Take a trip to Oxford the home of Alice in Wonderland
Mon 1 March 2010
With the release of Tim Burton's long awaited motion picture "Alice in Wonderland" why not give in to Alice fever and take a trip to the city where the story began, Oxford.
In 1865 a maths academic studying at Christ Church College by the name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (a.k.a. Lewis Carroll, his pseudonym), wrote his first novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, basing the central character of Alice on the Dean’s enchanting daughter Alice Liddell.
As we know the rest is history...
By renting a private holiday home through holidaylettings.co.uk, families can experience Alice’s real wonderland on their own terms. Free to come and go as they please with an unrivalled level of privacy, as opposed to the sometimes restrictive nature of a hotel package holiday. Book fans can take the “Alice Trail”, a tour visiting key locations from Carroll’s books; such as the Christ Church College grounds and the Alice Shop, (then known as the Old Sheep Shop). Once Alice’s favourite shop, it is now a tourist’s heaven with lots of Alice memorabilia. The tour also allows visitors to attend a real Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, a must for all fans!
Holidaylettings.co.uk offers more than 70 properties in the Oxfordshire area, suitable for families and couples alike and for every budget, including:
Allam Street, Central Oxford
Sleeps up to six, from £800 per week (£133 per person)
This newly refurbished three bedroom property is located in the heart of Jericho, ideal for those that want to explore all that Central Oxford has to offer without excessive travel, the centre is only a 10 minute walk away. The property itself is set over four floors with three double bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Of tasteful decor, the house has a fully equipped kitchen and fitted with solar panels for electricity and water heating, it is environmentally friendly throughout. Jericho itself is a vibrant area with boutiques, restaurants and fun activities for all the family. The Big Bang is an affordable highly rated restaurant ideal for children.
Jacob Cottage, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Sleeps up to four, from £103 per night (£25.75 per person)
This charming country cottage offers those that prefer the quiet life a chance to explore Oxford’s rural side. Set in a secluded village lane this Victorian holiday cottage has two bedrooms and is on the edge of the Cotswolds. A short drive from the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Woodstock itself has a lively market place and Blenheim Palace shouldn’t be missed.
20 minutes from the centre of Oxford and on a regular bus route, guests can easily reach key sights including the Ashmolean Museum, Botanic Gardens and Bodleian Library. The cottage has a large garden and a log fire perfect for cosy nights in. It is well suited to short breaks and families on a tight budget.
Bishop Kirk, Summertown, North Oxford
Sleeps up to four, from £675 per week (£168.75 per person)
An elegantly decorated, spacious two bedroom apartment with full amenities, it is located on the second floor of a desirable residential block with lift access - great for families with buggies and lots of luggage!
The property is only two minutes from Summertown’s many shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. The area has a frequent bus service and is only 10 minutes from Oxford City. As well as the historical landmarks and Alice themed excursions families can also enjoy a traditional punt down the River Cherwell or climb Carfax Tower,Oxford’s most central landmark.
7 Walton Crescent, Central Oxford
Sleeps up to eight, from £2,000 per week (£250 per person)
A luxurious Victorian townhouse, it has four bedrooms and bathrooms and a 40ft plus kitchen/dining room/conservatory. An ideal choice for large families or group staycationers looking for the finer things in life. With a fully equipped kitchen including an Aga, visitors can chose either to eat in or try Oxford’s many restaurants, such as Browns, Branca and Fishers.
Walton Crescent is a continuation of Little Clarendon Street, where guests will find some of Oxford’s most fashionable eateries, cafes and boutiques.
About Holiday Lettings:
Holidaylettings.co.uk was established in 1999 by Ross Elder and Andy Firth. Part of the TripAdvisor Media group since June 2010, the business continues to thrive as an independent brand from its offices in Oxford. Jonathan Dees has been managing director since March 2011.
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