We stayed here a year or so ago and enjoyed it so much that we came back this month and arranged for our son and his wife to stay, too. We had another very enjoyable stay. If you like quaint and very ancient buildings, this is a must for you. OK, you have to put up with narrow staircases and uneven floors in places, but, to some of us, this is part of the charm of a genuinely old (but well cared-for) building. We were delighted to discover that our super-cosy room (New College Room) had been up-dated with a lovely en suite bathroom, which succeeded in being very efficient but very traditional at the same time, because of the way it was decorated. Stuart Holloway does an excellent full English breakfast or, if you prefer, blueberry pancakes the American way (with bacon and maple syrup - Carrie's influence, perhaps?) And the location for the city centre could not be better; you are opposite New College and less than four minutes walk from the Bodleian Library and the Sheldonian Theatre. Not only that, but the B & B has its own secure PARKING, surely a clincher for many guests.There is even a "secret" passageway to the ancient Turf Tavern from Holywell Street. The Turf has been frequented by numerous well-known people, inter alios Inspector Morse and Bill Clinton. (Note: one of these is fictional). Carrie and Stuart were ever obliging as usual when a) we were a bit later arriving than we said we would and b) being flexible about our departure time to accommodate a family function. We love the place. I'm sure you would, too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small, quiet, and traditional bed and breakfast located in the very heart of Oxford. The only traditional B&B in the city centre, Holywell B&B is a Grade II listed building and our home. Located opposite New College, with ample private parking, we are an excellent location for exploring the dreaming spires of Oxford. Ensuite and private baths, WiFi, and full breakfast. ... more less