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Beautiful mid-terrace on a no-thru-road, with great transport links to Oxford, cosmopolitan Cowley and the River Thames. Two double bedrooms, a nursery with single futon, well equipped kitchen diner and lovely, green south facing garden.
The whole house has some great period features: stripped wood floors, picture rails, an open log fire in the dining room and a wood burner in the lounge.
Upstairs, the master bedroom is a good size with king size bed. The second bedroom is available most of the year through airbnb, and has a single day bed that easily converts to a long king size bed. The nursery has a cot bed suitable for children up to around 3 years of age and a selection of toys and books. Both have blackout blinds (the front of the house gets great, and early, morning light!) while the bathroom has a roll-top bath with rose shower over.
Downstairs, the lounge has 2 comfortable sofas and that wonderful wood burner, with a large bay window to the front. It's the perfect place for a morning coffee. The dining room has an oval table that seats 6 with ease, as well as a small church pew looking out through French doors into the garden.
The kitchen has a single oven, microwave combi oven, fridge, and farmhouse sink. There is also a magi mix and a bread machine, as well as all the utensils, pots and pans and crockery you could possibly need!
The back garden has 2 outhouses, one is the original outdoor loo (currently out of action, and full of bits and bobs), the other houses a large freezer. There is a bench (that gets the morning light at breakfast), and a swing chair (that gets the afternoon light and provides a very pleasing effect with a GnT!). The patio and dining table and chairs get the very last of the evening light and is great for summer dinners.
You will have the house to yourselves for the duration of your stay. We will leave you some space in wardrobes and in drawers, bedding and towels will be left for your use too. Basic food is left in the kitchen, but if you use it please replace it. You can help yourself to our books and games, but just don't take them with you!
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The house is rented out while we are away, but close friends manage it for us and will arrange key collection/drop off, and take an inventory when you leave.
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Welcome to Number 52
We hope you enjoy your stay with us. Here are a few extra things you might need to know about our home.
The kitchen is pretty self-explanatory and well stocked. There are napkins, tea lights and, more importantly, dish cloths in the green canvas boxes above the glass units. The red folder contains instruction manuals for most appliances. If you fancy using the bread maker you can find it in the under-stairs cupboard with its instruction manual. All of the dry goods in the kitchen are kept carefully up to date, so please feel free to use them. We cook and bake regularly, so these products turn-over quickly. If this isn't your thing and by the time you leave us you feel they might be past their best, please dispose of them for the next guests (thank you on their behalf!). There is milk in the fridge for you. There is a small indoor freezer in the large under stairs cupboard and another big one in the first outdoor cupboard. Please be careful not to switch these off - the indoor one is plugged into the socket in the hallway (do NOT remove this - it's nearly impossible to re-insert a plug into this socket for some reason), the outdoor one is plugged into the socket behind the armchair in the dining room.
Cleaning products and some laundry detergents etc are under the sink, mops/brooms on the back of the kitchen door. Please note that this cupboard is not child-proof, so exercise the usual caution. The same goes for the bathroom cupboard upstairs, which houses the bathroom cleaning kit. If you finish a product please consider replacing it for the next guest. The vacuum cleaner is in the small under-stairs cupboard.
There is a green food recycling caddy behind the kitchen sink, when full this is emptied into the larger green bin furthest from the front door. Oxford accepts meat, veg (both raw and cooked) and egg shells. Anything very liquid is best disposed of in the main bin as the composting bin liners are difficult to remove when wet. Plastics, glass and metal waste should be rinsed out and stored in the rectangular wicker basket in the French windows and then emptied into the blue bin in the front garden. Bin day is Tuesday, and the large green and blue bins are collected on alternate weeks. The schedule for this can be found on the council website and there is a new paper copy due in the post soon :)
The boiler is set to come turn on twice during the day but if you need to boost the temperature just press the small "up" arrow on the wall in the hallway until a flame symbol appears on the monitor. Every now and then in the bathroom and room 1 you will hear the boiler make a brief, odd noise (it's tricky to describe!) which is the condenser pumping waste water up to the loft. Don't panic!
The woodburner will be set and ready to go, just put a match to the firefighters, close the door, open the round vent in the door and pull out the brass knob on the right. When the logs are burning nicely, slightly close both valves. Shutting both completely will kill the fire when you're done. To reset it lie one log down at the back, place a firelighter in front and "wigwam" 3 pieces of kindling over it, resting on the log at the back. Then lean another log upright over the kindling...works every time :). Please don't use the burner with the door open and don't burn coal, Oxford is a smoke free city. Never stack wood up against the side of the burner - it can ignite (as I discovered one quiet Sunday evening!). You don't need to clear the ash out before you use fire again, wood burns best on a bed of ash. The window can get sooted up after a number of uses, to clean it dip some paper towel in a little water, dip this in the ash and use to clean the soot off, then wipe clean. Extra logs can be found in the alley at the side of the house, you can't miss it. Please empty from the top of the large pile first and keep small children away from the area. A small amount of kindling is in the plastic boxes, if you need more you can get small bundles from Wilkinsons in Temple Cowley (as can boxes of firelighters) or in bulk from garden centres. There is a large fire guard behind the sofa.
