Believed to have been built as a hunting lodge in the 1640s for the Knightley family, Gorse House has only been owned by six families. Grade II listed, the house is built of local stone under a tiled roof, and renovated by the present vendors. Period features include beamed ceilings, stone mullioned windows and wooden shutters.

The ground floor offers classically proportioned reception rooms including a double aspect drawing room with fireplace, dining room with beamed ceiling and a window seat as well as a snug with inglenook fireplace. Stairs rise from the dining room to the first floor which comprises three bedrooms, family bathroom and separate shower room; the two second floor bedrooms are accessed by two individual staircases.

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The garden is a feature of the property, and is large and very private. A sunken garden leads to the main lawned area while the well-stocked vegetable garden lies to the rear of there. A small corner is now a wildflower garden, and there are also a parterre garden and an orchard.

Woodford Halse in Northamptonshire is a wonderful, pretty village between Banbury (12 miles), Towcester and Daventry. It has a fine range of shops, primary school, church, pub and daily surgery.

The guide price is £750,000. For further information please contact Strutt & Parker on 01295 672099 or visit www.struttandparker.com.

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