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OVERVIEW

A rural hideaway on the edge of the Cotswolds, Artist Residence has all the charm of a country pub paired with the chic of a boutique hotel. The thatched 16th-century inn offers individually styled rooms with unique, quirky furnishings, while the restaurant provides all-day comfort food perfect for post-walk fuel.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Located in the tiny village of South Leigh, Artist Residence sits on the edge of the Cotswolds just a mile or so from the A40. A remote bolthole, it's ideal for walking in the surrounding countryside or taking day trips into nearby towns like Witney or the city of Oxford. In Witney, you'll find an American barbecue feast at the Red Lion, where the owners smoke their own meats and serve it up alongside homemade barbecue sauce.

By car: the hotel is around 1 hour 40 mins from London and Birmingham, 1 hour 30 mins from Bristol and 3 hours 30 mins from Leeds. There is free parking on-site.

By train: there are direct trains to Oxford from London Paddington (1 hour) and Hereford (2 hours 10 mins). The hotel is a 25-minute taxi ride from Oxford. Book trains to Oxford.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

All vintage furnishings and bohemian artworks, Artist Residence is the kind of place you'll be taking interior design ideas from in years to come. Its timeless style is quirky without cliché, and the handsome raw wood floors and high beamed ceilings make offer an air of ancient elegance.

THE FACILITIES

There's a warm welcome at Artist Residence, which has a small number of excellent, attentive staff members to make your stay memorable. There are few facilities to make use of but that's not a problem - this is a place to slow down and relax at your own pace. You can borrow bicycles should you want to get out and about, though.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Bedrooms are reasonably sized with supremely comfortable beds. There's a well-stocked minibar and homemade complimentary cookies to accompany the tea and coffee, and bathrooms come with roll-top tubs and gorgeously scented Bramley toiletries.

Room types: Shepherd's Hut, The Rabbit Hole, Farmhouse Loft, Stable, Farmhouse Suite, Stable Suite, Barn Suite, The Hideaway

Key amenities: ensuite with Bramley toiletries, Roberts radio, tea and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

It's all about comfort food at Artist Residence. Think burgers, fish and chips and chicken wings for dinner, while Sunday lunch is a feast of expertly roasted meat with all the trimmings. Cocktails are served at the bar and there's an excellent range of local and national gins. Full English breakfasts are on offer in the morning, or you can opt for healthier bowls like porridge or lovely homemade granola.

The Mason Arms: hearty seasonal dishes, local produce. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Two courses £20.

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