This contemporary B& B is located in a quiet lane within easy mortarboard throwing distance of Oxford city centre (a gentle 30-minute walk, to be precise). 'The hosts, Melanie and Stefan, are very welcoming and it's known for its great breakfasts,' says Karen Thorne. They also promise 'no florals, clutter or dusty chintz!'
Where 5 Tilbury Lane, Oxford, OX2 9NB (01865 862138; www.tilburylodge. com)
How much doubles from £78