Soulcombe is an exceptional residential and equestrian estate on the edge of the Cotswolds in the Oxfordshire countryside. The Oxford Magazine takes a look.
At the heart of the private estate sits an impressive neo-classical principal house measuring 8,169 sq. ft GIA comprising a grand entrance hall, 3 reception rooms, dining room, office, 7 bedrooms (of which 5 are ensuite), gym, indoor swimming pool, billiard room, laundry room, wine cellar, stores and a second office.
There are two separate pavilions, measuring 3,408 sq. ft. between them, one used as a cottage and the other as a garage with a flat above. The house is surrounded by immaculate, extensive lawns and planted borders, a kitchen garden and a tennis court.
The house sits in an enviable, elevated position looking south west over the rolling countryside of the Cherwell Valley.
Additionally, the estate has five houses, two flats, and extensive equestrian facilities, including three yards used as stud complexes. The estate presents a rare opportunity for a buyer to purchase a stud farm of the highest class or to use the facilities for amenity and agricultural purposes.
There is an enjoyable family shoot using the extensive shelter belts. The estate extends to about 338 acres of predominately railed pasture land, including approximately 60 acres of woodland, hedges and new plantings.
Soulcombe is a mile north of the picturesque village of Kirtlington with its period stone houses, a village store and primary school, two pubs and a golf course. There is a polo club at Kirtlington Park next door.
Oxford City, with its bars, restaurants, theatres, museums and galleries, is only 10 miles away, and the Cotswolds are on the doorstep, with unrivalled opportunities for country sports.
Only six miles from Junction 9 of the M40 and from Oxford Airport, Soulcombe is superbly placed for access to London and Oxford. Trains to London (Marylebone) from Bicester Village take about 45 minutes.
Soulcombe is currently on the market via Savills at a guide price of £18 million, with viewings strictly by appointment only.