About this listing
We have a bright garden-view double room + separate private wc/shower in our detached creative working home with parking in N. Oxford. It is 2 mns walk to bus stop + frequent buses to city centre, a few minutes walk to a local shop, pub/restaurant and historic Port Meadow. We particularly welcome those who will enjoy our painting and woodturning displayed in the house and want to share our pleasure of living in Oxford City.
A creative household to welcome the visitor to our home. The bedroom is light and airy with a comfortable double bed; visitors have exclusive use of a shower and toilet downstairs. There is a kettle in the room, with tea and coffee. There is also the opportunity to buy Katherine's Oxford or London Guides and paintings and Richard's professional woodturning direct from us.
Breakfast is served in the dining room with fruit juice, cereal, muesli, yoghurt and fruit and home baked bread with jam and marmalade.
Guests have access to the fridge and microwave in the kitchen, a spacious dining room/sitting room and the rear garden.
Guests have access to washing machine and tumble dryer (£5 charge per load) and use of ironing board.
Interaction with guests
We work from home so are around much of the time. We also love living in Oxford and, whenever possible, are happy to provide guidance to the facilities and the many historic sites .
We love living in Oxford with the wealth of opportunities it offers. It is ten minutes walk to Port Meadow which has been common land for 1000 years; for the energetic it is possible to walk from Port Meadow into the city alongside the canal. Nearby Summertown (15 minutes walk) has shops, Leisure Centre, cafes, North Wall theatre and the Turrill Sculpture Garden - which Katherine originated and manages.
The historic city centre with colleges, cathedral, parks, gardens, museums etc is a short bus ride away. Richard was a student here so knows the colleges and is happy to provide guidance and advice on what to see and where to go; accompanied tours may be possible, depending on his workload. Katherine has illustrated a guidebook (That Sweet City) to Oxford, which is available for sale, as are many of her paintings of the town.
There are bus stops within two minutes walk of our house, served by three bus routes going into Oxford No 6, S2 or S3 - waiting times are rarely more than 15 minutes. Payment is on the bus. Buses also go direct to Woodstock and Blenheim Palace. Buses also run directly to Bicester Village from a stop c7 minutes walk away from us on the Banbury Road.
Parking is limited in the streets around us but is possible in our drive.
Within the city centre, the stop for bus No 6 (in Magdalen Street close to the Randolph Hotel) goes past our house. It is ten minutes walk from the train station and four minutes walk from the central coach station where coaches from central London or the London Airports arrive. There are also taxis available from the train or coach station and the fare about £7-12 dependant on the time.
The S3 bus comes from the station forecourt Stop R5 - this runs every 30 or 15 minutes depending on time of day. This will drop you just a few houses down from us if you ask for Woodstock Close or the next one is at First Turn - just a short way beyond us.
Cycling is a common way of getting around, with many dedicated cycle paths and facilities for parking bicycles (at your own risk). It is possible to cycle alongside the canal all the way into the centre of town (not recommended in the dark!).
The bus service from London to Oxford is superb, with two companies offering service; at peak times each operates a bus every 12 minutes, journey time is 100 minutes (or more during the rush hour - sometimes much more!)
Other things to note
The house is not suitable at present for small children.
We do not want to be too prescriptive but clearly would expect our guests to behave with consideration in a family home.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
I am artist/garden designer working both in watercolours and oils and love new challenges and subjects as well as enjoying painting my home city of Oxford, London and some of the other fine towns in England and abroad. I work from home or paint in situ and my husband Richard is a wood turner and also works from his workshop in the garden. We love traveling, reading, music and family of course when there is a chance to see them and enjoy a pretty wide social life. Having people to stay with us
is a pleasure when it means sharing our great city with others and finding out more about their countries too. Seize the day is probably my motto.