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Poundon House
Poundon House
Poundon House
Guide price£6,000,000
OnTheMarket > 14 days

12 bedroom detached house for sale

Main Street, Poundon, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX27
Detached house
12 bed
0 bath
EPC rating: F*
499,633 sq ft / 46,417 sq m

Key information

Tenure: Freehold
Council tax: Ask agent
Broadband: Ultra-fast 1000Mbps *
Mobile signal: 
EE O2 Three Vodafone
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Property description & features

  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Grade II listed stone country house
  • Extensive secondary accommodation
  • Equestrian facilities
  • Swimming pool and tennis court
  • In all about 11.47 acres
  • EPC Rating = F
A charming Grade II listed stone country house.


Poundon House is a Grade II listed country house located in the village of Poundon near Bicester. Approached down a drive with a lime tree avenue, the mansion was built in 1908 by the Eton educated gentleman cricketer John Heywood-Lonsdale.

The original design is typical of theneo-Georgian style of Eydon stone construction giving it a rich vibrant yellow façade. The house remained as the Heywood-Lonsdale’s family home until
the outbreak of World War II, when it was requisitioned by the government to help with the war effort. The house was used by Winston Churchill’s crack espionage unit, the Special Operations Executive. Eventually it was bought by the Roscoe family. Poundon House is approached through wrought iron gates down a tree lined driveway. There is a gravel parking area to the front.

Through the main double entrance doors is the lobby with a downstairs cloakroom, the lobby doors lead into the hallway and doors to the library; the drawing room has an original fireplace; the bright family room with French doors that open out onto the paved terrace providing views of
the surrounding landscape and the large dining room with many original features including the fireplace and cornicing on the ceiling.

The kitchen has an oil fired AGA, and a former staff wing that comprises a utility room and boot room. Down the corridor there is an informal family living room/snug and a downstairs WC.

The principal staircase is a striking feature of the house with barley twists. On this floor there are 8 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms all of good proportion and size. The second floor has four bedrooms and two family bathrooms.

The guest cottage/staff quarters, has 3 bedrooms with a family bathroom on the first floor. The ground floor has a kitchen with oil fired Aga, living room and study. There is direct access out into their own private garden. The cellar provides two wine cellars, a studio and two boiler rooms.

The cottage has two bedrooms, a kitchen and living room suitable for staff accommodation or extended family.

The stable yard is an impressive set of buildings constructed of red brick under tiled roof including 12 stables, 4 flats and extensive garages.

Poundon House sits among 11.47 acres of land with a mix of landscaped gardens and paddocks. A special feature of Poundon House is the Victorian style walled garden, an enclosed site which includes garden plots and a variety of fruit trees. The garden is enclosed with a red brick wall with three entrances. There is a roman style swimming pool within a private hedged garden. Beyond is a hard tennis court, a former croquet lawn and a garden pavilion.


The county and University town of Buckingham lies within 8 miles providing a good range of facilities for every day needs. Bicester Village is around 7 miles away and Oxford around 22 miles.

There are a number of good schools close by including Stowe, Harrow, Eton, Wycombe Abbey, Uppingham, Oundle, Rugby, Radley, Bruern Abbey and prep. schools such as Maldwell Hall, Swanbourne House, Winchester House and The Dragon. Sporting facilities are extensive with golf at Whittlebury Park, Silsden and Buckingham; motor racing at Silverstone and hunting with the Bicester with Whaddon Chase.

Acreage: 11.47 Acres

Additional Info

Council Tax - Band H

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