1800 ft²
BBQ facilities
Washing machine
Free WiFi
24-hour front desk
Non-smoking rooms

Set in Oxford, 3 miles from University of Oxford, Shark House offers accommodation with a garden, free WiFi, a shared kitchen, and a shared lounge. Private parking is available on site.

The holiday home consists of 4 bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge and a kettle, and 4 bathrooms with a shower and a hairdryer. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.

Staff at the holiday home are available to provide information at the 24-hour front desk.

A terrace and barbecue facilities are available for guests at Shark House to use.

Blenheim Palace is 9.9 miles from the accommodation, while Notley Abbey is 13.7 miles from the property. The nearest airport is London Heathrow Airport, 42.9 miles from Shark House.

Shark House has been welcoming Booking.com guests since 23 Apr 2019.

Distance in property description is calculated using © OpenStreetMap

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.3)

Private parking available on-site


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Accommodation Type
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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Property questions and answers
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  • Is there really a shark on the roof?
    Oh yes - there's a Wiki page all about it if you google The Oxford Shark... ;-)
    Answered on 11 February 2020
  • Hi, have a strange question, im popping over tomorrow however are you able to just open the curtain in the top room as I want to see the ceiling
    Sorry only just saw this - were you hoping to see the shark's head?
    Answered on 3 March 2022
  • Hello are there any bedrooms on the ground floor or accessible without using stairs?
    Yes - we have one ground floor double bed room. It's marled on the floor plan as the dining room but it is actually a bed room. The dining table is ..
    Answered on 18 February 2022
  • Hi we are coming to Oxford for a funeral is there enough parking for 4 cars ?
    There’s one parking space behind the house which you are welcome to use for the duration of your stay. There’s also some paid parking around the corn..
    Answered on 18 March 2022
  • are there 4 rooms? it shows in the floor plan that there are only 3. thank you.
    Yes. we have three bedrooms up stair and the one on the plan which is on the ground floor (marked as dining room) is also a bedroom. ;-)
    Answered on 23 December 2020
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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 *
Quality rating
Booking.com rated the quality of this property as 4 out of 5 based on factors such as facilities, size, location and services provided.
Facilities of Shark House
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

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


16:00 - 00:00

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


Until 10:00 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 Booking.com

Booking.com 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

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

Please inform Shark House 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.

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.

Legal information

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

FAQs about Shark House

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

  • Shark House offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

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

  • Shark House has the following number of bedrooms:

    • 4 bedrooms

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

  • Shark House can accommodate the following group size:

    • 12 guests

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

  • Yes, Shark House is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • Shark House is 2 miles from the centre of Oxford.

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