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Waterperry House

Waterperry House
OX33 1JY
01844 339518

About Waterperry House

Waterperry House owes its graceful Queen Anne frontage to Sir John Curson, who had it rebuilt in 1713. The Henleys were the last family to own the manor house in the 20th century.

In 1925, the whole estate was sold to Oxford University, Magdalen College, and later leased in 1932 to Miss Beatrix Havergal, who bought the estate in 1948. Beatrix Havergal established the famous Waterperry School of Horticulture and laid the foundation of the gardens we admire today.

Following Beatrix Havergal’s retirement in 1971 and the closure of the Horticulture School, the property found a new purpose under The School of Philosophy and Economic Science. Currently, it hosts residential courses for students of philosophy and economics.

While parts of the house date back to Tudor times, archaeological findings, including Roman pottery fragments displayed in the Museum of Rural Life, hint at an earlier history. Notably, the house contains contemporary frescoes that are considered the largest single work of its kind in the country in over 500 years.

Limited tours are available to explore the house and its frescoes. For tour inquiries, kindly contact Simon Buchanan at 07780 830485. If you’re interested in room hire, contact Jennie Buchanan at 07909964614 or via email at info@waterperryhouse.org.uk, providing your preferred dates, times, and the number of attendees.

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