A quintessentially English country house that nestles gently within its landscape surrounded by its gardens, meadows and waterways. It has been lovingly and meticulously restored and enhanced by the present owners, seamlessly marrying ancient and modern.
Having worked closely with Sprately Architects in Henley, this stunning home showcases inspirational key architectural innovations. A bespoke, curved glass roof, encloses what was previously an external courtyard, now forming the spectacular kitchen at the very heart of the house. A striking glass cantilevered staircase appears to float to a glass landing from the kitchen, the first of its kind to be installed in the UK. The house is testimony to the ability of historic and contemporary architecture to coexist harmoniously.
The front door opens to the entrance hall with its original stone flagged floor. The morning and dining rooms sit immediately either side of the hall.
The hall leads on to the magnificent kitchen. Flooded with natural light from its glass roof, designed by ipig (Inspiring Projects Involving Glass), this room now connects to all principal rooms ensuring a pleasing flow to the ground floor. A large door opens to the kitchen garden. Open plan steps spiral down from the kitchen to the two cellars. Opposite, the dramatic cantilevered glass staircase, floats seamlessly to the first-floor glass landing, accessing two of the bedrooms. A wide glass sliding door retreats into the wall leading to the east facing family room with glazed French doors opening to the garden.
The atmospheric library is a wonderfully cosy room. Dual aspect with south and westerly views, it has a connecting door to the dining room and views into the garden. Opposite is the cinema room, from here, behind a door, a staircase rises to the principal bedroom suite.
Steps lead up through glazed French doors to the double height east entrance hall with its exposed timber work and stone floor opening to the parterre garden.
From the front hall, stairs wind to the galleried landing above. Here there are three bedrooms, one also connecting to the principal bedroom suite. A corridor leads on to the family shower room and bathroom and a further separate cloakroom. At one end the corridor opens to the glass landing and two further bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom and dressing room. At the opposite end is another door accessing the principal bedroom suite. From here a winding staircase leads to the attic bedroom with its den and separate workstation.
The lovely, dual aspect principal bedroom suite has glorious views over the garden. It can be accessed via the landing, its own staircase down to the cinema/TV room and via a further bedroom, offering flexibility of use.
The eclectic fusion of styles culminates in a wonderfully warm and welcoming family home, which is just what The Manor has been for the past 16 years. Awards include The riba Ibstock Downland Prize (conservation extension winner) 2009, finalist of the Grand Design Awards 2009 and riba South Conservation Award 2010.
Oxford 16 miles
Abingdon 10 miles
Didcot Parkway (London Paddington from 39 mins) 4 miles
Reading Station (London Paddington from 23 mins) 16 miles
Central London 55 miles
Heathrow (Terminal 5) 40 miles