We offer a characterful and unique Edwardian apartment that includes an unusual turreted dinning area with semi panoramic views. The apartment has 1 bedroom with a king bed and a firm mattress. The separate kitchen is loaded with good quality appliances including a Krups bean to cup coffee machine, dishwasher, fan assisted oven, ceramic hob, combination microwave, fridge freezer and a washer dryer. The living and dining room is quirky in architecture and contemporary in design and includes a deep seated comfortable Sofa, Smart TV-DVD and Sound Bar. The bathroom includes a walk in shower. The entire apartment space excluding the bathroom is very bright and airy due to the number of windows. Cleanliness and Comfort are our first priority. We like to add some defining touches and include those little things a visitor may forget to bring with them. When travelling, often time is short, we provide the information, basics and comfort so guests may maximise their time spent in Oxford for sightseeing, business and relaxation. This unusual dwelling, more precisely the turret and its roof is often referred to by locals as the witches hat, please contact us if you have any questions. Parking must be reserved.
Generously Appointed, Quirky with a Turret & view at the brim of the Witches hat
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 14, 2018
Diane & Marc are a Mother and Son team who enjoy hosting guests. We have welcomed visitors to Oxford for many years, initially we hosted students in our own home and then for a number of years we ran a very busy Guesthouse. With a long family tradition in hospitality we hope our experience will provide guests with a professional feel and an enjoyable stay. Cleanliness and Comfort are our first priority. We like to add some defining touches and include those little things a visitor may forget to bring with them. When travelling, often time is short, we provide the information, basics and comfort so guests may maximise their time spent in Oxford for sightseeing, business and relaxation. Both of us have a passion for cooking, I enjoy traveling, being outdoors, City breaks and I have an ongoing love affair with Iceland that has resulted in many return trips for more adventures and fun. Diane is an animal lover and spends a lot of time in Greece. As previously mentioned years ago Diane often let out a room in our home to students. We had a lot of fun meeting people from many different cultures, it is a huge privilege for us both to be able to continue welcoming visitors to Oxford.
Why Diane chose Oxford
Firstly the location is an ideal base to discover Oxford City Centre and the surrounding area. The character and quirkiness of this apartment speak for themselves, positioned right at the top of this unique building this apartment offers a fun feel when sitting right at the top of the turret just at the brim of what some locals refer to as the witches hat. The apartment is conveniently situated for attractions and scenery, such as the Thames, Folly Bridge, Hinksey Park, lake and an open air swimming pool. We have plenty of local amenities nearby including Grocery Stores, a Chemist, Post Office, Pubs & Restaurants.
What makes this Apartment unique
Perhaps the biggest benefit for a guest who chooses one of our places for their trip is the professional service that we are able to provide. Having had many years experience in hospitality and property management we have gained the skills necessary to help meet the needs a visitor has when they are travelling. For example this includes remembering to provide small but essential items such as power adaptors and being available to assist at all times. We prefer to greet our guests at check-in, this allows us to explain all the information a guest will need about the property and Oxford, this also gives a visitor the chance to ask questions and allows for the best possible start to a trip. All of our linens are sourced out to a company and professionally laundered to a hotel standard.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Disappointing first impressions in Oxford
Stayed here for only two nights. Prior communications were always pleasant and owners very helpful.
Upon arriving however the appearance of the building was terrible; building in need of a paint, rusty old external staircase and sleezy passage leading to inside stairs to unit.Not at all welcoming!
The apartment is small but generally clean and well stocked. There are two levels of narrow stairs and so older, less mobile guests beware. Is on a good bus route to city, but can be walked too.
Car parking was provided and proved of benefit. Generally I thought this apartment was way overpriced.
