While I was visiting Oxford I stayed in the Balliol College (all about its history here) During the summer holidays, the College rents rooms to guests. I had never stayed in a student's room and in such a famous College that of course I prefered to sleep there instead of an ordinary hotel room. And indeed it was a wonderful experience and such a beautiful place !
The College was founded in about 1263 by John I de Balliol under the guidance of the Bishop of Durham. After his death in 1268, his widow, Dervorguilla of Galloway, made arrangements to ensure the permanence of the college. She provided capital and, in 1282, formulated the college statutes, documents that survive to this day.
The front of the College and the entrance
the other side of the entrance
my room was simple but had everything I needed, even Internet connection
The buildings all around were just beautiful
A little bar called "Buttery" (I had never heard this word) provided tables, seats and banks to rest and you could have a drink there. Inside at the wall were hanging old pictures of ex students.
The Park was perfectly entertained and was really very beautiful
entrance to the Fellows' Garden
door in the dining hall
The founders, the Balliol couple
paintings of celebritieswho studied here hanging in the dining hall
the dining hall empty
and in the morning when a very good breakfast buffet was served
My blogfriend Janice who lives in Reading came over one day to visit me and we had a great time together.
I have been told that parts of Harry Potter movies were filmed in this room.
Beautiful stained windows
rather strange bible support
If ever you intent to visit Oxford, I can only recommend to stay in a College rather than in a Hotel. There was only one little inconvinience, my room was on the 5th floor without lift and there was nobody to carry my suitcase up there ! But this was really nothing compared to the beautiful place where I stayed.
If ever you want to read about my arrival at the College it's here