The Oxford Inn
107 Huron Street
Stratford, Ontario, N5A 5S7
Rates: from $150.00 to $185.00 / night
Rate Code: $$$
Welcome to the Oxford Inn!
Built around the turn of the last century, this lovely home was originally occupied by the family of a local judge. Circa 1980, it was converted into a B&B named Anything Goes, then sold to a painter and renamed The Artful Lodger. I purchased the B&B in April 2013, rebranded it the Oxford Inn, and began an ambitious multi-year plan of restoration and renovation, combining modern convenience and functionality with classic, period-appropriate decore. Now essentially complete, the renovations include refinishing all of the hardwood floors upstairs, and adding a common room in the attic, with kitchenette, dining area, reading nooks, TV, daybed, and spare bathroom. The common areas are an especially attractive feature for larger groups and longer stays (see my special rates). Central air conditioning, wifi, ample parking, and a pleasant walk through scenic Stratford to all of the theatres make your stay here comfortable, convenient, and enjoyable.
With the opening of the new Tom Patterson Theatre, 2020 will be my 8th season hosting. I personally attend to all aspects of the B&B: I'm the greeter, the cook & baker, the waiter & busboy, the room-cleaner, the launderer, the shopper, the gardener & grass-cutter, the bookkeeper & reservation-taker, the website up-dater, the superintendant of maintenance, the interior designer, the carpenter, the framer, the plumber, the drywaller, the painter, the glazier, the roofer... and general dogsbody. You've heard of James Brown, "the hardest working man in R&R;" now meet Grant Brown, the hardest working man in B&B.
Having read philosophy for the DPhil degree at Oxford, I am in the process of scanning, printing, and framing my pictures of the stunning architecture of the university to adorn the walls of the Inn. Between B&B chores, I try to fit in some hiking and reading and writing.
Clean, quiet rooms, comfortable beds with 3-inch memory-foam toppers, and much-praised 3-course breakfasts - what more could you ask for?
To book a room, simply check my availability calendar and complete the reservation request form on this website. I typically confirm reservations within 24 hours. (The most reliable method of requesting a reservation is by email.)
Note: For the Early Season (April 28 to June 20), the first night is the same rate as normal, but additional nights are only $90 for the Carfax & Sheldonian, $100 for the Radcliffe, and $125 for the Bodleian. My "Travelers' Special" applies during the regular season (June 21 to October 17). Prices listed include all applicable taxes and fees.
Rooms & Amenities
Room 1: Bodleian Suite: This spacious room features a king bed, with full tub and shower in the ensuite bathroom. There is an attached sunroom overlooking the back yard, with a single bed, which may accommodate a third person (add $50 per night). Room also includes a wardrobe, bureau, and a sitting area with table and benches.
Room 2: Radcliffe Camera: This room has a queen bed, ensuite bathroom (with walk-in shower), bureau, and closet.
Room 3: Sheldonian Theatre: This room has a queen bed, ensuite bathroom (with shower stall), bureau, and wardrobe.
Room 4: Carfax Room: This room has a queen bed, ensuite bathroom (with shower stall), bureau, and wardrobe.
The Oxford Inn has central air, and is SMOKE FREE. (Smoking permitted on the porch.) For your convenience there is a coffee / tea / hot chocolate bar on the second floor, and and a small fridge for your use. Light cooking facilities are available in the Senior Common Room - especially convenient for longer stays and larger parties. I have driveways on both sides of the house; guest Parking is in the driveway on the right side (when facing the B&B).
I offer a full breakfast which typically includes your choice of coffee, tea, hot chocolate and orange juice; an "amuse bouche" to start; a bowl of seasonal fruit (with granola and yogurt on the side); and for main course either omelettes or bacon & eggs any style, served with home-made sourdough rye toast. Lighter options such as cereal, porridge, homemade hashbrowns, and the like are available, too. I cater to gluten-free, meat-free, and dairy-free diets with advance notice.
ROOM RATES 2020 (see also Early Season rates and longer-stay specials)
ROOM #1 Bodleian Suite $185.00 Add $50 per night for a third person in the sunroom.
ROOM #2 Radcliffe Camera $160.00
ROOM #3 Sheldonian Theatre $150.00
ROOM #4 Carfax Room $150.00
Note: All prices include all applicable taxes and fees.
Check-In: Due to my breakfast and room-cleaning duties, I cannot accomodate check-ins before 1:00 p.m. I try to accommodate any check-in time after 1:00 p.m., but please let me know when you plan to arrive to ensure that I am here to greet you.
Check-Out: Check out time is 11:00 a.m.
Payment: Cash, interac / debit, and e-transfer (in advance) are the preferred methods of payment wherever possible, as they save me the high processing fees on credit cards. Canadian guests staying only one night are especially urged to pay in cash. American cash is accepted at the prevailing exchange rate, rounded to the nearest $5. Of course, I accept VISA and MasterCard also.