Copse Stile House is a fine Grade II* Listed red brick country house set in extensive gardens and grounds in an edge of village setting. The house is believed to be late 17th century with 19th century alterations, although parts of the house would appear to predate this. Copse Stile House was originally a medieval, timber framed small manor and was converted into its current form in the 1680’s during the Queen Anne period. The house is noted in Pevsner’s encyclopaedia of British architecture as an outstanding example of rural Queen Anne symmetrical architecture. There is an attractive symmetrical front elevation, with sash windows and gabled dormers under tile roof. The interiors have many period features including panelling, cornicing and fireplaces and are well proportioned with accommodation found over three principal floors with additional cellars. The majority of the rooms enjoy views over the glorious garden and grounds.
The house has been extensively modernised and altered by the current owners and now provides immaculate spacious living ideal for entertaining. There is a Robert Taussig designed integrated surround sound music system in all downstairs rooms and the master bedroom suite.
The central half-glazed front door with flat hood on deeply carved wood brackets leads in to the flagstone floored reception hall with original staircase. The drawing room has three windows with seating giving fantastic views over the garden, as well as an open fireplace with pretty, carved wooden surround. The dual aspect library has built in bookcases and cupboards, an open fireplace with stone mantel and wooden flooring. The dining room has an open fireplace with wood surround and marble slips, wooden panelling, a display cabinet and window seat, and tile floor. The inner hall, with door to the cloakroom, would appear to be the oldest part of the house, evident from the arches and exposed beams. The room has tile and polished brick floor and a door to the cellars with impressive vaulted ceilings and brick shelving.
The kitchen lies beyond the dining room and can also be accessed via a stable door from the terrace. This wonderful dual aspect room has a vaulted ceiling with exposed roof trusses. There are a range of fitted wall and floor cupboards, drawers and shelves including an island with bar breakfast area. Fittings and appliances include a Viking wine cooler, integrated Sub Zero fridge and freezer, Viking Professional Oven and Grill, Miele coffee machine and 4 door Aga set into the chimney recess. There is a shelved pantry and an archway through to open plan breakfast room. The playroom has a vaulted ceiling with exposed roof trusses and glazed wall giving views towards the garden. A door leads through to the self-contained annexe.
To the first floor is the impressive master bedroom suite with views over the garden. The suite incorporates a bedroom, 1st floor sitting room/dressing room 2 with pretty cast iron fireplace, a dressing room with built-in wardrobes and two en-suite bathrooms. Bedroom 2 includes twin windows with views of lake and gardens, and has a wonderful en-suite bathroom with a free standing roll top bath. To the second floor are three further bedrooms, all en-suite, as well as a store room. There is an additional back staircase from the 1st floor giving access to 2nd floor accommodation.
There is a self contained, single storey annexe found in the South wing of the house. Accessed either from the drive or internally via the playroom, this could provide either staff or guest accommodation having been recently converted to a high standard. The accommodation comprises an entrance hall, sitting room/dining room with vaulted ceiling and French doors to garden, and an open plan kitchen with fitted appliances. There are two bedrooms and a family bathroom.
This property has 5.9 acres of land.
There is a well laid out garden, which lies mainly to the east of the house. The majority of garden is laid to lawn interspersed with a range of mature trees including beech and willow, and leads down to the swimming pool. A wonderful, large spring fed lake also lies within the beautiful grounds. There is a listed brick wall and herbaceous border on one side of the garden, and listed outbuildings to the other. Directly south of the house is a terrace and gravel path, enclosed by a brick wall. Behind a screen of trees is a kitchen garden with greenhouse and adjoining potting shed, cold frames and fruit cage. A small arboretum lies beyond which is bordered by a yew hedge on the north boundary and a stream to the south.
Found to the south of the house there is a range of traditional brick and modern farm buildings. The stables are probably early 18th century, with 19th century alterations and are constructed of red brick with limestone rubble panels and old plain-tile half-hipped roof. There are approximately thirteen loose boxes, one converted into a workshop, another containing utilities. The northern block are single storey with attic storage above. There are further stables and a fully boarded hay loft in a two storey former barn. This building has planning permission to convert into a guest cottage on the ground floor and a large games room on the first floor.
There is a garage/hay store constructed of brick under a tile roof. This building has a four bay hay store to the north, currently for machinery store and four bay garaging to the south with electric garage doors and hard standing.
The covered yard has planning permission for conversion into an indoor swimming pool and gym complex. The proposed plans would include a indoor pool, pool room, pump room, sauna, 2 changing rooms and mezzanine level gym. Planning reference P01/W1035.
Within the grounds, is a Gardeners Cottage with open plan Sitting Room/Kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. There is also a newly renovated home office with a beautiful clock tower, comprising a large reception room/office, a kitchen/breakfast room and a stylish shower room with a fabulous walk-in shower. The office benefits from an integral 10-speaker cinema/audio system, a hard-disc security system monitoring access points with infra-red cameras, a Stovex wood burner and under floor heating.
Copse Stile House is found on the edge of the attractive downland village of Aston Tirrold, south of the historic city of Oxford. The village and neighbouring Aston Upthorpe are highly regarded and well equipped with post office, garage, two churches, village hall, cricket club and The Chequers Public house. There is also the well renowned gastro pub, The Sweet Olive, just a short distance away. The surrounding villages also offer a further range of good local amenities and services. More extensive shopping facilities are found at Newbury, Oxford and Reading. There is excellent access to London and the national motorway network at Junction 12 of the M4 (13 miles) and Junction 6 of the M40 (18 miles). A regular fast train service runs from Didcot Parkway (4 miles) to London Paddington, the journey taking approximately 40 minutes.
The village of Aston Tirrold is located at the foot of the chalk downs and there are many fine routes providing wonderful walking and riding opportunities. The nearby Ridgeway offers a long distance path running some 40 miles to the standing stones at Avebury.
Excellent local schools are numerous and include Summerfields, Downe House, The Oratory, Moulsford, Cranford House, Cothill and Chandlings Manor. There is a wide choice of schools in Oxford and Abingdon including The Dragon, Headington, St Edward’s (Oxford) and Radley (near Abingdon). Wycombe Abbey is also within easy reach.
Golf can be enjoyed at a course in the neighbouring village of Blewbury or at the Springs Golf Club in North Stoke. There is racing at Newbury and rowing at Henley Royal Regatta.