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Old Parsonage Hotel - Hotel in Oxfordshire

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1 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6NN, Oxfordshire
England, United Kingdom

Jeremy Mogford

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+44 (0)1865 310210(landline)

The best hotel in Oxford, beautiful from top to toe, with a shaded terrace, a first-floor library and some deeply indulging bedrooms

The Old Parsonage has been at the centre of Oxford life for over 350 years. It stands in the middle of town on land owned by University College and was once home to Oscar Wilde. It is one of the loveliest places to stay in town, its beautiful interiors touching every corner. Chief among its virtues are its shaded dining terrace, its exceptional art collection, and its first-floor library (curated by Philip Blackwell), which opens onto a small roof terrace. Inside, flames flicker in an ancient fireplace, newspapers wait by mullioned windows, fresh flowers scent the air. The restaurant doubles as an art gallery, its charcoal walls crammed with portraits, a theatrical setting for a good meal, perhaps Devon crab, blanquette de veau, lemon tart with crème fraiche. Bedrooms come in pale greys with the best beds, the crispest linen, pretty throws and padded bedheads. Bigger rooms have sofas, some overlook the back garden, all have robes and spoiling oils and in beautiful marble bathrooms. The 'city of dreaming spires' is on your doorstep, there are bikes to borrow on which to explore.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.

Local points of interest from Jeremy Mogford:

Local points of interest from
Jeremy Mogford:

  • Spring 2014 saw the hotel undergo a full refurbishment. All of the guest areas and bedrooms were individually designed by Sally Conran. Marble bathrooms by Martina Landhed. A new floor with an additional 5 bedrooms and new library were created.
  • The new-look restaurant & bar, famous for its intimate, bohemian, clubby atmosphere, displays an amazing collection of eclectic oil paintings, mainly portraits of well-known writers & artists.
  • A new pastry section guarantees the Parsonage will remain the place to have afternoon tea in Oxford. Open every day of the year, enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner & our famous afternoon teas in the company of Oxford’s academic & literary elite.
  • The Parsonage has plenty of hotel bicycles to lend you to explore the city or go further afield. We have maps too.
  • The Parsonage has a sister restaurant Gee's, just a few minutes away. Converted from a Victorian green house this beautiful restaurant has an inspired Mediterranean menu. A a great weekend brunch menu too.
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  • 22 Doubles
  • , 7 Twins
  • , 6 Suites for 3
Price:(i) £215 to£560 per night

Booking info:

Minimum two nights at weekends.


Breakfast £5-£15. Lunch from £18. Dinner, 3 courses, £25-£45. Sunday lunch £25-£30. Afternoon tea £25.




1 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6NN, Oxfordshire

Hotel 22 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 215 to £ 485 per night
Hotel 7 Twin rooms
Price: (i) £ 215 to £ 485 per night
Hotel 6 Suites, each sleeping 3
Price: (i) £ 395 to £ 560 per night

Jeremy Mogford

Visit website Check availability

+44 (0)1865 310210(landline)