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Osney Mill in The Sunday Times


One of our tenants renting a property at the brand new conversion of the historic Osney Mill has just been the focus of a featured article in The Sunday Times Home section on the topic of ‘Try Before You Buy’ interviewed at her apartment by Fred Redwood and photographed by their photographer.

Piper Griffin, a community nurse who recently moved from London to take up a new post in Oxford, she was attracted by an ad on our website for “a brand new key-worker apartment, offering a unique lifestyle.”

Osney Mill is a former flour mill which has been imaginatively redeveloped into ten sustainable one, two and three bedroom apartments and two townhouses, creating a very special living environment on the island by a cut in The River Thames, by Osney Lock in Oxford.

Residents can look out over the water to wildlife and the marina, all the while seeing restored wheels, reminders of the legacy of the location. It has a fascinating history, having been in the same family since 1895. In 1946 the mill was gutted by fire, but renovation wasn’t viable and instead they relocated the mill to Wantage, which is still in operation.   

Part of the planning permission was granted on the condition of two of the apartments being marketed at subsidised rents specifically for key workers, such as nurses, teachers, police or fire officers. 

Osney Mill is a short walk from the city centre with gated parking.  The flats have under floor heating, luxury kitchens and bathrooms.  The development has its own micro hydro-electricity scheme.  Tenants have the use of a really lovely riverside garden area too.  

As Piper said, “This was a great opportunity. It’s great to live here, with people of different ages and backgrounds – it creates an interesting atmosphere and a real sense of neighbourhood.”   She would like to buy something eventually, but in the meantime this is the best of both worlds, enjoying living in style in a unique location.