The house, overlooking the swans and stumpy willows of the Windrush Valley, dates from the early seventeenth century, and was once home to the Mitford sisters. 6 acre gardens and woodland with natural swimming pool.
As featured in Condé Nast Traveller, September 2016.
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In 1919, the house was bought by Lord Redesdale, father of Nancy and the other infamous Mitford sisters. It was on Asthall Manor, as well as the Redesdales’ other houses, that Nancy’s fictional Alconleigh is based and the ‘Pursuit of Love’ is based.
Downstairs, there is a large family kitchen including sitting area, huge kitchen table for food preparation and dining table seating 8. Central hall with two open fireplaces, one at each end, serves as both drawing room and formal dining room, seating 14. Cosy (but large) family sitting room with log-burning fire and TV can also function as playroom, there is also a cinema room with projector and pull-down screen.
On the main floor, there are two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, and one (small) double bedroom and one twin bedroom which share a bathroom. The Blue Room features a king sized bed and ensuite, and the White Room has 2 twin beds and shares the bathroom with Annie’s Room, a double bedroom. The Yellow Room has a double bed, yet this can be separated into 2 twin beds, it features an ensuite bathroom. Dora’s room has a king sized bed, with a bath in the room but shares a bathroom. The Main room has a king sized room. ensuite bathroom and a dressing room. These two rooms however are not always available.
In the attic houses 3 extra rooms. The Lilac Room has a king sized bed, the Rose room has a twin and the Green features a double bed. All share a bathroom.
The New room is a twin and features an ensuite shower.
In a separate building is a 2-bedroom flat which is only occasionally available. The Yellow Room features a double bed and shares a bathroom with the single room.
The 6-acre gardens were designed by Isabel and Julian Bannerman in 1998. Their aim was to allow the garden to flow into the Windrush Valley landscape beyond it. The gardens blend form and freedom, open views and secret spaces. There is a walled kitchen garden with vegetables all year round, and fruit trees. The woodland area is an ideal location for hide-and-seek and there is a tree-house, built between two trees and a gypsy caravan.
The swimming pool is a natural pool, with reeds and no chlorine and the water is heated. There is also a tennis court.
The village is in the Windrush Valley, approximately 3 miles from Burford. It is very convenient for Oxford and is an excellent base from which to tour the Cotswolds region. Popular locations such as Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water and Cirencester are all within a short drive.
For your daily provisions you can travel to Burford or to the bigger market town of Witney –
Burford and Minster Lovell are both about 3 miles away.
In Witney (5.5 miles) you will find Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and much more.
There is a farmers’ market in Witney on the third Wednesday of every month.
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The property is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and there are footpaths along the Windrush Valley from the village. A walk to the tiny, isolated Widford Church, built on the base of a Roman house or temple, and near the remains of a deserted medieval village, is another popular activity.
Cotswold Wildlife Park is 5.4 miles away, Cotswold woolen weavers 8 miles away.
Fishing in the River Windrush can be arranged
The Maytime Inn is a minute’s walk through the village.
Further afield (about a 20 minute walk across the meadows from the bridge past the Maytime, or less if you walk by road turning right outside the drive) is an excellent pub the Swan at Swinbrook in the next village. This is famously still owned by the late Duchess of Devonshire, and is something of a Mitford shrine, with a lot of old family photographs.
On summer weekends, we have our very own café in the vegetable garden across the road. The Potting Shed is open for teas, coffees, cakes and light lunches opening from Wednesday to Sunday throughout the spring and summer.