Horley is an attractive ironstone north Oxfordshire village close to the Warwickshire borders. It has a popular rural community with a public house, a thriving cricket club, parish church and provides easy access to Banbury. In the adjacent village of Hornton there is a well regarded primary school. There are a wide range of other excellent state, grammar and private schools in the area, including Tudor Hall (girls), Bloxham (co-ed), Kings High (girls), Warwick (boys). Preparatory schools in the area include St Johns' Priory (Banbury), Carrdus (Overthorpe), Winchester House (Brackley) and Beachborough (Westbury).
Banbury benefits from a number of leisure and shopping facilities together with mainline train services to London Marylebone (approx. 54 mins), and Birmingham. The M40 motorway can be joined at junction 11 on the outskirts of the town.
Horley House is a beautiful and imposing Grade II Listed property, and is believed to date back to 1850. It has been in the ownership of the same family for over 40 years, and has been a well-loved and welcoming home for many years. It is now offered to the market for the first time in a generation, and would provide a new family with an impressive home in a popular village, with stunning open countryside views.
The property provides elegant and spacious accommodation over three floors together with usable cellars, having abundant original period features throughout. It has been well maintained by the current owners, and now has the potential to be further updated and possibly enlarged, making it a very special and desirable
family home. The surrounding landscaped gardens and grounds are private and secluded with stunning open countryside views at the rear of the house.
The property is approached via a sweeping gravelled driveway. The spacious entrance hall, with wooden floors and corniced ceilings, leads to the principal reception rooms including the Morning room, with double sash windows, leading to the impressive Drawing room with original wooden panelling, window shutters, inset display units and a feature fireplace. To the other side of the entrance hall is the Dining room, with wooden flooring, feature fireplace and sash windows overlooking the front gardens. A door leads to the Breakfast room. The Kitchen has a good range of units and a useful walk-through larder. The Utility room gives access to a Studio and Store, originally the former stables. This area offers great scope for potential further enlargement, incorporating the Garden room, to create a wonderful kitchen/breakfast room with views over the gardens and surrounding countryside (subject to necessary planning consents). A side staircase leads to the first floor. Completing the ground floor is a rear lobby with access to the Study, integral Garage and downstairs cloakroom. The Cellars are in good order, and very useable storage, amenity or laundry spaces. The striking staircase is a particular focal point of the house, dominating the entrance hall and leading to the first floor rooms.
The master bedroom suite incorporates a good sized dressing room/bedroom 6, with plenty of built in storage. It has an ensuite shower room with a large walk-in shower. There are four further spacious bedrooms, two with ensuite bathrooms. All the main bedrooms are well proportioned offering plenty of natural light, with scope for further enhancement if desired. The second floor has a further bedroom with adjacent tank room and attic store.
Gardens and Grounds
The front gardens are bound by a stone wall, giving instant privacy and a feeling of seclusion, yet being within the centre of the village. The front lawned area is planted with a good selection of mature specimen trees, with generous well tended flower borders and formal terraced gardens interspersed with gravelled pathways. A previous owner installed a swimming pool, that is now disused, but could be reinstated. The main garden to the rear of the house is mainly laid to lawn, with stunning uninterrupted views across rural countryside. There are plenty of places to relax and entertain and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. A large gravelled area provides plenty of space for parking, and gives access to the stables, studio/store and garage.
House For SaleHorley House, Hornton Lane, Horley, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15
Guide price £2,250,000
A captivating period family house with well proportioned accommodation, fabulous countryside views, and mature gardens and grounds extending to approximately 2.65 acres
- Spacious Entrance hall
- Morning room, Drawing room, Dining room
- Kitchen with adjoining Breakfast room and walk through larder
- Study, Garden room, Utility
- Master bedroom suite with ensuite shower and adjacent dressing room/bedroom 6
- Four further guest bedrooms (two with ensuite bathrooms), Family bathroom
- Second floor bedroom with adjacent attic store and tank room
- Garden room
- Cellarage, Integral garage
- Studio/workshop (originally stables), Store
- Mature landscaped gardens surrounding the house on all sides
- Walled garden to front of house
- Stunning countryside views
- Disused swimming pool
- In all extending to 2.65 acres