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38.17 acres, Ratley, Banbury, Warwickshire, OX15, Oxfordshire
For Sale - Guide Price £1,750,000

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 2 reception rooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 38.17 acres
  • Modern
  • Outbuildings
  • Garden
  • Rural
  • Paddock
  • Meadow

The farm has been farmed organically by the present owners, with native breeds of livestock and processing of home grown wool. The property has recently received planning consent for an extension to provide a new wing.

The current accommodation has large bright rooms with a wide storm porch to a reception hall running the full depth of the house, with cloakroom off, with a vaulted dining/family room to one side , with woodburner and full height gable window and pairs of French doors to a deck taking full advantage of the views. Dual aspect drawing room with the view and with fireplace with woodburner, and French doors. DeVol kitchen with painted kitchen units, granite worktop surrounding the Aga with oak worktops to the rest of the kitchen, integrated dishwasher, double bowl glazed sink and two oven LPGas Aga, electric oven and hob. Utility room with plumbing, double sink, door to outside and boiler closet.

The first floor landing is vaulted and bright, facing south/southeast with a high level rooflight. The principal bedroom has a Juliet balcony enjoying the view, fitted wardrobes and free standing bath and en suite shower room with limestone tiled shower and cupboards. Family bathroom with separate shower and bath, dual aspect bedroom 2/study with fitted cupboards, double bedroom 3. To the second floor is a landing with eaves storage, double bedroom 4 with en suite shower room and eaves storage and double bedroom 5 with window and roof light.

Separate outbuilding with wide upvc bifold doors to a workroom with sink and electric heating. Kitchen, shower room with limestone floor. Studio with bifold doors, woodburner and view, door to office with a double glazed picture window.

The access drive rises up from the village past Lockhill Cottage and an electric gate to a gravel private drive and parking area. To the front of the house is a Mediterranean gravelled and natural stone garden with plants, shrubs and herbs. The deck off the family room has a low hedge and the east garden is lawned with cedar trees, chestnut and beech, rose beds, privet hedge and flower border to the sunken ha-ha wall. Part walled garden to the north side of the house, where the extension would be located, has shrub and herbaceous beds and barbeque area, Beyond is an orchard with apple, cherry and plum trees. Polytunnel and vegetable garden. The garden is sheltered from the north and west by a shelterbelt of native trees.

The new farm building, due to be erected prior to completion of a sale will be a 95ft x 27ft 6 bay steel frame barn.

The fields are fenced with boundary hedges and are laid to grass with free draining soil. To the north of the farmyard is a large level pasture field with livestock handling pens and in the centre a plantation. To one side is a long shelter belt with a variety of native trees. To the east of the house is a further large grass field, with a belt of trees to the south side and to the corner, with mature hedgerow trees to the boundary. To the south-east of the house are two sloping grass fields with shallow terracing believed to have been a Roman vineyard. It is also believed that there was a bronze age settlement on the farm.

The vendors currently have an offer of a grant for planting of 5 hectares (12 acres) of native woodland on the property.

The farmhouse has an agricultural occupancy planning condition requiring one of the occupiers to be or have been employed in agriculture or forestry.
Two footpaths cross the property, as shown on the plan. The property will be sold with mutual rights of way, easements and wayleaves and with covenants for mutual benefit for Lockhill Farm and Lockhill Cottage. Entitlements to rural farm payments are not included in the sale and will be retained by the vendors.

Lockhill Farm is in an elevated position at the end of a long winding shared drive, surrounded by its own fields on three sides and with the most exceptional views.

Ratley is a small village behind the Edgehill escarpment tucked away in a valley, with ancient church and renowned village inn. Nearby Edgehill features the local landmark Castle Inn and the site of the civil war battle of Edgehill in 1643. The village is ideally placed on the south Warwickshire borders, in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there is access to both the Cotswolds, Banbury and Stratford-upon-Avon.

The M40 is easily accessible and Birmingham International Airport is just 30 miles away.
There are some excellent schools in the area including Winchester House Prep School at Brackley, Sibford and Bloxham Public Schools to the south of Banbury, Stratford-upon-Avon grammar schools and to the north Warwick School together with a wide selection of primary schools in the surrounding villages.

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