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Studio, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

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David K
Ithaca, New York
1 review
“What a great place to live in Oxford!”
Reviewed 14 September 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We spent seven weeks at FBH during the summer of 2015 and found it a wonderful place from which to enjoy Oxford.

The location was perfect for us -a short walk to the center city (and the Christ Church Meadow) and immediately adjacent to the Thames towpath - great for walks and running. Being off the main road on an island it is a quiet oasis removed from much of the hustle and bustle. Very convenient to a local grocery and, of course, cafe.

The quality of the space and outfitting- furnishings, artwork- is very high. We found both Rosa (our first foray into "small-space living") and Calendula to be delightful. Compact, yes, but lots of light and very livable. Calendula in particular is bewitching with its private patio and direct access to the water. We found the kitchens and pod-baths to work well. The only issues for us were our preference for stiffer mattresses and larger tvs for our aging eyes! Take seriously the admonition to travel light - storage is a premium and we were glad we did.

We found both the owner and manager to be delightful to know, very caring and responsive. The other guests were quiet and considerate - we formed a delightful friendship with several others who stayed at the same time. Our schedule will take us back to Oxford a couple of times over the next year and our hope is to once again take up residence at Folly Bridge House.

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AnneShire...
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 30 August 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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We stayed here for two nights whilst in Oxford for a memorial service and it was such a lovely place! From the window we looked directly onto the river and the light playing on the water reflected into the room was truly magical. We had our breakfast in the sun on the terrace watching the swans gliding past which was fantastic. The paintings and artwork were so lovely too. A really comfortable stay and we hope to return!

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nadinewol...
Kerkrade, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“delightful”
Reviewed 24 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

I stayed at FBH for two weeks during a training course. For me it was the perfect place within walking distance of the colleges and city centre. Its surroundings are peaceful as it is situated beside the river and the house is very charming. I stayed is studio borago which was fine and equipped with everything. I would recommend a short stay because that studio is one the small side. During your stay you are wel taken care of with any questions you have and the booking process is very efficient. All in all a great place which allows you to explore Oxford.

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Ann-Marie...
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“Folly Bridge House- a little gem on the river bank”
Reviewed 26 May 2015 for a stay in January 2015

Located within a short walking distance to the city center of Oxford, Folly Bridge House with its gorgeous surroundings is the perfect retreat. The view of the river, presence of nature and the cute ducks and geese provide a calming and aesthetically fulfilling environment, and the modest lighting by the river bank allows the stars to shine brightly as night falls.

The house itself is charming and well maintained. The studios are quite small, but bright and cosy. The owner and manager are both wonderful people, immensely service minded and friendly toward their guests. My 4 month stay in the Folly Bridge House felt calming, homely and safe, enhancing my experience of lovely Oxford.

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Mairi M
Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Wonderful place to stay”
Reviewed 10 April 2015 for a stay in October 2014

I spent 6 months at Folly Bridge House, 3 months in Studio Borago and 3 months in Studio Melissa. Both were lovely well equipped rooms although Borago is rather on the small side and the shared bathrooms are compact. The location could not be better, right next to the river and the Christ Church grounds which are delightful to walk around. It is very central and as Oxford is not the largest place I found everything to be within walking distance, in my 6 months there I never had the need to take a bus or drive.There is a Tesco minutes away and the train station is only a 20 minute walk. All in all I enjoyed my stay at Folly Bridge House, particularly my time in Studio Melissa and would highly recommend it if visiting Oxford.

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Alison W
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 reviews
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“Peaceful riverside location in central Oxford”
Reviewed 1 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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I can only echo previous reviews of Folly Bridge House. It is a delightful place from which to explore Oxford and being next to the Thames it is easy to have a daily river walk as well as being just a 10 min stroll into the centre of town. The rooms are tastefully decorated and equipped with the basics needed for cooking. The wifi works well as does the heating (I stayed for 8 weeks in winter). If you are in an ensuite room, the shower room is tiny, but the water pressure is good as is the extraction system. It is a lovely and quiet location for anyone that needs to study/work while there. Helpful and friendly staff. Will definitely be back!

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kpo822
Auckland Central, New Zealand
1 review
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“An excellent place to stay”
Reviewed 23 December 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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Folly Bridge House is, quite simply, an excellent place to stay in Oxford.

It is in a great location, with a Tesco metro a block and a half away, and the town centre a 10 minute walk. Many buses, including buses to London, are a 5 minute walk away. And it is only a 20 minute walk to the train (or a taxi that costs £5-6). The house can be a little difficult for taxis to get in and out of as the driveway opens directly on to a moderately busy road/bridge, with little to no spare room to pull to the side. They can go down the driveway to the parking spaces out the front of the house, but if the carpark is full, it can be difficult for them to turn around to get out again. If you are arriving from the train and are happy to carry your luggage a hundred or so metres down the road, I’d suggest asking the driver to pull in to the driveway of The Head of the River pub, which is across the road and at the start of the bridge you need to walk along.

The photos on the website don’t tend to show this but there is good storage. Rooms have a wardrobe that also contains shelves and/or drawers, and there are a good number of solid clothes hangers. The kitchens are tastefully stocked, with good cutlery and crockery. There is free use of a clothes washing machine and good clothes racks in each room. A dryer is also available (pay per use, with proceeds going to an environmental charity).

The spaces are well thought out and I found it very comfortable to stay for a total of 3 months. I moved between three different rooms (as I hadn’t committed to the whole time at the start of my stay) and enjoyed each of the rooms I stayed in. Two had their own bathroom and one shared a bathroom with one other room. The bathrooms that are in the rooms (ie. not shared) are small but well designed. My 6’5” tall partner stayed for a few weeks and he coped with the bathrooms just fine. However if someone was very wide, it may become a bit of a squeeze.

To summarise, I highly recommend Folly Bridge House. It is central yet quiet, and has a peace that comes from overlooking the river from every room. It has an uncontrived style, is clean and well maintained, yet not sterile. Michelle, the very capable manager, is friendly yet professional, welcoming, and nothing is a problem. Both Michelle and the property’s owner were easy to contact and quick to follow up on any question or concern.

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