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Oxford is famously the ‘city of dreaming spires’, but much more too. Every hour, the tower and steeple bells of the university colleges and local churches ring. They echo across the green meadows surrounding the Isis river and the ancient roofs of this fascinating city.
The University of Oxford is the oldest in the English speaking world and one of the most prestigious; many of the UK’s leaders have studied there. Oxford’s attractions include fine museums such as the Ashmolean and the Pitt Rivers, not to mention the Bodleian Library. The city contains impressive architecture, including Oxford Castle, once the city prison and now a heritage centre. Other attractions have links with royalty, science and automobile manufacturing.
Oxford is also the county town of Oxfordshire, attracting people from all around for its leisure facilities and excellent shopping. When you visit the city, you are well situated for days out too - it’s close to many beautiful Cotswold towns and also the world-famous White Horse Hill at Uffington with its ancient chalk artwork.

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Where to stay in Oxford

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1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly

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from £77 / night

£770 / week

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from £77 / night

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2 2 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £77 / night

£770 / week

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from £77 / night

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Holiday apartment in Oxford

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
This beautiful converted period property is an idyllic getaway. This bespoke apartment is set over two floors with a master bedroom hosting a super king sized bed and a refreshing homely living space. Looking over South park you are short walk to the City Centre with sh  …see more

from £105 / night

£732 / week

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from £105 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Oxford holiday cottage rental

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
This early Victorian artisan's cottage has been tastefully restored to provide comfortable modern accommodation to a very high standard. The property benefits from being uniquely situated close to all the city centre and university amenities yet is within the vib  …see more

from £85 / night

£595 - £675 / week

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from £85 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Oxford

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Located in the heart of the cultural city of Oxford, Jericho is a true mix of town and country living. With the centre of town and the walkways of the Port Meadow only 5 minutes walking distance the apartment is beautifully situated for a long weekend or for longer stay  …see more

from £220 / night

£1540 / week

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from £220 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in South Oxford

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Lovely private detached one bedroom cottage in the centre of the beautiful village of Appleton five miles from Oxford city centre.The property is in the grounds of a beautiful house with shared entrance. Large sitting room and dining area, fully equipped kitchen, large  …see more

from £71 / night

£495 / week

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from £71 / night

(24) Very Good 

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Cumnor Hill holiday apartment rental

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 152 km
  • Private garden
The flat is a one bedroom annexe attached to the main house with its own entrance.Bathroom with shower over bath and heated towel rail. Bedroom with fitted cupboards and 5ft bed leading to a small lobby and courtyard.Kitchen /dining area is modern and fully equipped. Th  …see more

from £85 / night

£460 / week

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from £85 / night

(27) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Central Oxford

2 7 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
- This Victorian property has been tastefully renovated to provide comfortable modern accommodation to a very high standard. The property is closely situated to the city centre, university amenities and Port Meadow (with nearby canal and access to open countryside). Th  …see more

from £140 / night

£795 - £1005 / week

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from £140 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Oxford holiday cottage rental

5 8 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
This is the ideal location to explore historic Oxford without needing your own transport. All the sights of Oxford can be reached on foot within 30mins. The bus stop into town is about 70m just round the corner, near a shop (open till 10pm) and a good restaurant (my fa  …see more

from £180 / night

£850 - £1375 / week

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from £180 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday townhouse in East Oxford

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
A stunning, luxury four bedroom town house situated in one of East Oxford's most highly regarded roads just off the Iffley Road, a stroll away from Oxford's new exciting food scene with organic and locally sourced produce and highly regarded restaurants and ca  …see more

from £236 / night

£1650 - £1850 / week

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from £236 / night

(1) Good 

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Holiday home in Central Oxford

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
A lovely town house located 5 minutes walk from the city centre, and Said business school. The property offers spacious accommodation, four bedrooms and fully furnished to a high standard including all utility bills and weekly linen change . Entrance hall, sitting room  …see more

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(1) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Central Oxford

6 9 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
A Period Town House recently renovated to the highest standard offering spacious Contemporary living in Central Oxford.A spacious six bedroom property recently renovated to the highest standard throughout. Utility bills and weekly linen change included, additional clean  …see more

from £286 / night

£2000 / week

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from £286 / night

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Holiday home in Central Oxford

