A gravel drive leads into a large courtyard in front of the impressive Grade II* Listed manor
house known as Lower Court. The house is believed to have been built for the Osbalbeston family and dates from around 1700. It was later remodelled in the 19th Century. It sits in a protected setting with exquisite views to the south across the unspoilt Evenlode Valley. Now, together with the courtyard of traditional buildings that guard it to the north and subject to the necessary consents, it offers considerable opportunity to extend, renovate and enhance to create a wonderful and important country house.
A fine stone door case leads into the hall with doors to the dining room and sitting room. The dining room enjoys dual aspects and a beautiful marble fireplace, with doors to the drawing room encompassing ornate Recoco-style ceiling and views to the garden and valley beyond. An inner hallway forms the stage for a large oak staircase that rises to the attics. A passage from here leads to the office, cloakroom and open-plan dining kitchen on the west side of the house. This room has double doors to the south-facing terrace and garden; there is a kitchen island and access to a large pantry and tack room on the back of the house. On the west side of the kitchen also lies a redundant barn which was formerly a billiards room.
On the first floor there are three large double bedrooms, two facing north over the courtyard with the master bedroom looking out to the garden. There is also a family bathroom and laundry cupboard on this floor, in addition a door that gives access to a one-bedroom Granny Flat.
The oak staircase rises again to the second floor with another bedroom and bathroom and three further rooms that are not currently in use.
Above the kitchen, with access from the kitchen and separately from the back of the house, lies the one-bedroom flat with bathroom.
On the south side of the house a delightful gravelled terrace leads to the lawn bordered by mature trees and culminating at park railings which separate it from the fields beyond.
Behind the farmhouse lies a fine range of traditional buildings. The western side is two storey forming the old stables, cart stores and hay loft, with the northern and eastern edges comprising the old milking parlour and stalls. Attached to the east side lies a concrete portal frame building which is currently used for storage but could be removed to restore the former courtyard. In addition, there are three general purpose, concrete portal framed buildings and a lean-to beyond the courtyard.
To the west of the house lies a grass paddock grazed by horses, leading to a delightful lake fringed by Weeping Willows and providing excellent carp fishing. The land slopes gently south, down to the River Evenlode which forms the southern boundary.
The land forming Lot 1 extends to almost about 150 acres.
The Lower Court Estate sits on the north side of the Evenlode Valley, four miles south of Chipping Norton, in beautiful rolling North Oxfordshire countryside. The Estate lies south of Greenend, one of five “Ends”, which are hamlets that originally grew up around farmsteads surrounding Chadlington village.
Chadlington is a delightful Cotswolds village hosting a coffee shop, butchers, groceries store, sports club, primary school and public house. There are a wider range of amenities, including supermarkets and a secondary school, at the nearby town of Chipping Norton. Chadlington is
within easy reach of the popular Soho Farmhouse and Daylesford Organic Farm, which offer sustainable organic produce in a beautiful setting.
The train station at Charlbury (4 miles away) serves Oxford in 18 minutes, as well as London Paddington in 1 hour and 16 minutes. The Chipping
Norton to Oxford Road (A44) is within 4.5 miles and provides easy access to Oxford and the M40.
At Oxford there are some renowned schools including the Dragon, Summerfields, The High School, St Edwards, Headington and Magdalen College School to name but a few. Radley, Tudor Hall, Bloxham, Cokethorpe and Kitebrook are also nearby.