Mama travels to Artist's Residence in Oxfordshire
Words Joy Montgomery
Artist Residence Oxfordshire is the latest offering from dynamic duo Justin and Charlotte Salisbury. With locations in Brighton, Cornwall and London, the brand is known for its innovative approach to design, with each hotel possessing a distinctive aesthetic. Their latest venture is no different.Named Most Romantic Hotel in The Sunday Times’ Top 100 British Hotels, it was originally a 16th century farmhouse-turned-local pub, which has now been given a new lease of life. Situated in picturesque countryside, the venue offers an intimate five rooms alongside an award-winning restaurant, Mr Hanbury’s Mason Arms. We are pleasantly surprised to find that the rustic charm of the building has been retained: think large open fireplaces, wooden-beamed ceiling, stone floors and plenty of low-lit corners to cosy up in. But in true Artist Residence style, there are plenty of contemporary-cool touches. Design-lovers will relish the neon light installations, velvet furnishings and eclectic wall art – the vibe is very much English country pub meets east London cool.
Expect sizeable ensuite bathrooms and luxurious super king beds. The spacious family rooms (The Loft, Barn and Stable Suite) are light-filled and airy, helped along by the high gabled ceilings. We love the clever little interior touches – from the writing desk and love-worn leather armchairs to artisanal textiles and upcycled side tables. Together they create a homely yet style-conscious environment. Our Bramley toiletries complement perfectly the free-standing roll top bathtub, which is positioned next to an idyllic mullioned window.
Mr Hanbury’s Mason Arms is the pub and restaurant connected to the hotel that offers an inventive menu from head chef Leon Smith, which showcases his passion for foraged, seasonal and local produce. Cocktails are inspired by the local countryside. You can choose between dining in the wood-panelled, stone-floored pub or the more formal dining room, designed in collaboration with artists The Connor Bothers. Check the website for forthcoming music events and live music.