The Vines was built in 1887 for the then professor of botany Sydney Howard Vines. Just out from the town centre, Professor Vines wanted a pleasant spot with a more rural air. Today the house is within a protected zone and is popular not only because of its stunning views over the Oxford spires, but because the large gardens and green spaces in the area provide a haven of peace alongside the business of downtown.
This large Victorian villa is situated within one and half acres of private garden where you can relax, read, or play a game of croquet, if the weather obliges. The Vines is a 35-minute walk into Oxford city centre, or a 5-minute walk to the nearest bus stop (with busses passing by every six–seven minutes). The house has a large kitchen, laundry facilities, a well-appointed common room and adjoining library, and bathrooms for every two to three bedrooms.
Every Vines resident is given a free rented bicycle that includes lights, a helmet, and a lock, and it is a ten-minute cycle ride into town.