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Central Oxford, Recently Built, One Bedroom Townhouse, Close to University

Bedrooms 1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

Free wi-fi & Freeview. 2 night minimum stay. Fully equipped. Ideal for couples

The Plain, High Street, Deer Park, Botanical Gardens and Magdalen College are all just around the corner. The property is well equipped with modern furnishings and fittings, providing an ideal comfortable base for central Oxford.

This town house is decorated and furnished to a high standard throughout, promising you a high level of convenience and comfort. All furniture, electrical goods and kitchen equipment is of a very good quality and well maintained. Soft furnishings and linen are of an excellent standard, making this property feel especially comfortable and welcoming. It has very good access to the local transport network and local amenities. Compact and comfortable accommodation throughout.

The property is fully furnished and equipped and the tariff includes a weekly linen & towel change, heating, lighting, water, electricity, council taxes, television licence & welcome pack.

Verified Reviews

11 Jun 2012 5/5

'Excellent accommodation close to city centre and Headington'

A perfect location for either leisure or business. Have stayed about 2 months in this apartment - priced as hotel, but you get a proper single bedroom townhouse, a shower and kitchen. A cosy place with modern interior and furniture. Cutlery and dishes are included (literally, there's everything you may need), there's a TV and broadband, all possible bills, taxes and surcharges are already included in price. There even is a small balcony! Closest store is just 35 meters (115 feet) away and is open till late, as is bus stop for Headington (Brookes) or city centre - just 5 minute ride in both directions. Coach stop is in less than a minute walk with services to London (every 10 - 15 min. 24-7) and Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports. A busy Cowley road with shops, PUBs and clubs is in 5 minute walk through Alma Lane/Alma Place. Location is everything for this apartment, and I would definitely recommend, both for just few days and few months.

'Great--just as advertised, and perfect location.'

We spent a week visiting our daughter, who is going to school for the year at Oxford. We wanted a place with a kitchen so that we could cook her some meals, but didn't need much space since we would be out and about most days. The apartment was very clean, well stocked, and everything worked.

We had a wonderful week, and I would highly recommend The Belles to anyone looking for a centrally located flat.

'Convenient and Cosy'

Everything I needed was available at The Belles. Great location in walking distance from everything you could possibly need. The apartment was well appointed and comfortable. The service was also great, with personal check in and great online support before I arrive. Thank you.

More Details

David Hamman
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German, Italian, Polish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 January, 2017

About David Hamman

The property is managed and serviced by Ethos Hotel Oxford, a sister company of the owner, so the property is managed to a high standard, in terms of hotel quality linen, toiletries, 24/7 phone line, manager on-site etc.

David Hamman purchased this townhome in 2003

Why David Hamman chose Oxford

This property is ideally situated close to the University, eclectic cafes and bars, the interesting shops in the Covered Market, and with good transport links to London, Heathrow, Gatwick only 100 metres from the property. It also border the River Cherwell, Angel Meadow and Deep Park.

What makes this townhome unique

This property is convenient, private, and comfortable. A perfect home away from home in which to work, rest or play.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and I stayed at 4 Caroline Street for a week while visiting our daughter in Oxford. We couldn't have asked for a more convenient location. The London Tube stop is literally just around the corner, the supermarket is a short walk away, there are numerous restaurants and shops in the neighborhood, and it is very close to Magdalen College, the botanic garden, and other Oxford attractions. The flat is a perfect size and quite comfortable for two people. The washing machine came in handy, as we packed light for our two-week trip to the U.K. David was very helpful in securing a short-term parking spot for us. Although the listing information mentioned that the flat would include a starter supply of coffee, tea and milk, there was none. However, that was a minor discrepancy in what was otherwise an accurate description of the flat and its features. This was an excellent value and we would rent The Belles again.
Jun 2010
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3.2/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

Central Oxford, Recently Built, One Bedroom Townhouse, Close to University
average rating of 3.2 based on 12 reviews

Run down, needs repairs

  • 2 of 5

Location is highly convenient, frequent bus service to central Oxford, central London, London Heathrow airport with bus stop just 60 ft (20 metres) away.

However this means a lot of noise from cars, sirens, loud conversations on sidewalk.

Kitchen and floors are beautiful, and the townhouse was clean.

But maintenance is poor; many items require repair or replacement: broken window glass, holes in wall were plastered but not repainted, carpet on stairs is stained, curtain to balcony is made up of two pieces of cloth with the top part joined with about 10 safety pins to the bottom part (not sewn,) pans have the Teflon coating half scraped off and have rust and burned-in gunk.

Towels and sheets are good quality but mattress is very low quality, I had to fold the blanket as padding under the bottom sheet so I wouldn't feel the bedsprings.

There is no phone (it was taken out.)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Below is email to owner. Caveat emptor

  • 1 of 5

As I said in my email, I am now halfway through my visit and there are things of which you should be aware. Upon arrival, there was no one to meet me and if I had not had the phone number of the Ethos hotel with me, I would have had to have check into a hotel for the night. When I did speak to the hotel it was obvious that they were not expecting anyone and had no idea who I was. They did send someone over to let me into number three then he briefly showed me the apartment and left.

There are no instructions here on how to use anything which is unfortunate because all of the controlling buttons have a symbol on them which is not easily understood. Also emergency numbers are not provided either. I had to look up the user manuals online to figure these things out.

The washer dryer unit is in fact just a washer which is a problem that I have solved by using the radiators, however, when my wife arrives I’m not sure what we are going to do. One of the rings on the hob does not work at all. On the website there is a welcome package mentioned but I have not seen this.

