13 Jul 2020
Wildbourne Ticks the Boxes for the Rural Renaissance
According to Savills, a rural renaissance is taking place due to the recent lockdown, with buyers seeking countryside homes within 90 minutes from London, including North Oxfordshire and areas around the Cotswolds. Ticking every box is the stunning new collection of nine traditionally-styled Cotswold homes at Wildbourne situated in the village of Milton-under-Wychwood.
Sarah Monier-Williams, from Savills, said: “Since January we have seen an increase of 121% in enquiries, with a significant shift in the number of people looking to move to the countryside. Of those applicants 32% are London buyers, a clear uptick when compared to 21% in 2019. During lockdown Savills reported the highest volume of website click rates were for remote rural locations including Scotland, Yorkshire, Dorset and Norfolk. The easing of lockdown restrictions has seen the focus shift towards more manageable locations, typically within a one and a half hour radius of London and as a result Oxfordshire and the surrounding area, namely villages in the Cotswolds, are seeing a rural renaissance.
“Situated in Milton-under-Wychwood, which offers a vibrant village community and variety of independent shops and eateries as well as main-line train services, a doctors surgery and tennis club, Wildbourne by Spitfire Bespoke Homes offers the very best in contemporary living and traditional Cotswold style as well as exceptional views of the surrounding countryside. Spectacular walks can be enjoyed around the Wychwood Wild Garden, with its 12.5 acres of avenues, woods and ponds and nearby Daylesford Organic offers an award-winning restaurant, farm shop and active events calendar whilst the private members club Soho Farmhouse is only seven miles away.”
Located between the celebrity hotspot of Chipping Norton and the iconic Cotswold village of Burford, Milton-under-Wychwood is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Each of the three, four- and five-bedroom detached properties at Wildbourne enjoys far reaching views across the surrounding countryside. Designed to reflect traditional Cotswold architecture with creamy limestone walls, additional features include reconstituted stone lintels and sills, pitched slate roofs, bay windows and tall chimneys. Complete with a private driveway and garage, each house has been uniquely designed to ensure a characterful street scene which appears to have evolved over time, with a dry stone wall that borders the development to add character and charm.
The recently unveiled four bedroom show home features a sociable ground floor open plan kitchen and living area that extends from the front to the back of the house with a large window to the dining area and a glazed valuated apex to the family area, ensuring a flow of natural light. There is also a separate sitting room with French doors leading to the generously sized garden and a study which is an ideal place to work from home.
Upstairs, the master bedroom suite enjoys a walk-through dressing area with bespoke fitted wardrobes and a luxury en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom also features an en-suite and fitted wardrobes. There are two further bedrooms and a family bathroom.
All properties permeate a distinct air of luxury, with Spitfire’s signature specification being exemplified throughout the respective properties. Bespoke features include stylish kitchens with quartz worktops and a variety of integrated Siemens appliances. Bathrooms and en-suites come complete with Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware, Hansgrohe fittings, and Porcelanosa ceramic tiling to all walls.
Milton-under-Wychwood sits amidst stunning Cotswolds countryside and benefits from a local surgery, village hall, primary school and excellent bistro-pub, The Milton Hare. There is a busy and thriving community in Milton-under-Wychwood and local groups include a community choir, bowls club and golf club. The renowned Cotswold villages of Burford and Chipping Norton are both less than a 15-minute drive from the homes, for further every-day amenities including traditional tea-rooms, restaurants and public houses, as well as the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens.
The exclusive Oxfordshire private members club, Soho Farmhouse, is just seven miles from Wildbourne. This country retreat, once a derelict farm, covers 100 acres and includes 40 reclaimed timber cabins surrounding lakes where members can enjoy a luxury spa, cinema, cookery school and a plethora of sports facilities. Regular guests include Royalty, MP’s, actors and sports personalities; this club has certainly added gravitas to the local area.
For families, Wychwood C of E Primary School, rated ‘Good’, is within walking distance and there is a selection of additional schools in the area including Burford Primary, and Burford School, which are ‘Good’; with Kingham Primary, The Rissington School, and Bledington Primary achieving an ‘Outstanding’ rating. Windrush Valley Junior School in Chipping Norton is one of the top 50 private schools in England.
Offering good rail and road connections, the nearby Shipton station is a five-minute drive from Wildbourne, transporting passengers into Oxford in 30 minutes and London Paddington in as little as 90 minutes. By road, the A40 is close by, offering direct access to the M40 which makes Oxford, Bicester and London easily accessible for motorists.