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Kelvey House

80 Cumnor Hill, Oxford, UK

For Sale


Property Description


  • Architect Designed Home

  • Private Road To Access

  • Large Forward Thinking Open Plan Design

  • Large Private Drive With Two Garages

  • Large Manicured Gardens With Pond

  • Entirely Private Location Set Away From Main Road

  • Entirely Private And Secluded Location With 360 Tree Cover

  • 3 En-Suite Bathrooms

  • Close to an Acer Of Land

  • High Quality Welsh Slate Tile And Granite Fixtures

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We at Abode are proud to present a unique opportunity to acquire this stunning property on Cumnor Hill, in the Vale of White Horse; one of the most desirable locations in the county, and just a short distance from the glorious centre of Oxford. This inspiring property was designed, and lived in, by renowned International architect, Dan Kelvey, from whom it was purchased by the current owners in 1986.

Set within the tranquil surrounds of its own woodland gardens, Kelvey House is a masterpiece of modern design that is sure to delight its new owners with both its spacious and homely living accommodation, and the restful natural beauty of its setting.

Living Room:

Upon entering Kelvey House you are embraced by a warm, open living area that, at over 88 square metres, will inspire you to create and configure a myriad of individual living spaces for the whole family to explore and enjoy. This main living area, with its high ceilings and split levels, beckons you to linger and imagine the possibilities. Two external walls, each fitted with double sliding patio doors, ensure a wonderful feeling of spaciousness, which is further enhanced by the flow of natural light that bathes the entire room. Both sets of doors lead out to a charming terrace, the perfect spot in which to entertain or relax.

From this delightful living space you can explore the entire ground floor, as the house has been designed to flow gracefully from one room to the next. This sense of continuity is beautifully accentuated by the incorporation of natural Welsh slate tiles, which extend throughout the whole of the downstairs floor space. Another notable feature of the property’s interior is the exposed brick cavity wall; this inspired design choice was insisted upon by the property’s architect, Dan Kelvey, and is yet another magnificent feature of this captivating home.

Dining room:

From the main living area, you step up into a beautifully lit dining space which benefits from a further set of double patio doors, leading directly onto the garden. This beautifully airy room is complemented by the expanse of Welsh slate floor and exposed brickwork, boldly on display. A perfect space for family dining, as well as for entertaining guests.


Returning to where we entered the property, we find another well-lit room that serves as a perfect study in which to work from home or to focus upon homework. This room benefits from a double width window that overlooks the garden; further natural light is captured from a recessed skylight.


From the dining room we are led directly into the kitchen, a room that delights with multiple wow features. As you might expect, the room is generously appointed with high quality fitted units, including a breakfast island. What you might not expect is the continued delivery of natural light that not only continues to flow through from the dining room’s patio doors, but also from two wide garden windows and a recessed skylight. Once again, the dark slate floor pleasingly contrasts with the light that surrounds it.

In addition to the high-quality units, the current owners commissioned the sourcing and fitting of exceptional quality granite work surfaces. These hand-cut slabs, boasting remarkable craftsmanship, exhibit a unique charm with their blue flecks that catch the light, especially noticeable after dusk when they sparkle with an iridescent blue glow.

Finally, before departing this room, it’s essential to acknowledge the gourmet-grade range cooker by luxury New Zealand brand Fisher and Paykel. This impressive appliance features six hobs, twin oven grills, and a pair of temperature-controlled warmer drawers. From the kitchen we walk through into the utility room, which includes a sink and drainage unit, as well as a built in storage cupboard.


Next we step down into a further glorious living space. Currently configured as a spacious, yet cosy TV room and seating area, this is the former studio of the property’s architect, Dan Kelvey.

Natural light is once again in plentiful supply, courtesy of two large aluminium sash windows, as well as a full-height panel window. The abundance of natural light is captured by the finely crafted, pine panelled ceiling which, in turn, creates a relaxing ambience. The studio serves as a perfect snug and is a welcoming sanctuary when you wish to chill out, away from the energy of the main living hub.

The studio also houses the second of our four bathrooms which comprise of a walk-in shower cubicle, w/c and wash basin. With a combined living space in excess of 31 square metres, the studio does offer the potential to be converted into separate, independent living quarters.

Downstairs Cloakroom:

Passing back through the living area once again, we arrive at the downstairs cloakroom, which, though not technically counted as a full bathroom, is the first of the property’s five bathing facilities. Conveniently situated between the study and utility room, this washroom serves the main living area and consists of a modern w/c and washbasin.

