The property's flamboyant skyline, high gates and wall
dominate the Green and village cross in the quaint village
of West Hanney, 'whose beauty lies in the balanced variety
of its buildings' (Country Life, 1943).
A sought after and historic location that has been valued since the Doomsday Book when it was held by Walter Gifard, a preeminent Norman baron who helped William the Conqueror win the Battle of Hastings, West Hanney retains its significance today.
Situated off the main Oxford to Wantage road in the Vale of the White Horse, Wantage is five miles to the south and there are excellent train and road links. Didcot Parkway provides an hourly, non-stop commuter service to London Paddington and the M4, M40 and A34 are all within easy reach. Whilst London is 70 miles away, Oxford is a mere 13 miles or 20-minute car journey to the north and offers a wide range of recreational, educational and cultural amenities, as well as first class shopping.
The village of West Hanney itself has a vibrant community spirit, church, community-owned pub and numerous local sports clubs.
Local sporting facilities include golf at Frilford Heath. Lambourn, the centre of UK National Hunt racing, is a short drive away.
The local area is renowned for its excellent choice of internationally recognised schools including Eton, Radley, Marlborough, Abingdon School, St Edward's, The Dragon, Summerfield's, St Hugh's and Cothill to mention a few.
The local hunt is the Old Berks and the surrounding estates all offer shooting on a commercial let-day basis.
West Hanney House, with its rubbed red bricks and panels of greyish-purple bricks, prominent keystones and curious symmetrical design provides an opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of a grand country house with the flexibility and manageability of a smaller property.
The principal house with its spacious and light filled reception hall, flanked as it is by the main entertaining rooms of drawing room, panelled sitting and dining room (with associated Butler's pantry) all arranged in perfect symmetry, gives an imposing first impression.
The kitchen is fully fitted with a four door oil fired Aga, Miele four ring conductor hob and double oven and off it there is a room which works either as a home office or supplementary sitting room. Leading out of the kitchen is a series of rooms including a larder, utility and boot room.
A fine central staircase, three balusters to each step, turned and carved, leads to a landing on the first floor with a Chinese Chippendale pattern balustrade, two large bedrooms and associated bathroom as well as the master bedroom suite with its large bathroom and dressing room.
The second floor is approached via centralised, panelled double-doors leading off the first floor landing and accommodates four bedrooms and a bathroom.
Oxford 14 miles, Wantage 5 miles, Abingdon 8 miles
Didcot Parkway station 9 miles (London Paddington 40 minutes)
(Distances and time approximate)