Situated between Abingdon and Radley, Wick Hall is ideally placed for easy access to Oxford, Abingdon, London, the Science Parks and the Oxford hospitals. It also benefits from easy access to the national road and rail networks.
Abingdon-on-Thames is a historic market town that grew up around the Abbey (dated 676 AD). There is some evidence that Wick Barn (included in the sale) was once a tythe barn belonging to the abbey. The town offers an art cinema and a wide range of restaurants and shops, including an excellent kitchen shop, an independent booksellers and a large Waitrose. A well-equipped pool and sports centre is just down the road from the property.
There are numerous footpaths and cycle paths in the area, including along banks of the river Thames. A colonnade of chestnut trees through Wick's deer park leads to a private gate that opens onto Radley Lakes, a conservation area and bird sanctuary.
Oxford is 15 minutes away and offers a rich cultural life as well as first rate shopping and dining.
Garsington Opera, now held on the Wormsley Estate, is just 20 miles away, the highly regarded Frilford Heath Golf Club is just over 6 miles away. The pretty town of Dorchester-on-Thames, with its Abbey and concert programme is 8 miles away.
There are private shoots in the area and several hunts, including The Old Berks.
Abingdon and Oxford both offer an excellent choice of prestigious prep and senior schools including The Manor, Abingdon Prep, The Dragon, Chandlings Manor, Summerfields, Radley College, Abingdon School, St Helen and St Katharines, Magdalen College, St Edwards, Oxford High and Headington. The Europa School is also less than 4 miles away.
Wick Hall is secreted away down a long drive and sits in an oasis of stunning gardens and parkland. Not only is the estate coming to the market after being owned by only two families in 282 years, it also offers an extremely rare combination of proximity to town with the utter peace and seclusion of a rural idyll.
The front door of the original Queen Anne house opens into a large and elegant hallway, with high ceilings, stone flagged floor and original William Morris wallpaper. The sitting room, dining room, kitchen and snug each inhabit a dual-aspect corner of the ground floor.
The central hallway continues past the conservatory and greenhouse to the grand nineteenth century additions of library and drawing room. Both rooms boast elaborately carved oak decoration and panelling dating from the 1600s, most of which was rescued from Oxford University's Exeter Chapel prior to its demolition. The original pulpit is incorporated into the library's splendid entrance. The library's height and leaded windows, along with the monumental fire surround, all contribute to this astonishing room.
The drawing room is equally dramatic in scale and architecture, with, among other things, three enormous 18-pane Georgian sash windows, high Jacobean panelling and a wooden fireplace featuring Flemish carvings of musical instruments.
The room has two majestic fireplaces and is separated at the far end as a chancel would be from the main congregation in a church.
Original architectural and design details abound throughout the house including bolection-moulded panelling, stone-flagged floors, Delft tile lined fireplaces, eighteenth century grates, detailed cornicing and wooden shutters.
The pleasing staircase with its wide, low riser treads and barley-sugar balusters pauses on a half-landing overlooked by a stunning stained glass window. On the first floor, three light-filled bedrooms open off the spacious landing. The main bedroom has a cloakroom and fitted wardrobes. A further bedroom suite has two large bedrooms, a bathroom and a laundry room.
The top floor of the main house, 70 years ago the kingdom of the children and their nannies, is currently a spacious three bedroom flat, with spectacular views over the grounds in all four directions. It can easily be returned to the main house to create more bedrooms and space for family living.
Similarly, all the flats could be reincorporated into the main house to create one large and splendid country residence with the possiblity of 14 ensuite bedrooms t(subject to the necessary permissions).