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10 Unique & Best Places To Stay In Oxford, UK

Katie
Posted May 25, 2017

Sometimes you want a holiday that has a unique feel to it. We’ve all been on the standard holidays where you buy a room with standard amenities at a standard price and for many occasions that suits us all just fine. But what about those times when you really want something special? Well, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered with this list of unique accommodations in Oxford that you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

1. De Vere Oxford Thames (from 152 USD)

Mixing historical architecture with luxurious designs make this hotel special. Set in 30 acres of parkland with spa, gym and exquisite food made on site you’ll have the most relaxing break in Oxford you could ever wish for. Just 7 kilometers (4 miles) from Oxford city center this location is ideal for exploring both central oxford and the surrounding areas of beauty.

De Vere Oxford Thames

Address: Henley Road, Oxford, OX4 4GX (see map)

Price: from 152 USD

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2. The Old Parsonage (from 288 USD)

A beautiful boutique hotel dating back to 1600, with an impressive art collection and first-floor library. which is open for guests to put their feet up and enjoy a good book. After waking up in the fresh white rooms, you can enjoy a nine star reviewed coffee in the library before walking five minutes into central Oxford for some sightseeing. Whilst you’re in the library be sure to grab an Oscar Wilde book, it is rumored that he once lived here.

Old Parsonage

Address: 1 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN (see map)

Price: from 288 USD

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3. Michael's College Room

Ever thought about staying in someone’s student bedroom? No, neither had we to be honest until we saw this and it dawned on us that it is a great idea. A cozy suite room in Oxford College right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Oxford with half the price tag of a hotel room. Worth noting that there is a two night minimum stay. Basic but suitable accommodation for any lone traveler, it certainly gives you a unique perspective of Oxford.

Michael's College Room

Price: from 54 USD

Number of Guests: Advert states 2 but with a single bed we recommend 1 only

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4. Vaughan's Traditional Narrowboat

Oxford is famous for its waterworks and so what better way to experience the true Oxford than by staying on a traditional narrowboat. We think that this one is beautiful, it even comes with hot water and a working kitchen. The narrowboat is moored just a 10 to 15 minute walk from Oxford city center so you are close enough to be in easy reach of restaurants and bars. For a really unique experience we would suggest Vaughan’s Narrowboat!

Vaughan's Traditional Narrowboat

Price: from 101 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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5. Siddo's lovely room (and free breakfast)

A cozy single bedroom on the first floor of a stylishly and bookishly decorated house, This house feels like a treasure trove of hidden gems, there is as much to explore on the bookshelves as there is to explore on the streets of Oxford! The location is excellent with easy access to the city center. You can enjoy a free breakfast of toast with freshly laid eggs, coffee, tea or juice whilst sitting in the secluded garden.

Siddo's Lovely Room

Price: from 44 USD

Number of Guests: 1

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6. Malmaison Hotel (from 239 USD)

We guarantee that this is the only time you’ll be saying that you want to go to prison. This unique boutique hotel is situated in an old Victorian prison, but be rest assured that the service is 100 percent better. Be sure to request a ‘cell room’ for the full experience, as the hotel also offers rooms in its modern extension, but hey, where would be the fun it that? Amenities are as to be expected; power shower, mood lighting (which we love), CD and DVD players and satellite TV, but as always, we recommend heading down to one of the two bars available onsite and meeting some of your fellow 'inmates.’

Malmaison Hotel

Address: 3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY (see map)

Price: from 239 USD

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7. Quirky converted church

The Two Temple Cloisters are part of a 1997 converted church in the Temple Cowley Conservation Area, close proximity to local amenities and public transport links. The accommodation is a unique place to stay and is fantastic for those who want to enjoy something ‘a bit different.’ The conversion was a huge success and incorporates both the modern detailing with the Gothic history. A great place to stay in East Oxford.

Matt's Quirky Converted Church

Price: from 107 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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8. Julia's Central Oxford Ensuite Single

Lavish? Yes. Ornate? Yes. Traditional? Yes. If these three things are what is on your tick list for accommodation then look no further because Julia’s single room is the place for you. The room itself may be small but just look at the beautiful decor and fantastic location which makes this accommodation a ‘must do’ in our eyes.

Julis's Central Oxford Ensuite Single

Price: from 54 USD

Number of Guests: 1

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9. Brenda and Manuels beautiful garden cabin

In the center of Cowley, Oxford you’ll find this hidden gem. This comfortable cabin sleeps two people and comes with full cooking facilities, shower room and even internet, although we’d expect you to be out exploring rather than surfing the web. The chalet is located at the end of a large garden with its own access, pinewood exterior and porch you can sit outside and watch a peaceful sunset over Oxford.

Brenda and Manuels Garden Cabin

Price: from 94 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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10. Esther's Beautiful Barge

Another boat to add to the list is this refurbished widebeam eco-barge that is moored in Wallingford. Okay, so we know we’re cheating slightly as this isn’t technically Oxford itself but it is still Oxfordshire and you can reach central Oxford in 30 minutes. Plus, we like it so much that we felt it deserved a spot on our list. The barge is open plan and has two decks from which you can enjoy either your morning cup of tea or evening glass of wine completely surrounded by nature.

Esthers Beautiful Barge

Price: from 134 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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Experience the unique

There you have it. Whether you choose to stay in a narrowboat, a treasure trove house or indeed you decide to research your own unique location that is perfect just for you we hope that maybe, just maybe, we’ve inspired you to break away from the standard holidays at the standard hotels for the standard price and try something that is not standard. We look forward to hearing about your experiences!

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