5 7 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
Furnished to the highest standard throughout, this contemporary house recently renovated makes for the perfect stay. Large open plan, sitting and dining room with fully equipped contemporary kitchen and concertina doors which lead to lovely rear garden and patio area. G  …see more

from £286 / night

£2000 / week

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from £286 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Summertown holiday apartment rental

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Ideal for a couple or family staying in Oxford for a few weeks or months. Its location is excellent; close enough for easy access (just 10 minutes by bus to Oxford City Centre) but far enough to avoid the crowds. Two minutes walk and Summertown offers supermarkets, sh  …see more

from £86 / night

£600 - £800 / week

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from £86 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Central Oxford holiday apartment rental

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
The apartment is a two bedroomed property, of which the main living area is the second/top floor of the building. It is entered via a first floor entrance hall, where there is a shower room & laundry facilities. The main living area is on the second floor, and overlooks  …see more

from £150 / night

£700 - £1260 / week

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from £150 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Summertown

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 120 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Centrally located ground floor apartment with own entrance, on the Woodstock Road, north Oxford. Secure gated off-road parking space. 5 minute walk to South Parade and the shops, restaurants, North Wall Arts Centre. 3 minute walk to tennis courts, gym (St.Edward's  …see more

from £110 / night

£750 / week

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from £110 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
The picturesque village of Tackley is 8 miles north of Oxford a journey which takes 10 minutes on the local train and 40 minutes on the regular bus service.The village is close to the River Cherwell and the Oxford canal and has a pub serving food; there are many other e  …see more

from £120 / night

£700 - £800 / week

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from £120 / night

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Oxford holiday home rental

7 12 7 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Impressive entrance with wooden floor leading through to French windows with views over beautiful countryside. Elegant oak panelled dinning room seating 16 and reception room with exceptional garden views. Cloakroom. Very large kitchen/breakfast room. Utility/Laundry ro  …see more

from £500 / night

£3500 - £5500 / week

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from £500 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in East Oxford

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
The flat is in great condition, and makes highly suitable accommodation for those visiting the area for work or leisure. It is a 5 minute walk away from Florence Park (with three large public playgrounds), a 20 minute walk from historic central Oxford, and is close to v  …see more

from £105 / night

£610 / week

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from £105 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Central Oxford holiday home rental

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
A redesigned, extended and beautifully refurbished town house located on a popular side road in Jericho. To the front of the house there is a living/reading room with wood burner. Large open plan kitchen/dining room with American fridge freezer, high quality Siemens App  …see more

from £222 / night

£1550 - £1850 / week

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from £222 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Central Oxford

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
The apartments are built to high standards offering modern, contemporary furnishings including wooden floors and underfloor heating to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The apartments are fully furnished and have free wi-fi access. The kitchens are modern with al  …see more

from £125 / night

£840 / week

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from £125 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Oxford

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Car not necessary
The apartments are built to high standards offering modern, contemporary furnishings including wooden floors and underfloor heating to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The apartments are fully furnished and have free wi-fi access. The kitchens are modern with al  …see more

from £95 / night

£630 / week

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from £95 / night

(24) Very Good 

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Holiday log cabin in Oxford

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Lodge in Horspath, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Detached converted stables in a very remote location, with breathtaking views, in the heart of the countryside with access to 289 acres of woodland in Shotover Country park with bridle paths, outstanding walks and mounta  …see more

from £110 / night

£450 - £1000 / week

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from £110 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in East Oxford

1 2 5 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 5 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
Oxford Self catering is situated in a quiet suburban street in the Cowley area of Oxford. It has recently been refurbished with comfortable lounge, good sized kitchen area with full size cooker and microwave. It has wi-fi facility and large flat screen colour tv.The ful  …see more

from £75 / night

£400 / week

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from £75 / night

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Apartment rental in East Oxford

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
In a very convenient location on the Iffley Road, this one bedroom basement apartment is beautifully furnished with a comfortable social layout. Open plan living /dining area with comfortable seating and dining table and chairs. Fully equipped kitchen with storage cupb  …see more

from £83 / night

£575 - £625 / week

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from £83 / night

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Apartment rental in North Oxford

