Dream Home: Former Georgian rectory is steeped in history

If you have ever fancied living inside a former Georgian rectory, converted to a high standard, then this dream home is the one for you.

St Michael’s House is a property that boasts a great deal of history, and what’s more, it could be yours – as it is currently on the market.

With a staggering nine bedrooms and an awful lot more, the property is a little bit to the south of Warwickshire, located in the village on Aynho – near Banbury.

On the market courtesy of Savills, you can find out just what makes this a Dream Home below.

Look: Check out our gallery of pictures from St Michael’s House below:

What’s so special?

Any property with so many bedrooms is likely to be somewhat impressive, but St Michael’s House is more than just a large home.

It has been extensively renovated, and as such, it feels like a modern home inside, despite its 17th century origins.

The property was converted from a rectory to a living space in the 19th century – and though it is located beside the church, it retains a great deal of privacy.

It offers a wealth of original period features including open marble fireplaces with fluted Grecian decoration, shuttered sash windows, part panelling, flagstone, tessellated tile and wooden flooring, six panel internal doors and an elegant staircase.



St Michael’s House

According to the selling agent: « Of note is a magnificent reception hall providing a real sense of arrival; impressive drawing room; sitting room with log burner for winter evenings; study for working from home; bespoke handmade fitted kitchen and breakfast room for informal entertaining; substantial cellarage; extensive principal and secondary bedrooms, particularly the principal suite enjoying a lovely aspect over the garden towards the church; the attic rooms on the second floor being ideal for teenagers or an au pair.

« Externally there are extensive landscaped walled gardens predominately to the rear providing a real sense of space and privacy. To the front, lawn, box hedging and topiary flank a gravel driveway and sweep. »

The property has a number of outbuildings, including a double car port.

What has been said about the property?

Nicholas Rudge, head of residential for Savills Banbury, said: “A former Georgian rectory with origins dating back to the 17 Century, St Michael’s House is the epitome of a classical country home – handsome in design and quintessential of its period.

« Situated in the attractive village of Aynho the property backs onto parkland and enjoys an edge of village location. The property has been extensively renovated by its current owners and balances a formal living space, that defines its history, with modern day informalities that make it a functional family home.

“Offering the very best in Georgian charm and a wealth of original, period features the property is reflective of its classic architectural heritage and the interior enjoys a real sense of space and light. The delightful walled gardens are the perfect complement from which to enjoy the house.”

St Michael’s House is on the market with a guide price of £2,950,000, and the full brochure can be found here.

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