About This Listing
We have a bright garden-view double room + separate private wc/shower in detached creative home + parking in N. Oxford. 2 mns walk to bus stop + frequent buses to city centre, a few minutes walk to local shop, pub/restaurant and historic Port Meadow.
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.
Breakfast is served in the dining room with fruit juice, cereal, muesli, 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.
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.
Katherine and Richard made us very welcome and provided a very comfortable base for exploring Oxford and it's surrounds. To be able to tap their knowledge of transport and eating venues made all the difference to our short stay.
As first time users of Airbnb we were very impressed. Strongly recommended.
This is the second time I have stayed at this BnB and experienced the same warm welcome and easy going household that I enjoyed the first time. The city of Oxford is a short bus ride away and the somerton shops and restaurants are easy walking distance. Katherine and Richard are thoughtful and do everything they can to make it an enjoyable stay.
Séjour très agréable chez Richard et Katherine qui sont des hôtes charmants, prêts à vous faire partager leur attachement à Oxford. Le petit déjeuner est délicieux et l' accès au centre est très facile par un bus direct que l' on prend à quelques pas de chez eux ! la chambre donne sur leur beau jardin.
When you arrive in Katherine and Richard's house, you immediately feel welcome. Then when they share with you their interest for their city, you've only one idea : to go and discover the monuments and exhibitions they spoke about. And when you come back in the evening, they offer a cup of tea and listen to you telling what you discovered!
We liked the warm atmosphere in the house, the beautiful garden, the excellent breakfast, the large bedroom, the bus stop to city center or Blenheim palace in front of the door,... and over all the nice conversations with our hosts !
Katherine et Richard sont des hôtes aussi charmants que cultivés. Leur connaissance de la ville d'Oxford est une vraie mine d'informations, leur accueil chaleureux et plein d'attentions vous donne envie de retourner chez eux ou d'y envoyer vos amis.
My girlfriend and I felt at home immediately at Richard's and Katherine's place. They are very welcoming and helped us make the most of our short trip to Oxford. The house is conveniently located and very well looked after. The great breakfast gave a good start into the day. Should we come near Oxford again in the future we will definitely hope to stay with them again.
I felt warmly welcomed by Richard and Katherine who made me feel very much at ease. The house was lovely and very convenient to Oxford City central. I enjoyed the good healthy breakfast every morning. I enjoyed it so much I have already booked to go back. Gwyneth
This is a perfect place to stay in Oxford. The host's are very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is great, even with fresh homemade bread.
The nice house is located in a very quiet neighbourhood. We would come back anytime!
About the Host, Katherine
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.
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