Studio Rosa is named after the rose that climbs its outside walls. Rosa Mundi is an ancient Oxford rose that, according to legend, decorated the grave of Fair Rosamund, the mistress of Henry II, who was buried upstream at Godstow Priory in 1176.
As was traditional in Georgian times, the ground floor of Folly Bridge House is raised so that Studio Rosa has a view over the garden wall to the swans and punts floating under the stone arches of Folly Bridge. From the side window, the water is just below you through the shrubs.
With tall ceilings and large windows, Studio Rosa feels light and airy. Decorated with modern art and ceramics from the owners’ collection, pride of place is given to the French Louis XV style antique chair, upholstered in a contemporary patchwork design.
The studio is furnished with double bed, with organic fair trade linen, a round dining table with chairs and a comfortable armchair. The wardrobe has a mirror glass door, a hanging rail, and 3 drawers. It is W50xD60xH236.
The hideaway kitchen is cleverly designed to provide for modern living, almost invisibly: double induction hob, combination convection oven/microwave/ grill, and under counter fridge.
The bathroom bright small and light with an innovative powerful water-softening shower and hairdryer.
There is superfast fibre optic broadband and a flatscreen TV/DVD. The latest in ventilation systems removes cooking smells, steam and Oxford’s notorious damp climate from the apartment, replacing them with fresh, warmed air from above the trees at a rate of 180 cubic metres per hour.
Clothes washing and drying/ironing facilities are provided on the lower ground floor. Gated parking, in front of the house, is available at extra charge.
Chairs and tables by the river allow guests to watch the canoes, punts, narrow boats, barges and university rowing crews at play.