Thursday, 09 December 2021

Sherlock was at home here

TREE TOPS is a substantial country house dating back to 1915 and is located on Gillotts

TREE TOPS is a substantial country house dating back to 1915 and is located on Gillotts Lane, perched just above the Harpsden Valley.

Included in the list of previous owners is the actor Basil Rathbone (1892-1967), best-known for his most popular character, Sherlock Holmes, who lived there until he moved to Hollywood in the Forties.

Basil Rathbone was first in The Hound of the Baskervilles and then in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 1939 with Nigel Bruce taking the part as Dr Watson.

Mark Charter, head of Carter Jonas’s Oxford office said: “It is full of natural light and space, it has lots of scope for someone to refurbish it to make it a fine country house in a super location.

“It has a colourful history with the great Basil Rathbone as one of its previous owners, and also we understand one of the UK’s top cigar importers, Melbourne Hart, once lived there too.

“The house and grounds would benefit from some refurbishment with potential for improvements, remodelling and extension, offering a rare opportunity to create a fine country house.” The property totals nearly 4,000 sq ft of accommodation and is set within grounds totalling six acres. It offers flexible accommodation with large sized rooms with garden views.

The entrance hall gives access to the principal ground floor reception rooms. These include the drawing room with fitted shelves and open fireplace, the dining room with wooden parquet flooring and garden room with doors leading out on to a patio terrace.

The kitchen/breakfast room is fully equipped with Aga and separate cooker. The breakfast area has floor-to-ceiling windows and glazed double doors allowing in plenty of natural light.

The kitchen leads to a utility area and there is a study leading to a galleried landing.

Upstairs there is a master bedroom with en suite bathroom, five further bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is also plenty of storage space in the loft.

Outside, there are various outbuildings with a garage, stables, a former tennis court and swimming pool and an unfinished timber pool house.

There is also a separate office and annexe accessed from the back of the house or via the alley leading from the kitchen.

The annexe consists of open plan kitchen/living room, conservatory and two double bedrooms.

The property is approached through brick piers with a gravel drive leading to a parking sweep in front of the house. It is in a rural setting with mature shrubs, trees and lawn as well as four post and rail paddocks.

The property is for sale through Carter Jonas Oxford office, by informal tender, with offers that need to be submitted by January 8, 2016. A guide price is given of £2million.

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