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Set in 100 acres of farmland north of Oxford, it’s the latest venture from Soho House group. The original, now a honeypot for media and creative types, opened in London 20 years ago. They’ve since popped up in eight cities from LA to Istanbul and also run nine hotels.
Soho Farmhouse is its first “resort”, with 40 cabins among 18th-century buildings. There’s a seven-bedroom farmhouse, a four-bedroom cottage, several restaurants and facilities galore – and you don’t need to be a member to stay.
The facilities include the Cowshed spa with sauna, hammam, hot tubs and a broad range of treatments, a luxurious cinema, cookery school and spacious gym and spinning studio. Add to this an indoor and outdoor pool, boating lake, tennis courts, football pitch, horse riding and the outstanding “Teeny Barn” kids’ club.
The cabins offer rustic interiors with creature comforts: untreated floorboards, hurricane lamps, wood-burning stoves, huge beds, turntables with vinyl records and well-stocked kitchens for the self-caterer. The sizeable bathrooms are a highlight with an array of full-size Cowshed toiletries and roll-top baths, as are the private decks complete with copper bathtubs, rocking chairs and waterfront views.
The cavernous space that is the Main Barn offers three restaurants in one – the main restaurant built around a rectangular cocktail bar with two mezzanines offering child-free dining (Fancy Farm is the more formal of the two) – and is surprisingly atmospheric. Sustainability is a key theme with the menus celebrating the best of British.
Other dining options include Japanese sushi grill Pen Yen, al fresco dining in the central courtyard and the farmshop-cum-deli for light bites.
The Mill Room pub stays open until the last person leaves, with DJs at weekends.
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