About this listing
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!
From the talk with Dot and Neil , we think this house is worthy to be called a gallery or a museum. Everything has a story. Dot and Neil are so kind and hospitality,they are artists and some furniture were homemade. The house is easy to find and it's wonderful because the sunshine goes through the window in the morning.The food was delicious and We are so interested in the stories Dot & Neil shared with us that we forgot to return the key while hurry to catch the train, we are so sorry for that.We highly recommend this house and hope return one day to go on the stories.
Dot and Neil were excellent hosts and it was a great introduction to Airbnb. We were given clear directions and met with a cheery welcome and a cuppa. The room and bed were very comfortable and the bathroom facilities were spotless. Dot and Neil showed a real interest in our Thames Walk adventure and we enjoyed their company. Breakfast was lovely too. Highly recommended.
Dot and Neil have been truly wonderful hosts to us. They gave us a heartly welcome and made it hard for us to leave. When we arrived, they gave us a parking permit (£4 per day). This is the cheapest and best way to leave the car nearby the house.
The room is really nice, clean and comfortable. So was the bathroom.
It takes only a 10 minutes walk to reach the center of Oxford. Nearby there is a nice street with good restaurants.
The breakfast was really good. We had great conversations with them.
All in all they are great hosts!
Absolutely, it was a fantastic experience! Dot and Neil are very kind, easy going and they offered us everything that we need! We enjoyed talking with them, they are both sweet and lovely! Speaking of the house, it's warm, clean and amazing. We love everything in the house and they are so artistry!
Anyway, Dot and Neil are highly recommended host. We love them so much!
Dear Dot & Neil,
We had the best time staying with you guys in Oxford! Our chats over the kitchen table will certainly stay with us!! You opened your home to us and were 'super hosts'!! Thanks for making our stay in beautiful Oxford extra special!!
Pete & Penny
Unfortunately Dot was not well when we stayed at Oxford and we did not get a chance to chat However Neil was a great host . He welcomed us into his house and was very helpful with ideas for our short stay. The place is ideally located for discovering Oxford and is very comfortable
About the Host, Dot
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 have been 'airbnb' hosts for over a year now and have loved 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' has given us this wonderful opportunity.