A cosy – and contemporary – country inn that's a convenient home-from-home for both Oxford and the Cotswolds.
Station Road South Leigh Oxfordshire OX29 6XN 01993 656 220
Nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside, just a few miles west of Oxford on the eastern fringes of the Cotswolds, Artist Residence Oxfordshire is the ultimate country inn – with five bedrooms tucked away in the eaves and excellent food and drink served downstairs in Mr Hanbury's Mason Arms.
The rooms really set this place apart, equipped with large, comfy beds, powerful showers and the sort of vintage-tinged
but contemporary decor we've come to expect from the quirky Artist
Residence group (which has sister properties in London, Brighton and Penzance). Rooms all have free wifi, flatscreen Freeview TVs, digital
radios, Nespresso coffee machines, and mini-fridges stocked with local
goodies – and there are Bramley toiletries in the bathrooms, some of
which have standalone rolltop baths. The rooms range in size, from the
compact 'Rabbit Hole' through the more spacious 'Farmhouse Loft' rooms
(which are dog-friendly) to the lovely 'Farmhouse Suite', which has a
lovely copper bath tub in the room itself, a separate bathroom with
shower and an adjoining seating area.
Downstairs meanwhile, you can enjoy all the best things about a good country pub – an open fire, local ales, armchairs to lounge about in, and homemade bar snacks. But they also serve a full menu in the dining room that hits all the right buttons – local, seasonal produce, beautifully cooked and presented. All in all, we love the confident, distinctive way the whole package is put together – very contemporary but with a traditional approach to comfort, service and food. It will certainly have you coming back for more.
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Five guest rooms, including one compact double, three regular doubles and a suite.
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Farmhouse Loft rooms £180–£210 a night, Rabbit Hole £150–£165, Farmhouse Suite £240–£320 (all rates include breakfast on direct bookings). Dogs are charged £20 each, for which they get a dog bowl and treats.
- Complimentary Stuff
- Dogs Welcome
- TVs with Freeview
- Pub with Rooms
Artist Residence is a 15-minute drive form Oxford – just follow the A40 from the city and make a left just before Witney. The nearest train stations are Hanborough and Charlbury, from where it's a 15–20-minute taxi journey – call one in advance on 07919 675150 or let the hotel know your time of arrival and they will book a cab for you.
Open all year.