Oxford outskirts.

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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, the ozone layer is measured in dobson units. 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.

This property has 7.56 acres of land.


The wonderful gardens and grounds and useful outbuildings amount to about 7.5 acres in all.


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 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 3.5 miles away. Oxford is well known for its wide array of schooling; the property is well located for Headington School and Rye St. Anthony, which are particularly nearby and Magdalen College School in the city centre. The north Oxford schools include the Dragon, Lynams, Summerfields, St Edwards and D'Overbroeks.


(OX3 8TB) From the A40, Headington roundabout, take the second exit to Headington (London Road). After about half a mile, and at the traffic lights to the Old High Street, turn left into Windmill Road, and, at the next traffic lights, turn left into Old Road. Continue up Old Road, and up Shotover Hill and take the right hand turning into The Ridings. The property will be found at the end of the lane.

Old Headington/the John Radcliffe Hospital 2.2 miles; Oxford City Centre 3 miles; Summertown 4.75 miles; Oxford Central Station 6 miles; Oxford Parkway 6.5 miles.

Oxford central to London Paddington by rail and Oxford Parkway to Marylebone from about 56 mins.

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Other features

  • Reception hall, 2 cloakrooms.
  • Drawing room, Dining room & Study
  • Games room & Conservatory
  • Family kitchen/breakfast room, laundry, larder.
  • Principal bedroom with ensuite bathroom
  • Guest bedroom with ensuite bathroom
  • 3 further bedrooms and 2 further bathrooms
  • In-door swimming pool, tennis court, considerable outbuildings.
  • In all about 7.5 acres.

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The Ridings, Shotover Oxford OX3

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The Ridings, Shotover Oxford OX3

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