Master Bedroom:

Situated at the rear of the house, the master suite provides uninterrupted views over the woodland garden. The splendid canopy of tree tops serves to provide lush, restful views as well as total privacy. The warmth imbued by the rich pine panelled ceiling creates a restful ambience: perfect for a good night’s sleep. There is ample room for freestanding wardrobes, dressers and bedside tables.


The ensuite bathroom is a joyous celebration of luxury living. The walls have been painstakingly dressed in the finest Spanish marble. Specially sourced by the current owners, their rich copper colouring exudes a luxury rarely enjoyed within a domestic setting and which serves to create a luxuriant ambience whenever you enter the room.

The equally fine fittings comprise of a walk-in shower and a bath that invites you to pamper yourself, complete with side panel shelving which is the perfect width for a glass of something sparkling after a busy day. The side centred mixer taps include an integrated shower attachment.

Other fittings include a mirrored handbasin with integrated tiled shelving and a boxed w/c. There is also a plentiful supply of fitted cupboards as well a full height heated towel rail.

Bedroom Two:

Bathed in the natural light emanating from windows that extend along the entire outward wall, this fine bedroom provides restful views out over the tree-lined garden. The room also provides plenty of living space and contains a fitted double wardrobe, as well as having plenty of room for freestanding bedroom furniture.

This bedroom also benefits from having a luxury ensuite bathroom. The suite includes a shower cubicle as well as a wash hand basin and w/c.

Bedroom Three:

The third bedrooms also enjoys lovely views over the garden through the wide windows that cover the entire exterior wall. The room is large enough to accommodate a double or two single beds, as well as a freestanding double wardrobe and dresser.

Main Bathroom:

A splendid family bathroom that includes an inviting sunken bath with shower attachment, a tiled washbasin and w/c. The full length wooden towel rail and pine ceiling, create a warm and welcoming ambience.


The property is approached via a private drive that leads to a traditional brick-columned entranceway, with iron gate and sensory lighting. Passing along the sweeping driveway, you discover a parking area that is large enough for up to five cars and that also includes two freestanding garages. From here, you are ready to explore both the house and the extensive gardens.

With grounds extending to 0.8 acres, Kelvey House provides the perfect anecdote to the stresses and strains of a busy working life. The property is surrounded by natural woodland and the gardens themselves provide year round peace and tranquility, greatly enhanced by the rich diversity of flora. This includes native broadleaf and pine specimens, as well as numerous tended beds of mature shrubs and flowers. The gardens also contain two ponds, one of which is spring-fed, and which are home to a fascinating range of aquatic life. These enchanting gardens act as a beacon to passing wildlife including deer, bats and owls, as well as being home to a multitude of garden birds.

Surrounding Area:

Kelvey house is perfectly located for exploring the surrounding countryside and the large and varied range of recreational facilities that are available nearby, including golf, sailing and motorsports, amongst many others. There are also plentiful opportunities to explore the local countryside both on foot and by bicycle.

The celebrated city of Oxford is renowned for both its rich cultural heritage and its modern, thriving arts scene. Kelvey House is less than twenty minutes away from the city centre by car, even during peak times, which places all of the city’s amenities within easy reach.

Transport Links:

Cumnor sits on the A420 Oxford to Swindon route and is just a short distance from the A40 that leads to the beautiful villages and countryside of the Cotswolds.

The property’s location also offers convenient access to both the M40 and M4 motorways. Additionally, Kelvey House is situated just two miles from Oxford railway station, which boasts excellent rail links, providing a choice of fast or scenic routes into London. Moreover, Oxford’s developing regional airport is just fifteen minutes away.


The property is connected to main services for gas, electric and water, and in addition, full fibre broadband internet is available.

Arrange Your Visit Today

We invite you to visit Kelvey House. To arrange a viewing and feel the essence of this exceptional property, please contact our team. Your story, interwoven with this home's history, awaits.


  • A34:  approx 1 mile

  • A420: approx 1.3 miles

  • Oxford Train Station: approx 2.1 miles


  • West Way shopping centre: approx 0.6 miles

  • Aldi: approx 1.3 miles

  • Waitrose: approx 1.6 miles


  • Matthew Arnold Secondary School: approx 0.4 miles

  • Botley Primary School: approx 0.9 miles

  • North Hinksey Church of England Primary School: approx 1.5 miles

  • West Oxford Community Primary School: approx 1.9 miles

  • Cumnor Church of England School:  approx 1.3 miles



Square Footage: 2704 I 251 square metres

EPC rating: E

Local Authority: Vale of White Horse District Council I

Property Location

80 Cumnor Hill, Oxford, UK

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