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Oakdene Bretford | Rugby | CV23 0LB


OAKDENE

An intriguing and unique Grade II Listed country house originally dating back to 1420 and set in 0.5 acres of attractive gardens.


Oakdene lies in the village of Bretford near the medieaval bridge over the River Avon and is conveniently situated between Coventry & Rugby and has been ‘tree ring’ dated by experts, who date the middle of the house back to 1420, whilst the north wing of the building dates back to 1470. Quite rightly the house has been listed Grade II as a building of historical importance and illustrates an extraordinary amount of period detail, including ceiling timbers, elm floors and cottage style windows. Its present owner has significantly improved and restored the house with sympathetic extension in 1993 to create flexible family accommodation and a double garage with convenient office above in 1999. At present the accommodation in the main house offers three separate reception rooms all with exposed ceiling timbers and character features, there is a kitchen/breakfast room, utility area and a ground floor bathroom whilst on the first floor there is a spectacular guest bedroom, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom. The house with its medieval jetty is a significant historic property, formally the property was known rather interestingly as The Olde Oaks and is still referred by that name in some circles. The gardens a stunning addition to this character home and stretch to 0.5 acres of professionally designed gardens, created from a medieval burgage plot. There are five parts to include courtyard garden with a charming water feature, walled garden, an orchard, a productive vegetable garden and a wild garden with mature trees and natural pond that overlook neighbouring countryside.


KEY FEATURES Ground Floor There is a traditional entrance door with storm porch and steps leading up to the entrance which leads into the dining room of the property, our owners tend to use the entrance into the newly constructed inner hall where there is a latched and glazed door that leads to the rear garden. There is a quarry tiled floor, dog legged staircase leading to the first floor and oak latched doors lead off to the sitting room, utility area and kitchen/breakfast room. As you enter the inner hall there is a wealth of exposed oak timbers and a Royal Doulton sink with cabinet beneath. The quarry tiled floor continues into the kitchen/breakfast room which has exposed ceiling timbers, a range of matching base and wall mounted units, there are triple aspect secondary glazed windows to both the north, east and south of the property overlooking the garden, driveway and garage, Corian worksurface with upstands and tiled splash backs, wall mounted double gas oven and grill, space for an upright fridge/freezer and a four ring Bosch gas hob. The sitting room has the inglenook fireplace believed to date back to 1470, there is a secondary glazed small pane window to the front aspect, flagstone floors, exposed ceiling timbers, access to the drawing room and dining room. The dining room again has exposed ceiling timbers, a secondary glazed window to the front aspect and access via the front entrance door. The drawing room is another delightful room which has secondary glazed oak windows to the front aspect, understairs storage cupboard, a wealth of original ceiling timbers, a log burner and flagstone floor. There is also access into the utility area which houses the Potterton central heating boiler, a window to the rear aspect and space for a washing machine. This area has a vaulted ceiling with wattle and daub wall which forms part of the original building and also down the corridor there are latched doors leading to the guest suite and the ground floor bathroom that serves the guest bedroom. The ground floor bathroom is fitted with a white suite to include a paneled bath, pedestal wash hand basin and low-level WC. There is an exposed A frame and opposite there is a door and steps that lead off to the first floor guest bedroom which is a stunning room where you can enjoy the history of this house with its exposed ceiling timbers and vaulted ceiling, there is a secondary glazed oak window to the front aspect, a window to the rear, an original elm floor and window to the side.


SELLER INSIGHT I had always wanted to live in a house that is full of history and character, so I just had to come and view Oakdene when it came onto the market nearly 32 years ago. The location was perfect with easy access to Birmingham and London for work purposes and although I knew it would require a lot of work inside and out, I could immediately see the potential and I was keen to restore the house and garden back to its medieval layout,” recalls the current owner. “The garden was completely overgrown and strewn with rubble, broken sheds and greenhouses but as I am a landscape architect, I enjoyed the challenge and set about designing a garden that is perfect for relaxing and entertaining. The Courtyard Garden has a beautiful water feature and it’s the ideal spot for cream teas with friends on the terrace, whilst the Walled Garden is full of plants originating from the 1700s, such as honeysuckle, old fashioned roses, jasmine and lavender. The orchard is full of wild daffodils in the spring and we also enjoy the produce from our well stocked vegetable garden. The Nut Walk is another favourite feature made from hazels carefully pruned into a little tunnel and it looks wonderful all year round, especially when the autumn leaves are turning.” “The location has been perfect too. The local pub is just around the corner and there’s always something going on in nearby Brinklow, including exercise classes in the village hall, concerts at the church, scarecrow festivals and flower shows. We can walk or cycle to Coombe Abbey Country Park and Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, as well as walking along the canal. There’s a lot going on locally and a little further afield too, so we never get bored.” “It’s impossible to choose just one favourite room! I absolutely love spending time in the kitchen where I can look out at the lovely garden and lion’s-head fountain under the fig-tree and grape vines. The Inglenook room is warm and cosy in the winter months and I enjoy doing my history research in the dining room. The North Wing guest room certainly has the wow factor with narrow steps leading up to the room which is full of old beams and the beautiful four-poster bed.” “We are organic gardeners who just love being busy in the fresh air and we will really miss the garden and all it has to offer, including the birds, insects and badgers. It’s certainly a beautiful place to be,” concludes the current owner.* * These comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.


