Back Way, Great Haseley

Guide price

Bedrooms: 5
SITUATION Merrythought is a beautiful,17th century thatched home in picturesque Great Haseley. Quite simply the 'rural dream', this property is tucked away in a quiet countryside corner but just a few minutes walk from the heart of the village, lined with its beautifully preserved historic homes. It's no exaggeration to say that Great Haseley is right at the top of many buyers' wish lists - and for good reason. Lost in time but only a few minutes drive from the fast connections to London and Oxford via the M40, it's an absolute gem of a village. A busy local community is complemented by a sensational fine dining French restaurant (le Table d'Alix) and gorgeous countryside walks can be found in every direction. Oxford is just a 20minute drive away with its wealth of shops, restaurants and highly regarded independent schools. Neighbouring Great Milton has a popular local primary and is also home to the Michelin starred Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons.

DESCRIPTION There is a secret corner of Great Haseley that is just that little bit special. Quietly set back from the village road, past the windmill, opposite the village allotments….this is 'Back Way' and Merrythought is one of a small handful of homes you'll find tucked away here. Nestled behind the mature weeping willows, this five bedroomed thatch is as traditional as village homes get. In times gone by, Merrythought was actually four farmworker's cottages when Great Haseley was a small countryside hamlet, revolving around the fields and the seasons. Today, the house is a single, large, beautiful home in a stunning village location a stone's throw from all that London and Oxford have to offer.

Past the gravelled parking area, down the steps and through the front door, you are greeted by a dual aspect 30 foot open plan drawing/dining room with picture window and views to the front, stripped beamed ceilings which run throughout the property. The eye is drawn, however, to the inglenook fireplace (with Jetmaster wood burning stove) and original bread oven where the village families would have cooked in years gone by. 3/4 height timber windows run the length of the room and lead your eye out onto the gorgeous third of an acre garden (more on that later).

A warm, cosy snug can be found on the right of the property (with its own Jetmaster fireplace) along with a downstairs shower room, store room and an ideal and peaceful home office space. The kitchen is large and traditional in style, with a dual fuel range cooker and lovely terracotta tiled floor. There is plenty of space for a table to enjoy breakfast while light spills in from all sides.

As if one staircase wasn't enough, Merrythought offers a choice of two which lead you upstairs to a spacious hallway off which is the master bedroom with built in wardrobes and a contemporary wet room at one end, 3 further good sized bright and characterful double bedrooms, all benefiting from either fitted cupboards or recessed shelving and a spacious contemporary family bathroom with bath and separate shower at the other end.

While the downstairs snug and shower room suggests the opportunity to convert into a separate annexe, there is actually already independent guest accommodation in the more recent, stone and oak clad, tiled roof extension to the side of the property. The rear entrance hall with door to the garden also leads to the garden suite, with utility room, guest cloakroom and a beautiful garden room with travertine, underfloor heated, flooring and bi-fold doors opening onto a large patio area. A double bedroom and separate shower room on the first floor makes this a perfect guest suite / nanny annex.

And then there's the outside space….filled with sunshine, Merrythought has an exceptionally beautiful and perfectly private walled garden. The gently sweeping South facing lawn is framed by mature flower borders and surrounded by trees. Beautiful patio areas are perfectly positioned for al fresco dining, catching the light throughout the day. A gateway to the rear boundary opens onto a private pathway, which leads to the centre of the village. The garden is an absolute countryside dream - a space to breathe, relax and thoroughly enjoy rural life.

Turn and look back at the house from the garden and you are reminded, once again, why Merrythought is a simply spectacular home. Gently trailing climbers wind their way over the local cream stone exterior, the recently renewed handcrafted thatch crowning the cottage with traditional charm. Merrythought is the romantic vision of a countryside cottage 'come to life', made all the more perfect by its simply stunning, secluded setting - quiet, peaceful and calm but just a short drive from busy city life.

01844 690017

Morgan & Associates

Haseley Road, Little Milton, Oxford

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