The general state of the flat is very rundown. None of the blinds work as they should and the one on the back door is missing entirely. There are no working smoke alarms. There are holes in the wall where something like a rack is been removed but the holes have not been patched. The walls have numerous scrapes and scuffs and the plasterwork in places is heavily cracked and discolored. The base of the shower is heavily discolored and looks disgusting. The sofa in the main room has disgusting stains on it and these are covered by two blankets which do not look particularly clean either. There were no dinner plates nor bowls in the cupboard but these were replaced when I called the hotel. The only chair in the flat which is not hard plastic is collapsing and dangerous. The TV is not well mounted to the wall and is tilting. I had to complain to get a working TV box and aerial. There are other minor faults but in general this flat looks like a very rundown student flat. I really could not recommend that anyone stay here.

As a further note, I was moved to the flat next door and the clothes washer stopped working. Despite two promises that someone was coming to fix it, no one ever did and I left a week later thoroughly disgusted.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A "Belle" of a Townhome in the heart of Oxford

  • 5 of 5

I travel back to my old "home town" of Oxford regularly and this visit chose to stay in a more private, self-catering town home than the typical hotel or B&B where I would usually stay. I did not know what to expect however, the Belles proved to be everything I had hoped for. It was sparkling clean with a well appointed kitchen/living room area, washer & dryer, and upstairs bedroom/office and bathroom. It even had a small "Romeo and Juliette" balcony off of the bedroom, which I found sweet.

Situated in a quiet cul de sac, the location was FANTASTIC, being in St. Clements, which is a short walk from the City Centre of Oxford, and just steps away from the colourful Cowley Road with its many Bohemian cafe's and ethnic restaurants. It is also around the corner from my favourite Irish Pub, the Half Moon, which I have been frequenting since I lived in Oxford in the late '80's. The London TUBE ( a 24 hour coach service to London) also stops regularly just around the corner should one fance a day or night out in the City.

In summary, it fulfilled my desire to feel like I was "at home" again in Oxford, being able to cook and entertain as I pleased, and not feel like a "tourist", as one does when staying in a hotel or B&B. I would highly recommend this beautiful cozy nest of a town home for a single or a couple travelling to Oxford and/or the Cotswolds.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Short stay in Oxford

  • 4 of 5

this was a very enjoyable stay in a very convenient location on the edge of Oxford city centre. the property was clean and had good amenities nearby. there was occasionally a bad smell from the drains in the kitchen but this sis not detract from our enjoyment of the experience. we would gladly stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. The issue you experienced has been rectified.
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Convenient location reasonably price accomodation

  • 4 of 5

Location is very convenient, well maintained clean and equipped as described.

Our arrival was rather unpleasant. Reached the property address with luggage. Was told to report to office. Had to take a cab to office about 2 km away. Apparently earlier credit card transaction was unsuccessful but was not communicated. Was told could reimburse fare incurred to and fro office and property but did not receive feedback from both owner nor the office.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We now have a manager on-site at the property, to ensure your stay is an enjoyable one.
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Angel & Greyhound or Port Mahon
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Southfield Golf Club
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Qumins, Thai Orchid, Fishers, La Cucina, Moya
Nearest Beach
75 Miles
Car: not necessary


Take an Oxford Official Walking Tour to discover places you never dreamed existed. -

Visit the Bodleian Library - with 'Europe's most beautiful room', the Divinity School and 'Hogwarts library.' -

Visit some of Oxford's 38 colleges (plus gardens, halls and chapels) and museums. -

Take a punt along the River Cherwell, brushing the Botanic Garden, or take a boat trip downstream on the River Isis (Thames). -

Indulge in spa treatments at the Macdonald Randolph or Spires Four Pillars Hotels. -

Check out Oxford Castle Unlocked and its surrounding bars and eateries. -

Choose family-centered activities to enjoy with the kids

Or just sit down with a cream tea or cup of coffee and enjoy the atmosphere. -


Relax amid the flowers and greenery at Waterperry Garden, Westonbirt Arboretum, Batsford Arboretum or Harcourt Arboretum. -

Experience Britain's Greatest Palace - Blenheim Palace. -

Ride proper steam trains at one of Didcot Railway Centre's steam days. -

Admire the Madagascan lemurs and magnificent leopards at Cotswold Wildlife Park. -

Experience Britain's No.1 Forest Adventure at Wendover Woods. -

Visit Oxfordshire's market towns whose museums record times gone by. -

See how many film locations you can visit. -

Go walking, cycling, or take a minibus tour around the beautiful villages - each with its own distinctive 'feel', many with a welcoming traditional pub. -

Check out our online events diary or the local Visitor Information Centres for events, theater, music and festivals. -

Oxford, the ‘city of dreaming spires’ is steeped in a rich and fascinating history. Famous for its prestigious Oxford University, the city is home to its 38 colleges whereby many notable scholars have emerged. -

The Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library and Bridge of Sighs make up just a few of the famous picturesque buildings of Oxford. Its charming scenery has been the inspiration for many, including Lewis Carroll and J.R.R Tolkien. There are also many recognizable scenes from popular films such as Harry Potter and TV series like Inspector Morse. -

Oxford tourist information can suggest fantastic ways for you to take in the incredible sights by starting your visit with a walking tour or alternatively explore Oxford on a City Sightseeing bus or by bike! -

There are many fascinating Oxford tourism hotspots like; museums, many of which are free – so take advantage of everything Oxford has to offer. If it’s sunny then why not go punting or take a relaxing river cruise? Climb to the top of one of Oxford’s towers and witness the breath-taking views for yourself. -

There is so much to do in Oxford, from discovering quaint cafés and tea rooms to exploring the famous Botanic Garden. For the perfect city break, why not stay at Belles of St Clements in the heart of Oxford. -


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Pet Fee £45

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday townhome in Headington in Oxfordshire

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Double bed, TV, wardrobe, desk, balcony
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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