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Last updated: 03 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

One for art lovers, the Old Parsonage is filled with works from the owner’s private art collection, and the atmosphere of the hotel is refined without being stuffy.

The ivy-clad house, built of warm Cotswold stone, dates back to 1660 but the thirty rooms have a crisp, contemporary feel with clean white walls and marble bathrooms.

The elegant Parsonage Grill – which spills onto a lovely walled terrace in summer – and delightful garden mean you may have difficulty leaving the hotel grounds. If you can persuade yourself, the hotel has a number of vintage bikes that are the perfect way to explore Oxford’s historic streets.

The hotel’s location, a few minutes from the centre, makes it easy to walk to all the main sights, while being slightly out of the main tourist throng. The Old Parsonage has famous neighbours; Keble, Somerville and St John’s colleges are all a stone’s throw away.

Surrounding area

The hotel opens out straight onto the road into town, which is usually busy with traffic. Large, 1970’s-style university buildings sit opposite, with residential properties on one side and a church on the other. There is the feeling of being on a bit of a thoroughfare, but the proximity of the hotel to the colleges and Oxford’s main sights means it’s still an excellent location.

It’s also an easy wander to Little Clarendon Street and the area of the city known as Jericho, both of which have a clutch of characterful cafés and bars.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Not available

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom (UK)

External view of the beautiful round building, in golden stone, with domed roof

One of Britain’s most beautiful and historic cities, graced by heartstopping architecture and home to the world’s second-oldest university.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds, United Kingdom (UK)

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One of England’s most beautiful regions – a patchwork landscape of idyllic countryside, postcard-perfect villages and cosy historic boutique hotels.