Sleep at the top of the house in a lovely attic bedroom with private adjoining bathroom. Have breakfast with a gilded eagle. Spill out onto the lively neighbouring Cowley Road . Then stroll into the heart of Oxford's historic university architecture.
We live in a lovely late Victorian terraced house. The guests' 2nd floor attic bedroom is cosy, comfortable, light and airy and suits two people well, with a double bed, bedside tables and lights, full length mirror with hanging space, a small desk, chair and hair drier. Your private adjoining bathroom, like the bedroom, has a sloping ceiling, small, but perfectly formed with shower, toilet, wash basin and enough shelves for your 'stuff'. Recently both rooms have been almost entirely refurbished, even with a heated mirror in the bathroom, so it doesn't steam up!
The top floor with your bedroom and bathroom is for your personal use, occasionally the other bedroom is used by family and friends but they will use another bathroom. We serve a wonderful breakfast in the kitchen/dining area and we are happy to make you a drink at any time if required, as we do not have facilities for making your own drinks upstairs.
If you need to launder any items we are happy to put them through the wash at the same as we do ours, alternatively you can use the washing machine facilities yourself for a charge of £5.00 per wash.
Interaction with Guests
We have not registered for "Instant book" as we like to have some contact with our guests before booking. That way we get to know each other beforehand and when we open the door to you we feel we are welcoming friends to our house. This is what sets Airbnb hosts apart from the usual 'Bed and Breakfast'.
As we are semi-retired and work from home one or both of us are usually around the house. We enjoy meeting people we hope you'll be happy if we join you for breakfast. Also we will help you as much as possible with any information on Oxford and the surrounding area.
Cowley Road area is accepted as being the most vibrant part of Oxford. Being multi-cultural and a magnet for the University, we have the best variety of restaurants and cafés, including Tapas and Sushi bars, Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Chinese, Thai, Nepalese, Indian and many others and all within a 10 minute walk from our house. There are also great pubs, bars, an Art Cinema, several supermarkets, and small shops. In summing up this area, it is wonderfully alive and a delightful walk down the bustling Cowley Road, over Magdalen Bridge, past the Botanical Gardens and a number of Oxford's historic colleges to the city centre. Or you can detour through narrow streets between the colleges, the Bodleian, the Sheldonian and on to the world class Ashmolean, History of Science museum, Natural History, Pitt Rivers museums, and Modern Art Oxford.
Access to virtually anywhere in Oxford is easy walking from us. We are only an enjoyable 15-20 minutes walk to the city centre.
Alternatively, the bus stop to the city centre (5,1 &10 buses) and railway station (no. 5) is two minutes walk from us, with buses every few minutes. Access to London, (aprox 1 1/2 hours) is by train or bus. There are 3 bus companies, the 'Oxford Tube", X90 and Megabus.
Buses from Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports and the London buses ALL STOP IN ST. CLEMENTS and we are about an eight minute walk from there. All the drivers will make an announcement on approaching St.Clements. If you are coming from other destinations please consult your bus company. For those of you with a car we have a limited number of on-street parking permits. Please ask when you contact us.
Other Things to Note
We would love you to stay with us. However, BEFORE YOU CONTACT US COULD YOU VERIFY YOUR OFFLINE ID ( PASSPORT or DRIVING LICENCE ) WITH AIRBNB and write a little bit about yourself as we are not part of any social network.
We live in a house which is over 100 years old. We have steps up to our front door, and access to the attic bedroom and bathroom with a sloping ceiling is via two flights of stairs, so sadly this is not suitable for people who have mobility difficulties.
The house is equipped with an integrated hard-wired fire alarm system and there are fire extinguishers at different points throughout the house.
We are a non-smoking house and we don't have any pets.
Due to carpeting on stairs and landings no hot drinks or food and no shoes are allowed upstairs.
Although, you can keep your shoes on downstairs!
Dot and Neil are both incredibly warm and friendly people, they made us feel so welcome right from the word go. They have a lovely and very comfortable bedroom and bathroom at the top of their house with a nice amount of privacy. The location is convenient, walking distance to Oxford city centre. We had a lovely evening out in Oxford and had the freedom to come back when we liked using the key they trustingly gave us. They put on a brilliant spread for breakfast in the morning, went out of the way to help Alex, who is on crutches, by making his ice pack. It felt like visiting old family friends rather than strangers. We would highly recommend for a relaxed stay in the city. Thanks for a lovely weekend!
Neil was so kind and prepared my breakfast as early as 7am since I had to leave early.
In general, the room is well located, quiet and very clean. It is within walking distance from Tesco and has very easy connections (5min) to the center of Oxford.
Best Airbnb experience we've had. Neil and Dot were wonderful hosts- helpful, welcoming and wonderful to talk with. The room was perfect with everything we needed. Yummy breakfast completed a perfect stay.
Wonderful room, very convenient for central Oxford, and Dot and Neil are the perfect hosts. Highly recommended.
Dot and Niel were wonderful hosts. Staying with them was the perfect airbnb experience. They welcomed me with tea and great conversation in the evening. Breakfast was delicious: I have noted Dot's muesli recipe! The location is ideal for visiting Oxford. I was late making my way to the train station . Dot drove me to make sure I wouldnt miss my train. Thanks to her kind offer, I made it. I felt like I was visiting old friends. I would love to stay with them again.
When we arrive they were waiting for us. Dot helped us to make our lunch and we were speaking with them while we ate, it was really wonderful. The house was clean and the room was comfortable and cosy. The bathroom was beside our room. Also, they gave us map to visit the city and they explained us everything about Oxford.
They were incredibly kind (they also prepared our breakfast!!!!!!!!!) and we felt as in our house.
Definitely an address to stop by. Neil and Dot are the kind of people you want to meet as they are incredibly nice, funny and welcoming. Also their house is full of surprises (vintage Oxford map, nice cute little statues in the bathroom and a lot of art) and it is very clean. The room is really cosy and quiet. Don't forget also the really good home made muesli.
In one word, an incredible address to keep in your contact and incredible to meet and who made our stay in Oxford (not the first one) so special.
Neil and I are both designer/makers, and are very interested in all aspects of art, craft and design and our home reflects our interests, we met each other at art school in the late 60's. Neil has been a designer/furniture maker for 40 years and has now turned his attention to sculptural bird baths and bird tables. My training was in textiles for the fashion industry and now concentrate on small textile pieces and wall hangings. We both showed in this years "Oxfordshire Artweeks". We enjoy going to exhibitions, concerts, the cinema, especially for world films, and visiting historical buildings. Lastly, travelling in our camper van both in Britain and Europe is an absolute joy. The freedom of the nomad! The latter pastime being one of the upsides of the semi retired!
We are new to 'airbnb' and both love meeting people from all walks of life and parts of the world. There is a lot of laughter in our lives. Our children are now grown-up and have left home so we now have the time and space to share our home in this lovely city with others and feel 'airbnb' will give us this opportunity.