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Beautiful home with pool and formal gardens
Published 04/08/14

CLARE COURT is beautifully situated on elevated ground with wonderful views just to the north of Pyrton village.

It is a beautiful country house created to the finest Georgian design principles and situated in a peaceful and beautiful open countryside setting, within striking distance of London and Oxford.

Designed and built by a bespoke and well-established private developer, the Clare Court project has resulted in the most wonderful home, designed, built and fitted out to exacting standards.

Clare Court comprises about 8,840 sq ft of accommodation including the integral leisure complex and spa. The accommodation is beautifully arranged over three floors. Entry is through graceful double front doors, with a fanlight above, leading to a stunning reception hall with dentilled and egg and dart cornice work and superbly moulded architraves to the double doors leading into the drawing room and dining room.

There is a limestone floor with slate tile inserts, and throughout most of the ground floor there are the highest quality patterned oak floorings by Trunk. Fireplaces in the principal rooms are by Chesneys, with floor to ceiling-height sash windows and hand-painted panelled walls.

The room proportions are exquisite, and the heart and soul of the ground floor is a stunning bespoke handmade ‘Plain English’ kitchen including a four-oven Aga, Gaggenau double cabinet fridge with freezer drawer beneath, Miele dishwasher and Miele oven, Microlift ‘dumb waiter’ to lower ground floor, a fine range of hand-painted oak cupboards, with steps down to the family sitting room with wood-burning stove and numerous tall glazed double doors opening to terraces and garden. There is oak flooring throughout all of the ground floor reception rooms with marble floors in the boot room; there is also underfloor heating throughout the house on lower ground, ground and first floors.

The master bedroom, like every room in the house, benefits from the most glorious views across the Chilterns and Oxfordshire countryside.

The dressing areas are linked to their own individual marble bathrooms. The master bedroom suite includes a handsome fireplace surround with wood-burning stove, a beautifully appointed bathroom with Victoria & Albert freestanding bath and bathroom units by Porter, together with Vola and duravit bathroom fittings. There are his and hers dressing areas plus an en-suite shower room with power shower and wonderful slate tiling and floor.

In addition, there are three further first floor bedrooms together with one family bathroom and one en-suite shower room which complete the first floor accommodation. There is a laundry chute on the landing together with a wonderful roof lantern radiating light through the house.

The lower ground floor includes two large guest suites, with consistently high quality bathroom fittings throughout. This floor is linked with a micro lift (dumb waiter) from the main kitchen into versatile areas allocated for wine cellars/ butler’s pantry or an additional kitchen. It is also linked via a laundry chute from the lower landing to a three-bedroom wing on the first floor. This floor also includes a potential home cinema/games room.

The versatile lower ground floor comprises two guest/family bedroom suites complete with consistently high-quality bathroom fittings throughout.

The utility room and separate plant room housing a ground source heat pump and back-up oil-fired boiler were designed by M & E consultants N C Designs, with further equipment supplied by Worcester.

Mains water and electricity is provided throughout the house with the addition of a functioning water well. There is a fully pressurised hot water system, Myson heating controls and a Vent-Axia system for ventilation and energy efficient heat recovery.

The dumb waiter serving the kitchen link opens into a cinema/sitting room with direct access to patio/lightwell and then linking underground to the heated indoor swimming pool complex and spa, complete with dehumidification system.

The pool heating is provided by a separate heatstar oil-fired boiler and air recovery system.

The staff/annexe accommodation or additional games room remains unfitted (to be completed to new owners’ specification).

A wonderful sweeping stone drive approach begins through a pillared entrance with painted iron gates arriving in a well-arranged formal parking area in front of the main house. A secondary parking area in front of the four garages is offset to the right.

Surrounding the house and between the leisure complex and the house are some wonderful wide sandstone terraces, making the very best of the views and perfectly complementing the beautifully soft rendered finish of Clare Court. The formal gardens and terraces gently roll into the paddocks and fields below the house with magical views towards the Chilterns beyond.

There is planning permission for a discreetly sited hard tennis court to the north of the leisure complex, with potential in this area to erect stabling (subject to planning) should it be required.

An additional 10 acres lying principally to the west of Clare Court may be available by separate negotiation and in addition.

AUGUST 1 marks the 300th anniversary of the inception of the Georgian era and thus Georgian-style architecture. As a result, we are featuring a property built in the Georgian style, indicating how influential this style of architecture remains.

l The Georgian era is usually defined as covering the period from 1714 to 1830, spanning the reign of the first four kings of the House of Hanover, who were all called George. The definition of the Georgian era is often extended to cover the short reign of William lV until his death in 1837 and the start of the reign of Queen Victoria and the Victorian era.

l The sub-period of the Regency is also included in the Georgian era. It covers the time between 1811 and 1820 when King George lll was considered unfit to rule and his son, the Prince of Wales, ruled as Prince Regent until he became George lV on the death of his father. The Regency period is associated with architectural elegance.

l George I is said to have loathed the ornate style of Baroque, and the simple, elegant lines of Georgian style are believed to have been a reaction to this. Georgian style is often divided into the Palladian, early and late Georgian periods.

l Distinctive features of Georgian architecture include symmetrical proportions, usually two rooms deep; multi-paned sash windows; front doors with fanlights above; and intricate ceiling mouldings with ribbons and swags.

l Town houses are the type of building most characteristic of Georgian architecture. The early 18th century was a time of great urban growth, and there was a need to pack many houses into small spaces, which resulted in terraced houses, usually four storey, with front doors accessed by a short flight of steps.

l Early Georgian colour schemes included burgundy, sage green and blue grey. In later years, popular colours were pea green, Wedgwood blue, soft grey and dusty pink.

Published 04/08/14

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