7 bedroom property
Hill Road, Oakley, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG23
- Impressive house with beautifully proportioned reception rooms
- Set in 2.2 acres of gardens and grounds
- Swimming pool and tennis court
- Party barn and other outbuildings
- Period features
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, doctors 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, Elstee, 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.
East Oakley House is a wonderful Grade II listed period family home with origins dating back from the 18th century with more recent additions. The property has a classic Georgian façade making it particularly attractive. The accommodation includes a welcoming reception hall, off this large open area are doors through to an impressive l-shape drawing room with ornate details including classical Tuscan pillars and attractive fireplace, providing a superb space for formal entertaining. Off the other end of the reception hall is a door through to the dining room which again offers a great entertaining area, with its fireplace and deep bay window this is an ideally shaped room for formal dining occasions. The kitchen/breakfast room sits very much at the heart of the house and comes with a comprehensively fitted range of bespoke wooden cabinetry with a range of work surfaces over, built-in appliances and 4-oven Aga. There is a central island which provides further work surface and preparation area, as well as storage. The breakfast area offers a fitted breakfast bench and space for table and chairs, creating a really suitable area for informal family dining. Off the kitchen are doors through to the sitting room which is an ideal room for the informal family gathering. From the main hallway, an attractive passage with Parquet flooring runs along the side of the kitchen/breakfast/sitting room and provides access through to the large family room which includes a feature fireplace and is a particularly generous space for relaxing and recreation. Doors from here lead out to the rear terrace. The cloakroom, utility room, store room and larder all occupy this space to the right-hand side of the property, easily accessed from the kitchen/breakfast room creating a practical arrangement and meaning that all the workings of the house are predominantly in one area. A secret staircase just off the hall leads down to the wine cellar which is a unique feature of East Oakley house, being brick-lined and floored with ample space for wine racks. The impressive staircase rises up out of the reception hall to the first floor with its large galleried landing, creating easy access to all principal bedrooms. At first floor there are a total of seven bedrooms including two suites, one being the master bedroom suite with en suite bathroom and dressing area, the other being a guest bedroom with en suite bathroom. The remaining five bedrooms are services by two family bathrooms. A laundry room at first floor level is a particularly practical arrangement for a house of this size and a study in the second floor tower is the perfect space for those who wish to work from home. Outside
The property is approached via a set of electric wooden gates which open out onto a gravelled driveway, providing ample parking. The front of the property is attractively screened by mature hedgerow which gives the feeling of seclusion. The formal gardens largely lie to the rear of East Oakley House and have been well-maintained by the current owners and include a number of attractive features. The large expanse of terrace immediately adjoining the house with its elevated ornamental fish pond and vine covered pergola provides a superb area for outdoor entertaining. The formal lawned areas lie to the side of the property and are easily accessed off the terrace and then there are steps up to a further expanse of lawn which runs all the way up towards the tennis courts at the far end. The exterior of East Oakley House is clad with mature wisteria, rose and honeysuckle, which are a real feature in the flowering months. The gardens contain many specimen plants, shrubs and trees and are partly bordered by a cobb wall. Halfway up the garden there is a path that leads through to the swimming pool area which is completely private and set behind a period listed barn which is used as a pool house/all weather entertaining room and changing area. Surrounding the pool there is plenty of terracing providing the perfect space for relaxing and recreation. Adjacent to this is a listed cart shed and outbuilding. It should be noted that these outbuildings are derelict. Additionally, there is a further listed barn on the northern boundary which could be used as a garage for several cars and it has a stage at one end which is ideal for big parties. These could be converted subject to the necessary consents being obtained.
Square Footage: 7352 sq ft
Acreage: 2.2 Acres
From the M3 (Junction 7) proceed north towards Bsingstoke and almost immediately turn left on the A30 towards North Waltham. Turn immediately right across the central reservation towards Oakley. Follow this road for approximately 3 miles to Oakley. At the t-junction turn right. East Oakley House will be found approximately 300 yards on the right just before the village green and duck pond.