Cute, delightful Victorian terrace near vibrant Cowley Road in central Oxford

Cute, delightful Victorian terrace near vibrant Cowley Road in central Oxford

John

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3 chambres
Couchages 6
2 salles de bain
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Our house is a three-storey, terraced house in a friendly street in East Oxford. Built in the 1860's, there are oak floors throughout the ground floor - with rugs in the winter. Terraced houses are joined on both sides to their neighbours - is very snug. We have a very large, well-stocked kitchen/dining room with an opening glass wall to the small (but exquisite) garden with barbeque. The house has CH and the living room has a wood-burning stove which can heat the whole house. We will leave wood. The three double bedrooms (3 double beds) are small by US/NZ standards but not by European and the stairs are steep. We modernised and enlarged in 2002 and installed a new wet room and bathroom. The loft bedroom has a view of the 'dreaming spires'. We don't have a TV, but have hundreds of CDs and a stereo. Bring your own laptop for dvd and games playing: ours will do internet and email. A car would be useful for your holiday, but isn't essential. London / Stratford / Warwick are all easy day trips. We have lived in this house for over 20 years and still love it. We have a group of friends and neighbours locally who will help out if you want them to or leave you to yourselves if you prefer. Our cleaner comes once a week to keep the mess at bay.

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  1. Hazel and I are a professional couple - John, a Social Care Commissioner, born in NZ, and Hazel, a Recruitment Consultant to the international not-for-profit sector. We are rather social beings and go out (or stay in) with friends often. We have both travelled extensively in Europe, E Africa, NZ and the Americas over the years and are keen to see more. We have house-swapped informally with friends of friends but are new to the formal swap holiday. We are most keen on wilderness or big city holidays and less keen on night-clubbing or beach-only holidays (although walking/sightseeing/culture holidays with beach are lovely.) We are open to ideas, so would welcome any interesting offers. We like theatre, music (classical, rock, world and folk) eating out, eating in, walking, travel, cinema and reading.

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Vibrant Cowley Road, with its world food, good shopping, supermarket, nightlife and interesting atmosphere, is only a few hundred yards away (but out of earshot!). While it can seem a bit wild at first, we both feel completely safe on the streets at all hours. We have a cinema just up the road (The Ultimate), dvd hire (Videosyncratic), Lebanese, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Caribbean, Russian, Thai: you-name-it, you can eat it here. The Academy is a fab music venue 5 minutes walk away where you get all sorts of music including, 'you saw them here first' new bands and, 'are they still alive?' icons. We are a few minutes walk from the River Thames (called the Isis as it flows through Oxford)and the centre of the city - and there are buses the centre, to London / Heathrow / Gatwick one block away and frequent trains. People of all ages and shapes cycle around - nuns to rastas to mums with kids in tow. In the city, the classical music, theatre and dance scene is good and well worth checking out if you are planning a visit. We also have museums and galleries, a Literary Festival, The Carnival (now that is audible!!) Art Weeks, Carol Services in colleges, Folk Festival - and of course, Oxford is an absolutely gorgeous city with punting, architecture, countryside and history. There are mainstream cinemas and world class restaurants in and around Oxford including Raymond Blanc'€™s €˜'Manoir au Quatre€™ Saisons'.

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