Artist Residence Oxfordshire

South Leigh, Oxfordshire

The Cotswolds outpost of Justin and Charlotte Salisbury's small boutique hotel collection, this 16th-century hub-of-the-village pub-with-rooms is now a charming, bohemian bolt-hole. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

The Cotswolds outpost of Justin and Charlotte Salisbury’s small boutique hotel collection, this 16th-century hub-of-the-village pub-with-rooms is now a charming, bohemian bolt-hole. Public spaces have the Salisburys’ signature blend: rough-hewn walls, bold neon art, William Morris-influenced wallpaper, kilim cushions, open fireplaces, flagstones and creaking floorboards. Any outward eccentricity is matched by ‘textbook’ service, say Guide inspectors. The bedrooms (‘splendid’) include the Loft rooms above the pub and a set in outbuildings; a third option is the Shepherd’s Hut, perfumed by the adjacent herb garden. Farmhouse Loft rooms, full of vintage finds and reclaimed treasures, have a large high bed, copper bathtub, rainfall shower. The ‘well-stocked, upmarket’ refreshments, gowns and slippers are pleasing extras. New chef Fernao Namura serves wholesome comfort food in the restaurant, Mason Arms (a nod to the inn’s former name); perhaps onglet steaks, roasted shallot, BBQ broccoli, bone marrow sauce. At breakfast: pancakes, bacon, maple syrup; boiled egg and soldiers; ‘fine leaf tea and strong coffee’. Ideal fuel for a tour of picture-perfect Cotswold villages.

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), free Wi-Fi, 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 £130–£425. Breakfast from around £10.50, 
à la carte £32. Min. 2-night stay at weekends.