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Ewelme Park House – A Lutyens-style country house overlooking the Chilterns AONB

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About Ewelme Park House

The Ewelme Park Estate occupies a fantastic position at the South Western end of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Estate comprises a traditional English farming estate set in a single block of farmland and woodland extending to approximately 741 acres.

It is approached from the east via a drive that stretches for a mile, lined with Horse Chestnut, Cherry and Norwegian Maple Trees leading from the Hamlet of Park Corner.

The main house is situated at the western end of the Estate, surrounded by approximately 20 acres of gardens and paddocks. It sits atop the Chilterns escarpment and looks west towards Wittenham Clumps and the countryside of South Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

The land is predominately accessed off the main drive with extra access onto the local road network, whilst the grain store has separate access ideal for HGV traffic. The land is a mixture of flat and rolling farmland characteristic of the location in the Chilterns.

Ewelme Park House

Ewelme Park House is a Lutyens-style property built in 1913 and designed by the architect L. Stanley Crosbie. The property is arranged in an H-plan with a long timber-framed central range connecting the east and west wings. The walls are predominately roughcast, and the roofs are sweeping slate.

The main entrance is approached from the drive through a clock tower which leads to a gravelled courtyard. The house is entered via a recessed porch which leads to the oak-panelled hall that runs its entire length, with views across the beautiful gardens. Off this are a cloakroom, flower room and bar.

At the western end of the hall are the drawing room with a double-height barrel-vaulted ceiling, an inglenook fireplace, and a minstrels’ gallery accessed from the first floor. Large mullioned-and-transomed windows provide magnificent views to the west downs over the Chilterns Escarpment and the south across the sunken garden.

The dining room, with fielded panelling and intricate coffered ceilings, is located at the eastern end of the hall. To the south of the dining room is a sitting room. The kitchen is located to the north through a small study. The kitchen leads to the back hall with the larder, game cellar, offices, laundry room, wine cellar and a secondary staircase. There is also a cloakroom with access to the garages.

The main stairs are located at the western end of the hall and lead to the first floor with a landing offering spectacular views to the west. The Master Bedroom suite, extending to well over 800 sq ft, includes an en-suite bathroom and a beautiful dressing room with east and south-facing views over the gardens. Also on the first floor are 3 principal en-suite bedrooms, 4 further bedrooms and two further bathrooms. There is also a sauna with a shower room on this floor.

The second floor is accessed by staircases at the eastern and western ends of the property and contains 7 additional rooms needing refurbishment.

Gardens & Grounds

The gardens are of very high quality and have been maintained with the utmost care by the current owner. The gardens are predominately laid to lawn with elegant borders, mature climbing roses and wisteria.

To the north of the house is the manicured front courtyard accessed through the wisteria-clad Clock Tower beyond the Holly Walk, Orchard and Arboretum, which houses a collection of specimen trees. The Clock Tower has two Bothies currently used as a Potting Shed and dog kennels.

The formal gardens, which extend to approximately 5 acres, are situated to the East, South and West of the house. A paved terrace with a dining area opens onto the east lawn and gives access to the heated greenhouse. In the middle lies a peacock house, which has been home to the Estate’s flock of Peacocks. A magnificent Blue Wisteria adorns the eastern wall of the house. 

Steps lead down to the south lawn, intersected by a paved walkway with a fish pond and gives on to the Sunken garden. This is surrounded by a pergola adorned with wisteria and climbing roses. To the western side of the pergola is a stone wall with embrasures looking out over the swimming pool area.

A gate from the pergola goes through to a paved walk fronting the west portico, which provides stunning views over the Chilterns escarpment – a perfect spot for sundowners. The terrace of the west portico leads to steps down to a lawn surrounding the outdoor heated swimming pool and tennis court. There are two pavilions, one containing a kitchen/dining room and the second containing the pump and heating for the swimming pool.

The gardens are watered through an irrigation system fed by rainwater collected from the roofs and stored in underground tanks beneath the orchard.

Location

The Ewelme Park Estate is located in South Oxfordshire between the villages of Nettlebed (2.6 miles to the south) and Watlington (5.1 miles to the north). Both of these settlements contain a good range of everyday services. 

A wider range of retail, educational and leisure facilities can be found in Henley-on-Thames (7.8 miles to the south east), Wallingford (9.6 miles to the west), Reading(12.7 miles to the south), and Oxford (19.7 miles to the north west).

The closest mainline railway station is at Reading, 11.9 miles to the south, with a direct service into London Paddington within approximately 30 minutes and direct services into London Waterloo within approximately 90 minutes.

Road links to the Estate are very good via A4130 to Henley-on-Thames, Wallingford and Didcot. The local road network provides access to M40 J5 8.6 miles to the north. The M40 provides access to London to the South East and the Midlands to the north.


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