The Vines is SCIO’s primary place of residence, and 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.