Historic Houses in Oxfordshire
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These listings are primarily stately homes and manor houses. You might also be interested in our listings of historic buildings in Oxfordshire, which include everything from tithe barns to medieval cottages.
A pleasing, symmetrical house built by the Strong brothers in 1720. Ardington is Baroque in style, set amidst a lovely landscape of lawns and terraced gardens. The most prominent interior feature is the Imperial Staircase, one of the finest such designs in the country. This style of staircase begins as two separate flights that curve around to join each other halfway to the next floor. There is a variety of period furniture and family portraits.
Can one really call Blenheim a "house"? This place is massive, overwhelming, ostentatious, and amazing for all that. A gift from the grateful Queen Anne to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, for his victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Designed by Vanbrugh, and completed by Hawksmoor, with grounds by Capability Brown. Birthplace of Winston Churchill. Take your time, there's an awful lot to take in.
Home of the Fiennes family for over 600 years, begun about 1300 as a fortified manor. Maintains its medieval roots, though much of the decor is Tudor. Lovely little garden.
Buscot is a lovely stately home, built in the late 18th-century in the neo-classical style that was popular at that time. The house stands on a hill above the River Thames, looking out over beautiful landscape gardens and parkland. The house interior is notable for fine furniture and a superb art collection. The most imporetant part of the artwork is the Faringdon Collection, a collection of Old Master paintings and Pre-Raphaelite art. The most intriguing feature of the grounds is a 20th century water garden, with canals and classical bridges stretching down a gentle slope to a lake.
Chastleton is one of the best-preseved Jacobean houses in England. The house was built in the early 17th century by the Throckmorton family, who have remained in continuous occupation ever since. The interior is a delightful jumble of rare and everyday objects, fine furniture and rare textiles collected over the centuries. There are both formal and informal garden areas, leading to woodland and riverside walks. Advance booking strongly recommended The maximum number of visitors admitted per day is limited. so advanced booking is a good idea.
Historic House: The Gothic Style Manor House at the Cotswold Wildlife Park is set in the midst of 120 acres of gardens and parkland; it was built in 1804 to replace a previous Jacoban residence, and is at the centre of the 3,300 acres of Bradwell Grove Estate. Parts of the house are open to visitors. The former dining-room is now a brass rubbing centre and the drawing-room is used for meetings and lectures. The stables and outbuildings have been converted into the Reptile House and the Bat Belfry, plus various support services including quarantine facilities.
Farnborough was the home of the Holbech family for over 3 centuries. The Hall is a lovely Grade I listed late 17th century country house built by William Holbech in 1684 and extensively remodelled between 1745-1750 by William Holbech the Younger.
Set on a green hillside in a secluded Chilterns valley, Greys Court has a history going back over 9 centuries. The estate was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, but the earliest part of the estate is the Norman Great Tower, built in the late 11th or early 12th century. The tower is all that remains of the original fortified manor on his site.
A lovely manor built in the 1660s, later remodelled. The interior features a cantilevered staircase, and visitors can view the drawing room, bedrooms, sitting room, and panelled library. The grounds are superlative, with colour throughout the year, offering a mix of formal gardens near the house and parkland further afield.
A superb manor with a long and fascinating history, set in low-lying meadows on the north bank of the River Thames, looking across to Reading on the Berkshire bank. The Mapledurham estate goes back to the Domesday Book, but the current house is largely a product of the late 16th century.
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