The Oxford Times - Property - 17 December 2015
A retired couple who snapped up a former Second World War bunker, plan to let it to tenants, before moving in themselves.
Jackie and Paul Morrow fell for the 1939 air raid shelter, built on the former RAF base at Caversfield, when it was put on the market earlier this year at £400,000.
Partly hidden by two giant earth mounds, built to protect from a bomb blast, it is also designed to cope with gas or chemical attack.
The bunker, on The Garden Quarter development, near Bicester, was once divided into sections, including a reception with steel-shuttered chute to discard toxic clothing, showers and dressing area with clean clothing.
Reinforced concrete was banked against metres of earth to create walls almost four metres thick and the roof was made of two concrete slabs, with a metre of gravel in between.
Developers City & Country, which specialises in restoring listed buildings, added a courtyard and glass dome in the style of a Moroccan house.
The house has two bedrooms and an open-plan kitchen/sitting room, giving total floor space of 1,300 – 1,400 sq.ft.
The Morrows opted to downsize, after both sons had left the family nest and they were approaching their 60th birthdays.
Mrs Morrow explained: “We were both looking forward to the time when Paul would take a step back from a busy senior managerial role, and I was certainly keen on having less space to look after.”
Set within 23 acres of gardens. The Garden Quarter is near Bicester North station with trains to London Marylebone.
Mrs Morrow said: “We didn’t want to lose out on the opportunity to own something that filled our pre-retirement brief, so we decided to p purchase now for rental with a view to moving in ourselves in two years and we can’t wait.”
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