Chimney Farm Barns comprises three beautifully appointed barns in the secluded, tranquil hamlet of Chimney-upon-Thames, set in water meadows running down to the River Thames. The barns were originally the traditional barns serving Chimney Farm. They were sympathetically converted in 2007-2009, taking full account of their unique position within the Nature Reserve of the Berks, Bucks & Oxford Wildlife Trust, and their proximity to the ancient water meadows on this reach of the Thames.
Chimney-upon-Thames has been inhabited as a small settlement since Anglo Saxon times in the early 10th century. It is located just south of the medieval market town of Witney, between Oxford and Burford, near the villages of Aston and Bampton. For centuries, the area has been significant as a producer of wool, and until recently was famous for production of the Witney blankets. The river, together with Shifford Lock, has historically played a part in the life of Chimney.
The three barns are Owl Barn, (£1,250,000), Snipe Barn (£995,000) and Rose Barn (£795,000), all of which have courtyard gardens and parking. Additional land may be available by separate negotiation.
The largest of the barns is Owl Barn, arranged over two floors. The front door opens into a vast open-plan area with a central kitchen, dining space and seated area with log-burning stove. In addition, there is a cloakroom and ground floor double bedroom with utility room attached. Owl Barn offers four double bedrooms on the first floor, two with showers en-suite, and a family bathroom. The ground floor, with its double doors to the front and rear is spectacular. The lovely views to the front are across the garden, and to the side and rear over the water meadows. Just over 5 acres of the surrounding water meadows are currently included with this sale.
(GP - £1,250,000).
Additional land may be available with Owl Barn, by separate negotiation.
Snipe Barn is arranged over the ground floor, and comprised of three wings wrapping around a courtyard. It offers four double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms, and two further double bedrooms with a family bathroom. The barn has a large vaulted kitchen-dining room with doors opening to a wonderfully bright sitting room, with log burner and vaulted ceiling. There is a utility room off the kitchen, and cloakroom.
The courtyard garden is completely private, as it is enclosed by two large wooden gates, and has been well-stocked with mature plants. It offers a wonderful terrace, and parking for a couple of cars.
Rose Barn comprises two wings facing into a courtyard garden at the front. The accommodation is arranged over the ground floor. It offers four double bedrooms, one of which is en-suite, the remaining three are served by a family bathroom and separate shower room. There is a lovely vaulted ceiling over the breakfast/dining room, which has a tiled floor and double doors opening into the dining area. In turn the dining room leads to a light and spacious sitting room with wood burner.
Again, there is a pretty, and professionally landscaped, courtyard garden completely enclosed by large wooden gates, with parking for one or two cars.
Chimney Farm Barns have good access to London and to the West, made easy by the proximity of the A34 and M4. Rail services to the capital from Oxford, Oxford Parkway and Didcot stations take under 60 minutes.
The villages of Aston and Bampton offer local shopping, a post office, small supermarket and butcher. There is an excellent local pub, The Trout at Tadpole Bridge and a welcoming café in The Aston Pottery. However, the City of Oxford undoubtedly offers the best shopping and cultural activities. From the newly refurbished Westgate Centre, with its high end retailers such as Jo Malone, to the traditional Covered Market off The Turl, and the boutiques in Little Clarendon Street and Jericho, Oxford offers superb shopping. The Ashmolean, The Bodleian, The Pitt-Rivers, The Weston Library and The Oxford Playhouse offer intellectual stimuli for most minds.
There is a plethora of outstanding schools in the area from Aston Primary, Burford High, St Hugh’s, Cothill, Cokethorpe, Pinewood and Hatherop. In Oxford, there is The Dragon, St Edward’s, Oxford High School, and Radley College close by.
The Cotswolds are renowned for their links to equestrian sports from polo at Cirencester Park and Beaufort Polo Club; eventing at Badminton and Gatcombe; hunting with any number of packs from The Old Berks to The Heythrop, and National Hunt racing at the premier track at Cheltenham.
Four golf courses are found close to Chimney Barns at Witney, Burford, Carswell and Frilford, and there are water sports on offer at Cotswold Water Park.
To date, Chimney Farm Barns have been operated as a highly successful holiday letting business for over a decade, producing a gross annual yield of around 7.5%. Residential planning permission for the modern agricultural barn was granted recently and the entire site, including the three residential barns and the land totalling just under 13 acres, is available to purchase as a whole by separate negotiation.
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