BENSON – OXFORDSHIRE
*Cholsey (London Paddington within the hour) - 3 miles
*Reading (London Paddington 27 minutes) - 15 miles *M40 (Junction 6) - 8 miles
*Henley on Thames - 13 miles *Oxford - 12 miles
*Wallingford - 3 miles (Distances and times approximate)
Situated in the thriving village of Benson, in close reach of the Chilterns countryside and river Thames, Henley on Thames and Wallingford, and easily accessible for the well revered village primary school, High Street shops and amenities and nearby mainline railway stations providing direct access to London Paddington in under the hour.
Set in delightful open plan lawned gardens, a magnificent Grade II listed Threshers Barn of stunning proportions with planning permission granted for spectacular residential conversion.
Unique development opportunity with planning consent for conversion to form a substantial residential dwelling of approximately 5425 sq ft (504 sq m).
Rare opportunity to acquire a period barn of such quality and size, dating from 1827 and Grade II listed reflecting its historical and architectural importance
Ideally located on the edge of a small village high up on the Chilterns with excellent road and rail communications
An impressive red & glazed brick building with a vaulted interior revealing magnificent timbers
Plot approaching half an acre with open plan lawned gardens & private driveway
Benson lies about 1.5 miles north of Wallingford at the foot of the Chiltern hills at the confluence of a chalk stream (Ewelme Brook) and the River Thames, next to Benson lock. An attractive village just a stones throw from the commuter belt of the M40 with many delightful period buildings fronting the high street, the village affords a thriving community with many day to day amenities, including a Church of England primary school with a pre-school and a doctors surgery. There is also a doctor's surgery, two public houses including the 18th-century coaching inn, The Crown Inn, and the Three Horseshoes. There are quite a few small shops, including a supermarket and chemist, and large garage on the main Oxford road just a quarter of a mile outside the village has an on-site McDonald's and a Marks and Spencer food outlet.
Benson is one of several key sites of the English civil war in South Oxfordshire, lying between the site of the Battle of Chalgrove Field (which took place on 18 June 1643) and Wallingford Castle, reputedly the last Royalist stronghold to surrender, and close to the Royalist cities of Oxford and Newbury. At Benson itself, a building is still known as the Court House from the time that King Charles I held court there when en route to Oxford.
The nearby ancient market town of Wallingford owes its importance largely to its strategic position approximately mid-way between Oxford and Reading on the Icknield Way, at a natural fording point of the River Thames and therefore on the direct ‘East to West’ route for travellers from as far back as the Bronze age linking East Anglia with the West Country and Wales. A terrible fire destroyed most of the mediaeval architecture in the town but there are numerous period buildings of great merit dating from the 16th century onwards, notably the Town Hall built in 1670, the 16th century George Hotel (an old coaching inn) and the Corn Exchange, of Italianate design, now a Theatre and Cinema. The town now boasts a population of just over 6,000 and is a bustling market town and popular riverside touring centre with a wide range of interesting Artisan shops together with a Waitrose Supermarket, restaurants and Cafes. Other facilities include a Museum and a Cottage Hospital.
There are excellent road communications for the surrounding important towns and motorway networks, with Cholsey and Didcot both having mainline stations providing fast commuter services up to London (Paddington) via Reading in well under the hour.
Fifield Barn is a substantial building of significant presence and proportions, having appealing detailed red & glazed brick elevations under pitched clay tile roof, with two sets of impressive wide & tall timber doors under gabled roofs to the front. A particularly attractive veranda runs along the rear with a further two sets of large timber doors, and two additional pedestrian entrances.
Inside is a spectacular voluminous vaulted open space with stunning timbers throughout and a series of narrow windows running the length of the building. Planning permission has been granted for conversion to a unique 5 bedroom residential dwelling of 5425 sq ft (504 sq m) over two storeys whilst preserving the open volume, designed in a contemporary form yet fully embracing and preserving the history and character of this breathtaking building. Early internal viewing is advised in order to fully appreciate the very special opportunity afforded.
Details pertaining to planning permission and listed buildings consent can be found on the South Oxfordshire District Council website using the references: P16/S2699/FUL & P16/S2700/LB. A bat license will be required before undertaking the conversion.
The property is part of an exclusive development of agricultural buildings and is initially approached over a shared private driveway with a further individual private driveway along the frontage affording ample parking space. Full planning permission includes the provision of a three bay car port with garden store attached. Further vehicular access can be gained to the rear via the shared driveway. In all the plot extends to approximately 0.472 acres, with expansive open plan lawned gardens to both the front and rear.
Services: All mains services are available for connection.
Service Charge: £50 per calendar month for maintenance of communal areas to include lawn cutting in central courtyard area.
Council Tax: To be assessed
Postcode: OX10 6EZ
Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council - Telephone: 01235 422422
From the centre of Goring on Thames proceed up the high street and turn left on to Wallingford Road, following this road along for approximately 7 miles until a right turning into the village of Benson itself. Take this right turn into Church Road. Continue on this road and at the war memorial keep right into Oxford Road, for a short distance, which then becomes the High Street. Follow this road passing various shops and continue into Brook Street. Follow Brook Street out of the central village for just over half a mile, where the private turning for Fifield Barns will be found on your right hand side. The Barn will be found just a short way along on the left hand side.
Strictly by appointment through Warmingham & Co