There is a dehumidifier on the upstairs landing which we use during the day in the winter. To turn it on press the bottom section of the circular dial once (a green light will appear on the screen). To turn it off, continue to press the same button until the light turns red and the fan stops.
A selection of games are in the basket to the right of the sofa too. The stereo in the sitting room has a cable which fits an MP3 / iPod / computer earphone socket which runs into the back; switch the stereo to 'Tape' to use this. There is also a projector on the right of the fireplace which we sit on the fireplace and project onto the far wall. Cables are in the box under it - we are mac users so they might not work for you unless you purchase a cable (sorry).
A selection of maps, guidebooks and Oxford histories are on the shelves and the bedside table in the main bedroom.
The nearest shops can be reached by turning right out of the house, going through the gate at the end of the street and following the green brick wall of the shopping centre round to the right. Continue past the park and there is a Sainsburys across the car park and up the hill and across the road a Co-op, Boots etc and various other shops.
There are two parks nearby. As mentioned above there is a small one on the way to Sainsburys. The other, is Florence Park, which is lovely for walking/jogging and has three different play areas. Head left all the way down Maidcroft Road, turn left at the far end, and at the next crossroads you will see the park on your right.
Other things the kids might enjoy are Hinksey outdoor pool (see (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN)), punting, Harcourt Arboretum in Nuneham Courtenay, Blenheim Palace, the Natural History museum and the Ashmolean.
Apart from the burner, we are a smoke free home. Please respect this at all times.
Every house has little quirks that require some explanation, things you don't notice until you have a guest in your midst, and our home is no exception! So here are some of the things that make our home unique:
the fridge door sometimes fails to shut properly if there are lots of heavy cartons in it;
the dishwasher filters get easily clogged, please scrape plates thoroughly before placing in the dishwasher, and remove and clean the filters every 6 weeks or so if you're with us for a while;
the front door can blow open in strong wind if not locked with the Chubb key - we ask you to please lock it at night and when out of the house and don't just rely on the latch;
the toilet flush was recently replaced and is apparently very 'Eco' (which means it doesn't always produce enough water to clear the cistern!!) - just press and hold to increase the water flow!
the house is single glazed, resulting in some condensation inside the windows in the morning, there are muslins on each bedroom radiator for you to wipe, this improves your view and saves the window frames from rotting at the same time (thank you) :)
the tap water can get hot - do please be careful;
the drainage pipe from the bath is very shallow and is easily clogged. Please keep the waste trap over the plughole and, once a month, pour a kettle of boiling water down the plughole! (thank you!)
the fire blanket in the kitchen is to the left of the microwave;
The backdoor can be tricky to lock in certain types of weather, but generally pull it hard towards you, lift the handle fully up and turn the key until it locks. The same applies to unlock.
When you leave our home please:
empty the fridge and cupboards of perishable goods
strip the beds
place any used towels, bedding and tea towels in the bath tub
leave the dishwasher door ajar
ensure all lights are off
post the keys back through the letterbox (unless other arrangements have been made).
Travel into Oxford is best done by bus. To get to the stop turn right at the cross-roads at the end of our street and walk to the end of Clive Road, pass tough the pedestrian bollards and turn right. The bus stop is a few meters in front of you and all busses will take you to town. Busses pass every 5-10 mins or so.
Check with the bus driver for where their return stance is - you don't always leave from where you arrived, but stances are clearly marked. On your way home, get off the bus at the stop just after the petrol station, marked Clive Road, and walk across the zebra crossing.
Lastly, thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope you have a great stay!
Adam, Hannah, Elena & Lucy
UK emergency numbers
Police/Fire/Medical emergencies: 999
Medical non-emergencies: 111
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Adam studied in Oxford for his undergrad (theology) and has never really left since. He has spent a few years teaching at a north Oxford high school, but last year returned to studentsville to do a masters and PhD in education and international development.
Hannah is an Optometrist and a Glasgow girl, with only a whisper of an accent remaining since relocating south. She is happiest pottering in the kitchen, or enjoying her swing chair in the garden.
We married in 2009, and added an amazing daughter to our family in 2012. We share a common interest in Central Asia, food, German board games and God. We differ on most other things (!).
Our favourite holiday destination changes every year, but Grenada and Gozo top the list. This year we're luck enough to be off to Norway (one of the few places Adam has never been).
We are friendly and hospitable. When hosting we love making people feel at home and we see it as a privilege to have strangers to stay.