The Artist Residence started with a hotel just back from the Brighton sea-front in 2008 that needed decorating on a tight budget – hence an invitation for local artists to stay for free in return for their visual input. The results were modern, cool and imaginative and caught on immediately, resulting in sister hotels in London, Penzance, Bristol (opening in March) and Oxfordshire.
The Oxfordshire haunt, in the quiet Cotswolds hamlet of South Leigh, is the boutique brand’s first village foray and is set in a 16th century thatched inn and farm outbuildings. It has just five bedrooms and three suites, including a converted Shepherd’s Hut, and a gorgeous pub downstairs, The Mason Arms.
The pub is Instagram catnip – a mash up of traditional country chic and modern with beautiful curved wood settles, heavy beams and fireplaces and William Morris wallpaper teamed with neon and modern art and humour (anywhere where you enter the first room to see a crooked neon cross on a wall and a sign for No Riff Raff gets my vote). It’s like the punk younger sister of Soho Farmhouse.
Food here is superb quality crowd-pleasing gastropub fare with a selection of small plates, pub classics and meat, fish and veggie options cooked on a Robata Grill (gluten free, dairy free & vegan menus are also available).
Fancy it? You’re in luck! We’re giving away a three course meal for two, plus house wine, to one Muddy reader and her plus one (yes thanks, I’d love to). Enter below to win.
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- Giveaway closes 10 Mar 2020
- No cash or prize alternative
- Redeemable until June 2020, subject to availability
- Entrants must be 18 or over