Artist Residence Oxfordshire

South Leigh, Oxfordshire

When you step into this olde-worlde, thatched Cotswold village farmhouse-turned-pub, prepare to do a double take when you see the offbeat interior. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

When you step into this olde-worlde, thatched Cotswold village farmhouse-turned-pub, prepare to do a double take when you see the offbeat interior. Yes, here are the expected flagstone floors, the beams, the blazing log fires, but here, too, over an inglenook, is a battered sign reading ‘Casino’, vintage photos of pugilists, the words ‘What did I do last night?’ spelt out in pink neon. Like all of Justin and Charlotte Salisbury’s Artist Residence properties (see index), this hotel with a downstairs pub, the Mason Arms, is infused with wit. Your rustic-chic bedroom might have bare floorboards, an upcycled tea crate for a bedside table, vintage armchairs, along with a roll-top bath and rainfall shower, espresso machine, minibar and organic toiletries. Two suites and one bedroom are in outbuildings with their own entrance. The best has a crazy statement four-poster, Beatles Sgt Pepper cushions, comfy seating by a log-burner, a private terrace. There is good pub grub in the bar, summer barbecues in the garden with an open marquee for alfresco dining. Lobster and margaritas in the sunshine; freshly squeezed OJ and eggs Benedict for breakfast.

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, EV charging, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in pub and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, free cots, extra bed £30.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

room from £165. Breakfast full English £13, à la carte £30. Min. 2-night stay at weekends.