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47.1 acres, Banbury Lane, Thorpe Mandeville, Banbury, Northamptonshire, OX17, Oxfordshire
Sold (STC) - Guide Price £6,500,000


  • 14 bedrooms
  • 6 reception rooms
  • 13 bathrooms
  • 47.10 acres
  • Outbuildings
  • Period
  • Detached
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Stabling

Thorpe Manor is situated behind a high, stone wall with double wrought iron gates with fine pillars and orb finials. To the front of the house is a large, gravelled parking area with further walling and wrought iron gates that lead to the principal gardens on the south and east sides of the manor house. The house, believed to be the work of Thomas Archer, was re-built in the early 1770s and replaced The Old Manor House that was damaged in the Civil War. The southern elevation is particularly fine, ornamented with classical pilasters, broken pediment and ornamental embellishments with two fine magnolia bushes and a wide flagstone terrace.

Constructed of Horton stone under a slate roof, the house comprises five main reception rooms and fourteen bedrooms. The hall is stone flagged with two inner pillars leading off to the main reception rooms. The house is extremely well laid out with a range of rooms that are ideal for entertaining, including the drawing room and dining room. There are many original features with fine open fireplaces, fine plasterwork, wooden floors and wooden panelling in the drawing room.

The Manor has recently undergone complete refurbishment, the following list details of the work carried out:
. The entire house was re-plumbed and re-wired with a wood pellet boiler installed.
. New roof and lead work replaced.
. Original sash windows and glass either restored or replaced.
. Restoration of wooden panelling and window shutters in reception rooms.
. Restoration of original stone and wooden flooring.
. New and extended family kitchen.
. Creation of 14 bedrooms, 12 have en-suites, which are all new.

The Stable Courtyard has a particularly fine classical facade with a high archway and is approached by a separate entrance off the road. Within the stable courtyard are a two bedroom cottage, a further two bedroom cottage and a two bedroom flat. In addition, there is a stable yard with 18 stables, tack room and feed room, together with a rug store.

The principal garden comprises a series of terraced lawns and has unusual circular, stone steps, herbaceous borders, shrub beds, rose beds and flagstone paths. There are mature evergreen and deciduous trees, which give seclusion to the garden, and within it is a summer house with shaped box shrubs.

Beyond the gardens are three large parkland fields with traditional ridge and furrow having road frontage sloping down to a stream with a belt of mature woodland with pine, fir, spruce, beech, oak, ash and other trees. There is a large lake with islands that were possibly original medieval carp ponds. In all about 47.10 acres.
Thorpe Manor is the principal house in the delightful village of Thorpe Mandeville on the Northamptonshire/Oxfordshire borders, located approximately 6 miles to the east of Banbury in rolling countryside dotted with small villages. Banbury has an extensive range of shops suiting most requirements.

Despite its wonderful rural location, the house is well located for communications, being within easy reach of the M40 (J11). Birmingham is about 45 miles while Birmingham InternationalAirport is only about 45 minutes drive and provides an increasing national and international flight service. Banbury train station (about 6 miles) provides services directly into London Marylebone (approximately 50 mins). Milton Keynes train station (28.5 miles) provides trains directly into London Euston taking 35 minutes.

There are excellent schools in the area including Winchester House, Maidwell Hall, Stowe School, Tudor Hall and Bloxham. Sporting opportunities include golf at Cherwell Edge, Whittlebury and Tadmarton; racing at Stratford upon Avon, Warwick and Cheltenham, hunting with the Bicester and Grafton hunts and polo at Kirtlington, Stoneythorpe and Rugby. The beautiful surrounding countryside provides excellent walks and rides. The popular Soho Farmhouse is also within easy reach.

Brackley 8 miles
Banbury 6 miles
M40 (J11) 5 miles
Towcester A43 16 miles
Oxford 30 miles
London 80 miles

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