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The UK’s most exciting self build and custom build community, designed, created and built by people like you.

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Graven Hill Marketing Suite The Marketing Suite at Graven Hill is now open and our Sales team are ready and waiting to discuss your requirements. Get in touch A home you can truly make your own Torn between the convenience of a new build and design choice? At Graven Hill you can have both. Find out more about Custom Homes A home designed by you, for you At Graven Hill we help you make your self-build dream a reality. Find out more about Self-Build Join a community unlike any other Be a part of the UK’s largest self and custom build site and join a community of like-minded people. Meet the Neighbours Spacious, energy-efficient homes A stunning collection of 2-5 bedroom homes designed exclusively for Graven Hill. Find out more about our new homes
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Self-Build Plots

Have you ever dreamed of building your own home but didn’t know where to start?

  • Design your home, your way
  • Benefit from unrivalled support
  • Utilities delivered by Graven Hill
  • A simplified planning process
  • Plots prepared, ready for you to build
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New Homes

Discover our fantastic range of brand new homes and become part of our thriving new community.

  • 2 bedroom new homes
  • 3 bedroom new homes
  • 4 bedroom new homes
  • 5 bedroom new homes
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Custom Homes

Do you want a new home you can move straight into but still want to tailor it to suit you?

  • New build home you can customise
  • Choice of floorplans & finishes
  • Stunning & contemporary designs
  • Energy-efficient & cost-effective
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Graven Hill Apartments

Are you looking for city living in the heart of a vibrant green community?

  • Studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments
  • Spectacular countryside views
  • The very best in green urban living
  • Central location
  • Built to an excellent standard
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Building dreams

Graven Hill will see the creation of up to 1,900 self-build, custom build and affordable homes as well as community infrastructure and beautiful green spaces.

Leading the way for innovation in the UK housing market, we are making building your own home a reality, not just a pipe-dream.

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Whatever home means to you, you can find it here.

Based in Bicester, Oxfordshire, Graven Hill is the largest opportunity for people who want to design their own home. We make self-build possible and offer custom build homes which you can personalise.

Nowhere else will you find so much choice. The beautiful and unique homes being built at Graven Hill will be surrounded by open green spaces including woodlands, allotments and a network of cycle and footpaths. The first phase of plots was released in summer 2016 and custom build homes were available from 2018, so the design-led village is growing fast.

Graven Hill is situated at the Southern edge of Bicester in Oxfordshire, approximately 14 miles north-east of Oxford. The development is a short walk away from Bicester Town Centre, as well as the famous Bicester Village Outlet Centre.

Designated as a new Garden Town, but with all the heritage of a long-established market town, Bicester has so much to offer, including restaurants, bars and shops, and some great local spaces for walking. Graven Hill has easy access to Bicester’s road and rail network and is well-connected in all directions. We are a 10-minute walk away from Bicester Village train station, which provides hassle-free travel to Oxford and London. We are also just 3 miles away from Junction 9 of the M40, linking Bicester to the national motorway network.

Graven Hill gives people the opportunity to choose the house style that best fits in with their needs. There is a range of housing options available to suit all requirements, including self-build plots, custom build new homes, apartments and affordable homes.


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“Graven Hill is one of the most important projects in this country at the moment and if you can get involved, you won’t regret it.”

Charlie Luxton, architectural designer and television presenter

“There is already a genuine feeling of community starting to develop, which must have something to do with the personal energy and stake that self-builders bring.”

Ian Hembrow, Associate Lecturer in Planning & Development, Oxford Brookes University

“If only every self-build project could be like Graven Hill … the often-tortuous process – of buying land, getting planning permission, and finance – (has been made) as easy as possible.”

The Daily Telegraph

“One of the most exciting developments anywhere in the country.”

Victoria Prentis, MP for North Oxfordshire

“Graven Hill is the UK’s boldest experiment ever in self-build and custom build, enabling individuals to design inspiring homes on pre-prepared plots, limited only by their imagination and their budget.”

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Buying a serviced self-build plot at Graven Hill is an easier way to design and build your own home.

Once you have chosen your perfect serviced plot, Graven Hill’s unique Golden Brick package provides greater confidence when building your own home. We build all the roads, footpaths, drainage and landscaping to shape the village environment and then construct the foundations for your home to accommodate your layout and design, so you can focus on creating the home of your dreams.

Custom Build Homes

Custom Build New Homes

A flexible living space that is tailored to suit your needs without you having to build it yourself.

Custom building is a popular and exciting new concept in British homes – your perfect new home, exactly as you want it. Custom Build New Homes offer the ideal solution for those torn between the convenience of a new build and design choice of a self-build. Graven Hill offers a fantastic range of brand new 2-5 bedroom homes in a thriving new community.

Custom Build New Homes give you the opportunity to customise the internal layouts and finishes within your chosen new build property from a menu of options when you reserve your plot early. The earlier your plot is reserved, the more you can personalise. The result is a flexible, high quality living space that is tailored to suit your needs without you having to build it yourself. The sooner in the planning process you get involved, the more choices you have.

Apartments Bicester


Stunning open-plan apartments offering the very best of green urban living.

Designed to maximise space and comfort, Graven Hill Apartments provide city living in the heart of a vibrant green community. Situated in a central location on the Graven Hill site, the one and two bedroom apartments are built to an excellent standard and offer spectacular views of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Featuring sustainable, dedicated infrastructure and excellent connectivity, these apartments are part of a larger initiative to capitalise on Oxfordshire’s thriving economy.

Affordable Homes

Affordable Homes

Graven Hill’s Affordable Housing offers shared ownership and affordable rent options help to create sustainable, long-term communities.

With shared ownership you can move into your own home for a fraction of what you might expect to pay to live in a new build home. If you are interested in applying for one of these shared ownership homes in Bicester, check your local area connection to ensure you are eligible. You can then register and apply online with Help to Buy.

Homes with affordable rent provide an alternative way to get into the housing market. Bromford helps to create sustainable, long-term communities where residents can take control of their own lives and achieve their aspirations. Customers for these homes will be nominated to Bromford by the local authority. In order to be considered for one of them you should register with Cherwell District Council on the Homechoice website.