Beauforest House is a magnificent Grade II listed Georgian house with views over its gardens, the River Thame and beyond. The oldest parts of this former rectory date from about 1500 and the later Georgian additions from the late 18th century.
The accommodation is well laid out, with all the reception rooms flowing around the reception hall. The principal rooms are of classic proportions, with high ceilings and features characteristic of a house of this period, such as fine cornicing and large open fireplaces. The majority of the reception rooms and first floor bedrooms still having working window shutters.
The house is built of limestone with some rendering. The front façade, together with the rooms immediately behind, it having been constructed in the year 1800. The house has been updated by the current owners, with complete modernisation to create an ideal family home.
The property is entered through electric wooden gates along a gravel drive, from which steps lead up to the front door with pilasters, beneath a triangular pediment. The double-height hall, with wooden floor, has a sweeping staircase leading up to an open galleried landing above. The library has a fine fireplace and fitted wooden shelves. The drawing room, on the western side of the house, enjoys large bay windows, ornate cornicing and fireplace.
The corridor beneath the stairs leads through to the sitting room with fireplace and large sash window and beyond to the kitchen/breakfast room. The kitchen has a central island and a 4 door Aga, the room retaining original features including exposed beams. A door at the far end leads through to a boot room with WC, there is an external door to the outbuilding with utility room and a second door through to a sitting room currently used as TV come children’s playroom. The loggia is beyond and accessed from this room.
On the first floor, the exceptional proportions of the rooms continue throughout the bedrooms at the front of the house.
The principal bedroom enjoys fantastic views of the grounds and countryside beyond through large bay windows. It has a dressing room with fitted cupboards and an ensuite bathroom. Bedroom 2 is accessed from the principal bedroom, with a second door through to the stairs to the second floor. There is a guest bedroom opposite the principal bedroom with a bath, WC and basin, and views over the front of the house.
From the main stairs, a door leads through to a corridor to the remaining bedrooms, passing the stairs to the second floor, through to bedroom 3 (with its own en-suite) and the family bathroom. On the second floor, there is a further bedroom with a sink and another bedroom beyond
Converted from a range of outbuildings, the cottage is ideal for staff or guests and comprises an open plan sitting room and kitchen, separate bedroom and shower room with a bunk room in the loft above. It is positioned to the right of the entrance gates.
Gardens and Grounds
Beauforest House is in a beautiful setting, in the middle of 4 acres of unspoilt countryside, with a mixture of formal gardens, gently sloping lawns down to the River Thame, an island accessed via a bridge and woodland. The immediate gardens comprise a stone paved terrace to the east of the house and lawns along with herbaceous and shrub borders.
At the front of the house, there is a large turning circle with formal gardens beyond and then an enclosed lawn with yew hedging, centred with a decorative pond. Paths have been cut through the remaining areas of the garden, which have been left more informal. A beautiful woodland walk leads down to the bridge in the far corner of the grounds, giving access to the island.
At the far end of the island, there is a drawbridge giving access to the bank on the far side of the river. Within the grounds, there are further water features, as well as many recently planted young trees, which create beautiful vistas over the land to the countryside below.
Beauforest House is set in an elevated position in the village of Newington, just to the south-west of Stadhampton near Wallingford, with local amenities, including a shop and petrol station, as well as two public houses, one of which is the renowned Crazy Bear. Despite its rural location, the house is only about 9 miles from the centre of Oxford.
Beauforest House is on the market with Savills, with a guide price of £4.5m.