Steane Park, Brackley, Northamptonshire NN13 6DP, UK
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An impressive Grade II listed country house in a stunning parkland setting with wonderful gardens and grounds. The house is approached past the Gate House and down a long straight carriage drive through the stunning mature parkland. The drive sweeps through the gardens and passes the beautiful Grade I listed St Peters Chapel to a gravelled turning circle at the east side of the house. The house is entered through a stone arched front door into a spacious reception and staircase hall off which are an impressive run of formal reception rooms including the drawing room, library, dining room and billiard room beyond. All of these rooms enjoy excellent views over the gardens and mature parkland to the south. To the rear of the house is a study, sitting room, large kitchen and breakfast room along with utility, boot room and four downstairs loos. There is a large cellar with storeroom, boiler room and dedicated wine storage. The stairs rise up to a first floor landing off which is the master bedroom with ensuite bathroom situated in the south west corner of the house with excellent views over the parkland. With an adjacent bedroom this could act as a large dressing room/sitting room to the master bedroom. There are 2 principal guest suites along with 4 further bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the first floor. The second floor has significant further accommodation with 3 bedrooms, a sitting room, kitchen and bathroom.
The gardens at Steane Park are of particular note and have regularly been opened to the public by the current owner. The house sits with wonderful views over immaculate lawns, herbaceous borders and on to the mature parkland. Beyond the Chapel, the garden drops down to the well-hidden tennis court and part walled garden and kitchen garden. The principal woodland gardens lie to the north of the house set around the historic fishponds. There are woodland walks through the gardens with a folly, living arches, wild flower meadows and special features including 'The Monet Bridge', The Moon Gate' and 'The Folly' that make the gardens a significant and charming asset of the property.
To the west of the main house are a series of charming stone period out buildings that give further accommodation, stabling and storage. These include:
The Gate House
At the head of the drive is the Gate House which is currently lived in by a family who work on the estate. It has a kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room, snug, study and ground floor family bathroom and 5 bedrooms on the first floor. It has a large garden behind the cottage.
The Coach House
A short walk to the west of the main house is the converted 4 bedroom Coach House that is currently lived in by the head gardener. This hugely successful conversion has created an excellent secondary house ideal for family, guests, staff or would rent easily. I
In addition are Grade II listed 17th Lower Stable Block, Stable Cottage, Estate office, further stabling and garages along with 3 bedroom Thrupenny-Bit House
Steane Park has a delightful mix of parkland, mature woodland, pasture and arable land and is home to an abundance of wildlife. It has excellent grazing that has long been associated with training race horses. There is a dutch barn to the north of the gate house that is currently used for storing hay. The bulk of the land that surrounds the house is in hand. Much of this is over the glorious park which extends to 67 acres. Beyond the park in the south east of the estate is a 7.91 acre mature block of woodland. In the south east corner of the farm is an Agricultural Holdings Act tenant who farms approximately 55 acres. There is a separate Agricultural Holdings Act tenant who farms 15 acres on the northern boundary of the estate. In addition, a local farmer has approximately 24 acres in the north west corner under a Farm Business Tenancy.
Steane Park is an impressive Grade II listed house in a stunning parkland setting with wonderful gardens and grounds. The historic house has grand reception rooms and extensive bedroom accommodation making it an ideal house for both family life and entertaining on a large scale. The house sits at the heart of a 276 acre mixed estate with several cottages, extensive outbuildings and stabling. The property lies just to the east of the charming village of Farthinghoe and west of the larger market town of Brackley close to the borders of Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Farthinghoe has good local facilities including a pub, small shop and cafe, church and primary school.
Shopping – more extensive facilities are found nearby at Brackley and Buckingham including a Waitrose supermarket. The larger towns of Banbury, Bicester, Milton Keynes and Oxford are all within easy reach providing comprehensive facilities. Communications – there are excellent transport links via the A43 providing good access to the Midlands, Northampton and the north, or via the M40 at junction 10 for the west, south east and London. Trains – Bicester has a fast rail link to London Marylebone taking from 48 minutes and also Milton Keynes to London Euston taking about 30 minutes. Airports – Oxford for private usage with Heathrow and Birmingham within easy reach. Schooling – The property is well situated for the finest schooling, with highly regarded local schools including, Beachborough, Carrdus School, Winchester House, Stowe, Rugby, Tudor Hall, Radley and Bloxham. The celebrated Oxford schools including The Dragon and St Edwards are within an easy drive. Sporting - Motor racing at nearb Silverstone, golf at Buckingham and Whittlebury Hall, horse racing at Towcester and also the National Trust gardens at Stowe.
The current owners bought Steane Park in 1989 and created the family home that it is today, along with significantly enhancing the gardens and estate. The property is steeped in history and was once the home of Sir Thomas Crewe, speaker of the House of Commons in the 17th century, who rebuilt the charming chapel of St Peter in 1620 in memory of his wife. The house that stands now is smaller than the original, a 16th century property of magnificent architecture that was originally built and may have been designed by Sir Reginald Bray who was involved in the building of Henry vii's Chapel at Westminster Abbey. He was the half brother to John Bray, the great grandfather of Temperance Bray who married Sir Thomas Crewe. Through the lineage Steane was passed to Henry Duke of Kent and thence to the Spencer family who sold it off privately in 1890. The Norris family of the Hopcraft and Norris Brewery in Brackley owned Steane through the 1900's and trained race horses on the estate's private gallops which was then continued by the current owners.