We have a bright, airy garden-view double room in a detached house with parking in N. Oxford. Two minutes walk to a bus stop with frequent services to the city centre and a few minutes walk from a 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 No6, 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 StopR5 - 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.
My daughter and I had a wonderful time at Katherine and Richard’s house. They were very friendly, easygoing and helpful. Katherine is such a caring person, full of warmth.
The bedroom was cosy, clean and quiet, and the bed and the pillows were very comfortable.
Waking up in the morning with the smell of freshly baked bread in the air was great! Having the bread for breakfast while watching the birds in the beautiful garden was even better.
Katherine’s paintings and Richard’s woodturning art were very inspirational, as were the conversations with the two of them.
Getting into the town center was easy; with the bus stop just a few meters down the road. We even walked once.
Katherine and Richard are excellent hosts. We would definitely come again.
We were made to feel at home and were absolutely delighted with our hosts. We were most pleased to be provided with a fantastic breakfast every morn. The description of the accommodation is entirely accurate. Located within the historic city of Oxford, the neighbourhood, as one would assume, was lovely and pleasant.
Katherine and Richard are the perfect hosts. Warm and welcoming. A lovely family house. Everything we wanted was on hand. The room was clean and peaceful, and the bed comfortable. Breakfast was a delight. Freshly made bread and home made jams. Cereal and tea or coffee. Both hosts were knowledgable about oxford and Its many diversions. Good pub food nearby and only a minute or two from the regular bus into the centre. Would have no hesitation in returning to stay in the future.
Fantastic place to stay in Oxford, the room is large and clean. Highly recommended, I will book it again with my eyes closed.
A comfy bed and a good breakfast in a place with very welcoming and friendly hosts. Easy bus connections into town (or a medium sized walk if you're not in a hurry). Highly recommended.
It was a delight to stay with Katherine and her husband Richard. They made me extremely welcome and went out of their way to support my needs. I would love to stay with them again and would recommend them to anyone visiting Ocford. Kay McCarroll
Katherine and Richard are a lovely, warm and helpful couple with a lovely house, and they made me feel very very welcome. The room was really nice with a view to the garden. Everything worked perfectly and you can walk to the centre of town in about half an hour or so. Thank you so much for making my weekend getaway from London so nice!
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.