Bridget's flat is carefully restored with quality fittings and comfy beds, romantic bathroom and all mod-cons. Best of all is the location and view out of the dining/living room. Opposite Browns and 5 minutes walk from the centre (with Tesco and Sainsburys for easy catering). The Parks and Natural history Museum are 5 minutes to the east, Little Clarendon street 1 minute. Further afield Christ Church is about 12-15 minutes on foot. You just can't beat it!
We stayed in this lovely, quirky old building (all but attached to the St. Giles Church bell tower) for 2 weeks and loved every minute of it. Bridget, our landlady, is welcoming & lovely. There were 3-4 of us at any given time, including for a week my 83 year old mother who managed the stairs fine, followed by our 21 year old son on break from his term, & we are mid 60's. So we can readily vouch for it being a great place for all ages except the very young or the disabled IF stairs are not an issue. The flat has 2 very comfortable bedrooms with plenty of storage, a great tub & shower (great view of the bell tower from the bathtub!), & a well equipped kitchen with lots of space. The living room is very comfy & if you need it (we didn't) tv & dvd. We did need wi-fi, & that was great. There are a lot of very helpful travel books & Oxford information on the shelf in the kitchen - much appreciated! The place is full of light & has wonderful views over busy Woodstock Road & the St. Giles cemetery, green & full of trees & flowers. In the early morning, with a cup of tea, wonderful to sit & watch the road & shops & people waking up. In the later evening, equally wonderful to sit with a glass of wine & people-watch with everything lit up. Within 5 minutes you can walk to 3 great pubs - The Eagle & Child, The Lamb & Flag, & The Royal Oak. The L & F does not offer food, but the other 2 have great pub grub. There's a good restaurant directly across the road. In the same 5 minutes you can walk down Little Clarendon Street for other cool eateries as well as a wine & beer shop, & the immediate neighborhood on Woodstock Road has a great selection of delis, bakeries, convenience stores, & a post office. In the other direction, 5 minutes down Keble Rd brings you to the incredible University Parks, where you can ether sit on a bench in the sun & smell the flowers, or walk for literally miles. A pop-up map is helpful! You can get anywhere else in town - sight seeing, shopping, eating out, groceries, bus station - within 15 minutes' walk. A little longer to train station & (should you need it) car rental. Or one stop on the #6 bus on Banbury Rd gets you into the center of things. Yes, there is noise in this location, but surprisingly little, & quite tolerable. The St. Giles bells are insistent on Sundays & Thursdays, but I feel this only added to the historical color of the area! We hated to leave, & would be very happy to stay here again.
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