3 5 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
An Immaculate Three Bedroom Property located in the picturesque area of Marston, Oxford. Ex-show home property in the Rylands Development situated in the corner providing privacy and quiet surroundings. Property comprises Two Double Bedrooms, en suite shower room, third  …see more

from £114 / night

£750 - £900 / week

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from £114 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in North Oxford

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
An executive two bedroom, two bathroom second floor apartment situated in the popular location of North Oxford. The property is fully furnished and equipped to the highest standard. Offers excellent access to public transport into the centre of Oxford and out to importa  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £800 / week

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from £100 / night

(1) Poor 

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Holiday apartment in Summertown

3 5 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
A contemporary and well furnished three bedroom property located to the North of Oxford city centre. This recently built property benefits from stylish furnishing, modern appliances and with good access to all main transport links in and out of Oxford. The property con  …see more

from £107 / night

£750 - £900 / week

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from £107 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Apartment letting in Central Oxford with golf nearby

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
A stunning one bedroom/studio open plan apartment located in Central Oxford. Newly renovated this basement apartment in a family house, has all new fittings throughout. Fully fitted bespoke kitchen with oak worksurfaces and integrated appliances. Open plan dining and si  …see more

from £85 / night

£595 / week

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from £85 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Headington holiday apartment rental

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
SHORT LET ACCOMMODATION: A beautiful modern apartment located near Headington, offering great access to the motorways and local amenities. The property boast two double bedrooms with an ensuite shower room to the master bedroom.The open plan living space benefits from a  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £750 / week

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from £100 / night

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Holiday home rental

5 7 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Furnished to the highest standard throughout, this contemporary house recently renovated makes for the perfect stay. Large open plan, sitting and dining room with fully equipped contemporary kitchen and concertina doors which lead to lovely rear garden and patio area. G  …see more

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(24) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Oxford

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
The Barn [thebarn-wheatley-oxford] is a detached stone building dating back to 1640; fully double glazed, centrally heated and lovingly converted into a two bedroomed, two reception room dwelling with all required appliances. There is a TV, blue-ray DVD, CD & tape deck  …see more

from £115 / night

£805 / week

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from £115 / night

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Holiday home in Summertown

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Perfectly situated fully furnished 2 bedroom short let in Summertown, Oxford with all utilities included and weekly linen change. Fully equipped for a short or long stay. Our South Parade two bedroom short let in Summertown, is hidden away down one of Summertown's most  …see more

from £99 / night

£689 - £954 / week

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from £99 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
The Old Bake House is the ideal place to escape and enjoy living in an historic building which was once the village Bake House.As a grade II listed Cotswold stone building it retains its original features with the entrance opening into a hall which was once the site of  …see more

from £105 / night

£499 - £840 / week

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from £105 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in North Oxford

2 3 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
Fabulous fully furnished 2 bedroom short let near Summertown, Oxford with all utilities included and weekly linen change. Fully equipped for a short or long stay.The best North Oxford short let. This is a stylish and comfortable two-bedroom apartment in Oxford furnished  …see more

from £120 / night

£835 - £909 / week

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from £120 / night

(2) Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
Well situated fully furnished 2 bedroom short let in Summertown, Oxford with all utilities included and weekly linen change. Fully equipped for a short or long stay. This is a superbly presented, spacious two-bedroom/two-bathroom apartment in a quiet, secure location i  …see more

from £116 / night

£806 - £1007 / week

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from £116 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in North Oxford

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
Spacious fully furnished 2 bedroom short let in Summertown, Oxford with all utilities included and weekly linen change. Fully equipped for a short or long stay.This is a beautiful two-bedroom apartment in a quiet, secure location in the heart of Oxford's most exclu  …see more

from £137 / night

£823 - £1064 / week

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from £137 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Cumnor Hill

3 5 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Great value. Fully furnished 3 bedroom short let in Dry Sandford, Oxfordshire with all utilities included and weekly linen change. Fully equipped for a short or long stay.An attractive, spacious bungalow with 3 bedrooms, set in a delightful semi-rural location but with  …see more

from £81 / night

£562 - £795 / week

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from £81 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Headington

