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Studio Calendula, Luxury Riverside Flat with Conservatory and Wharf, city centre

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2 guests
28 nights minimum
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Studio Calendula stands, Venice-like, right over the waters of the Thames. On the lower ground floor, with glass doors onto the river and onto the riverside conservatory, the studio is sunny and light. Ripples of water dance on the ceiling in the wake of boats gliding downstream. Calendula is the most spacious of the Folly Bridge apartments. It has its own front door and a small private conservatory for outside dining or reclining, fishing or catching crayfish. On winter days you can lounge inside on the love-seat in the sun, reading your book, gazing downstream. On summer days you can catch Gerry's Ferry from our new wharf, upstream to Port Meadow or downstream to the Isis Pub. (Environmental Agency regulations allow the wharf for boat access only). Folly Bridge House is one of Oxford’... Studio Calendula stands, Venice-like, right over the waters of the Thames. On the lower ground floor, with glass doors onto the river and onto the riverside conservatory, the studio is sunny and light. Ripples of water dance on the ceiling in the wake of boats gliding downstream. Calendula is the most spacious of the Folly Bridge apartments. It has its own front door and a small private conservatory for outside dining or reclining, fishing or catching crayfish. On winter days you can lounge inside on the love-seat in the sun, reading your book, gazing downstream. On summer days you can catch Gerry's Ferry from our new wharf, upstream to Port Meadow or downstream to the Isis Pub. (Environmental Agency regulations allow the wharf for boat access only). Folly Bridge House is one of Oxford’s iconic buildings. A crenellated Victorian tower standing on an island 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 Bridge, the 13th century philosopher and alchemist Roger Bacon had a tower. From the roof, the River Thames and the dreaming spires of the city spread out before you. Folly Bridge House has been beautifully restored by a potter and a writer. It has 7 self-contained studio apartments, equipped with the elegant necessities of city living, including fibre optic broadband and parking. It strives for an Eco and Fair Trade ethos. Each apartment is hung with objects from the owners' collection of contemporary paintings, sculptures and ceramics. ​ Only five minutes walk from the top of the High Street, the colleges and shops, Folly Bridge House lets you be in the bright lights in a moment and yet return to the tranquillity of the river. ​FBH is perfect for individuals, couples or groups of colleagues, seeking the epicentre of the city but wanting something different. Oxford's most fashionable riverside restaurant, stands across the courtyard. 'The Folly' offers a discount to our guests and a bespoke 'takeaway service' for Folly Bridge House if they are not too busy. Paul du Toit’s large acrylic on canvas Seascape hangs above the bed and the small oil painting Vibrations (also by him) hangs in the entrance. In the kitchen area there is a charcoal drawing: Cape Town Street Scene. The studio has Italian stone floors warmed by underfloor heating and a finely woven gabbeh rug. The hideaway kitchen is cleverly designed to provide for modern living, almost invisibly: Nespresso coffee machine, double induction hob, full-sized undercounter fridge with ice box and microwave and all the elegant necessities of city living. (A combination convection oven/microwave/grill is available on request). ​The studio is furnished with double bed, organic and fair trade linen, two bedside tables with drawers, a round dining table with chairs and comfortable love-seat sofa. The wardrobe has a mirror glass door, a hanging rail, and 3 drawers. It is W50xD60xH236. The bathroom is brand new, small, bright and with a strong shower and hairdryer. There is superfast fibre optic broadband and a flatscreen TV/DVD. The latest in ventilation systems removes cooking smells, steam and Oxford’s notorious damp climate from the apartment, replacing them with fresh, warmed air drawn in from above the trees at a rate of 180 cubic metres per hour. Clothes washing and drying/ironing facilities are provided on the lower ground floor. Gated parking in front of the house may be available at extra charge. Please ask. Our riverside garden with newly commissioned bench and sculptures from the British artist Stephen Rook allows guests to read, watch the canoes, punts, narrow boats, barges waterfowl and university rowing crews at play. REVIEWS: Folly Bridge House used be marketed by an agent as a single property and Trip Advisor doesn't seem able to attach the reviews to the correct apartments. So, many of the reviews under Calendula relate to other apartments. Search for us at follybridgehouse (all one word) to find them all in the right order and more information.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Not suitable for children or infants under the age of 5
Bathrooms
1 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Owner
Catriona B
Languages spoken:English, French, Russian
Response Rate:50%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:November 2018
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Reviewed 20 January 2019

