Fox Lodge - A house in the country

  • Fox Lodge, Aston Magna
  • Fox Lodge, Aston Magna
  • Fox Lodge, Aston Magna
  • Fox Lodge, Aston Magna
  • Fox Lodge, Aston Magna
  • Fox Lodge, Aston Magna
  • Fox Lodge, Aston Magna
  • Fox Lodge, Aston Magna

A fabulous opportunity to own a former estate property in the picturesque hamlet of Aston Magna

£995,000

Aston Magna is a tiny rural hamlet situated about three miles north west of Moreton in Marsh.  The majority of properties in Aston Magna are simple rows of terraced stone cottages that would have originally been tied to the Batsford estate to provide a workforce for the arboretum, sawmill and surrounding farms.

Fox Lodge was also once an estate property but stands in comparatively glorious isolation, elevated and detached within its own generous plot in the centre of the village, occupying a tranquil setting surrounded by estate land and a copse of mature trees. Much more humble in its original condition, it had fallen into considerable disrepair by the end of the twentieth century but was fully restored and so skilfully extended by the owner’s predecessor that it is barely possible to detect new from old today.

Approached by a gravelled driveway and turning circle, providing parking for at least a dozen cars, Fox Lodge is now an impressively luxurious four bedroomed Cotswold stone property. It possesses a particularly pleasing architectural symmetry to the front, with a central chimney-stack and single low-hipped roofline.

The plot extends to a half-acre of landscaped, spreading lawns with a timber cottage and office also situated within the grounds (of which, more later). Separated by a post and rail fence and running the entire length of one border is an adjoining acre of paddock complete with an ancient stone barn, belonging to the Batsford estate but rented for several years by Fox Lodge at a peppercorn annual sum. Whilst this agreement does expire with the current ownership, it would be eminently sensible to renew, considering the sense of substance and additional privacy it accords to the property.

The interior of Fox Lodge has had an equally careful and sympathetic restoration to its exterior. Original features and appropriate period details are evident throughout, all giving a sense of substance, quality and solidity as well as integral character to the whole property, including exposed roof beams, timber lintels and stone walls, stripped pine doors and wooden sills.

Each room has been meticulously finished to the highest standard, with close attention paid to general comfort and ease of living. The ground floor is sociable and friendly: an enclosed, cosy porch opens onto a wide, welcoming central hallway complete with a Victorian fireplace, stairs rising, with a study to one side and well-equipped laundry room to the other. Two main reception rooms flow from one to another, connected by a grand conservatory opening out onto a broad terrace, served by a traditionally companionable kitchen-breakfast room.

Above, four generous double bedrooms and a family bathroom are set into the eaves, all individual in character and beautifully finished; of these, the two principal bedrooms overlooking the front of the property are both fitted with copious built-in wardrobes and luxurious en-suite shower rooms.

Sitting in a sweeping circle of landscaped gardens and terraces, elevated from the street and benefitting from considerable natural privacy, the sense of seclusion is aided by dry stone walling and strategic planting around the borders including an array of mature deciduous and coniferous trees, the whole providing an idyllic sense of barely contained, encroaching nature; the adjacent barn tucked into the most private edge of the garden is covered with a profusion of dog roses and clematis, the beds are full of cottage garden flowers and verdant shrubs, all held at bay by a neat expanse of carefully maintained lawns.

At the far edge of the property and comfortably at a distance from the main house are two single storey buildings of solid timber construction – the first a well-equipped office with plumbing and electricity, the second a Dutch barn style one-bedroom cottage fitted to the highest standard for use as a successful holiday let and currently marketed by Rural Retreats, generating a gross income of between £600 and £850 per calendar week, according to season.

Please contact the Moreton in Marsh office on 01608 653893 to book your appointment to view.