25 Jan There’s a new Soho House and We Want to Go!!!
In 100 acres of farmland north of Oxford, it’s the latest venture from Soho House group. The original, now a honeypot for media and creative types, opened in London 20 years ago. They’ve since popped up in eight cities from LA to Istanbul and also run nine hotels. The Farmhouse is its first “resort”, with 40 cabins among 18th-century buildings. There’s a seven-bedroom farmhouse, a four-bedroom cottage, several restaurants and facilities galore – and you don’t need to be a member to stay.
Please don’t get the idea that this is shabby-chic – there’s nothing shabby about a cart that comes to your cabin door just to mix you a cocktail, is there?
Around a courtyard there is a deli (with cheese room and wine cellar), a cookery school, a pub, a spa, and the Main Barn restaurant. There are sunbeds by the boating lake, an indoor-outdoor pool, stables, tennis courts, five-a-side football, a Teeny Barn with zipwire and wigwam, and there’ll be an ice rink come winter. A bridge leads to an island with sauna, hot tub and ice bath, and there’s a Josh Wood hair salon (the main one is in Notting Hill). A 60-seat Electric Barn Cinema will open soon (a replica of the original in, yep, Notting Hill), as will a gym and Asian restaurant. There’s even a shop selling everything Farmhouse (from crockery to cushions). You may find you want more than 24 hours, but unsurprisingly nights here don’t come cheap.
This beautiful hotel is on the Seven Events hit-list. We are dying to find the time to try this place out – don’t think twice, book it.