Rowstock Manor is a stunning Arts and Crafts style home that overlooks rolling farmland and the Oxfordshire countryside. This home is contemporary yet charming. It is a private retreat that boasts an impressive 5,450 sq. ft. living space with five bedrooms and four en-suites. The room proportions are ideal for entertaining, and the generous size of the property makes for a versatile family home.
A complete renovation has been undertaken on this impressive property over the past two years to turn Rowstock Manor into an exquisite five-bedroom family home. It has been designed to the highest specification, and the attention to detail in every single room is second to none.
The recent renovation of the Bulthaup kitchen includes Miele and Gaggenau appliances throughout. This kitchen is so remarkable it has been featured in national publications. The principal bedroom is simply stunning, and it features an exquisite en-suite with an over-sized walk-in shower with underfloor heating.
There is Sonos music throughout the home and garden, and Lutron lighting can be found in the kitchen and bedrooms. There is also a fire and security system for the entire house, with Hive used for the heating and lighting.
This wonderful family home sits within approximately one acre of grounds, has a triple car garage and an electric gated driveway providing parking for up to fifteen vehicles. From the moment you enter the private and gated driveway, you feel like you are just greeted with class and charm.
As you enter this stunning home from the grand driveway, you are met with a wonderful open plan ground floor. The ground floor is split level and has a state-of-the-art Bulthaup kitchen and breakfast area with underfloor heating and patio doors out to the rear garden; a drawing room; and a snug where you can drink your morning coffee and overlook the landscaped gardens.
The sitting room has a stunning log fire and is a great space for a winters evening, watching a movie with a glass of red wine. The drawing room has a beautiful contemporary fireplace and engineered oak flooring, and it's the perfect area to unwind. The fabulous games/bar room, which has a built-in bar, feels like you are entering your very own private club and lastly.
There is an extremely versatile space, with direct access to the gardens, that is being used as a gym/office.
Stairs rise to the first-floor landing, where you will find five impressive bedrooms with four en-suites evenly spaced apart. The recently refurbished principal bedroom suite is of magnificent proportion and features a generous glass shower enclosure, twin washbasins, a free-standing contemporary bath, and feature lighting.
Also forming a part of the principal bedroom is a spacious dressing room. There are a further three generous bedrooms, all fitted with brand new en-suites and bedroom five that is currently being used as a second home office. There is also a study with lovely views over the Oxfordshire countryside.
Rowstock Manor sits on just under an acre, overlooking the Oxfordshire countryside and the Wittenham clumps. The garden benefits from a fantastic decked entertaining space, patio, feature lighting and formal parterre garden, along with plenty of lawn area for youngsters to run around.
There is outdoor feature lighting surrounding the eves of the home, and there are wonderful lit statues on the impressive private, gated driveway that will accommodate at least 15 cars, not including the triple car garage. Everything about this stunning family home is beautiful.
Rowstock Manor has an extremely generous driveway with ample parking for multiple vehicles. Totalling approximately an acre, the landscaped gardens surrounding this beautiful property and the neighbouring fields give a fantastic feeling of open space.
Come springtime, you will see six hundred tulips blossoming throughout the beautifully landscaped gardens.
Rowstock Manor is situated in a glorious semirural location that is just six miles from the historic market town of Abingdon. It is an exceptional five-bedroom family home, with approximately one acre of land and spectacular countryside views.
"As well as the huge amount of potential we could see in the house itself, I’d say that it was the setting that initially attracted us to the property," says Karen, the owner. "It sits totally alone, surrounded by nothing but rolling farmland, and so the views, particularly from the back garden, are absolutely breathtaking.
"On a clear day, we can see right the way across to Whittenham Clumps. It is like living in our own slice of paradise. However, we have never felt isolated. We have easy access to places such as Oxford, Newbury and Reading, and from nearby Didcot Parkway, we can hop on a train and arrive at Paddington Station in just forty minutes.
"I think it is fair to say that that the house itself was in a bit of a sorry state when we bought it. It had been rented out for around five years, and it was all a bit tatty and unloved. However, it is a house with great bones and, at almost five and a half thousand square feet, masses of space. We knew that with a bit of hard work and imagination, we could transform it into something really quite special, and that is exactly what we have done.
"We have rearranged the layout to create a much better flow from room to room. Walls were taken down to enhance the feeling of space, a beautiful new kitchen was installed, and the bathrooms were modernised. The house has been very stylishly redecorated from top to bottom. We wanted every inch to have that wow factor, and that is definitely something that has been achieved. It is a house that doesn’t disappoint.
"The house is gorgeous to look at from the outside. I have always said that it has the look of a French Chateaux, so when we began redesigning the outside space, that is where we took inspiration," continues Karen. "To the front, we have a large gravel drive, pretty lawns on either side of the path leading to the front door, and we have added topiary for interest and a touch of elegance.
"In the back garden, which is a vast space overlooking the fields beyond, we have a huge patio terrace edged with box hedging and more topiary. And in the middle third of the lawn, we have created a beautiful parterre. The garden as a whole is now a really attractive space, but it is also very family-friendly and amazing for summer entertaining.
"The kitchen is definitely my favourite room because it is the real heart of the home, and the overall design is just stunning. However, if you were to ask my husband, I am sure he would pick the bar-cum-games room. It has our pool table in the middle and a drinks area in one corner. We have decorated it using sumptuous wallpaper and furnishings, so it looks like an elegant gentleman’s club.
"What makes the location so outstanding is the fact that when we are at home staring out at nothing but farmland, we almost feel as if we are living in the middle of nowhere. However, we have an array of lovely towns and villages close by, and the local transport links are excellent, so it is relatively easy to get just about anywhere.
"The master suite is another standout feature of the house. We knocked two rooms into one and created one vast open-plan bedroom, dressing area and bathroom. It has the look and feel of a luxury hotel suite, and for my husband and I, it is a gorgeous retreat at the end of a hard day.
"The house is stunning and totally unique in every way, but it is the space and this gorgeous setting that I think I will miss the most,” says Karen. “We can come home, shut the gate and be cocooned in our own little world, but at the same time have the peace of mind of knowing everything we need is within easy reach."