Welcome to easy, modern living in the Oxfordshire countryside. Built just five years ago in an exclusive development of four barn-style homes, Turnstone House has been beautifully maintained by the current owners and is located in one of Oxfordshire’s best villages.
This lovely home really offers it all: peaceful, rural living without isolation. The charm of village life with the convenience of close transport links to major cities. The design is warm but decidedly chic and stylish - thoughtfully created for effortless family living.
Arriving in West Hanney, you’ll drive past the pretty church and the 17th Century local pub and turn into a peaceful courtyard cul-de-sac, set back from the road and safe for kids to play. You’ll find room to park four cars outside Turnstone House but should you be expecting more visitors there’s plenty of space in the double garage too.
This house has one of those lovely wide and bright hallways that makes you feel welcome as soon as you open the front door. There’s masses of light thanks to a picture window at the top of the first staircase and a glass and timber feature wall giving a glimpse into the kitchen/family room.
The kitchen at Turnstone House is where friends and family will naturally congregate, and we think you’ll be drawn to it too. Its open plan and sociable L-shape design and central island means there’s enough room in here for the kids to crash on the sofa to watch TV, do their homework at the kitchen table and for you to entertain friends and family around a large dining table. In the summer, you can come and go easily from the garden into the kitchen through the bi-fold doors which fold all the way back to create fantastic indoor/outdoor living. In winter, this room is warm and cosy thanks to the underfloor heating throughout.
Tastefully designed in shades of blue and cream, with wooden cabinetry and luxurious Silestone worksurfaces, this kitchen has all the appliances you could wish for, including a Rangemaster double oven with 5 burner hob & hotplate, Neff integrated microwave, dishwasher and fridge, coffee machine and wine fridge. The separate utility room means dirty laundry, dogs and children can be safely out of the way, and this room also has a useful door onto the back garden.
You’ll notice the easy flow to the spaces at Turnstone House, with all the rooms leading off the central hallway. Through double oak doors, you’ll come into the cosy sitting room with its welcoming wood-burner fire and French doors looking out onto the pretty garden. There’s a home office downstairs too for peaceful study or reading, and downstairs cloakroom. The flexible layout of downstairs means you can enjoy time together as a family, or separate if you need to be quiet or alone.
Upstairs at Turnstone House doesn’t disappoint! You’ll be drawn up the oak staircase by the pretty picture window overlooking the garden, and once you reach the first floor you’ll find four double bedrooms plus a family bathroom and large airing cupboard leading off the galleried landing. The high ceilings create a feeling of light and space, and the suspended concrete floors mean you won’t be disturbed by noise from downstairs or by footsteps on creaky floorboards!
At the end of the hallway, the master bedroom is a quiet and spacious retreat. Large enough for a super-king size bed, a sofa and all your clothes thanks to the built-in wardrobes. Sunlight streams into this room in the mornings creating a peaceful haven that’s just far enough away from the rest of the bedrooms!
Your guests will be forgiven for thinking they’re in a boutique hotel when you show them to the second bedroom suite. This room features built in wardrobes and a huge dressing room, leading to one of the nicest en-suite bathrooms we have ever seen, complete with a walk-in shower big enough for two.
Two further double bedrooms upstairs both have built in wardrobes and if you have kids you can rest assured there’ll be no fighting over who has the ‘best’ room! The family bathroom has been stylishly designed with a big tub for soaking and a separate shower. The fixtures, fittings and design of all the bathrooms at Turnstone are of the highest quality and have been beautifully looked after by the current owners.
The garden at Turnstone House is a tranquil oasis designed for entertaining and indoor/outdoor living in the summer months with the doors from the main rooms all opening onto the patio. It’s an ideal space for children with a safe, enclosed lawn area to run around in. The patio is perfect for entertaining whether it’s enjoying an alfresco drink or BBQ, or savouring a long soak in the hot tub with a glass of something bubbly!
Location, location, location….
Three miles from Wantage, West Hanney is one of those great little villages that hasn’t lost its charm or sense of community. It’s the sort of place where everyone will say hello to you and you’re guaranteed a warm welcome at the local pub, The Plough, which is community run and does a cracking Sunday lunch. The kids can walk to the local primary school (Ofsted rated ‘Good’) or if you want to venture further afield you can hop on a bus to Wantage, Didcot, Abingdon or Oxford from nearby East Hanney. There’s a community run shop and post office in East Hanney, and loads going on with clubs, societies and groups: everything from toddler groups, cricket club, Brownies, a book club and a wine society is on offer, or if tennis is your thing there are two floodlit courts in East Hanney. There’s a couple of great local restaurants including Hanney Spice when you’re after an Indian fix and La Fontana which is famous for its weekly pasta nights!
Nearby Wantage has a Waitrose and Sainsburys for your weekly food shop and a Costa for coffee and cake. There’s a leisure centre with pool, gym, squash and tennis courts and a great choice of independent shops, wine bars, pubs and restaurants. The pretty square also hosts a weekly farmers market and regular community events throughout the year.
Didcot Parkway is just 9 miles away so if you need to commute to London, regular trains will whisk you into the capital in around 45 minutes. And if you’re looking for great schools, you’ll be spoiled for choice as this area is home to some of the country’s best independent schools, including Abingdon, Radley, St Helen & St Katharine’s, Cokethorpe and Headington. King Alfred’s Academy in Wantage is rated ‘Outstanding’ and there are regular bus services to and from all the local independent and state schools.
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