Upon reading your review I was horrified with your experience, I am extremely surprised by your comments, during the 19 months we have been letting our flat & after over 200 successful stays no one has ever reviewed our place so negatively. It’s a pitty you didn’t contact us, given your reaction to our place it may have been better if we’d found you another apartment. We advertise accurately, we mention this is a top floor apartment & that guests must access it via stairs, to clarify for future guests our place may not be suitable for the less able, also I want to clarify that the flat is approximately 52sq m. We do not except bookings with babies or children because of the stairs however we give the information needed for individuals to make their own minds up on whether our place is suitable. Having read through your review a few times I note that you do make some positive remarks which I thank you for including. Your more positive remarks mention cleanliness & that the apartment is well stocked & so on. These remarks are inline with the more positive 100 or so online reviews with an average satisfaction rating of over 92% accumulated in the last 19 Months. I regret that you have chosen to use the word ‘Sleazy’ in your review, I cannot understand why you did so. I have double checked the exact meaning of the word, I’m not sure which meaning you are referring to, it’s rather an unpleasant word to use especially as it can have a certain connotation, this word does not in any way represent our unique Edwardian property. Missing in your review are comments regarding the decor inside, the sofa or bed comfort, the technology such as the Bean to cup coffee machine, TV, sound bar, & the Bluetooth digital radio, I mention these because if you combine them with how generously stocked the apartment is, the location & character I find it hard to understand how you could conclude that the apartment is ‘way’ overpriced. For balance here are remarks made by guests who also stayed during September 2018.
‘Really excellent space and host. Would recommend! And will most definitely stay here again when in Oxford!
‘We had good contact from Marc explaining the set up. The apartment is quirky with lots of individual features. It was clean and well furnished with lots of appliances. It also had lots of storage in the bedroom and bathroom.
‘A beautiful home in a great area to explore Oxford. Exceptionally clean and a great refuge after a very long flight.
Charming, cozy apt. within quick walking distance to town center.
Lovely, comfy one-bedroom apt. was truly like a home away from home with charm to spare. After using HomeAway for the past 7 years in the states, this Oxford gem was our first foray abroad and did not disappoint. From the quick, convenient booking process, the easy directions and apt. access and the property itself, we couldn’t have been happier. Considering we booked last minute the night before, Marc was very receptive, pleasant and made everything nice and easy. We loved the unique third floor “Witch’s Hat” turret architecture and cozy layout. Kitchen was well stocked with pots, pans, dining ware and everything else needed for a short stay. Plenty of towels and bathroom amenities including a hair dryer which was a bonus. Queen size bed was extremely comfy and a lovely little vanity highlighted the bedroom. Living room is small with a comfy couch to sit and watch tv and is connected to the quirky dining area in the “Witch’s Hat” which overlooks the street. Quick, 15-minute walk to Oxford town center is a plus for exploring the University and enjoying the local pubs, eateries and shops, as well as a 30-minute walk to the train station. Also very easy to catch a local bus along the main road which runs in front of the apt. to the train station or town. Would recommend to other travelers and hope to return in the future!
Cute space with great recommendations
No problems finding or getting into the apartment. Their book of recommendations was wonderful. The apartment was clean and had everything we needed and in a great location. Would definitely stay here again and highly recommend it to others.
Hi Victoria, I'm delighted that you had such a good stay in our place, thanks again for staying with us and for taking the time to leave such a nice review. Marc
Flat is lovely and exceptionally well - appointed. Manager was very responsive and accommodating. Hope to return in better weather.
Karen, thank you for leaving such a kind review, I’m delighted that you enjoyed staying in our place. Marc.
Quirky, great location and immaculate
Great property, within 20 minutes walk of the town centre.
Immaculately clean and a nice touch of having some basics to arrive to (bread, eggs and milk amongst other bits).
Would happily visit again.
Krystyna it was a pleasure communicating with you and having you stay in our place. Thank you for leaving everything so nice and tidy and for the the lovely review, it really is appreciated. Marc.
Quirky and fun, as advertised.
Very comfortable flat, living areas roomy and comfortable, kitchen well equipped and well stocked.
We are delighted that you enjoyed you stay, Thank you for leaving a review. Marc
You can experience all that you would expect in a typical British neighbourhood such as corner shops, pubs, a chemist, chip shop and a post office. Further to this their is a local horse riding school, park with a swimming pool, lake and allotments. Perhaps you will feel that you're in Oxford just by looking out onto the university sports ground or by taking a short walk to the Thames/Isis where you can catch a glimpse of Oxfords historic spires.
Additional information about rental rates
Bookers must to be fit and able to manage the stairs at this property.