Fodor's Expert Review Old Parsonage
1 Banbury Rd., Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 6NN, England
A 17th-century gabled stone house in a small garden next to St. Giles Church, the Old Parsonage is a dignified retreat. Dark red walls, eclectic art, and a crackling wood fire give the lobby a distinguished look. The guest rooms favor plum, purple, and gray with wool, linen, and velvet materials; bathrooms are rich with marble. Memorable meals by the fire (or in the walled garden terrace in summer) keep people coming back. Afternoon teas with scones and clotted cream are excellent.
- beautiful vine-covered building
- complimentary walking tours
- free parking
- some guest rooms are small
- cool, contemporary look favored over period charm