The front of Waterperry House seen looking to the North West
The long herbaceous border behind Waterperry House
Waterperry House is a large country house, set in 83 acres of its own grounds, surrounded by farmland, a few miles east of Oxford. It is used extensively by the School as a residential centre for retreats, study days, study weekends and weeks.
A substantial and very well known horticultural centre forms part of the property, with an adjacent garden centre and cafe open to the public seven days a week. The beautiful and very well-kept gardens, also open to the public, cover some eight acres, and there is a newly completed open air theatre for use in the summer months.
The house itself is mediaeval in origin, with Jacobean and Georgian additions.
A feature of the house itself is the new hall area, designed by members of the School of Economic Science’s architects’ group. This includes a large fresco, painted in the traditional fresco way by members of the School’s art group. Taking six years to complete, and covering three storeys, it depicts scenes taken from Advaita philosophy. The house organises guided fresco tours at 2.00pm on Fridays throughout the year. Tickets can be obtained from Waterperry Garden Centre.
There is also a museum of agricultural tools and a much visited arts and crafts gallery.
Waterperry House and grounds additionally host Art in Action each year.
The local Parish Church stands a few metres from the house.
You can hire rooms in Waterperry House, large or small, for events, meetings, and other functions. Please phone Dorothy Venables on 020 7727 8611.