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WHAT WE LOVE...

A handsome thatched manor house in a remote village of the West Oxfordshire countryside, Artist Residence is a gorgeous hideaway with plenty of rural appeal. Sitting on the edge of the Cotswolds, it's the perfect base for walking holidays or just an escape from city life. Its eccentric interiors, peppered with one-off artworks and vintage furniture pieces, offer a cosy but cool vibe while the restaurant serves excellent comfort food all day and night. Breakfasts are a real feast, with bloody marys and mimosas for those special occasions or why-not days, and the Sunday roasts are spectacular. Come in summer to relax in the garden terrace on sunny afternoons, or settle in by a roaring fire on a chilly winter's day to play boardgames in the bar.

THE DETAILS

Location

Head south on foot from the hotel to reach a network of reed-lined lakes and ponds. Make it a half-day hike and you'll reach the Neolithic Devil's Quoits stone circle.

Artist Residence is surrounded by the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, with the historic market town Witney, with plenty of pubs and shops, 10 minutes away.
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. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

It's got a relaxed atmosphere but is still upscale - this place is perfect for couples seeking a little romance in a cosy countryside inn. We love the roaring log fire in the bar area where you can while away a few warm hours sampling cocktails, local beers and gins, or playing rounds of Scrabble.

Service & Facilities

Dogs get a good fuss and a biscuit when you're dining in the bar, and there's always a bowl of water on hand. There are six dog-friendly rooms and pets are charged at £15 per night per dog. They'll get a bed, bowl and Lily's Kitchen dog treats in the room.

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

Rooms

Room Two has a stunning vaulted ceiling and gorgeous wooden beams, while the Shepherd's Hut outside is a quirky glamping option for summer nights. The Artist Residence branded slippers and white fluffy robes, which will keep you warm after a long soak in the bath, are a nice touch.

Shepherd's Hut, The Rabbit Hole, Farmhouse Loft, Farmhouse Loft Double or Twin, Stable, Farmhouse Suite, Stable Suite, Barn Suite
Facilities include: ensuite with rainfall shower, Bramley toiletries, Roberts radio, free Wi-Fi, Nespresso coffee machine

Food & Drink

A pre-dinner negroni goes down a treat in the bar. The vegetable curry is a welcome healthy option, served with fragrant rice and packed with kale and baby corn.

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

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