A wonderful family home built in 1937 with magical gardens and grounds set in an elevated position on the edge of this historic city.
Watch Hill was built in 1937 by Prof G.M.B Dobson, an Oxford academic who was an experimentalist of unusual ingenuity who devoted much of his life to the observation and study of atmospheric ozone.
His laboratory at Watch Hill, a substantial brick building with two workrooms, one large and one small had provision to make zenith sky observations, and a well-equipped workshop. Whilst the building remains, in an elevated position on the property Professor Dobson's equipment is in the London Science Museum!
Watch Hill is a wonderfully private and much loved family home which sits centrally in beautifully landscaped gardens and wooded grounds, largely the creation of the current owner.
The house is approached over a long gravel drive via electrically operated gates. There is well laid-out accommodation spread over three floors with elegant principal rooms enjoying the proportions synonymous with the period, excellent for entertaining. The lay-out can be seen from the floor plans.
Attached to the house there is an in-door heated swimming pool and a former squash court, converted into a games room, wine cellar and home office.
In addition, there is a courtyard of useful outbuildings, including 5/6 stables, 2/3 garages, tack room, wood shed, machinery store and greenhouse. There is a well-tended and productive kitchen garden, a tennis court (re-surfacing required) and lovely pond.
Watch Hill enjoys a glorious, elevated position on the outskirts of Oxford. Shotover Park, on the edge of the city, is an area of natural beauty and a protected nature reserve extending to around 290 acres of woodlands, fields and hidden valleys and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The park is accessible for riding, walking and general recreation.
The property overlooks the ancient Brasenose Woods. Shotover lies to the east of Headington. Its proximity to the A40 and junction 8 of the M40 makes it extremely accessible to London, Heathrow and the north, and there is a regular train service to London Paddington and Marylebone from Oxford centre and from Oxford Parkway, a regular service to London Marylebone. Headington offers a wide selection of everyday shopping facilities and is where the Oxford hospitals are based, whilst Oxford city centre is only 3 miles away.
Please contact the office for further information or to arrange a viewing.