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Large Victorian Villa in Temple Cowley, Oxford. Great for both universities

Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Rates from GBP £2000 | Monthly

House | Entire Home | House Sitting Requested
Available Dates:
From July 20, 2025 until August 31, 2025


Holyrood is a uniquely spacious three storey Victorian townhouse on the edge of the Old Temple Cowley Conservation area, a leafy suburb of Oxford. We've been lovingly renovating it over the past seven years, bringing it back into use as a family home, following a period of delapidation. It has all modern conveniences, but retains plenty of period charm with original features preserved wherever possible. Some work is still to be completed (including a legacy water stain in the family room) but the house makes a wonderfully comfortable home for our family of four. The house is ideally located for both universities sitting close to busy bus and cycle routes to the city centre and Headington, and benefits from its low traffic neighbourhood status, with the street blocked to through traffic. It's set back from the street and benefits form a gated private driveaway, and offers a rare level of comfort and privacy in in busy city. It sits at the top of Crescent Road hill and benefits from some of the best views in the city, with the street scape perfectly framing the dreaming spires of the city centre - one of the city's ten protected 'view cones'. Layout and rooms Built in 1880, a historical study of the house suggests it may have been designed by famed Oxford Architect William Wilkinson (Randolph Hotel) in parallel with Salesian House which sits directly opposite. Downstairs contains a large south facing sitting room with woodburning stove, a family room with hammock, home cinema and french doors opening on to the back garden, and a large kitchen/dining room with bespoke upcycled cabinetry. We’ve added a small utility room and downstairs toilet to the original building giving it everything needed for a comfortable family life. All rooms are airy and light, with high ceilings, and double-glazed sash windows. The first floor has two large bedrooms each with three large sash windows. A toilet and bathroom containing bath and shower completes this floor. The second floor includes two more spacious bedrooms, both benefiting from the views offered by the elevation. The mature cottage-style garden has a paved seating area, fruit trees, a vine covered dining area, and small wildlife pond. Temple Cowley benefits from low traffic neighbourhood status and offers plenty of opportunities to get close to nature. Local walking opportunities include nearby Shotover Hill Country Park, Cowley Marsh park, the Lye Valley nature reserve, Florence Park, and the Thames footpath. The immediate neighbourhood has two pubs and a number of convenience stores. Templar Sqaure shopping centre is a short walk away.




165 m2

Suited For

Property Type


From July 20, 2025 until August 31, 2025

Minimum Stay

28 Days


House in Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Closest University

Oxford Brookes University

Nearby Universities
University of Oxford | Oxford Brookes University

Temple Cowley

Nearby Cities


Comments: Substantial three storey victorian townhouse in leafy Temple Cowley. Spacious, comfortable and private. Off street parking, spacious mature garden on three sides. Curbside views of Oxford's dreaming spires. Easy access to both universities.

Explore the Area


  • Walk to Campus
  • Bike to Campus
  • Suburban
  • Writer's Sanctuary
  • Historic Home
  • Architectural Gem
  • Near Woods
  • Near Park
  • Near Neighborhood School
  • Near Public Transportation

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from GBP £2000 Monthly | Negotiable

Utilities are included

A cleaning service can be discussed

Comments: House has been rennovated extensively but is a period property and home to a busy family so has some imperfections. We have three cats and would prefer to leave them in situ so looking for a tenant who could look after them (price negotiable)


The home is suitable for young kids

Ask about bringing pets

Smoking is not allowed

A car is not available

Comments: We mostly travel by electric cargo bike in the city and can make this available. Property has off street parking and there's a neighbourhood car share scheme which can be joined for occassional car use.

House Sitting

I am looking for help while I am away

I would like help with my pet(s)

We have three cats who need to be fed twice a day

I would like help with plants or garden

Keeping houseplants and potted garden plants watered





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Individual Outside of Academia
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