Move into a magnificent Oxfordshire manor

Cynthia Peng
·2-min read
Photo credit: Nigel Francis
Photo credit: Nigel Francis

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THE PROPERTY: Yarnton Manor is a spectacular manor house in Oxfordshire, comprising almost 30 acres of glorious gardens surrounding the Grade II-listed Jacobean manor house, and a range of ancillary houses and cottages. The home’s origins can be traced back to the Norman times; and it belonged to the Woodstock MP Sir Thomas Spencer in the 17th century, who transformed the property into its magnificent Jacobean style. During the English Civil War, the manor was said to have hosted Charles I while he was escaping from Oxford, and it was later converted to a military hospital for the King’s Royalist troops.

Photo credit: Nigel Francis
Photo credit: Nigel Francis

THE LOCATION: Situated in the open countryside of the verdant village of Yarnton, where there is an abundance of shops, pubs and a village church, as well as many footpaths and bridleways to explore, it is also just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Blenheim Palace.
Yarnton Manor also has great transport links, through which you can reach London in under an hour by train from Oxford Parkway Station in under an hour, or via the M40.

Photo credit: Nigel Francis
Photo credit: Nigel Francis

THE INTERIOR: This grand home is equally suited to family living as it is to entertaining guests. Brimming with intricate Jacobean-era details meticulously moulded in timber and stone, the spacious rooms are bright and opulent, with huge mullioned windows allowing for plenty of natural light. The manor has three floors and a basement, where you’ll find offices, saloons and bedroom suites, as well as three vast reception-rooms overlooking the sprawling surrounding countryside.

Photo credit: Nigel Francis
Photo credit: Nigel Francis

WHY WE LOVE IT: In addition to the manor itself, there are 15 cottages and outbuildings dotted around the estate – among which is a seven-bedroom vicarage from the 18th century that could become a family home in itself.

Photo credit: Nigel Francis
Photo credit: Nigel Francis

BUY IT NOW: £9,000,000 with Knight Frank.