Badger Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1


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  • Bedrooms: 6
An important example of Modern Movement architecture, Overshot was designed by celebrated architects Godfrey Samuel and Valentine Harding in 1937, founding members of the Tecton Group. The Grade II Listed detached house is surrounded by a south facing garden and situated at the end of Badger Lane, a private road. According to Historic England's listing, awarded to the house in 2000: "The house particularly reflects the movement away from exposed reinforced concrete and flat roofs in favour of expressing the same tenets of simple elevations and functional planning using more traditional materials". The house was included in the later edition of FRS Yorke's seminal book 'The Modern House', first published in 1934. This is only the second time that the house will have been sold since its construction in 1937.

The entrance hall runs along the north side and faces the large driveway through a striking length of fenestration with a wooden lattice framework. Next to the drawing room is a separate dining room, accessed through double pocket doors, that has access to a south-facing loggia. A fitted cupboard functions as a hatch to the kitchen (originally the pantry), the design for which is attributed to one of Samuel's contemporaries, Elizabeth Benjamin, with whom he worked on a project in south-west London. The kitchen and pantry were combined to create a single room in the 1970's. In 2013 the current owners installed a Bulthaup kitchen whilst carefully maintaining the original fitted cupboards and tiling. Beyond the kitchen are the original staff quarters, now occupied by a study, separate WC, a backdoor to the east-facing area of garden, and the garage. Also on the ground floor is a boot room, wine store and second cloakroom.

The first floor accommodation consists of five/six spacious light and airy bedrooms and two period bathrooms, including a separate cloakroom. The master bedroom benefits from a balcony which commands views over the rear garden and surrounding woodland. Further bedrooms offer exceptional size and flexibility several with fitted wardrobes. Bedroom 6 has a reinforced floor offering immense flexibility and could be used as an artist's studio, games room, home office or annexe accommodation as it benefits from an adjacent fitted kitchen.


The property is approached via a gravel driveway providing excellent parking to the double garage building with office/studio above. The house is screened by mature hedging, trees and fencing. To the rear of the house is a delightful terrace with retaining walls and borders, steps lead down to a large sweeping lawn with mature trees and a young orchard. The gardens are a delightful feature providing a charming outlook as well as space and a mature backdrop for the house. The plot extends to approximately 1 acre.


Lying less than three miles to the south of Oxford, Hinksey Hill is an extremely well regarded residential area with a significant number of sizeable detached houses in wooded gardens. Kennington village, which can be reached by walking through the woods, has a doctors' surgery, a chemist, Co-op and post office. Close by is the Fox Public House and restaurant, there are foot paths and bridleways some with stunning views over Oxford's 'dreaming spires'. There is easy access to the Oxford Ring Road, the A34, A420 and subsequent links to the M4 and M40. Also within easy reach are stations at both Oxford, Oxford Parkway and Didcot Parkway and the property is well placed for schooling at Abingdon and North Oxford, Chandlings School is also very close by.

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