The Headington Shark House



New High Street, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 7AQ

Tel: 07771851440

The Headington Shark House


The Shark House is an internationally recognized work of art, with a 25ft long fibreglass and steel sculpture of a shark crashing through the roof in rural Oxfordshire. The combined house and sculpture was conceived of by Bill Heine and John Buckley.

The shark was created in secret, and erected intentionally without planning permission to the shock of many on the 41st anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, starting a six-year legal battle for it to remain. In contrast to the surreal outside, the interior of the house is an extremely impressive, spacious, and tranquil Victorian property, finished to a very high standard, and available for members of the public to let as a self-catered accommodation with a maximum occupancy of twelve.

The house has four double bedrooms (three en suites), two additional boconcept fold-out beds can be set up in the upstairs bedrooms on request, and you can also make use of a double sofa bed for an added two guests (taking the total to 12). There is plenty of room for socialising and relaxing in the living room, and a real highlight of the home is the botanical conservatory teeming with exotic plants which opens onto an enclosed garden at the back.

Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
Apr-Mayfrom £469.00 to £1,003.00 per unit per night
Jun-Augfrom £527.00 to £1,360.00 per unit per night
Sept -Marfrom £408.00 to £1,003.00 per unit per night

*As a guide, prices are per room per night for hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and serviced apartments and per week for self-catering accommodation.

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Cot
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • DVD available
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Open Christmas
  • Open New Year
  • Wireless Internet Access

Leisure Facilities

  • Eating Out Within Walking Distance

Parking & Transport

  • Bus stop within walking distance
  • Car parking - Off-street parking for one car at the rear of the house - accessed under an arch, the maximum height is 2.12m and the width is 2.25m.

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Euros accepted
  • JCB accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Midweek breaks
  • Solo accepted
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa accepted
  • Weekend breaks

Room / Unit Features

  • All rooms non-smoking
  • Baths some rooms
  • Colour TV
  • Dishwasher
  • Drying facilities
  • Four bedrooms
  • Ground Floor Room(s) - One
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Microwave
  • Washing Machine

Specialist Features

  • Marketed to any other specialist market - The house is part of the “Shark House” protest artwork. In addition to its general advertising as a self-catered holiday letting, it is also currently on a site that markets specifically to wedding parties.


Map & Directions

Road Directions

The house is located at 2 New High Street, Headington, Oxford, by road from the A40 Headington roundabout, head down the London Road into Oxford, and turn left onto New High Street.

Public Transport Directions

The house is located at 2 New High Street, Headington, Oxford:

From Oxford train station catch either the No. 8 or No. 400 bus to either the “Stapleton Road” or “Headington Shops” bus stop, and the house is within walking distance from there.

From London, catch the Oxford Tube bus directly to the “Headington Shops” bus stop, and the house is within walking distance from there.

From Heathrow or Gatwick Airports, catch the Heathrow or Gatwick express bus to the “Headington Shops” bus stop, and the house is within walking distance from there.


  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Bronze Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Bronze 2024

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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