A farmhouse in a sought-after village on the edge of Oxford has proved to be the perfect home for a celebrity chef Cookery writer and broadcaster Sophie Grigson and her two teenage children, Florrie and Sid, have lived at Hillside Farmhouse, Cumnor, for eight years.

Ms Grigson, pictured top right, said: “The moment we saw the cottage we wanted to buy it. It is in such a wonderful location, yet has easy access to the city and its amenities.

“It is situated in a no through lane with extensive views over the countryside.”

The farmhouse has been sympatheically improved but retains many period features such as part-panelled walls, an inglenook fireplace and stone flag floors.

Naturally Ms Grigson has made the kitchen/breakfast room the social hub of the home.

Measuring nearly 23ft by 15ft, the kitchen boasts a two-oven range with two hobs, a five-ring gas hob and a Baumatic oven.

The family also appreciate the lovely outdoor setting.

Ms Grigson added: “The enclosed garden is so appealing. It has apple and pear trees as well as soft fruit such as tayberry, greengage and plum.”

The family are now wanting to downsize to an equally charming home.

Hillside Farmhouse also has a sitting room, a family room ,a cellar, four bedrooms and a family bathroom with a freestanding Victorian-style, roll-top bath, William Kirkland of Summertown-based selling agents John D Wood said: “With a guide price of £649,000 the Hillside Farmhouse represents excellent value for money.”

For more details, call John D Wood on 01865 311522.