Watlington Oxon OX49 5LG

Price £875,000 Freehold

Tumblers, Britwell Salome, Watlington, Oxon OX49 5LG

Tumblers is an appealing C20th house full of character and charm. Designed and built by the famous interior designer David Nightingale Hicks who lived in the village in Britwell House with his wife Lady Pamela Hicks.

It is a traditional home with a Mediterranean influence with many of the rooms fitted with original American shutters.

The solid oak front door leads to a bright and airy entrance hall with solid oak flooring and solid oak staircase rising to the first floor. The dual aspect sitting room has glazed French doors opening onto the terraces to both the south east and south west. There is a Georgian style fireplace with pine and marble surround housing a Jetmaster fire with a slate hearth.

The large country kitchen houses handmade solid pine kitchen units with solid beech work surfaces, traditional Italian porcelain terracotta floor tiles and attractive hand painted Portuguese wall tiles. A reclaimed pine door houses a roomy larder with solid pine shelving and floor space. Double doors lead to a small sitting room (or study) with a working fireplace with a Victorian surround and slate hearth. This room leads on to the oak and clay tiled veranda which is laid with porcelain Mediterranean blue and cream tiles.

The study/bedroom 4 has two built-in cupboards, fitted shutters and double doors leading to the shower room tiled in Italian marble. There is a shower cubicle, a wash basin and w.c.

To the first floor there is a galleried landing with a velux window and fitted bookshelves.

Bedroom 1 has a dual aspect with French doors opening onto the balcony, with views over the cricket pitch. There is a built-in wardrobe and storage under the eaves.

Bedroom 2, formerly two separate bedrooms, is spacious with a triple aspect. It has a built-in wardrobe, a cupboard and eaves storage.

Bedroom 3 also has a dual aspect with built-in wardrobes and airing cupboard.

The family bathroom has a white suite comprising a panelled bath, a wash basin and low level w.c and is decorated with Portuguese hand-painted tiles,.

Of particular note is the private beautiful and well tended mature garden that wraps around the whole house with east, south east, south and south west aspects. A large lawn sweeps through the centre of the garden, while Indian stone terraces flanked by brick walling provide three seating and entertainment areas. On the south west side there is a raised vegetable bed with formal box hedging and brick walling with a built in barbecue.

To the front there is a gravelled drive with ample off road car parking. The detached garage has light and power. with spacious storage above. A high white lattice fence with double gates and a herringbone brick path leads to the front door and side access. White lattice gate to side garden.

Living in Britwell Salome

Britwell Salome is a hamlet located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, at the foot of the Chilterns and is renowned for being used as a film set for many well-known films including Bridget Jones and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Red Lion Restaurant serves excellent French cuisine by Chef Patron Olivier Bouet. Britwell Salome Farm Shop is open from Tuesday to Sunday.

A well located village with easy access to the M40 (4 miles) and the Oxford Tube 24 hour bus service to London or Oxford 4 times an hour. Watlington is a mile and half away with a number of shops, post office and co –op, Oxford and Henley –on-Thames. Broadband download 6.2mb & upload 475kb. Village has fibre broadband.

There are many leisure activities nearby with stunning walks, cycling and horse riding in the surrounding countryside. There are various sports clubs in Watlington including tennis, football and cricket.  There is also village cricket at Britwell Salome Cricket Club. Chinnor and Henley rugby clubs are both 10 miles away. 

Watlington – 1.5 miles

Thame – 11 miles

Henley – 10 miles

Oxford – 15 miles

M40  Junction 6 – 4 miles

London Heathrow – 33 miles

London West End – 44 miles


Watlington Primary School (Ofsted Outstanding). 

Prep schools include Rupert House School and St Mary’s School in Henley.

Icknield Community College in Watlington

Private schools include: Headington Girls School in Oxford. The Oratory at Woodcote, Cranford House, St Helen and St Katharine in Abingdon and Abingdon Boys School.

Tenure: Freehold

Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council

Council Tax: Band F

Services: Mains water and electricity, Oil central heating, private drainage.

Viewing: Strictly by Appointment with Philip Booth Esq Estate Agents 01491 635343

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Property Features
  • House
  • 4 bed
  • 2 bath
  • 1 Garage