrooms

Located in a glorious leafy, private cul-de-sac at the eastern edge of the village with wonderful open views towards Oxfordshire are a small handful of highly prestigious officers’ houses reputedly designed by renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.  Now part of a thriving modern village particularly sought-after by young families for its primary school and as catchment for the Cotswold Academy - both accorded Outstanding status by Ofsted - Smith Barry Crescent originally consisted of just six substantial homes basking in peaceful splendour, built for the highest-ranking officers on what was once an RAF airbase. 
Number 1 is an exceptionally fine example, a substantial five-bedroomed detached home sitting within grounds of half an acre, extended by the previous owners to provide a large self-contained three storey annexe. Ideal for a multi-generational family wishing to live independently but in close proximity.
“Situated between the three main tourist centres of Stow on the Wold, Burford and Bourton on the Water and offered with beautifully presented, extremely comfortable accommodation, and potentially separate parking and garden, this would be an ideal base for holiday-makers wishing to explore the North Cotswolds. As such I have no doubt it would offer reliable year-round income.”
The property is bordered by low dry-stone walling with two separate gated entrances onto a wide gravelled driveway providing parking for several vehicles and onto a detached double garage with games room above.  Enjoying a high degree of natural privacy behind a beech hedge to the front elevation, the main gardens are a delight with generous well-kept lawns surrounded by mature trees, bordered at the back by fields and woodland (designated by the village plan as protected natural open space).
The main ground floor accommodation is both generous and well-balanced. A wide entrance hall leads to a balustrade staircase rising to a balconied landing and to the principal ground floor accommodation: two formal reception rooms, a study/snug (with door to annexe), a country kitchen/breakfast room and a charming garden room/play room. The sitting room, warmed by a log burner, is flooded with natural light, having a picture bay window and a fully glazed door overlooking the garden. French doors divide the space between this and the elegant dining room, also overlooking the garden, comfortably seating twelve. 
The traditionally arranged kitchen/breakfast room is practical and sociable, fitted with an Esse cast-iron range cooker for extra warmth in winter plus an electric oven/hob for summer. Provided with a separate utility room and two ground floor cloakrooms, No 1 was evidently designed as a home for entertaining. “Yes, it’s a great party house and particularly comes into its own at Christmas - just as well having moved down from London because all our friends and family love to come here at weekends!” says Emma, the current owner. 

“There’s enough space for everyone to disappear to a quiet corner as the mood suits - the grown-ups tend to sit around the fire with a glass of wine and their feet up whilst the children will make a beeline for the summerhouse and play happily for hours in the garden. There’s plenty of room upstairs too – and of course with the annexe we can host another family without disturbing our private space - and there is also a huge attic which we haven’t touched but always wanted to convert into a master bedroom, dressing room and bathroom, knowing the views from up there would be amazing.”

Upper Rissington occupies an elevated location between the Windrush and Evenlode Valleys and offers easy access to the A424 Stow on the Wold/Burford road as well as Bourton on the Water. Upper Rissington has a fantastic shop, pharmacy, gym and cafe as well as a village hall. There is also the OUTSTANDING Rissington Primary School. Further facilities and schools can be found in both Bourton on the Water, Stow on the Wold and Burford. A bus service links the village to the local schools at Bourton on the Water, as well as wider destinations and equal commuting distances to Oxford and Cheltenham. The property is approx 15 minutes drive away from Daylesford Organic Farm and Shop and approx 30 minutes drive from Soho Farmhouse Hotel and Members Club. 

The original homes at RAF Little Rissington were built in the late 30s / 40s when the base played a crucial role as a training ground for pilots during World War II.  The Officers’ Mess nearby has recently been converted into glamorous townhouses - back then it was very much the place to be seen.  During the 70s, the base became a renowned flying school and focus of local high society life.  Huge dinner parties frequently went on until dawn and the hunt also regularly met at the Commander’s home, where even the Queen Mother once stayed.  
Taken over by the Americans in the Cold War, abandoned in the mid-1990s, the airbase lay empty for several years before being finally sold off by the MOD for private development at the end of the twentieth century. However, Upper Rissington, as it was to become, was on the verge of a new lease of life.  It soon earned renown as ‘the North Cotswolds best-kept secret’. Families loved the friendliness of the local community, the freedom and safety for their children whilst appreciating the sense of peace, vast skies, tree-lined avenues and wide-open spaces.
Those who purchased in the early years were amply rewarded by sharply escalating prices, and planning permission for a new homes development a decade later ensured Upper Rissington’s long-term viability and continuing sharp upward rise in fortune.  With considerable investment into services and amenities today, attractions include an Outstanding primary school, market square, popular bistro and supermarket.
Combined with a naturally beautiful elevated rural setting and a serendipitous location on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, situated in a golden triangle between Burford, Stow and Bourton on the Water, it is no surprise that Upper Rissington has emerged today as one of the most desirable villages in the North Cotswolds for family life.

For more information and to arrange a time to view, please contact James von Speyr on 01451 824977.

Property Features

  • Detached House
  • Self-contained annxe
  • 7 bedrooms
  • 5 reception rooms
  • 5 bathrooms
  • Double garage
  • Home office
  • Gardens of over half an acre
  • Countryside views
  • Sought after location


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