Savills | Polstead Road, Oxford, OX2 6TN | Properties for sale
4,026 sq ft(374.03 sq m)
Guide price £2,500,000

Polstead RoadOxford, OX2 6TN


    Key features

    • Historical connections
    • Favoured side road close to the North Oxford schools
    • Substantial home with potential
    • Detached 1 bed annexe
    • Large walled garden

    Imposing Victorian semi detached house with parking and detached annexe.

    About this property

    • 2 Polstead Road was the family home of T E Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”), the noted British archaeologist, military officer, diplomat, and writer, whose life was immortalised in the classic 1962 film ‘Lawrence of Arabia' starring Peter O'Toole. The Lawrence family lived at 2 Polstead Road from 1896, and T E Lawrence himself lived there until 1921, and the bungalow built for Lawrence as an extrovert teenager still sits in the garden behind the house. Lawrence and his five brothers attended local schools and, from 1907-1910, Lawrence studied history at Jesus College. In 1918, after returning from war, Lawrence was elected a Fellow of All Souls College. His book ‘The Seven Pillars of Wisdom' is the autobiographical account of his experiences as a British soldier while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918. It was completed in February 1922, but first published in December 1926.

      This is an imposing semi detached family house built originally in the 1890's to a design of HW Moore, and later extended. It has been a comfortable family house for many years and now is ready for updating. With a floor area of around 3573 sq ft in the main house arranged over four floors, and with the addition of a detached annexe of around 453 sq ft, the property provides a substantial home of generous proportioned, complemented by parking to the front and walled gardens to the rear.

      On the upper ground floor, the entrance hall leads to the two principal reception rooms, together with the kitchen and dining room. On the lower ground floor, the hallway leads to a family room, study, utility and cloakroom. With its own independence access at the side, it could be used as a self contained annexe, subject to the necessary consents. There are three double bedrooms and a cloakroom on the first floor and, on the second floor, there are five further bedrooms, together with a bathroom.

      Outside, to the front, the driveway provides parking for several cars, and there is gated side access to the rear. The mature walled rear garden is laid to lawn and interspersed with trees, flowers and shrubs. To the rear of the garden is the detached annexe with sitting room, kitchen, bedroom, shower room and cloakroom. This could be used as guest or ancillary accommodation or could also suit those wishing to work from home.

      Services
      Mains services connected. Gas heating.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    A sense of history - TE Lawrence enjoyed his childhood in this large family house with its detached annexe, and so could you and your family.

    Ronnie van der PloegProperty agent

    Local information

    • Polstead Road is a sought after residential side road in Central North Oxford, within the North Oxford Victorian Conservation area and with good access to Oxford city centre and the amenities of North Oxford and Summertown.
    • It is within a short walk of the city centre and easily accessible to Oxford mainline train station, with a regular service to London Paddington in approximately 55 minutes.
    • There is also good access to Oxford Parkway, with a regular train service to London Marylebone.
    • It is well located for all the popular north and central Oxford schools, and the open spaces of Port Meadow are close by.

    Additional information

    • Directions: From Oxford city centre proceed north along St Giles onto Woodstock Road. Turn left after a distance into Polstead Road. The property will be found on the right hand side.
    • EPC Rating = E