To find this level of rural perfection and heritage, you would normally need to go deep into the heart of the English countryside. Not so with Little Manor, an elegant Grade II listed William and Mary house that dates back to 1696.
“The house is hidden in almost 10 acres of stunning seclusion, but it’s just 10 miles from the cultural and academic institutions of Oxford,” says Ed Sugden, Savills Country Department. “There are some beautiful properties in and around Oxford, but this combination of true countryside living and accessibility to the city’s renowned schools is rare.”
Little Manor sits in an elevated position overlooking the picturesque village of Tackley with views of the Cherwell Valley. Despite the property’s height, the natural undulations of the land mean it maintains its privacy well.
“The approach is one my favourite parts of the estate,” says Sugden. “You can’t see the house along the tree-lined drive and it only comes into view at the last turn as the drive drops gently towards the front.”
Inside, Little Manor is beautifully decorated throughout and its architecture is typical of a house of this period. Rooms are elegantly proportioned and have a wealth of period features.
“One of the striking things about the house is that it is so welcoming and has the feeling of a family home,” says Sugden. “There are beautiful period features but it’s practical, too.”
The chapel room is, perhaps, a case in point. The vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows are stunning, yet the room also works comfortably as a large study.
Outside, the house sits centrally in almost 10 acres. Wide well-kept lawns slope away from the house to the south and east with broad herbaceous borders. The gardens are enclosed by a wall of mature beech, ash and chestnut trees. From the terrace, stone steps lead down past scented lavender borders to the heated swimming pool.
“One of the most enchanting features is that everything radiates from the house,” says Sugden. “To the west are two grass paddocks, with an apple orchard at the northern end. Beyond this is a tennis court with pavilion. Meanwhile, to the north, there’s a traditional stone-and-slate coach house and staff flat, which would be great for friends or family. Venturing slightly further afield, Soho Farmhouse is only 11 miles away – perfect for loved ones who want to stay nearby, or for enjoying the many amenties offered by the members’ club.
Little Manor works beautifully as a home, somewhere you can spend quality time with friends and family. Immerse yourself in the gardens and natural landscape, knowing that Oxford is just a short distance away.