2 3 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 5 nights min
Contemporary and comfortable fully furnished 2 bedroom short let in Headington, Oxford with all utilities included and weekly linen change. Fully equipped for a short or long stay.Furnished to a very high standard, this property has been cleverly designed to make full u  …see more

from £130 / night

£910 / week

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from £130 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Tackley

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Timber Lodge offers luxury accommodation in the picturesque village of Tackley which is 8 miles north of Oxford, a journey which takes 10 minutes on the local train and 40 minutes on the regular bus service. The village is close to the River Cherwell and the Oxford Cana  …see more

from £110 / night

£560 - £650 / week

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from £110 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Cumnor Hill

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Delightful, fully furnished two bedroom short let in Boars Hill, Oxfordshire with all utilities included and weekly linen change. Fully equipped for a short or long stay.Beech Cottage is a picturesque Edwardian style cottage located in the beautiful Boars Hill area of O  …see more

from £91 / night

£636 - £848 / week

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from £91 / night

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Holiday apartment in Oxford

1 2 5 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 5 nights min
A newly converted stunning one bedroom cottage offering luxurious living in the picturesque village of Wheatley, Oxfordshire. This stylish property comprises an open plan living room/diner with modern fitted kitchen, double bedroom and shower room.The property is split  …see more

from £80 / night

£550 / week

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from £80 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Central Oxford

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
Delightful fully furnished 2 bedroom short let in Oxford with all utilities included and weekly linen change. Fully equipped for a short or long stay.This is a spacious, comfortable two-bedroom short let apartment that is very conveniently located in central Oxford but  …see more

from £103 / night

£716 - £811 / week

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from £103 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Headington

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
Located within the Old Headingtom Conservation Area, our comfortable, newly renovated one-bedroomed cottage, has secure off-street parking within a large private garden.Oxford City Centre is an easy cycle ride (or a 30-minute walk). Frequent buses to London, London Airp  …see more

from £100 / night

£600 / week

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from £100 / night

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North Oxford holiday apartment rental

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
Convenient fully furnished 1 bedroom short let in Oxford with all utilities included and weekly linen change. Fully equipped for a short or long stay.This is a beautifully presented one-bedroom apartment in an exclusive development in North Oxford. The apartments here h  …see more

from £91 / night

£636 - £753 / week

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from £91 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Central Oxford

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
Fantastic location. Fully furnished bedroom short let in Oxford with all utilities included and weekly linen change. Fully equipped for a short or long stay.This property is situated in a small development of apartments and provides a quiet haven within walking distance  …see more

from £108 / night

£753 - £891 / week

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from £108 / night

(1) Good 

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Apartment accommodation in North Oxford

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
Great Summertown apartment. Fully furnished 1 bedroom short let in Summertown, Oxford with all utilities included and weekly linen change. Fully equipped for a short or long stay. This is a pleasant, light and sunny one-bedroom studio apartment ideal for one person bu  …see more

from £70 / night

£488 - £689 / week

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from £70 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday studio in Central Oxford

Studio 2 7 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Car not necessary
Folly Bridge House is an Oxford landmark. A crenellated Georgian tower standing in the River Thames at the point of the original 900 AD oxen ford, it conjures all the romance of the city.This is the spot where Alice in Wonderland was invented by Lewis Carroll. On Folly  …see more

from £56 / night

£390 / week

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from £56 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Jericho

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Fantastic location. Fully furnished 2 bedroom short let in Jericho, Oxford with all utilities included and weekly linen change. Fully equipped for a short or long stay. Hayfield Road is located in the Oxford suburb of Jericho, one of the the most 'fashionable' and desi  …see more

from £112 / night

£716 - £933 / week

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from £112 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in North Oxford

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
Fantastic fully furnished 2 bedroom short let in North Oxford with all utilities included and weekly linen change. Fully equipped for a short or long stay.This stylish, 2 bedroom apartment is conveniently located in the popular North Oxford district. Furnished and equip  …see more

from £110 / night

£769 - £944 / week

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from £110 / night

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