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Northwick Park, Blockley, Moreton-In-Marsh, GL56 9RJ

Guide Price £1,400,000
This elegant and imposing building has been built in ashlar stone with rusticated quoins and sash windows with bolection architraves, central French doors in a similar frame, and a double flight of steps, stepping down onto the delightful landscaped gardens and adjoining communal grounds
  • Property Type
    Detached House
  • Bathrooms
    3 bathrooms
  • Bedrooms
    4 bedroooms
  • Reception Rooms
    1 reception rooms
Key Features
  • Awe-inspiring 56 foot drawing room
  • Kitchen with impressive vaulted ceiling
  • Stunning period features
  • High ceilings
  • South facing garden
  • Triple garage
  • 35 acres of communal parkland
  • Communal swimming pool and tennis courts
  • Lovely walks nearby
  • Two mile walk to Blockley or Paxford
Property Description

The front door leads to the main hall with built-in shelved storage and leads to the stunning drawing room and the third bedroom currently used as a study with bespoke oak-built fitted book shelving with cupboards below. This room connects to the inner hallway with bedroom four and a compact shower room also leading off it

The showpiece of the property, is the truly awe-inspiring 56 foot drawing room, with six impressive floor to ceiling sash windows with cushioned window seats, exposed oak wooden flooring, arched recesses with hand-painted murals, and central French external doors with twin staircase leading down to the open landscaped gardens. Open to the drawing room, is a central staircase leading to two bedrooms with wardrobe cupboards and en-suite bathrooms with a mixture of panelled baths, separate shower cubile, "Japanese" fitted wc, and wash-hand basin on the first floor

The western staircase and landing, off the drawing room, with a doorway to bedroom four, leads down to the lower floor kitchen/dining room, with an impressive vaulted ceiling and three cross-mullioned windows. The kitchen has a generous range of wall and base shaker-style units with wooden oak work surfaces, gas fired AGA, quarry tiled floor, with steps up to an arched recess housing a free-standing fridge-freezer.
Adjoining the kitchen, is the connecting lobby to the private sunken terrace, called the Eastern Terrace, with a spiral stairwell leading up the front landscaped gardens, laid to gravel with attractive box-hedging. Leading off the lobby area, is a downstairs cloakroom and separate utility room housing the floor-mounted boiler and immersion, providing all the domestic hot water and central heating

The Northwick estate was brought in 1681 by Sir James Rushout, the son of a rich Flemish merchant, who later introduced silk manufacture to Blockley, and in 1686, he began an extensive remodelling of the main house, possibly to a design by William Talman, creating the present plan of four ranges of rooms around a large central staircase

In about 1833, his son, the 2nd Lord Northwick, built a picture gallery designed by Richard Hulls, to house his large art collection at the northeast corner of the main house. The ancillary buildings around the house date in their present form from the 18th and 19th centuries. The attached quadrangle (now Burlington Court) housed service quarters and kitchens with a fine cellar of a much earlier date

The Orangery, which overlooks the west front of the house, was believed to be part of Sir James Rushout's 1686 works, possibly attributed to Talman, but substantially remodelled since

The 5th Baronet, later 1st Baron Northwick, employed architect John Woolfe to carry out further improvements in the 1770s and William Eames to landscape the parkland

It passed down the family line, with a further remodelling in 1828-30, until George Rushout, 3rd Baron Northwick, whose widow, Augusta, left the estate to her grandson, Captain George-Spencer Churchill in 1912. Northwick Park remained the property of the Spencer Churchill family until 1966, when it was finally sold to a syndicate headed by the Hon Michael Pearson, then the 22-year-old heir of Viscount Cowdray, one of Britain’s leading landowners

Northwick Park fell into decline and was empty from 1976 until the early 1980s. The house was then bought by developers who got permission for rebuilding the mansion and surrounding historic area, in the first phase of the development of the estate as it is today

Other development companies completed the work, adding the houses of William Emes Garden, Julianas Court, Churchill Square, John Woolfe Court and The Lodge. The Estate was taken over from Clarendon, the final development company, in 2003 by Northwick Park Ltd and thus passed into the joint ownership of the residents, as it is today

Council tax – band G; tax payable for 2022/23 - £3,300.26
The current service charges made payable to Northwick Park Management company is £850 per quarter to maintain the communal facilities and grounds

Mains water, electricity and gas are connected
Northwick Park Estate has its own sewerage/waste water treatment plant
Average broadband speeds advertised within this postcode are up to 74.4 Mbps if provider is BT
The whole of Northwick Park is managed, for which there is a quarterly fee payable; this includes caring for the grounds and gardens, the facilities and a 24-hour security patrol
EPC Band E

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