Artist Residence Oxfordshire

South Leigh, Oxfordshire

On the outside, it looks like a chocolate box stone thatched pub, but that belies the funky interior of this Cotswold outpost of Justin and Charlotte Salisbury’s portfolio of Artist Residence properties in Brighton and London (see main entries) and Penzance (see Shortlist entry). More

Good Hotel Guide Review

On the outside, it looks like a chocolate box stone thatched pub, but that belies the funky interior of this Cotswold outpost of Justin and Charlotte Salisbury’s portfolio of Artist Residence properties in Brighton and London (see main entries) and Penzance (see Shortlist entry). An original fireplace with flagstone floors is complemented by bold neon 
art and William Morris-influenced wallpaper. A previous landlord banned ‘children, mobile telephones, restaurant critics’ and, it is said, vegetarians. Now, come one, come all. Food, from local farms and the kitchen garden, is served all day in a beamed bar, as well as the restaurant. There are snacks and pub classics – perhaps Gloucestershire Old Spot pork chops, Bibury rainbow trout or, for vegans, charred brassica with parsley root and herb dumpling. Rustic-chic bedrooms, some in outbuildings and a shepherd’s hut, have vintage and upcycled furniture, a Roberts radio, coffee machine and Bramley toiletries. The Stables Suite, with pitched roof, super-king-size bed and in-room roll-top bath, has a log-burner and private terrace. Look in for a pint as Dylan Thomas used to do when he lived at the Manor House while writing Under Milk Wood.

Hotel details

Address

Station Road
South Leigh
Oxfordshire
OX29 6XN
England

Telephone

01993 656220

Bedrooms

9. 1 bedroom and 2 suites in outbuildings, Shepherd’s Hut in garden.

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar, restaurant (2 dining areas, closed Sun eve), in-room TV (Freeview), large beer garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in pub and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some rooms and public rooms (£20 per dog per night, dog beds provided).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

room only £135–£425. Breakfast full English £13, à la carte £28. Min. 2-night stay at weekends.