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Watlington and District Nursing Home in Oxfordshire

Hill Road, Watlington, Oxfordshire, OX49 5AE
Dementia care
Nursing care
Palliative care
Respite care

Our nursing home is set in a picturesque spot of Watlington, a beautiful market town in South Oxfordshire. With stunning views of the Chiltern Hills, you will often find us admiring the breath-taking sight of red kites flying overhead. Swooping from the large trees in our magnificent gardens, they really are an added extra for residents to enjoy.

Along with our quiet rural location, which is on the doorstep of Watlington’s GP surgery, we are extremely proud of the look and feel of the nursing home. The beautiful orangery is one of the most impressive parts of Watlington. This large, bright and airy spot is a wonderful place for residents and loved ones to admire the gardens and large water feature, the sound of which is therapeutic and calming.

Rated Outstanding by CQC

The team and our residents are enormously proud of the recent 'Outstanding' rating in our Care Quality Commission (CQC) report - the highest possible rating from the care sector watchdog.

Throughout the report we were commended for our person-centred approach to nursing care, dementia and palliative care, ensuring our residents are valued as unique individuals. We work tirelessly to create an inclusive culture within our home and are over the moon for this to be officially recognised. Watlington is a nursing home on paper but to us, it’s our residents’ home. One of the many glowing comments in the report includes: “I am in awe of the kindness and friendliness of the staff. Nothing is too much trouble". Another highlight was the praise for the home’s caring and dedicated team and manager of 15 years Julie Cooper, who was described as being a “driving force to all staff which demonstrates how they are happy to go beyond the call of duty.”

We make the very most of the South Oxfordshire community, with our very own minibus and designated driver. One of our residents’ favourite places to visit is the Age Concern café on Watlington's High Street, which serves the most amazing hot chocolate. Some of our residents have even been to Buckingham Palace in the minibus!

But nowhere is quite like home, especially with such stunning grounds. With raised flower beds, seasonal planting, a water feature, peaceful walkways, relaxed seating areas and a large lawn, they are a real focal point for our garden parties.

Enriching lives

Adapting their support to meet the needs of every single resident, the team at Watlington enrich their lives in every way possible. For our residents living with dementia, you will often find us playing songs from decades gone by on the keyboard and having a good old sing-along. Often, we will choose songs from weddings and special family occasions to bring back happy memories.

Nothing is too much trouble and we care for our residents as if they were part of our own family. And for some members of the team, the home is like a second family.

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Stories from the home

Watlington care home staff member

Brushing shoulders with Royalty

Deputy Manager Josie attended Buckingham Palace for a reception hosted by The Prince of Wales to celebrate nursing in the UK.

Watlington staff celebrate CQC result

Outstanding nursing home

We recently celebrated our ‘Outstanding’ CQC report with our residents, loved ones, colleagues and local professionals.

Dining area at Watlington

Bright and beautiful orangery

Our gorgeous orangery is beautifully bright and very spacious, it really is a stunning part of our home.

Exterior of Watlington

Our outdoor oasis

We are surrounded by glorious gardens, with a water feature, peaceful seating and seasonal planting. Our very own outdoor haven.

Carolyn Knight and Mother Marlin Ferguson

Carolyn's story

Daughter Carolyn tells us about her journey with mum and deciding on suitable care options.

Resident at Abercorn House

You've told us…

"Every time I visit my aunt, I drive away knowing that she is in the very best place. The staff are outstanding and really know her."

Facilities at this home


  • Ensuite
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Independent cooking facilities
  • Wheelchair accessible garden
  • Wifi


  • Arts and crafts
  • Card games
  • Children visits
  • Day trips
  • Flower Arranging
  • Live entertainment
  • Magic table
  • Minibus

Care and support

  • Chiropody
  • Hairdressing
  • Home cooked meals
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Respite Care
Care staff

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Hill Road
OX49 5AE
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At Sanctuary Care our number one priority is to keep our residents, their relatives and our staff safe.

With the increasing number of reported cases of Coronavirus in the UK, we have taken the difficult decision to minimise all non-essential visits to our residential and nursing homes until further notice. These include routine visits from loved ones and friends, entertainers, hairdressers, work experience students and school parties.

We have not taken this decision lightly and understand this will be upsetting for relatives who want to visit loved ones. We do feel this is the best way to keep our residents safe and is one of many proactive, preventative measures we are taking to stop this infection getting into our homes.

We do hope you understand why we are taking these precautions. Please don’t hesitate to call if you would like to speak to us directly if you have any questions or concerns.

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