Housed in a historic building, the recently renovated The Headington Shark House - Oxford offers accommodation with a garden and free WiFi. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The spacious holiday home has 4 bedrooms, a TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, a washing machine, and 4 bathrooms with a walk-in shower. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home. For added privacy, the accommodation features a private entrance. Barbecue facilities are at guests' disposal and guests can also relax in the shared lounge area. University of Oxford is 5 km from the holiday home, while Blenheim Palace is 16 km from the property. The nearest airport is London Heathrow Airport, 69 km from The Headington Shark House - Oxford.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.4)

Private parking available on-site

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Accommodation Type
Number of guests
Bedroom 1:
1 large double bed
Bedroom 2:
1 single bed
1 double bed
Bedroom 3:
1 single bed
1 double bed
Bedroom 4:
1 large double bed
Living room:
1 sofa bed
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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Oxford
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  • Natalie
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    The kitchen was extremely well equipped . The sitting room spacious and comfortable. The bedrooms large with x3 en suits.
  • Scullion
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    The house was really well located for getting into Oxford on the bus. The buses ran very frequently. There are plenty of places to eat or buy food very close to the house. The house itself is very spacious and well decorated with lots of home...
  • Sarina
    Germany Germany
    Very nice location, and it was safe. Nice shark too :)
Quality rating rated the quality of this property as 4 out of 5 based on factors such as facilities, size, location and services provided.

Hosted by Benny Harrison

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Benny Harrison
The Shark House is a large double fronted Victorian property with four double bedrooms and four bathrooms. We are located in central Headington, close to Oxford city centre, hospitals, Oxford & Brookes Universities and plenty of shops, cafes and banks with in a minutes walk. We also have a 25 foot shark in our roof! Hello. I'm Magnus Hanson-Heine, the home-owner of the Headington Shark House. The Shark House consists of a 25ft long fibreglass and steel sculpture of a shark, formally titled “Untitled 1986”, crashing through the roof of an otherwise average house on a quiet residential street in rural Oxford. The sculpture was conceived of by my late father Bill Heine and sculptor John Buckley, created in secret, and erected without planning permission to the shock of many on 9th August 1986, starting what ended up being a six-year long battle to keep it. While the initial reaction to the shark was heavily polarized, the sculpture quickly gained a strong national and international following, with people coming from all over the country to speak in its defence at various public forums. The battle with the council progressively escalated through the courts and finally all the way up to the national government, where the secretary for the environment Michael Heseltine finally made a personal visit and ruled that it should be allowed to stay. In defence of the shark staying, Heseltine’s planning inspector, Peter Macdonald, made an official ruling that has gained prominent status among town planners for its defence of public art: “In this case it is not in dispute that the shark is not in harmony with its surroundings, but then it is not intended to be in harmony with them.... The council is understandably concerned about precedent here. The first concern is simple: proliferation with sharks (and heaven knows what else) crashing through roofs all over the city. This fear is exaggerated. In the five years since the shark was erected, no other examples have occurred…
I have been managing short lets in London and Oxford since 2015.
Headington is a buzzing community with fantastic connections to London and Oxford and a farmers market on Saturday mornings.
Language spoken: English

Property surroundings

Facilities of The Headington Shark House - Oxford
Great facilities! Review score, 9.2

Most popular facilities
  • Private parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
Private parking is possible on site (reservation is needed) and charges may be applicable.
  • Street parking
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
  • Shared kitchen
  • Children's high chair
  • Dining table
  • Cleaning products
  • Toaster
  • Stovetop
  • Oven
  • Tumble dryer
  • Kitchenware
  • Electric kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath
  • Shower
Living Area
  • Dining area
  • Sofa
  • Seating Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • TV
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Sofa bed
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Fold-up bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Tile/marble floor
  • Private entrance
  • Carpeted
  • Fan
  • Ironing facilities
  • Iron
  • Sun terrace
  • Barbecue
  • BBQ facilities
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Common areas
  • Shared lounge/TV area
Food & Drink
  • Grocery deliveries
    Additional charge
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Fishing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
Building characteristics
  • Semi-detached
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Designated smoking area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
Safety & security
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • Carbon monoxide detector
Languages spoken
  • English

House rules

The Headington Shark House - Oxford takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 16:00 to 00:00

You'll need to let the property know in advance what time you'll arrive.


Available 24 hours



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Damage policy

If you cause damage to the property during your stay, you could be asked to pay up to GBP 200 after check-out, according to this property's Damage Policy.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Cot upon request

Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

2 cots available upon request.

All cots and extra beds are subject to availability.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Payments by takes your payment on behalf of the property for this stay, but make sure you have cash for any extras once you get there.


Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

Please inform The Headington Shark House - Oxford in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

If you cause damage to the property during your stay, you could be asked to pay up to £200 after check-out, according to this property's Damage Policy.

Legal information

This property is managed by a private host. EU consumer law relating to professional hosts might not apply.

FAQs about The Headington Shark House - Oxford

  • The Headington Shark House - Oxford is 2 miles from the centre of Oxford. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Yes, The Headington Shark House - Oxford is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • The Headington Shark House - Oxford can accommodate the following group size:

    • 12 guests

    For more detailed information, please check the accommodation option(s) breakdown on this page.

  • The Headington Shark House - Oxford has the following number of bedrooms:

    • 4 bedrooms

    For more detailed information, please check the accommodation option(s) breakdown on this page.

  • The prices at The Headington Shark House - Oxford may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Check-in at The Headington Shark House - Oxford is from 16:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

  • The Headington Shark House - Oxford offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Hiking
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Golf course (within 3 km)