6 Oxford Holiday Homes That You'll Want to Book for This Autumn
Pretend you're a student starting the academic year
Oxford is world-renowned for its pre-eminent university and its hordes of smug-looking super intelligent students. And yes, we’re aware your offspring might count among them, which might even be the reason for your visit. Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to take a trip through this medieval college in autumn, from the colourful foliage of the Oxford Botanic Gardens & Arboretum to the rainy-day delight of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Wander through the campus and pretend you’re a student there (you could have been, if you’d wanted…you just didn’t want to, right?). Anyway, don’t be too jealous – while those students are going back to their dilapidated digs, you’ll be returning to the luxury surroundings of your carefully selected Plum Guide home. So, without further ado, here are our 6 Oxford holiday homes that you'll want to book for this autumn.
Book a relaxing stay at Roasted Coffee
Right in the heart of the Jericho neighbourhood, a little north of Oxford’s city centre, lies Roasted Coffee. Admire its Victorian touches in the open-concept living room, and relax with one of the many books adorning the shelves and cases that’ll make even the most avid of 50 Shades readers feel like a traditional Oxford academic. Relax by the fireplace in the cool autumn night and enjoy a quaint garden that looks like the entrance to a magical world of fairies in the mild afternoons.
Stay in the city centre at The Alice
Even closer to the city centre (well…it really is the city centre, so you can’t get much closer) is The Alice. This modern apartment has a pink, artistic interior, that’ll make you feel as hip and trendy as the posh Oxford students passing by your doorstep in the days (but also a bit better-off and older than them). The stylish balcony has a table that’s perfect for drinks while watching (and judging) the students, teachers and tourists down below.
Take the whole family to Castle Mills
Next on our list of 6 Oxford holiday homes that you'll want to book for this autumn is Castle Mills. Another central home, Castle Mills also has a shade of pink to its interior. With an impressive Victorian façade, and another wall washed in midnight blue, where you’ll find the fireplace, the home makes for quite an impression. Relax on the plump, plush and prim velvet furniture and peer out at the rest of Oxford through floor to ceiling windows. It is airy, spacious and light...and has a quirky mezzanine that completes the look.
Chill in the garden at Bridle Blue
With a light blue hue and a gabled roof bookended by redbrick chimneys, Bridle Blue makes for a charming home in the village of Eynsham, just outside Oxford. It is backed by a corridor of tall trees, granting you utter seclusion and privacy. Let your kids frolic on the climbing frame, while you sit back in the Oxford sun with a few drinks. Then, gather the troops, and go for a hike along the criss-crossing trails in this rural wonderland. Back inside, cook up something special in the elegant navy kitchen and enjoy the views of the greenery from the bedrooms.
Stay in the Cotswolds at Brown’s Cottage
This home is slightly further out in the Cotswolds, one of the most tranquil and picturesque areas of the UK. Like much of this part of the world, it has a honey-coloured façade and crumbly look that’ll make you feel as though you’re in another century. A traditional fireplace adds to the rustic feel amid the leather sofas and armchairs, while modern furniture creates a rustic-chic vibe. Sip coffee on those mild autumn days at the table of the terrace’s mezzanine.
Treat yourself with a trip to Rollright Retreat
Rounding off our list of 6 Oxford holiday homes that you'll want to book for this autumnm is Rollright Retreat. Another old-world honeycombed cottage, the Rollright Retreat is part of a terraced row overlooking a charming garden in the heart of the Cotswolds in Oxfordshire. Take in the views of the countryside from the terrace, and enjoy the subtle and stylish décor within. Sit by the fire with some hot cocoa on a cool fall evening, preparing mentally for the lovely hikes through the villages of the Cotswolds the following day, before a trip into Oxford city centre.