Kingswood House, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1HW

House 6 Bedroom 7 Bathroom 1 Garage 10,536 ft2

Kingswood House, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1HW

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Overview
6 bedrooms
5 reception rooms
7 bathrooms
Detached
Garden
Land/Paddock
Patio
Outbuildings
Staff/SC Accommodation
Tennis court
Off Street Parking
Triple Garage
Rural
10536 sq. ft.

Land
6 acres

Tenure
Freehold

Description

Main House
Entrance hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Sitting room | Study | Kitchen/ Living room with family room adjoining | Gym | Utility room | Plant room | Laundry room | Six bedroom suites | Play room | Staff flat

Outside
Garage block with office and house-keepers flat above | Landscaped gardens | Tennis court | Planning permission for indoor pool complex | Fenced paddocks | Fabulous views over three of Oxfordshire’s premier Estates

Kingswood House is in a wonderful rural setting with 360∫ views over open countryside just 4 miles north west of Woodstock. The house is approached by a long private drive set in its own landscaped gardens designed by Portus and Whitton Landscape Architects, surrounded by the Blenheim Estate. The purchase of the land from the Blenheim Estate and the construction of such an exceptional new Country House in a location with views into 3 of Oxfordshire’s principal historic Estates; Blenheim, Ditchley and Glympton provides a very rare and unique opportunity for the purchaser in this location.

Woodstock, which is less than 4 miles from the house, is one of the most historic Market Towns in the country. At its heart is the world heritage site Blenheim Palace and its beautiful grounds, home to the Duke of Marlborough. The charming centre of the town also boasts a museum, post office, two banks, numerous inns, tea shops and restaurants as well as a number of boutiques and local stores covering all day to day needs.

Communications are also excellent with Charlbury main line station having regular trains to London Paddington taking approximately 80 minutes. The new train station planned for Water Eaton near Kidlington which is due to open in 2015 is just under 8 miles away and will give access to London Marylebone in under an hour. The A34 9 miles to the south provides excellent access to the surrounding road network.

The University City of Oxford is just 12 miles to the south has a comprehensive range of shopping and recreational facilities together with its unrivalled range of both private and public schools.

Sporting attractions in the area include golf at North Oxford, Frilford Heath, Chipping Norton and The Wychwood; National Hunt racing at Cheltenham and hunting with the famous Heythrop Hunt. The area also boasts some of the finest shoots in the country.
Situation

Kingswood House is built on the site of Kingswood Farm on the northern edge of Blenheim Park on the edge of the Spelsbury Parish in an area known as Woodleys.

From the Medieval period Kingswood formed part of Wychwood Forest, which had originated in the Saxon period. During the medieval period Wychwood Forest was owned by the King, who also owned a parkland enclosure with a Royal Hunting Lodge at Woodstock (in the current
Blenheim Park). The forest was used for hunting, although settlements and clearings were also present within the forest. Kings Wood, presumably named after the King, can be seen in the early 19th century to extend either side of the Woodstock Road. It would have been part of more extensive woodland, either associated with the royal enclosure and hunting lodge at Woodstock or as part of the Wychwood Forest proper. The wood would have been larger but has been piece by piece turned into agricultural land by the surrounding farmers, a process known as assarting. This explains the irregular shape of the woodland edges seen today.

From 1705 the largest landowner in the area was the Duke of Marlborough, for whom Blenheim Palace was built between 1705 and 1722 within the Royal Park of Woodstock. He was instrumental in the passing of an Inclosure Act in 1804, which did away with much of the communally farmed common land of the parish. An extract from the Inclosure Award from 1804 lists King’s Wood as part of the allotment belonging to the Duke of Marlborough.

A full copy of the text including Sources and Documentary is available on request.

Outside

Kingswood House is in the centre of its own landscaped gardens by ‘Portus and Whitton’ benefitting from a tennis court, planning permission for an indoor pool complex and paddocks surrounded by the Blenheim Estate.

Directions

From Woodstock proceed north on the A44 towards Chipping Norton, after approximately 2 miles take the left hand turn immediately after a Total garage marked to Charlbury onto the B4437, continue on this road towards Charlbury and you will see the house on the right after approximately 2 miles down a long tree lined drive

24.06.2014 Property launched to market with a guide price of £4,500,000
20.11.2014 Property under offer
06.12.2014 Property sold

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