The Inspiration


Marlborough House Hotel opened its doors as a home -from- home accommodation in Oxford on November 30, 1990. It was constructedIMG_4317.jpg_1576596072 as a Bed and Breakfast by Builders Ede of Oxford who partnered with Mrs Alison Percy to run and manage the business. Whilst travelling in Australia, Mrs Alison Percy, the first landlady of Marlborough House Hotel dreamt of having a bed and breakfast with large bedrooms and kitchenettes. The idea originated from a simple concept for the benefit of mature students studying in Oxford, to include the provision of a base for discerning tourists who wish to be independent of meal times so that they can tour the Cotswolds or make trips around Oxford. Each room had a desk with a desk light to give those on courses or conferences a comfortable space in which to work.  There was a round table for meals, a small kitchenette complete with a kettle, refrigerator and microwave for heating snacks. Tea, coffee, cutlery and china were provided and of course each room has its own en-suite. 

From the outside the Marlborough House blends in well with its North Oxford leafy surroundings. The sturdily built interior walls prevent sound travelling and disturbing those in the neighbouring rooms. The welcoming coffee lounge on the first floor is a welcome feature for guests to meet up with family and friends.

The Marlborough House Hotel B&B in Oxford has been welcoming guests since November 1990 and continues to play an important role in offering accommodation to those visiting Oxford.

Kavita Pal