Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Old Parsonage Hotel

Rates per night from$218.94

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP166.67), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Artist’s country home

Setting

Scholars den

Oxford’s Old Parsonage Hotel may look like a quaint country house on the outside – all stacked stone and climbing vines – but this 17th-century stay’s interior is sleek and modern, with bold artwork, a mod-Brit restaurant and a fleet of Scandinavian-designed bicycles at the ready. Ace your university-town break with a leisurely Sunday roast or decadent dinner in the Parsonage Grill, settle in for drinks by the original stone hearth or curl up with a good book (just choose one from the collection) in the light-filled library. What a good student (of relaxation) you are!

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

35, including four junior suites and two suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both times are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $218.94 (£167), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates generally exclude breakfast (£15.95 for a Full English, £14.50 for a vegetarian breakfast and à la carte options from £6.50).

Also

In-room beauty and spa treatments can be arranged on request.

At the hotel

Library, Velorbis bicycles to borrow, WiFi. In rooms: tea- and coffee-making kit, a Bluetooth DAB radio, a smart TV, air-conditioning, a minibar stocked with local goodies, free bottled water and Noble Isle bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each room in this centuries-old building has a unique layout and is decorated in a modern style, with crisp linens and sketches of Oxford’s iconic buildings. Fancy a spot of sunshine? The Junior Suite has private access to the roof terrace opposite the library.

Packing tips

No need to lug your own literature: there’s plenty to borrow here.

Also

There are two accessible rooms on the ground floor.

Children

Welcome. Cots can be arranged on request and babysitting is available for £15 an hour, with a week’s notice.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

On sunny days, make a beeline for a table on the front terrace. In winter months, head for a table by the open fireplace.

Dress Code

Keep it countryside cosy or academically inclined with woolen jumpers and a dash of tweed.

Hotel restaurant

The Parsonage Grille is decked out in jewel tones and covered wall-to-wall in portraits – all part of the owner’s expansive art collection. The modern British menu changes with the season and is carefully crafted by chef Allan McLaughlin: start your day with a hearty Full English breakfast or scrambled eggs with Loch Duart smoked salmon. For lunch, go for the decadent Montgomery cheddar and leek macaroni cheese, the freshly caught sea bream or a blood orange and burrata salad. Book ahead for dinner – locals love the restaurant – and start your leisurely evening meal with a fluffy twice-baked cheese soufflé before tucking into whole grilled plaice or the chateaubriand for two.

Hotel bar

The backlit bar is next to the original stone hearth: pull up a pair of stools or settle into the velvet-covered seats that back up against the restaurant. The carefully curated cocktail list includes a gin-based blood-orange bramble, a rosemary negroni and a minty rum julep. There are local lagers, Cotswold ciders and international wines, too. 

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am, lunch from noon to 5pm, afternoon tea runs from 2.30pm to 5pm (3.30pm to 6pm on Sunday) and dinner’s served from 5pm to 11pm.

Room service

Order from the restaurant menu during opening hours. From 11pm to 7am, there’s a light menu of toasted sourdough sandwiches, British cheeses, sorbets and ice creams.

Location

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Address
Old Parsonage Hotel
1-3 Banbury Rd
Oxford
OX2 6NN
United Kingdom

Old Parsonage Hotel is on the north end of Oxford’s city centre, close to Keble College and the Museum of Natural History.

Planes

London’s Heathrow International Airport is about an hour away by car; hotel transfers can be arranged on request.

Trains

Oxford train station is five minutes away by car.

Automobiles

The car park is to the side of the hotel; notify the hotel in advance if you’d like to reserve a free parking space.

Worth getting out of bed for

Get away from it all in the light-filled library – claim one of the high-backed sofas and a book from the shelves, or order up drinks and a bite to eat from the bar. The black-and-white photographs of 1960s Oxford that line the library walls were taken by Paddy Summerfield and, like all of the works in the hotel, are part of the owner’s extensive private art collection. Don’t miss the decadent afternoon tea – there are three pinky-lift-worthy options to choose from: a tiny-cake-laden high tea, a savoury afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and blue-cheese scones, and a celebration tea with champagne for special occasions (or to make any old Tuesday extra sparkly). 

The Pitt Rivers Museum is five minutes away on foot – natural-history buffs (and little Smiths) can take a gander at the standing exhibit that Lewis Carroll gleaned inspiration from. Make your way to the blue gates of Trinity College to embark on a walking tour of the town – take your pick from history, literary or haunted highlights of Oxford. For a birds-eye-view of the city centre, climb St Mary’s Tower. Art enthusiasts can check on the latest installation at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology or Modern Art Oxford and bibliophiles can peruse the stacks of multi-level bookshop Blackwell’s in search of a scholarly souvenir. Visit the Bodleian Library and Christ Church College for centuries of scholarly history and a peek at a handful of Harry Potter film sites.

Local restaurants

Book a table in the glass conservatory at Gee’s for breakfast or weekend brunches of crashed eggs with chorizo, morcilla and scrambled eggs on Pugliese toast or poached egg favourites. Save room for breakfast dessert – prettily plated home-made banana bread. Need a sweet treat while exploring the city? Swing by G&D’s on Little Clarendon Street for made-in-house ice creams. The flavour list changes daily, but the blackcurrant and honey Black Beauty and chocolate-laced Dimebar crunch are steadfast favourites. On warm summer days, walk along the river to The Trout Inn, a 17th-century pub with a sprawling riverside terrace just north of Oxford. Settle in for drinks and leisurely lunches of classic pub fare. For dinner in Oxford’s pretty city centre, make your way to the hotel’s sister restaurant Quod. Start with potted crab on sourdough toast or the risotto of the day before moving on to mains of Hereford steak, classic pizzas or ginger-topped cod.

Local bars

Literary references abound at Oxford’s drinking establishments. Trundle down the street to the Lamb & Flag pub – where Thomas Hardy wrote the bulk of Jude the Obscure – or drink like an ‘Inkling’ at its across-the-street-neighbour the Eagle & Child, the iconic Oxford pub where Tolkein and Lewis reportedly each kept a spare pair of slippers. Cocktail bar The Duke of Cambridge is a graduation cap’s toss from the hotel, down Little Clarendon Street, and trendy Raoul’s is a few shops down the road in Jericho.

Reviews

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Former residents of the Old Parsonage have included a wig maker, not one but two mayors of Oxford, a sculptor and assorted maltsters and chefs; although the original arched wooden door and the crackling fireplace in the stone hearth would initially lead these residents to believe nothing’s amiss, they’d soon catch eyes with one of the hotel’s many, many portraits. There’s no doubt about it – from its art-lined walls down to its houndstooth carpets, this sleek English country house is now for the modern set. Jump gleefully into your bed, set up camp in the light-filled library to work on the next great novel or tuck into decadent afternoon tea after a morning spent marvelling at the spired city centre. In the evening, kick back with a digestif by the fireplace or outside in the private courtyard and tip your (graduation) cap to yourself for finding this delightful boutique Oxford stay.

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