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St Stephen's House, Oxford

Small, comfortable, peaceful, traditional college in former monastery of The Cowley Fathers. Located a short walk from central Oxford with convenient parking.

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Summary

  • 19th century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • Private car parking for a charge (on site)
  • No smoking
  • Children welcome
  • B&B
  • Historic Property

Facilities

  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Shared gardens
  • Private/enclosed garden
  • Garden furniture
  • Self-catering facilities
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Hair dryers
  • Clothes dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Central heating

Food and Drinks

  • Self-catering facilities
  • Continental breakfast (included)
  • Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Historic houses
  • Gardens
  • Tennis courts (walking distance)
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

St Stephen's House is a Theological College and a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford, situated close to Magdalen Bridge in a quiet street running between Cowley Road and Iffley Road in East Oxford. Formerly a monastery, with the warm, relaxed and peaceful atmosphere of a country house with modern facilities. There are only 50 bedrooms so you will never feel overwhelmed, but unlike other Oxford Colleges, there isn't a Porters Lodge or a Reception, so you will be responsible for accessing the college yourself. Please be aware that there is no disabled access, and the entrance is by steep concrete steps.

Providing student accommodation, and as such, the bedrooms are not to hotel standards and do not have televisions or a telephone. However, all bedrooms are clean, tidy and comfortable, with a refreshment tray, towels and toiletries (towels are changed once a week). Unless you have selected an ensuite room, you will be sharing unisex bathroom facilities.

If you are staying during term-time, please note that the college operates a silence policy during the night hours between 11.00pm and 7.30am weekdays to allow students and guests to study and sleep undisturbed, but do be aware that Church bells are rung early in the morning.

Smoking is not permitted in any of our buildings and pets are not allowed. Also the college is unable to accept bookings from Stag & Hen parties.

History to the present day

St Stephen's House is sited in the former monastery of The Cowley Fathers founded by Fr Meaux Benson. The Grade II 19th century building is linked by cloisters to a very fine, Grade 1 listed church designed by Bodley.

Food and Drinks

Breakfast is either a cooked or, on Fridays, a continental-style breakfast in the Dining Room.  Breakfast timings will differ depending on vacation or term-time, but you will always be able to help yourself to the continental-style breakfast from very early morning until 9:30am. 

Self-catering: Access to the Student Kitchen is available during the vacation. The kitchen facilities include ovens, electric hobs, and a microwave. 

Nearby Restaurants, Cafes & Pubs: There are a number of restaurants, pubs & cafes, within a few minutes walk of St Stephen's House. 

Grounds and gardens

Set in private gated grounds, there is a large lawn where children can play and another peaceful cloister garden with chairs and tables where you can relax in the sun.

Other facilities

Laundry: There is a laundry on the lower-ground floor, with coin operated washing machines and dryers (£1.40 per use), as well as ironing boards and irons. Guests need to provide their own washing powder.

Limited Car parking is only available out of term (Easter & Summer holidays): The rate is £6.00 per day, per car, and is payable by cash or cheque only, payable to "St Stephen's House". Parking must be requested at the time of booking by leaving a message in the "Additional information" section of the booking form. The car park is only normally available to you whilst you are a checked-in guest at St Stephen's House, i.e. between 2:30pm check-in and 10:30am check-out.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: St Stephen's House, 16 Marston St, Oxford, OX4 1JX, United Kingdom

Address: St Stephen's House, 16 Marston Street, Oxford, OX4 1JX.

Check In: From 2:30pm only. We kindly ask that you do not arrive before check in, as your bedroom will not be ready.

Check Out: By 10.30am at the latest. 

We do not have a Porters Lodge or a Reception, so you will be responsible for accessing the college yourself. On arrival at check-in time (2:30pm), you may collect your room key and go directly to your room.

Once we have been notified of your booking, St Stephen's House will send you a separate email providing you with all the access information you need. This is a separate email sent at a later date, and is not the same as the one you automatically receive from University Rooms confirming your booking.  As we do not have a Porters Lodge or Reception, it is extremely important that you read and bring this information with you.

If you need to cancel your booking, please ensure you contact University Rooms in the first instance, who will then in turn notify the College.

Cancellation Terms

Cancellation fee as percentage of booking value depending on when the booking is cancelled.
More than 14 days notice: 0 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 14 to 8 days: 25 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 7 to 1 days: 50 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Trying to cancel for same night (or if they don't show up): 100 % of booking value for night in question

More photos of St Stephen's House, Oxford

Bishop's Room, towards the bathroom Large Standard Twin bedroom 1 Single Standard bedroom Ensuite shower room Edward King suite, bedroom Edward King suite, sitting room Twin/Double Ensuite 1 Twin/Double Ensuite Single Ensuite Room Cloisters Common Room bay window The Chapel Benson building from Marston St Bishop's room looking out over the church Library View of the college from the cloister garden Moberly Gardens rose garden Dining room daytime Single Ensuite Shower Room

Customer reviews

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Lovely stay. Very quiet and relaxing. Lovely breakfast. Facilities basic, but clean. Would definitely stay again.
Miss Kerry A

Really good place for a short stay in Oxford! Parking was an added bonus.
Ms susan L

Superb experience
Mr Nicholas G

A very nice peaceful place. Friendly cook at breakfast, other guests friendly
Mr Andrew A

Clean and good value
Other Lesley C

A very pleasant atmosphere. Room was small but adequate. Staff very helpful and very nice
Mr Iain C

Nice place to stay.
Mr Sarka M

Room was very clean. A very peaceful environment and well situated a brisk 10 minute walk from the centre of Oxford. Good bus service close by. WiFi was free only for first 4 hours then payment had to be made. No television so bring your ipad or a good book to read.
Mr Paul A

Booked one night stay as attending wedding here. Good sized double room with ensuite shower, tea & coffee making facilities, very comfortable bed, lovely and quiet position near the centre of Oxford. Car parking was a bonus. Would return to discover more of Oxford. But if you after noise, music, TV etc this would not suit! Breakfast was ok and adequate.
Mrs Jo T

Great stay, very nice staff, accommodation and rooms were well kept
Miss Stephanie C

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