Some amazing finds this week, but I think 1960s Fielding and Morrison modernist property in Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire is top of the pile.
I’m not sure what amazes me the most here, the architecture or the condition of the place. This is pretty much a time capsule, with so much of what is here likely to have been here since 1965, the year of construction.
The architecture is a mix of Mies Van Der Rohe modernism and US-style midcentury modern, which is definitely a winning combination for me. A lovely setting too, which I’ll talk about later.
But first, I do want to focus on the house, which is elevated from those grounds, with walls of glass to take in the surroundings. Of course, that is very eye-catching, but my eyes are also drawn to what’s inside too.
As I said, this really is something of a time capsule. I can’t say for sure, but my gut feeling is that the house has just had the one owner since the mid-1960s.
The ceilings are very distinctive, as are some of there fixtures and fittings, which are a mix of 1960s midcentury modern and much older vintage pieces. Great to see the timber internal walls and wood flooring intact and that kitchen space is interesting for sure. My only criticism is that we can’t see more of it. But what I can see is fascinating to say the least. I just hope the agent finds someone who appreciates it for what it is.
As for space, a ‘spacious’ reception hall flows into a ‘generous’ open-plan area, which includes a dining room and the substantial sitting room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the established garden and the river, It also has access to a large balcony at the rear. The kitchen and utility room are also accessed from the reception hall, complete with handcrafted wood units and counter tops.
The master bedroom is next to the sitting room, again with floor to ceiling windows and views over the balcony, an en-suite bathroom and walk-in dressing room. There are also five other bedrooms, all located along one side of the property, all feature windows overlooking the gardens.
This place also has an outdoor walkway, a large double garage, and off-street parking. Oh and a lot of land. According to the agent, the land belonging to the property includes the garden as well as ‘several parcels of land on both sides of the river’, which combined comes to something approaching 7 acres. That does make me worry a little, especially as the house, as far as I know, isn’t listed. As I said before, let’s hope someone falls for this house.
It is also worth noting that the ‘Toll House’ which sits adjacent to the house is also available for purchase via separate negotiation. Check with the agent is that’s of interest at all or an issue in any way. That is grade II-listed and a much earlier building.
In fact, the agent is obviously your first port of call if you have any interest in this place and the money to finance it. The guide price is £1,250,000.
Images and details courtesy of Strutt and Parker. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.
Huge thanks to Rob on Twitter for pointing this one out.