An impressive country house with beautiful grounds and far reaching views, says selling agents Savills.
An “exceptional” country house that was once the home of former Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord is now on the market with a guide price of £8.5m (March 2022).
The musician – who co-founded the rock group in 1968 and co-wrote many of their songs including Smoke on the Water – lived at Burntwood Hall, in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, during the 1980s.
The eight bedroom property, which sits in the heart of the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, also proved the inspiration for the song Burntwood which appeared on Lord’s debut solo album released in 1982.
A cricket enthusiast he installed a cricket pitch, pavilion and scoreboard at the front of the house, while other later additions include a bowling alley, cinema room, gym, sauna, tennis court and swimming pool area with outdoor kitchen and pizza oven.
Lord passed away in 2012 and Burntwood Hall has had several owners since he lived in the property.
Property agent Hugh Maconochie, from the country house department at Savills, which is marketing the home alongside the residential sales team at Savills Henley, said: “Originally built in 1905, Burntwood Hall is an exceptional house that takes full advatnge of its south facing position with commanding views of the surrounding countryside.
“The current owners have undertaken a thorough and stylish programme of restoration and renovation, paying great attention to detail and creating a family home with extensive leisure facilities.
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“Period features typical of the Edwardian era such as tall sash windows and high ceilings are perfectly complemented by modern touches including fully glazed doors and walls to maximise natural light, cedar cladding and polished concrete floors to provide an eclectic and exciting contrast.
“The kitchen and family room is of particular note, combining elements of the original house with new contemporary additions to create a striking space of dramatic proportions, as is the atmospheric games room which offers a wonderful space to enjoy with family and friends.”
Kate Gethin and her husband Ian are the current owners of Burntwood Hall, moving in in 2009.
She said: “The property has been a wonderful family home and a great place to raise our children, so it will be very difficult to say goodbye. The kitchen/family room is probably one of our favourite spaces – providing a real heart to the house where we spend a lot of our time.
Burntwood Hall sits in a commanding south facing position, immaculately restored, to create a family house of outstanding standard. The Edwardian period house, with graceful proportions offers high ceilings & large reception rooms.
Particular attention has been given to ensure the very best of family life with extensive leisure facilities including; Cricket pavilion, tennis court, bowling alley, cinema room, gym with sauna, swimming pool with outdoor kitchen & pizza oven.
Burntwood Hall is located within some of South Oxfordshire’s most beautiful countryside. Goring is situated on the River Thames, and sits within both The Chilterns and North Wessex Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Goring is a thriving village with a delicatessen, hairdressers, café, pubs, restaurants, hotel, mini supermarket, post office & Doctors surgery.
The property is well placed for easy access to road, rail & airport links. Heathrow is just 35 miles away. Goring has its own railway station with fast journey times into London, whilst nearby Reading offers additional travel routes. Both the M4 and M40 motorways are within easy reach.
The area is well known for its highly-regarded preparatory and private schools including Abingdon, St Helen and St Katherine, Reading Grammar, Moulsford, Oratory Prep School, Radley, Bradfield, Pangbourne & Shiplake College and Oxford schools.
Burntwood Hall offers numerous walks and bridleways throughout the surrounding countryside and all other country pursuits are within easy reach. The Royal Berkshire shooting school is recognised as the finest facility of its kind and located just 4 miles away. Nearby Henley on Thames boasts the famous Regatta, literary & music festivals.
There are a number of excellent pubs and fine dining restaurants nearby, including The Crooked Billet, The Woodspeen, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and The Hand and Flowers.
Being so well placed it is also easy to plan day visits to Oxford with its university, museums and theatre and the beautiful cotswold villages.
Heathrow Airport – 35 miles
Farnborough Airport – 23 miles
Train from Goring & Streatley to London Paddington – from 44 minutes
Oxford – 20 miles
Reading – 9 miles
Henley – 12 miles
Central London – 49 miles
Square Footage: 15,551 sq ft
Acreage: 9.81 Acres
This property was market through selling agents Savills, click here to go to the original listing.
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