Property of the Day: Holly Bank, Oxfordshire

A handsome Victorian country house in West Oxfordshire

THE PROPERTY: This Grade II-listed, 10-bedroom family house built in 1862 is for sale for the first time in nearly 60 years. Holly Bank stands at the heart of 50 rolling acres that contain a pair of semi-detached cottages, a coach house and a collection of converted barns, with separate drive, that produce £35,500 pa when let. There is also farmland, woodland, a lake, a tennis court and a natural stream.

THE LOCATION: Bordering the glorious Blenheim estate, perched by the River Glyme, is Wootton. Just outside this charming village lies Holly Bank. It is surrounded by hills and grazing sheep, but being only seven miles from Oxford Parkway rail station – from which it is a 55-minute train to London Marylebone – it’s well placed for a city commute too.

THE INTERIOR: There are some wonderful original features, including stone fireplaces and wooden floorboards. Having been owned by the same family since 1959, the home feels well-loved and lived in, so a prospective new owner ought to pull up outside Holly Bank with an open mind and ideas on how they might like to update it.

WHY WE LOVE IT: While the interior may require a refresh, the bones of the building are beautiful, and its local amenities are particularly appealing. The quiet lanes of Wootton are lined with grey stone cottages, St Mary’s church and The Killingworth Castle, a 17th-century coaching inn gently modernised by the local couple Jim and Claire Alexander and turned into a cosy country pub.  The Alexanders also run a craft-beer business, The Yubberton Brewing Co, so you can expect great ale as well as fine wine and delicious seasonal dishes. For elegant rural expeditions, Soho Farmhouse is a 30-minute cycle away, and Daylesford farm shop a 25-minute drive.

BUY IT NOW: £6,500,000 with Knight Frank

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