July 3, 2012 Leave a comment
Beechfield House in Frilford Heath has been the perfect family home for as long as anyone can remember. The current owners have all but raised their children there, as did the family before them. Built in the 1930’s and beautifully preserved, this eight-bedroom country house in a quiet hamlet near Oxford certainly has plenty of space.
Set in four acres, Beechfield House has early 20th Century proportions, with elegant drawing and dining rooms and a stately reception hall and staircase. The Drawing Room, magnificent with large windows on two sides, a door to the main verandah and high ceilings, has a fine carved fireplace as a centrepiece. The formal Dining Room has a similar feel, also with windows on two sides including an elegant bay with seat.
Five bedrooms are on the first floor, with two, the master bedroom and a guest double bedroom, opening out onto a balcony overlooking the gardens. Three attic rooms and a store room are under the eaves, making perfect dens and hideaways for children of all ages.
At the heart of the house is the huge kitchen/breakfast room which at almost 30ft in length and doors to the second verandah, creates the ideal setting for every day family life. “This is perhaps the room I’ll miss the most,” says Antonia Keaney, who owns the house with her husband Gerry. The family have lived at Beechfield for fifteen years and their three children have pretty much grown up there. “We have so many memories of the house being filled with children’s parties and as they got older their friends coming and going and always congregating in the kitchen. We had many wonderful gatherings here too, as the house really lends itself to entertaining.”
There are many more features the Keaneys will miss, such as the gardens with their informal layout of fruit trees and lawns. “The grounds are quiet, secluded places to relax in and each season there is always something new,” adds Antonia. “The setting is lovely, there are many, many country walks from right outside the door, and we are very close to the golf course.”
The Keaneys have maintained Beechfield House in great order while keeping its period charm. They converted an integral garage to an extra reception room and replaced the kitchen, adding an Aga. “We have adapted the house as our needs have changed over the years, but the layout, space and number of rooms has always made it versatile.”
Beechfield House is on the market for £1.75m. Arrange a viewing by contacting Mark Charter at Carter Jonas on 01865 511444 or visit http://www.carterjonas.co.uk.
This article appeared in The Oxford Times – view it in the paper here