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Modern Art Oxford

One of the best places to spend an afternoon in Oxford according to the Weekly Home staff is Modern Art Oxford. As the weather in Oxford hasn’t been great over the last month we thought that we should recommend something that is inside.

A day out in Woodstock

Our offices and one of our self-catering holiday cottages, Brookhill Cottage, is located in Woodstock and we know what a lovely place it is to spend some time. 

Folk Weekend: Oxford

If you are in Oxford staying in one of our short let apartments or holiday cottages our recommendation for the weekend is the Folk Weekend, taking place 20th- 22nd April 2012.

Weekly Home favourite: Combibos coffee shop

We love nothing better than a lovely cup of coffee at Weekly Home. One of our favourite coffee shops in the Oxford area is Combibos Coffee in Gloucester Green.

We love Combibos Coffee because it is a great place to go and relax: take your newspaper, your laptop or just go and people watch. They have free wi-fi for customers so you can also go and do some work or do some studying.

The Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarships are prestigious postgraduate awards given to exceptional students from around the globe. The scholars get to come and study at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars may study any postgradute degree offered by the University.

Established in the will of Cecil John Rhodes an English born South African businessman. The first scholars came to Oxford in 1903 making The Rhodes scholarship the oldest international scholarship program in the world and one of the most prestigious. 

East Oxford Farmers' Market: great local produce

At Weekly Home we love the East Oxford Farmers' Market. The market takes place every Saturday from 10am-1pm at Oxford Primary School - behind Tesco off Cowley Road. The market sells local produce such as bread, eggs, vegetables, cheese, meats, jewellery, clothing and secondhand books.

Music to our ears: Oxford Jazz Festival

The Oxford Jazz festival returns to the city this Saturday (1st April) and runs over the Easter weekend until the 7th April.

Oxfordshire has it all

VisitEngland and Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, are encouraging Britons to stay on home soil for their holidays this year. What better place to go than Oxfordshire? Oxford city is the perfect balance of the ancient and the modern and the county itself is stunningly beautiful.

Oxfordshire is full of historic significance starting with the city itself with the world renowned Oxford University.

Estate agent opinion of why to invest in a short let

This blog post is brought to you by James Cridland of Cridland & Co estate agents.

The days of the standard assured short-hold tenant and the "quick buck" landlord are gone. But in their place are new types of both tenants and landlords who have moved with the times, with short lets being a significant growth market.

The Bear and Ragged Staff in historic Cumnor

Our recommendation for eating out in Oxford this weekend is the Bear and Ragged Staff in Cumnor. Just a 10 minute drive away from Beech Cottage, our short let in Boars Hill.

The Ashmolean Museum

If you renting a Weekly Home short let in Oxford you need to make visiting the Ashmolean Museum a priority.

St Giles Café - A great English breakfast

A traditional English breakfast is a must if you are visiting England for the first time or if you just love food. As part of your Oxford short stay we recommend breakfast at the St Giles Café. 

Best bars in Jericho

Following up from our Eating out in Jericho post we bring you our top bar recommendations in Jericho. Close to many of our Oxford short let apartments Jericho is a great place to meet friends for a drink. Enjoy one or all of these as part of your stay in Oxford.

Dancin' Oxford festival on now

The Dancin’ Oxford festival is celebrating five years of bringing dance to the streets, the theatres, the museums and galleries of Oxford.

The festival started on Saturday 18th March and will run until 28th March 2012. If dance is your thing then this is the festival for you as there are over 30 events going on across the city. 

There are events to watch memorising dance, get involved and try taster sessions and listen to one of the most popular men in dance, Matthew Bourne.

The charming village of Old Marston

Old Marston is a village on the outskirts of Oxford. It is unique oasis of tranquility just 3 km outside of the city centre. Our Oxford short let Cedar Cottage in located in the heart of the village. A guest described the cottage and Old Marston: “Oxford is full of treasures and this is one of them.”

Oxford's Old Fire Station

If you are new in Oxford and want to find a hub of activity then you need to head to The Old Fire Station on George Street. Just a short walk from many of our properties, the Old Fire Station offers two great things in once space:

Crisis Skylight Café

Holiday let owner talks of her love of Oxford

We spoke to one of our property owners, Astrid, about why she loves Oxford. She told us that Oxford is the perfect combination of the ancient and modern and is full of culture. Her perfect Oxford day would be:

 

The Oxford Retreat - cosy, welcoming and good pub food

The Oxford Retreat is a pub just round the corner from our new Rewley Road property. It provides the perfect place for a relaxing drink after work, dinner with friends or somewhere to chill out with the paper on a Sunday afternoon.

Oxford Christmas lights switch on

Come and celebrate the arrival of the Christmas Season in Oxford with a buzzing evening of processions, lights, dance, art, live music and performance, all thrown together with a generous helping of festive cheer!

Christmas events at Blenheim Palace

Britain's Greatest Palace welcomes all for the festive season to enjoy. A White Christmas’ at Blenheim Palace. From 12th November – 16th December (Wednesday to Sunday inclusive) the magnificent Palace will be decorated with sparkling icicles, snowflakes, and silver white birches. In the Great Court Christmas trees will sparkle in the Colonnades providing a magical festive experience.

Izabela joins the Weekly Home Team

We are pleased to welcome a new member to the Weekly Home Team. Izabela joined Weekly Home at the beginning of July in the position of Property Support and house-keeping. Izabela is in charge of all the meet and greets of new guests, departures, organising cleans and the up-keep our Fully Managed properties to the high standards expected by our guests.

Oxford in summer

Visit Oxford in the summer and you see it in all its glory, with the sun reflecting off the city’s characteristic golden stone and lighting up one architectural splendour after another. The ancient college and university buildings are at their most beautiful and everywhere you go there is a buzz of summer excitement.

Ten Facts About Christ Church (College), Oxford

1  Christ Church is the largest, and one of the most famous, Oxford colleges. However, it is not correct to call it 'Christ Church College' – it should be called 'Christ Church' only, or informally, ‘The House’.

2  It is the only college in the world which is also a cathedral. It is the smallest cathedral in England and contains the Shrine of St Frideswide. This shrine was built in 1289, and it houses the relics of the 8th century nun, Frideswide, the patron saint of Oxford.

Drop in classes in Oxford and Woodstock

You don’t need to miss your yoga, dance, exercise or art classes while you are in Oxford or Woodstock ... You will be welcome at the many drop-in classes available where you just pay per session. You can find full details of all the classes available on www.dailyinfo.co.uk, but here are a few suggestions:

Be sure to check times and details of all classes before attending

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Mistakes not to make when you visit Oxford

1  Don’t ask where ‘the university’ is. Oxford University doesn’t have a single campus – it’s spread all over the city and consists of 38 separate independent colleges and hundreds of faculty and department buildings. This is one of the things that makes Oxford – and Cambridge – so special.