It is no surprise if the grand baroque exterior of the Vanbrugh house, Oxford hotel looks familiar as it is the iconic style of 18th-century architect Sir John Vanbrugh who was responsible for the wonder that is Blenheim Palace, six miles north of Oxford.
The Peisleys, one of the leading stonemasons in Oxford were associated with many of the city's most beautiful buildings such as the Chapel at Trinity College. They are best remembered for their work at Blenheim Palace in the early 18th century, as Bartholomew Peisley created the Palace's magnificent bridge.
The Oxford hotel’s ideal location stands within a short distance of the Saxon tower of St Michael at the Northgate, that has overlooked Oxford for more than a thousand years. The hotel is also opposite the Oxford Union, the university debating society. This magnificent Gothic Revival building has nurtured the political careers of many key politicians.
The ground floor of the Oxford hotel showcases beautifully panelled rooms and hidden behind the cellar walls lay vestiges of the original fortifications, which were built to guard Oxford from Viking invasions, dating back to the time of King Alfred.
The luxury hotel in Oxford also features beautiful original delft tiling which has been commented on by the famous Oxford Ashmolean Museum which specialises in archaeology. The Royal Commission on Historical Monuments mentions the painted alcove as being of special interest.
We had a very enjoyable stay at Vanbrugh. The hotel location is great, just a block from the centre of town, yet our room was very quiet, and had a lovely large private patio. We could easily walk to all the sights we wanted to see.
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