Tel: 01367 240356
£1,250,000 Sold STC
Apple Tree Farm is a blend of two houses and a
cottage, dating from different centuries - 16th, 17th and 19th - converted to a single residence forty years ago and enjoyed since then by a single family. In that time it has seen weddings and christenings, ponies and chickens, parties and celebrations. Now an empty nest, it is ready for a new generation.
The house occupies a secluded edge-of-village site of just under three acres. That includes about an acre of completely private landscaped gardens, south-facing, with lawns, flower borders, shrubberies, orchards, mature trees, a kitchen garden, children's play area and a hard tennis court. Beyond are the field paddocks, equipped with a stable and storage shed, enclosed by a post-and-rail fence, and currently mown by horses and sheep.
Apple Tree Farm is listed (Grade II) and has seven
bedrooms. Period features include exposed beams and open fireplaces, one a massive 400-year-old inglenook with a wood burner and original bread oven.
The spacious accommodation amounts to
approximately 3,400 sq ft, with a well proportioned and pleasantly arranged ground floor. The large family drawing room has a beamed fireplace, separate sitting and dining areas, and window seats overlooking the
beautiful gardens. The panelled sitting room has a garden door - left open for much of the summer - leading out on to the lawn. There is a useful study/office; and a traditional kitchen/breakfast room with a quarry-tiled floor, butler sink and bespoke fitted units. Next to the kitchen are a lobby, cloakroom and utility area.
The welcoming entrance hall features an oak staircase that leads up to the dual-aspect main bedroom and the adjacent large bathroom. There are two further bedrooms on this floor, and two generous attic bedrooms above. A separate staircase from the kitchen provides access to two further bedrooms and a bathroom - an entirely secluded guest suite.
A shared gravel driveway leads to the double carport and the flagstoned courtyard garden. There is a range of stone outbuildings, a former dairy and a useful greenhouse. There is also separate vehicular access to the paddocks from the village road.
Littleworth is a pretty village approximately 13 miles west of Oxford and 2 miles east of Faringdon. To the north, the land slopes down towards the River Thames, with far-reaching views over the river valley to the Cotswolds; southwards, the view is across the Vale of White Horse to the prehistoric chalk horse itself. The attractive countryside offers a range of footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways including the Thames Path. There is a 19th century parish church and a 21st century Asian restaurant.
The village once formed part of the estates of Oriel College, Oxford; their last remaining holding was the woodland strip that now forms the south-east boundary of Apple Tree Farm. One mile east is St Hughs, Carswell, a highly-regarded independent preparatory school. Two miles east is the market town of Faringdon, which dates back at least to the 12th century. Between the two runs the A420 which links Swindon and Oxford with an invaluable frequent bus service. Swindon, Oxford, Oxford Parkway and Didcot Parkway (Paddington 45 minutes) are all mainline stations within easy reach.
Faringdons thriving community has amenities such as the Leisure Centre, Library, Faringdon Community College, Junior and Infant schools, The Old Station Nursery, doctors, dentists, vets, a Family Health Centre and three supermarkets. The Tower on Folly Hill was built by Lord Berners in 1935 and affords panoramic views across Berkshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
DIRECTIONS From our office in Faringdon take the A420 towards Oxford and after a few miles turn left off the A420 into Littleworth with Apple Tree Farm being the first house on the left hand side siding on to the village road.