The Cotswold Crowd would like to share with you our favourite places to sleep around the world.
Weekend Nº 4 - Soho Farmhouse, Great Tew - The Cotswolds
Imagine a perfect green and pleasant piece of English countryside deep in the Cotswolds. A fairy-tale land where you are free to recapture your inner self, leave all those office chores and stresses behind at the gatehouse with your car key, hop on a bicycle and pedal through this green and pleasant land to sleep in a luxury log cabin.
The trendy London-based Soho House brand—known for its chic private members’ clubs and hotels in places such as Berlin, Los Angeles, and Istanbul. The newest House is just 90 minutes from London in a 100-acre valley set in the sprawling, 4,000-acre Cotswold estate of Great Tew.
There are 40 cosy cabins set along the banks of a stream. Wooden, blackened or corrugated iron, they vary from studio-size to three bedrooms, with interiors designed to perfection. But if you'd prefer bricks and mortar, there's also a three-bedroom cottage and seven-bedroom farmhouse.
If you've never experienced Soho House design, here's the perfect opportunity: from every angle the space looks beautiful; with everything exactly where you want it. Step out of the copper bathtub and the towel is right there. Reach into the chicken-wire-covered maxi-bar and your Negroni is ready-mixed. Slide open a dressing-table drawer and there's not only a hairdryer and straighteners but a cashmere-covered hot-water bottle and eye patches too!
The Main Barn offers three restaurants in one – the main restaurant built around a rectangular cocktail bar with two mezzanines offering child-free dining (Fancy Farm is the more formal of the two) – and is surprisingly atmospheric. Sustainability is a key theme with the menus celebrating the best of British. Other dining options include Japanese sushi grill Pen Yen, al fresco dining in the central courtyard and the farmshop-cum-deli for light bites. The Mill Room pub stays open until the last person leaves, with DJs at weekends and guest encouraged to “jam on stage” (if that is the right word for the unlikely duo in red chinos and oh-so-skinny jeans) even on school nights. If that feels like too much effort the milk floats deliver a mean cocktail.
And for families this is the ultimate family retreat, with a stellar kids' club offering a huge range of activities, and accommodation ideally set up for families. And all that cycling doesn’t half wear them out.
Studio cabins are from £350 per night in low season; rising to £380 in high (non-member rates).
Soho Farmhouse, Great Tew, Chipping Norton, OX7 4JS, Oxfordshire, England. 01608 691000 sohofarmhouse.com
Images by, SOHOFARMHOUSE.COM Inspiration from ALICE B-B article at cntraveller.com