Thursday, 23 September 2021

Full steam ahead for countryside property

Last year saw the Woodcote Rally celebrate its 50th year. The first Woodcote Veteran Transport Rally was staged as a one-day event in 1964, donating the sum of £150 from the proceeds to the Village Hall Management Committee. As the years went by the size of the event grew with more exhibits and entertainments and from 1974 it became a two-day event. As the rally takes place this Saturday and Sunday, Standard property correspondent JACKY HAYLER takes a look at the properties available in the surrounding area.

DEAN Farmhouse is reached via a private half mile lane on the edge of the village of Woodcote, within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Nestled in a hidden valley with a stunning backdrop of beech woodland, it offers far-reaching views across the open countryside to the west where the sun sets behind undulating green fields.

The property sits alongside ancient woodland close to the historical village of Woodcote, literally meaning “cottage in the wood”. The pre-Roman Icknield Way crosses close by forming part of the boundary between South Stoke and Woodcote. Woodcote is first documented in 1109 and the oldest building, Woodcote Manor is believed to date from the 12th century. Dean Farmhouse dates from the late 17th century with 19th century alterations and late 20th century additions, although it is principally Georgian in style.

This property is a hidden gem settled in its own peaceful valley with breathtaking views. The surrounding hills protect the house and gardens whilst opening up to reveal the most stunning vistas across farmland towards Moulsford, the west and the Vale of the White Horse.

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