If You’re Looking to Ward off Bad Luck in 2021, an 18th-Century House by Oxford, England, Could Do the Trick

The newly listed country home, asking £2.25 million, was once part of Christ Church College and comes with rare “witch marks”

A U.K. country house with a centuries-old security system “to protect against evil spirits” was listed last week for £2.25 million (US$3.1 million).

A series of witch marks can be found throughout the exposed 17th-century wood beams of the house, which is located in the village of Garsington on the edge of Oxford, according to listing agent Samuel Lamb, a senior negotiator at Knight Frank Oxford.

“They are quite rare actually,” he said. “They were known to have warded off evil spirits.”

The property also was once part of the University of Oxford’s Christ Church College, and served as the kennels for the school’s hunt, Mr. Lamb noted. The Old Kennels, as the home is known, has a Grade II historic designation, which denotes a building of significant architecture.

Sitting on just over an acre of land, the home has six bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus a partially converted barn, and former stables and kennel buildings. It boasts period details such as vaulted ceilings in the barn, open fireplaces and a paneled front door believed to date from the 17th century.

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Refurbished by the current owners, the barn now includes an eat-in kitchen and dining area that leads to an outdoor terrace, plus a mezzanine lounge area. Radiant-floor heating has been installed under the stone floors, and the home’s operational systems have all been updated.

Outside, there are manicured gardens, plus mature trees, shrubs and a large lawn. The additional outbuildings can be converted to additional living space, according to the listing. The old kennels would be an especially appealing location for a home office, as it offers far-reaching views from one of the highest points in the village.

Changes would be subject to approval, but a recently submitted pre-planning application was well received by the local council, the listing indicated.

Aside from the engraved protection symbols, there’s also a modern security system that includes telephone-operated wooden gates, according to the listing.

Located at the center of the village of Garsington, the home is just a few hundred meters away from the local pub, Mr. Lamb added. Plus it’s just 20 minutes to just about anywhere in Oxford.

The home last traded in 1974 for about £1.3 million, according to the U.K. Land Registry. The current owners were not immediately available for comment.

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