Hazel and John's house home swap
Cute, delightful Victorian terrace near vibrant Cowley Road in central Oxford, our house is a three-storey, terraced house in a very friendly street in East Oxford. Built in the 1890's, there are oak floors throughout the ground floor - with rugs in the winter. Terraced houses are joined on both sides to their neighbours - which is very snug.
We have a very large kitchen/dining room with an opening glass wall to our small (but exquisite) garden with barbeque. There is gas central heating on a time switch. The living room has a wood-burning stove, which can heat the whole house. We will leave wood.
The bedrooms are small by US/NZ standards (but not by European) and the stairs are steep. We modernised and enlarged in 2002 and installed a wet room and bathroom. The loft bedroom has a view of Magdalen College Tower (pronounced Maudlin here!) and the Radcliffe Camera.
We have a TV, hundreds of CDs and a reasonable stereo. Bring your own laptop for games playing: ours will do internet and email. A car would be useful for your holiday, but isn't essential. London / Stratford / Warwick / Birmingham are an easy day trip.
We have lived in this house for almost 30 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 tide at bay. She will iron for you.
About the location
Vibrant Cowley Road, with its world food, good shopping (if you like the quirky), supermarkets, Saturday farmer’s market, nightlife and interesting (in all senses of the word) atmosphere, is only a few hundred yards away (but out of earshot!). While it can seem a bit wild, we both roam the streets at all hours and have always felt perfectly safe.
We have our own cinema just up the road (The Ultimate), restaurants - Lebanese, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Caribbean, Russian, Thai: you-name-it you can eat it here. The O2 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 - the Bhundu Boys, Lou Reed, John Renbourn, Pete Green have all played here… St John the Evangelist is a local church with a range of music events from Alfred Brendel to Fairport Convention.
We are 10 minutes walk from the River Thames (called the Isis as it flows through Oxford) and 15 from the centre of the city (and there are buses). There are buses to London / Heathrow every 20-30 minutes one block away and frequent trains from the city centre. Also, 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 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. The Ashmolean Museum is world class and the Pitt Rivers Museum is a fascinating day out. There are mainstream cinemas and world class restaurants in and around Oxford – including Raymond Blanc’s ‘Manoir au Quat’ Saisons.’
We are a professional couple - John, a Health Service Manager and Hazel, a Consultant to the international NGO/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 N America over the years and are keen to see more. We have house-swapped before, 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 - and we are keen to visit NZ in the New Year.
We like theatre, music (classical, rock, world and folk) eating out, eating in, walking, travel, cinema and reading.
Type of home swap
- Home Exchange
- Open to Offers
- Use of computer
- Washer / Drier
- Use of bike
- Shopping facilities
- Local restaurants
- Art galleries
- Good public transport
- Car not required
Closest airport: London Heathrow
Property type: House
Location type: City