Friday, 24 September 2021

Former village shop is a slice of history

THE sale of Grade II-listed Rogers Hill Farm House in Cuxham (in between Watlington and Brightwell Baldwin)

THE sale of Grade II-listed Rogers Hill Farm House in Cuxham (in between Watlington and Brightwell Baldwin) means the chance to purchase a beautiful and interesting piece of history.

Thought to have been built in the late 18th century, and once a village shop (signs of this include a window between the kitchen and dining room with a hole in the frame where it’s thought the shop’s bell was once placed), the house has an interior that displays much of the structural elements and features of that original building.

Olde worlde lovers will adore the large inglenook fireplace in the living room, too, and many of the rooms exhibit features such as exposed as brick and stone walls and the original timber frame.

“It’s part of the reason we fell in love with Rogers Hill,” say the vendors. “It has an immense character and charm and we just love the fabulous fireplace.”

The outside is also impressive, with a lovely walled cottage garden to the rear and flank of the house, and a detached garage with workshop/store.

“One really wonderful aspect is waking at dawn to the melodic chirping of the birds — we have had robins, blackbirds, thrushes, kingfishers and many more in the garden,” add the vendors.

The five-bedroom accommodation is arranged on three floors and includes a two-storey conversion of the attached former stable block, providing an additional large reception room with guest suite above, or the opportunity for an attached annexe.

Having lived here for more than 20 years, the vendors say they will be sad to leave.

“It has been a wonderful family home. For a house of its age it is very spacious and we’ve often entertained family and friends.”

In their time here, the vendors have redone the dining room floor, refitted the utility room, and more.

They say they will sorely miss Cuxham when they downsize to Italy.

“There is a great community here with plenty of activities, whether Jubilee celebrations, harvest festival or Christmas parties. The local pub [the Half Moon] is wonderful as well.”

The house is only 11 miles from Henley (17 miles from Oxford) and five miles from junction six of the M40 for those who need it, and yet this is an idyllic semi-rural haven.

Cuxham has hardly changed in centuries and the village contains a number of listed buildings and a 12th century parish church.

Rogers Hill Farm House is for sale at a guide price of £775,000. For more information, call Robinson Sherston on (01491) 614000.

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