KEY FEATURES First Floor The first-floor landing from the dog legged staircase has views across the rear gardens, window seat overlooking the garden and then doors that lead off to three further bedrooms and the family bathroom. The master bedroom forms part of the extension that was added in the 1990’s and has a stripped floor, small paned windows to the side aspect, access to the loft void and two built in double wardrobes. Neighbouring this is the family bathroom which has a paneled bath, wash basin, low level WC, electric shower, a small paned secondary glazed window to the side aspect, there are also some built-in cabinets and tiling. Across the landing is the fourth bedroom which at present is being used as a convenient study, again forming part of the 1990’s extension with windows and views to the rear and across the open farmland beyond the garden. Bedroom two is back into the original part of this building, there is a secondary glazed small paned window to the front, original floor and ceiling timbers.


KEY FEATURES Outside Front, Garage & Parking As is typical with a signature village home like this, there is a small frontage with a well-stocked flower border where the front elevation, gable end and original timbers can be appreciated. There is a part cobbled driveway that leads past the traditional front entrance door, onto a larger gravel driveway providing off road parking for at least four vehicles and direct access to the most attractive double garage with two timber double doors and hipped roof. The garage itself has power, lighting, hot water heater connected to a small basin and access to an adjoining WC. There is a small area for a workshop and stairs that lead to a very convenient first floor office which has electric storage heating, two windows to both the front and rear and conservation roof lights providing a perfect work from home environment. Rear To the rear is an attractive professionally designed patio area with a raised terrace situated in a south facing environment, there is a small pond with water feature and a well-stocked herb garden conveniently situated just off the kitchen where rosemary and sage grow in abundance. Behind the herb garden is access to the gas and electric meters and a door that leads to a very useful garden room which at present has a Belfast sink with water supply and lighting but could provide an ideal hobby room or further tool shed. At the end of the patio there is a brick-built arch that leads into an Elizabethan style walled garden which has a variety of gravel pathways that meander past well stocked borders including lavender and a glorious display of old fashioned shrub roses in the summer and flowers and shrubs from the 17th century or earlier as well as safely walled off medieval well holding around 6ft of water. There is a brickbuilt tool shed with pitched roof and the centerpiece of the garden is the well. To the right of the walled garden is a large greenhouse which was built in 2007 with brick built base and timber framework and automatic opening vents and a further brickbuilt arch leads off to the orchard which has a variety of productive trees to include a walnut, three cider trees, damson, quince, apple and pear trees. Beyond this are two pathways, one covered arch that leads off to the wild garden at the end whilst on the right-hand side there is access to a very productive vegetable garden which is surrounded by sixteen old and rare varieties of apple and pear espalier. The wild garden has a natural pond overlooking the neighbouring farmland and a variety of mature trees providing a secluded environment. The whole garden has been organic, chemical free and environmentally friendly for at least the past 25 years with a wealth of bird, insect and other wildlife.


LOCAL AREA The property is situated within the small through village of Bretford neighbouring one of the counties larger and sought-after villages of Brinklow. Bretford itself offers a local public inn and restaurant; The Queens Head whilst Brinklow offers a playgroup, a private nursery school and a primary school. There is a choice of three public houses, The Bull’s Head, The Raven and The White Lion Inn. There is a busy village post office and newsagents providing some day-to-day groceries, plus a popular Delicatessen. There is an attractive 13th century C of E Church, a Methodist Chapel and a church hall, along with a Chinese takeaway, a Doctors surgery with dispensary and even a fish and chip shop! Bretford is well situated for Rugby (7 miles), Coventry (7 miles), and Royal Leamington Spa (10 miles) where there is a further extensive range of shopping available. There are railway links to London and Birmingham from Leamington, Coventry and Rugby, with a Virgin service arriving in Euston in well under an hour from Rugby.


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INFORMATION Services Mains gas, mains water, electricity and broadband are connected Local Authority Rugby Borough Council Council Tax Band C. Viewing Arrangements Strictly via Sam Funnell Branch Partner on 07714515484. Opening Hours Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm Saturday 9.00 am - 4.30 pm

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Agents notes: All measurements are approximate and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure. Printed 08.11.2019


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