Last Friday, we left the boys with their Grandparents and travelled to the Cotswolds for an overnight treat at the newly opened Artist Residence hotel. Passing through honey coloured villages in the traditional Cotswold stone we reached the village of South Leigh, Oxfordshire.
The hotel is small and cosy, situated in a thatched country pub. With only 5 rooms in total, you really feel like you are hiding away from the world at a country retreat. Surrounded by countryside for walks in the fields or if you feel like it, you could drive to visit nearby Blenheim Palace or the beautiful city of Oxford.
Arriving at dusk the pretty thatched pub glowed in the countryside. We couldn’t wait to get settled by the fire. A warm welcome greeted us as we opened the door. Roaring fires and a friendly hello, we gladly snuggled up in a cosy nook with our welcome drinks.
The lounge area with two large fireplaces, and cosy tables to sit and enjoy a tipple, looks like any other typical country pub. But look closer and you will notice the Artist Residence touches. Neon lights, and quirky original art adorn the walls.
What I loved most was the William Morris wallpaper in the lounge. Being a short drive from his family home, Kelmscott Manor I loved the tribute to him. Plus it was so lovely to have the same wallpaper as mine detailed on the curtains. It felt homely.
We were shown to our room, and I was so excited to see it had a large copper roll top bath. Oh yes, and I did spend a good hour in there before supper.
The room was gorgeous! Typically decorated in the signature style of all the Artist Residence hotels, an eclectic mix of antique pieces, original artwork and sumptuous soft furnishings. I loved our bed, a huge Indian inspired bedstead with fluffy pillows and crisp white sheets.
After a long soak in that incredible bath, Dan and I went down for supper. The restaurant is situated to the front of the building with views over the garden. Decorated with neon lights, and bell jars with specimens displayed in the windows. A deep dark floral wallpaper adorned the walls and a soft peach coloured velvet fabric covered the seating. What a space. Cosy, dark and glittering.
The menu was glorious. Usually Dan knows instantly what he wants, but the choice was so good, that it took us ages to make a decision. Eventually we decided on a 36 day aged steak for him, and I chose beef brisket with mash and kale.
We were treated to a taste of a few of the starters, a small earthenware cup arrived with the most delicious taster of parsnip soup, followed by a quails scotch egg – which was truly delicious.
Our stay was sadly just one night, but that night was the most relaxing and cosy experience ever. After breakfast we bid our farewells and drove to Daylesford organic farm for a bit of Christmas shopping.
Artist Residence Oxfordshire is the perfect winter retreat. A place to enjoy a cosy fire, good food and comfortable bedrooms. If you do wish to explore the area you can with fabulous villages, stately homes and Oxford on your doorstep. But if I was you, I’d use your stay as a chance to cosy up by the fire and read a good book.
Artist Residence, Oxfordshire
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Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.