Property of the Day: Abbey Lodge, Farthinghoe

An updated historic home in Northamptonshire with a wealth of period features

THE PROPERTY: With origins in the mediaeval period, this Grade II-listed property has a rich history. The building has been extensively modernised but retains its unique character, seamlessly blending past and present styles. Characterised by exposed timber beams and high ceilings, it manages to be at once rustic and grand. As for the outside, there’s the immaculate landscaped garden, a Tudor-style courtyard and an orchard.

THE LOCATION: The property is situated on the edge of the desirable village of Farthinghoe, a civil parish in South Northamptonshire that is just a 45-minute drive from Oxford. It offers superb views of vast expanses of land to the north towards Thenford.

THE INTERIOR: Thanks to the high ceilings, this six-bedroom home feels bright and spacious throughout. There is plenty of space for entertaining, with multiple dining-rooms, a vaulted family-room, and, at the heart of the house, a drawing-room with a stone-carved fireplace. The exposed beige stone that dominates much of the ground floor lends the property a sense of warmth. Other noteworthy features include flagstone and oak floors, mullion windows, leaded lights, oak doors and window seats from which to admire the surrounding topiary.

WHY WE LOVE IT: The open-fronted stone barn makes the perfect place for entertaining during warmer months. It is complete with a wood-burning stove ideal for alfresco dining, where guests can spill out onto the gravelled path adjacent to the impeccably groomed garden.

BUY IT NOW: £2,350,000 with Carter Jonas

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