Offers Over £600,000
Thame Road, Stadhampton, Oxford
The Old Place exudes character and charm being as it is, a lovely 17th century Grade 2 listed character thatched home with an interesting history. Formerly the village bakery, the property retains many original features and is located in the heart of the south Oxfordshire village of Stadhampton. The Old Place also offers large gardens of just under 0.24 acre and off-road parking to the front. The overall floor space extends to around 2,300 square feet with wealth of beam work, open fireplaces, two separate stair-cases and two mezzanines and various outbuildings. Stadhampton is a delightful village located some 5 miles to the north of Wallingford and 10 Miles south east of the city of Oxford.
The Old Place underwent a program of improvements by the current owners, with the bathroom and ground floor wet room being refitted some 10 years ago and the kitchen units upgraded to granite work surfaces 5 years ago. On the ground floor there are three reception rooms which include a split level sitting room with a brick fireplace. An airy, dual-aspect family breakfasting kitchen comprises a range of contemporary units. Located off the kitchen are two further reception rooms both with open mezzanine levels (and exposed original beams). On the first floor there are four bedrooms and a family bathroom refitted some 10 years ago; the fourth bedroom being accessed via a separate stair case from a utility room adjoining the kitchen, which leads to a cloakroom/shower/wet room creating a space that can be used as a separate annex.
The Acomodation - The hardwood door leads to the entrance hallway, with terracotta tiled flooring and tongue and groove panelling, two doors lead to the sitting room a door leads to the kitchen with a further door leading to the rear garden. The sitting room measures approximately 27ft x 12ft and is a spacious split level room with partial terracotta tiling laid to the floor. There is a fully functional brick fireplace with a raised hearth and an oak beam mantle. There is wall lighting with windows to the rear and side.
The Smallbone kitchen comprises a comprehensive range of units and drawers and granite work surfaces. There is an integrated hob with extractor fan over an oven. Space is provided for appliances to include a dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Terracotta flooring is featured in this room with windows to the front and rear and doors to the family room and utility room. The kitchen retains the original bread oven and ash disposal unit within the inglenook fireplace. There is beam work to the ceiling and spotlighting.
From the kitchen, doors lead to a utility room/boot room which provides access to the garden and the cloakroom/wet room. Stairs from this area lead to bedroom 4 which together with the wet room provide a self contained bedroom suite for guests or family members. The cloakroom/wet room underwent significant improvements 10 years ago and comprises a w.c, wash basin and walk in shower area.
The family room (accessed from the kitchen) and interconnecting dining room are two wonderful rooms with a plethora of beam work in both rooms, limedwashed elm in the study and painted in the dining room.. Both rooms we believe formed part of the 19th century stable block and there are mezzanines in both rooms, the study contains a former timber feeding trough The dining room and family room really provide a feeling of a bygone era and both areas provide unlimited scope for further uses.
There are four bedrooms on the first floor. Bedroom four has already been mentioned. The landing area offers access to bedroom 1, 2, 3 and the bathroom.
The 17 x 12 Master bedroom offers a range of built in wardrobes with hanging space and over head storage cupboards. There is a fireplace (not working) and a window overlooking the extensive and attractive gardens to the rear.
Bedroom 2 enjoys similar views to bedroom 1 with beam work to walls and bedroom 3 overlooks the front.
The bathroom was refitted some 10 years ago and comprises an attractive white suite with circular sink, low flush w.c and panel bathroom with wall mounted shower unit.
Outside - Outside. The overall plot of The Old Place is just under .25 acre. The gardens provide a feeling of seclusion and tranquillity and provide the perfect setting for the property. The planting of shrubs and flowering areas has been carried out with the greatest of care, ensuring colour throughout the year.
The Rear Garden. Laid principally to lawn with fencing to boundaries. The rear garden retains many flowering and bedding areas that are interspersed with trees both deciduous and ever-green at various stages of growth and maturity, trees include damsons, lilacs and cob nut trees, a sycamore and an ancient apple tree. Running the length of the garden from the rear of the property is a paved path which leads to a rear patio/seating area, that is perfect for socialising or enjoying an evening drink! The approximate length and width of the rear garden is 120ft x 53ft. There is an outside tap and an outside light.
The front exterior comprises a sizeable area that is laid to shingle/gravel and this provides parking for several vehicles with a turning area that ensures easy access to the road. Brick walling to boundaries complements the character of the property.
Outbuildings. There are three separate adjoining areas all adjoining each other and positioned to the front of the property with clay tiled roofs. Adjoining the property is a general Store Room measuring approximately 12 x 9, adjoining the Store Room is an open Wood Store measuring approximately 12 x 84 and Garage measuring approximately 12 x 810. Subject-to -planning these areas offer tremendous versatility for other uses.
The Commuter Stadhampton is positioned along the A329 which offers links to the neighbouring towns of Thame and Watlington. The M40 is approximately 4.5 miles (7mins) and from here there is fluent links to major cities and other motorway networks. Thames Travel bus route T1 serves Stadhampton six days a week, linking the village with Oxford via Garsington and Cowley and with Watlington via Chalgrove. Buses run hourly from Mondays to Fridays and every 125 minutes on Saturdays. Fast and frequent mainline train links to Paddington are available from Didcot Parkway (10 miles / 20 minutes) and to Marylebone from Haddenham & Thame Parkway (10.7 miles / 20 minutes).
Location - The Old Place is centrally located in the village of Stadhampton. Stadhampton is located some 5 miles to the north of Wallingford and 10 miles to the south east of Oxford. The population is around 1,000 and the village comprises mainly of older and beautiful character homes with some larger impressive executive properties. The in-filling of new homes has been carried out with the greatest of care with any newer developments blending in with their older counterparts. The Old Place was built in 1658, according to a plaque on the front of the building (underneath an over-painted Sun Insurance certificate) and is repeatedly mentioned as the former bake house in many references to Stadhampton. The building is believed to have served as a bakery until the middle of the last century and it is recorded that villagers brought their Sunday roasts to be cooked in the bread oven until WWI! The village offers many facilities and amenities; being centrally positioned most are these are within walking distance. The village boasts a village green with play area. There is a Primary school and Pre-school approx 0.4 (distant), St John The Baptist Church of England church is close-by. There are a number of public houses/restaurants in the village and the petrol station also serves as the village shop (Marks & Spencer). The Oxfordshire animal sanctuary is located on the outskirts of the village. The renowned Crazy Bear luxurious boutique hotel/restaurant and the recent reburbished Crown Inn are in the village. The Crazy Bear farm shop is located on the periphery of the village.
- Beautifully shown part thatched 17th century cottage.
- Significant gardens and grounds of around 0.25 acre.
- 27ft sitting room with brick fireplace.
- Two further beamed reception rooms with mezzanines.
- Smallbone kitchen with original bread oven.
- Four bedrooms.
- Bathroom and shower room.
- Garage and outbuildings.