- 6 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- 8 receptions
A very rare piece of Oxford architectural history
Set behind a discreet high walled entrance, The Priory, is believed to be Oxfords only example of Strawberry Hill gothic architecture. The Priory is a stunning Grade II listed Villa approached via a sweeping drive through wooded grounds and a park like setting commanding an elevated position in mature grounds. The property, thought to be built in 1840, characterises many Neo Gothic features such as a crenelated parapet and traceried windows, originally serving as a day and boarding school run by the Ursuline nuns until 1891, when the property became a private residence owned by a Miss Kemp and following its elaborate existence fell into disrepair. The current owners purchased the property in the 1990s and then invested in the restoration of this historic building and managed to save the property through substantial remedial work. The house now requires refurbishment in order to create a 21st century residence of some stature, utilising the historic superstructure. Of particular note and so indicative of a property of this period are significant features which include gothic arched windows, some with shutters, the original open fire places, some with blue Delft tiling, high ceilings and original wooden panelling. Original mullioned fenestration and the frame of a beautiful original iron loggia / canopy hint at the splendour of this wonderful building.
This property has 1 acres of land.
The property is accessed through a high walled gateway and a sweeping tree lined driveway extends majestically to the property and its main entrance doors The 0.93 acre grounds are interspersed with mature specimen trees including a fine and ancient Mulberry and the driveway terminates currently in an extensive parking area. The main garden area is mainly of formal lawn and can also be accessed from several of reception rooms in the main house, principally from the elegant lower ground floor. The gardens, grounds and house are of great historical interest and offer immense privacy and seclusion and would in themselves make a wonderful undertaking for those with an interest in horticulture.
Iffley Village is one of Oxfords most sought after and picturesque locations. A village within a city and for a buyer seeking a bucolic lifestyle set high above the River Thames, this is a unique proposition. The village has a community shop, two public houses/restaurants, and a hotel and village church. There are many fine old period houses in this conservation area with access over the weir to the Thames towpath, which continues all the way into the centre of Oxford passing the Isis Tavern which can only be reached on foot.
From Oxford centre take the Iffley Road (A4150) continue through the traffic lights at Donnington Bridge Road and after approximately half a mile, bear right at Iffley Turn. Proceed into the village and pass the Hawkwell Hotel on your left and the drive leading to the property can be found shortly thereafter on the left hand side through a high walled entrance. You will see a lodge / bungalow immediately on your right, and you proceed up the tree lined driveway which culminates at the propertys main entrance doors.
- Entrance hallway
- 5 reception rooms
- 4 basement rooms
- 6 bedrooms
- Family bathroom
- About 1 acre in all
This plan is for layout guidance only. Not drawn to scale unless stated. Windows and door openings are approximate. Whilst every care is taken in the preparation of the plan, please check all dimensions, shapes and compass bearings before making any decisions reliant upon them.