Artist Residence Oxfordshire
Station Road South Leigh Oxfordshire OX29 6XN
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. Brand new for 2018 – the best room in the house! The spacious 'Barn Suite' is located in the outbuildings and the Barn is a luxurious take on the bohemian countryside retreat. The Barn is dog friendly and to make your beloved pooch feel right at home they offer a dog bed together with the bowls and the treats!
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. Mr Hanbury’s Mason Arms has been included in the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide 2017, have been awarded 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence, as well as being rated as a 5* inn. 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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