Horsehay Farm sits in a secluded and elevated position off a single track lane which links the villages of DunsTew to the north and Middle Barton to the south. The property is approached through wrought iron gates and stone pillars along a private drive, flanked by mature trees and shrubs. The drive then splits where the drive continues to the farmhouse and a track leads off to the equestrian centre. The farmhouse is constructed of Cotswold stone, and the drive sweeps between a further set of wrought iron gates into a courtyard. Here the cottages, garaging and courtyard stables can also be found. Horsehay Farm lies in a rural location, yet it is within easy reach of amenities and major roads.
The reception rooms at Horsehay Farm are of a good size and flow well. The dining room can be found leading from the kitchen (with wooden units and granite tops), overlooking and with French doors leading to the terrace at the rear. It has York flagstone flooring and a working
wood burner. The drawing room is a welcoming room and forms the oldest part of the house, linking back to the reception hall. It has flagstone floors and an inglenook fireplace. The conservatory provides a light entertaining space, also leading onto the terrace.At the rear of the house, the utility room, store/larder room and cloakroom can be
found.There are oak doors throughout. Stairs rise to the first floor.The spacious master bedroom
(which was added at a later date above the conservatory) has an oak floor and exposed roof trusses.There is a walk in dressing room with fitted cupboards and en-suite bathroom.
The bathroom has a marble floor,with 2 wash basins,WC, bath, bidet and double shower. There is an airing cupboard on the landing. Both Bedrooms 2 and 3 are en-suite, and Bedroom 4 has a fitted cupboard. The bathrooms have traditional features such as slipper baths and a high levelWC.
The family bathroom is used by Bedroom 4 and Bedroom 5,which is found upstairs on the second floor,with fitted cupboards offering excellent storage.
There is lapsed planning permission (expired 7th December 2010) to extend the current house to add a breakfast room adjoining the kitchen, and a larger reception hall and boot room. Upstairs, this would increase the sizes of both Bedroom 3 and Bedroom 4. Plans for this extension can be provided.
Cottages and Outbuildings
Across the courtyard from the house, the garages, cottages and games room can be found. This was built in the late 1990s and offers considerable entertaining space and ancillary accommodation to the main house. Both cottages overlook and have access to both the courtyard on one side and lawned gardens to the other. Cottage 1 has a large open plan kitchen/living room,with fitted units and a working fireplace, and spiral stairs up to the first floor.Upstairs there is a bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Cottage 2 is on the opposite side of the building and comprises entrance hall, sitting room and kitchen.Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.
These cottages are both in very good condition. Between the cottages on the ground floor there are 3 garage bays for parking cars. From here, stairs lead down to 3 very spacious cellars with high ceilings, designed specifically for wine storage. Adjacent to the garage, a door opens onto stairs leading up to the first floor games room. This is 32 feet in length and has exposed trusses. It is currently used as a snooker room but could be used for a variety of purposes – gymnasium, study or cinema room.
Stabling, Gardens and Grounds
Across the courtyard from the house, there is a stable yard comprising 12 loose boxes, tack room, hay room, wash room and feed room. These are laid out in the traditional 'U' shape,with a large raised bed in the centre.
The gardens are predominantly laid to lawn with sporadic mature trees and shrubs.
There is a hard surfaced tennis court with summer house (used as a changing room) adjacent. Foundations are also in place next to the hard surfaced court for an Astroturf court.
The equestrian centre at Horsehay Farm is first class. It is set away from the house and benefits from an additional and separate road access.This comprises a large American barn,with 10 loose boxes.To one side, there are 4 outdoor corals (one per 2 loose boxes) allowing the horses outside. There is also a tack room,wash area, hay store and feed store. To one end of the American barn, there is a reception area with disabled WC, staircase hall with storage cupboard, kitchen with fitted units and a store room. The latter has access back into the stable.Upstairs, there are two spacious offices,WCs and a fitted kitchen. There is an entertaining room (59ft x 38ft) with views over the ménage and farm. There is an outdoor ménage measuring about 22m x 55m with a rubber Equi-sand surface.
The land is predominately down to pasture and split into a number of fields by mature hedges.Tracks connect much of the land to the stables and the fields closest to the stables are split into smaller paddocks by post and rail fencing. There are areas of woodland, offering shelter to adjoining fields and amenity value, of mixed broadleaf and coniferous species. An attractive stream runs through the farm, from north to south, and there are a couple of ponds.