Artist Residence Oxfordshire

nr Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom Book from Book from £120 per night

A 16th-century farmhouse turned 9-bed country bolthole with eclectic style, artistic flair and a quirky sense of humour
From the outside, this cosy thatched pub is perfectly charming and exactly what you might expect from a well-to-do Oxfordshire village. Yet, anyone familiar with the London, Brighton or Penzance offerings will know that Artist Residences take the traditional and turn it on its head. Naturally they've made the most of the original farmhouse features: flagstone floors, wooden beams and huge open fireplaces are complemented by dark floral walls, vintage furnishings and battered leather armchairs. But throw in some urban neon lighting, offbeat retro signs and Pulp Fiction-inspired art... it shouldn't work, but it does.

The eclectic vibe continues upstairs, where 5 bedrooms evoke bohemian loft-style living, and outside where there's a converted Shepherds Hut and 3 romantic bedrooms in the old stable and barn. But this isn't a case of style over substance. There's a genuine sense of integrity throughout, from the soft Volga linen and organic Bramley bath products to the satisfying menu of posh pub classics showcasing local, seasonal and foraged produce. Cleverly designed so that city slickers and laid-back locals will feel equally at home, it’s essentially a wholesome country retreat that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Highs

    • The central Oxfordshire location makes it easily accessible for a weekend in the country
    • We loved the quirky design and eclectic decor giving it a high-class but fun-filled atmosphere
    • Stylish rooms, breakfast in bed and champagne by the glass ensure a romantic stay
    • Lovely on-site restaurant, Mr Hanburys, serves up posh pub grub with a local twist
    • No need to drive - it's just a short walk up to your bed after a few drinks

Lows

    • Prices are high for a weekend break but drop substantially during the week
    • Full pre-payment upon reservation
    • There's a reduced restaurant menu on Sunday evenings and few vegetarian options
    • Though certainly not noisy, it's an old property with wooden floors and creaking doors - some noise inevitably travels between rooms

Best time to go

Open year-round, the Artist Residence is equally appealing for cosy winter getaways and as it is for flower-filled country walks. Nearby Oxford is lively all year-round, bustling with students and tourists - there's always plenty going on. If you visit in summer, the terraces of the Stable and Barn suites are lovely for sitting out, reading a book and gazing at the countryside views.

Our top tips

If you're feeling peckish, check out the minibar in your room and you'll find carefully selected local treats including Cotswold lagers, cider and gin (with Fever Tree mixers and Benson's soft drinks) - not to mention Mr Trotter’s pork crackling, Rococo chocolates and JoeSeph's salted caramel popcorn. Total pleasure.

Great for...

Eco
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • Boutique pub with rooms
  • 9
  • Restaurant and bar open daily
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

Upstairs in the eaves of the pub, the 5 farmhouse bedrooms have original pitched ceilings, lead windows and stripped-back floors made cosy with Morris & Co furnishings, colourful bohemian rugs and vintage chairs. Each is individually styled but all have comfy kingsize or super kingsize beds and powerful rainfall showers in the ensuite bathrooms.

The smallest room is the Rabbit Hole, a compact but quirky hideaway ideal for single occupancy or a short stay for 2. More spacious and airy are the 2 Farmhouse Loft rooms with rolltop baths and Ceylon tea chest tables. We stayed in the open-plan Farmhouse Suite with a little more lounging space and a fabulous copper bathtub.

As part of an ongoing project, the farm outbuildings are being transformed into high-spec romantic hideaways. The Stable, the Stable Suite and the Barn Suite have lovely private terraces, but the latter really has the wow factor with its stunning 4-poster bed, bespoke log burner and emerald tiled bathroom. There's also a converted Shepherd's Hut tucked away in the garden - ideal for those after some privacy.

Features include:

  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

Set around a huge open fireplace, Mr Hanbury’s Mason Arms has been carefully conceived to be both a cosy countryside pub and sophisticated fine-dining eatery. Designed in collaboration with artists The Connor Brothers - who invented the eponymous Mr Hanbury - it’s a playful space with lots of eccentric twists.

For breakfast choose à la carte delights such as pancakes with streaky bacon and maple syrup, or dippy eggs fresh from the pub’s very own chickens. If you’re feeling decadent, they’ll happily bring it to your room. Lunch is a casual affair over a pint with tempting options such as Brixham mussels in Cotswold cider or wild nettle gnocchi. Dinner - slightly more formal with mood lighting and intimate seating - continues the theme of local, seasonal and foraged produce. Our braised brisket was perfectly tender and the pistachio cake with tonka bean ice cream really hit the spot. Meat sourced from neighbouring farms, veg from the kitchen garden and cocktails inspired by the countryside ensures foodies won't leave disappointed.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Country walks right from the doorstep - don't forget to bring your wellies
  • The quaint market town of Witney (5km) has shops, a 12th-century church and a standout vegan restaurant
  • Visit studenty Oxford (16km), steeped in culture and history
  • Explore the Cotswolds with its chocolate-box villages and towns such as Northleach (35km) with its famous Wheatsheaf Inn or the antiques centre of Burford (20km)
  • The village of Minster Lovell (9km) has a ruined 15th-century manor house beside the River Windrush with beautiful wild swimming spots nearby
  • Don't miss splendid Blenheim Palace (14km) - birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough
  • Head to Daylesford (27km) for its legendary organic farm, deli, cafe and cookery school

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

Families are welcome but it's definitely more of grown-up getaway. Note that children under 12 are not allowed in the restaurant in the evening (except babes in arms), but are welcome at all other times and there is a kids' menu. Children are also welcome in the pub at all times.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

The Farmhouse Suite and Farmhouse Loft rooms can fit a baby cot. One of the Loft rooms can fit an extra bed if required.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots and high chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Kids menu

Distances:

  • Hospital: 19km (Oxford)
  • Cotswold Country Park: 50km
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

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