7 bedroom detached house
Hill Road, Oakley, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG23
- Ground floor: Entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, family room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, storeroom, larder, 2 cloakrooms, wine cellar (basement)
- First floor: Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing area, 6 further bedrooms, 3 further bathrooms, laundry room, study (second floor)
- Grounds: Listed barn (used as pool house and separate storeroom), further Listed barn
- Listed cart shed/outbuildings, wood store, swimming pool, hard tennis court
- Attractive mature gardens and grounds of about 2 acres
East Oakley House is a wonderful Grade II Listed period family home which dates from the 18th century with later sympathetic additions of a similar design. The house has a classic Georgian façade, many original features and beautifully proportioned reception rooms set beneath a slate roof with rendered elevations.
Approached initially across a shared access owned by East Oakley House, the property is set behind hedging over a gravelled driveway allowing ample ancillary parking. The house has an attractive front porch with semi-circular roof and opens into a vestibule and then through a part-glazed period door with fanlight into the impressive entrance hall. The beautiful curved oak staircase with barley twist balusters ascends to the first floor. The hall is complemented by a fireplace, elegant windows set either side of the front door, with a cloakroom to one side, and a set of double doors leading into the drawing room on the other side. At the far end of the hallway is a built-in bookcase which cleverly conceals access to the wine cellar.
The drawing room is a magnificent light and ornate room with doors which lead onto the terrace with views over the garden to one side. There is an attractive fireplace and classical Tuscan pillars. Doors from the far end of the hallway lead into the dining room with fireplace and bay window to front. A service area of the house, comprising the utility room, storeroom and larder is accessed from a separate hallway. A door gives access to the side of the house.
From the main hallway a long passage, with parquet flooring, large picture windows and doors to the terrace, gives access to the kitchen/breakfast room which is comprehensively fitted with a range of bespoke wooden cabinetry, built in appliances and 4 oven aga. A door from the kitchen leads into the sitting room which has a most attractive part-glazed door leading back into the passage. There is a further cloakroom and a door into the lovely family room. This is an ideal informal entertaining space with feature fireplace and a pair of unusual semi-circular windows above. A set of doors leads onto the terrace and garden.
The wine cellar is a unique feature of East Oakley House being brick lined and floored with ample space for wine racks. The staircase from the main hallway rises to the first floor galleried landing with a feature arched window halfway up the staircase. The landing leads on one side to two bedrooms and a bathroom. An inner landing leads to a laundry room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. From this landing a second staircase ascends to a charming study with a period fireplace. From the main landing an archway leads through to an additional bedroom and then onto the master bedroom suite.
East Oakley House is situated in the village of Oakley, close to the centre with its picturesque duck pond and green. The village offers a variety of local shops including a butchers, post office and chemist. In addition, there is a dental practice, doctor’s surgery, local public house, church and bus service.
The village has an infant and junior school with independent schools in the area such as Bradfield College, Cheam, Elstree, Farleigh, Horris Hill, St. Swithun’s, Twyford, Wellington College and Winchester College.
Basingstoke enjoys a large modern retail centre and extensive recreational and business facilities. Communications in the area are excellent with the mainline railway station at Basingstoke providing a fast and regular service to London Waterloo (43 minutes) and the M3 (Junction 7) providing access to London, Winchester and the south coast.
The gardens and grounds of East Oakley House have been well maintained by the current vendors and incorporate many attractive features such as an elevated ornamental fish pond, stone terracing, a vine covered pergola and wide brick steps leading to a level area of lawn.
The exterior of East Oakley House is beautifully clad with mature wisteria, roses and honeysuckle which form an attractive feature to the house. The gardens contain specimen plants, shrubs and trees partly bordered by a wall. A pathway leads to the swimming pool which is set below a period Listed barn used as a pool house/all weather entertaining room and changing area. Attached is a storeroom. There is ample poolside space for tables and chairs and is a wonderful area for relaxation. From the terrace wide brick steps lead onto an area of lawn, bordered by gravel pathways leading onto the newly constructed hard tennis court. Adjacent to this is a Listed cart shed and outbuildings. It should be noted these outbuildings are derelict. Additionally, there is a further Listed barn on the northern boundary. These could be converted subject to the necessary consents being obtained.