About Yarnton Manor


Yarnton Manor is a beautiful manor house on the outskirts of Oxford, dating to the 17th century.

Built by the aristocratic Spencer family in 1611, it played a role in the English Civil War. In the 20th century, both Iris Murdoch, the award-winning novelist, and John Betjeman, who later became Poet Laureate, were guests at the manor. Students who come and study at Yarnton Manor are able to become a part of the history and heritage of this unique building.

hha_logoMuch of the architecture of the manor is original; it was restored with a sympathetic hand at the end of the 19th century. Though it isn’t far from the city, it has a friendly and secluded feel, in the manner of a traditional English boarding school. Walking into the manor feels like stepping into the past; anyone with an interest in English history is sure to love it here. Please view our History of Yarnton Manor page for further information.

Teaching Facilities

Classes take place in the beautiful main manor house of Yarnton Manor and other buildings on the manor site. This stunning setting provides a traditional and historic atmosphere, one that reflects the beautiful colleges of Oxford University and of which all our students feel a part. The combination of traditional buildings and modern, innovative teaching facilities and methods creates an environment that is conducive to learning and in which students enjoy staying and studying. The site currently holds 1 library space, 8 classrooms, a cinema room, residence for 80 students, 2 dining rooms, 3 common rooms and ICT facilities. In addition, the site currently has full time security, an Estates Manager and a housekeeping team.


Yarnton Manor is located in the village of Yarnton, a 15-minute drive from Oxford city centre. Regular minibus trips into Oxford allow students to explore its many sites and attractions, including its colleges, libraries, and museums. Students at Yarnton are therefore able to experience and feel a part of this vibrant, historic city. Learn more about the location of Yarnton Manor.