Greyfriars Hideaway, from the people behind Waternook in the Lake District, offers two luxurious, historic exclusive-use properties in the very heart of the vibrant Oxford city centre and provides the perfect base for families to enjoy the city this Summer, complete with a luxury concierge service offering.
Both properties are available for two-night minimum stays, welcome children of all ages, dogs too, and are set within an unrivalled location, tucked behind high walls just steps from Westgate Oxford and Oxford Castle & Prison. They can be taken separately or together – ideal for multi-generational family city breaks.
The two properties – The Master’s Lodgings and Cloisters – have been lovingly and painstakingly restored, retaining many of their original 17th Century features, and they sit within a pretty, gated courtyard of trees, plants and a trickling fountain, each with their own outdoor seating area – ideal for al fresco breakfasts and sunset cocktails.
The Master’s Lodgings sleeps up to four people over two ‘whole-floor’ suites, each furnished with its own study-come-dressing room, seating area and natural stone and porcelain bathroom, plus hand-made super-king beds complete with made-to-order mattresses.
A Listed 17th Century wood-panelled staircase links the bedrooms with the ground floor, where there is a kitchen equipped to please any chef, a cosy period wood-panelled sitting room furnished with Harris Tweed sofa and chairs and a more formal dining area, a Butler’s Pantry and French doors leading from the Drawing Room into the courtyard garden with seating beneath the arbour.
Cloisters sleeps up to eight people in four suites, one boasting a beautiful Grade II listed ornate plaster ceiling dating back to the early 17th Century. Two suites overlook the greenery of the garden while the other two face towards Oxford Castle, a lovely sight when illuminated at night.
Each is complemented with a dressing area, soft seating, hand-made super-king bed and Vi-Spring Elite mattresses and porcelain and natural stone bathrooms with freestanding baths and monsoon or raindrop showers.
Downstairs there’s a large open-plan reception room with French doors to the garden, a cloakroom, Butler’s Pantry and a stylish kitchen with a central island, double ovens, bean-to-cup coffee machine, wine fridge, three sinks with Quooker boiling taps and a dedicated breakfast zone.
The properties are both exclusive-use and are taken on a self-catering basis as standard, but guests can choose in advance of their stay from a menu of optional concierge services, including arrival by helicopter, private chefs, bespoke sightseeing tours, beauty, wellness, yoga and nutrition services, personal trainers and close protection security teams.
An exclusive-use two-night stay at The Master’s Lodgings costs from £1,200 on a self-catering basis for up to four people, while an exclusive-use two-night stay at Cloisters costs from £2,000 on a self-catering basis for up to eight people. Optional concierge services are charged as taken.