Very attractive building, situated along the river, 10 mins walk from town. You can request a parking space at £10 pd Key safe instructions & helpful directions are sent by the property management. The Studio is through the main door and down some steps. It...More

Date of stay: January 2019
1  Thank Samantha190
Reviewed 8 August 2018

We stayed in Oxford for 3 weeks in July of 2018 and decided to choose Folly Bridge House to stay. I can genuinely say that it exceeded my expectations - Catriona and Elli are wonderful and really make you feel at home. We had made...More

Date of stay: July 2018
1  Thank Marco N
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

I have read through the reviews and not one is negative: that should tell you this is a great place.I saw nothing I disagreed with so rather than repeat what others have said, am going to make this a personal reaction to the Studio Calendula.I...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank annweber36
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Although not exclusively, I would particularly recommend Folly Bridge House to women travelling alone, such as myself. The house has a graceful, peaceful feeling. It is also just a short, pleasant walk in to thriving, central Oxford. The new Westgate Mall, restaurants, the Colleges, Museums,...More

Date of stay: March 2018
Thank Joanne H
Reviewed 17 December 2017

Excellent location and setting: super facilities and a lot of care and attention to detail has gone into each of the rooms. I stayed in Studio Rosa and was very pleased! Highly recommend.

Date of stay: December 2017
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

I stayed in Folly Bridge with my 2 friends, and even that we expected something real great, the reality was overwhelming! First - we couldn't stop looking at the swans, who could be seen right from or windows. Second - after London we were stunned...More

Date of stay: March 2017
Thank KatyaB210
Reviewed 6 December 2017

I and my 2 friends stayed for 4 days at Folly house. It was wonderful! The location is perfect-the place is so peaceful and comfortable! The rooms are very good equipped and with such love, even to the small details. In the room you have...More

Date of stay: March 2017
Thank eprozor
Reviewed 27 November 2017

I had three lovely autumn months at Folly Bridge. A quiet and tranquil spot in the middle of the river, with short walking distance to everything: the Christ Church meadows, the food store, the Bodleian and the colleges.

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank theier2017
Reviewed 26 November 2017

I lived in Studio Melissa of this home for three months at the end of 2017. I have lived in 22 residences in my adult life, and this one was my absolute favorite. Now, there are a few caveats just based on personal preference. If...More

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank Stefani R
Reviewed 3 September 2017

I stayed at the Folly Bridge House for about five weeks while I studied abroad in Oxford. The house is located in the middle of the river, and the grounds are beautiful. I was in the first floor room on the left, which not only...More

Date of stay: July 2017
Thank Chuck P
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
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Internet Access
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Microwave
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About the neighbourhood
On Folly Bridge, you are in walking distance of most of Oxford’s pleasures. For those who like to linger over their food and drink, try the Folly Restaurant for elegant riverside chic or the Head of the River for a classic Oxford pub. Both are only a short stagger home to bed. Almost all Oxford’s other restaurants, cafés and pubs are within walking distance. For those who prefer natural life to night life, the famous River Thames Path runs past our front door, giving beautiful walks downstream past the university boat houses and their rowing teams practicing in the early morning, to the ancient village of Iffley. Or upstream to Port Meadow, the ruined Priory at Godstow and the famous Trout and Perch Inn.
Getting around
Oxford train station and the Gloucester Green bus station are just under 1 mile away from Folly Bridge House and The Airline Airport bus drops off and picks up 7 mins walk from the front door. The sights are close enough to get to on foot or you can hire a bike. There’s also a hop on hop off sightseeing bus.
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