At one with nature, this 1970s Hal Moggridge-designed Youlbury House in Oxford, Oxfordshire has a great location on its side, as well as a very bold design.
A grade II-listed property spotted by Graham, Youlbury House has a surprisingly contemporary look fro a house of its age. That’s perhaps down to landscape architect Moggridge and his ability to blend the glass and cedar house into the nature around it. Something far more common today than in the late 1960s, when the foundations of this place were laid. Doubtless quite some job to complete too, as the house wasn’t finished until the early 1970s.
As for the design of the house itself, that is really quite striking. Using the lay of the land, the house is single storey at its northern end, growing to a more dramatic three storey layout at the southern tip. That southern end also overlooks the lake too, for added effect.
The entrance to Youlbury House leads into the hallway, which ‘diagonally transects’ the length of the building, limping all the rooms on that floor. At the northern end you’ll find the kitchen and dining room, with the southern end housing two bedrooms, a bathroom and the master bedroom, which is dual aspect, taking in the best view of the grounds.
Found at the centre of the house is a curving cement staircase, which connects the playroom on the lower level with the space above. On the first floor you’ll find the amazing drawing room and its double height ceiling of Parana pine. Some stunning views from here. From there you get access to three further bedrooms and a bathroom.
As you have probably guessed, some wonderful outside space too. The house sits in a private wooded setting, built in the grounds of Sir Arthur Evans’ former home and still offering the features and appeal of the former Victorian garden and its lake. A nice mix of the older and the not-so-old over 9.6 acres.
If you want more, separate ‘lots’ are also available, both including substantial plots of land. The first of those is a single-storey agent’s cottage with walled gardens. Planning permission has been granted for a six-bedroom property on this site. There’s also a gardener’s cottage and a bailiffs cottage. Neither is likely to come cheap though.
Nor does the main house. If you want this place, the guide price is £1,950,000.
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