Countryside Chic at Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire

Soho Farmhouse had long been on my list and after checking availability we decided to go for it!

This year, my husband and I decided to treat ourselves to some R&R for our 17th anniversary. A couple of midweek days away in the Cotswolds sounded perfect.

With 40 cabins of different sizes, a seven bedroom farmhouse and a four bedroom cottage to choose from. You don’t need to exercise your best Annabel Bronstein impersonation to access all of the lovely membership perks. Simply book a room, or in this case a cabin and it’s all yours…

On a typical spring afternoon…

We arrive at Soho Farmhouse, pouring with rain and blowing a gale. But are greeted at the gate house reception with a log fire and a warm smile. Our car keys are handed over and we’re told our luggage will be taken care of. Therefore, we hop on a vintage milk float round to the main house.

I had pre-booked lunch in the Main Barn – making the most of our temporary membership status! It is typical Soho House style, Soho Farmhouse is the perfect addition to the collection. Therefore, expect plush velvet sofas and intimate lighting. We sat around the huge central bar on cool leather stools. You will want to spend the whole day here sampling the fine cocktail list. However, we managed to control ourselves. Whilst enjoying a delicious lunch of pizza (husband) and selection of ceviche and buratta starters (me).

After lunch we were driven to our woodland cabin in a BMW 4×4. It was this or the horse and cart! We opted for the 4×4 and by our dedicated Farm Hand whisked us off to our own little retreat.

Soho Farmhouse Cabins

The cabin was stunning.  It was complete with his and her bikes (one with basket one without) and matching wellies. The Soho Farmhouse team emailed me ahead to check shoe size. Inside there were full length windows looking out onto a wraparound terrace overlooking a stream. There is a huge tin bathtub tucked away under a canopy on the right of the decked area. As well as curtains to pull across and hide your modesty.

Inside the bed is immense, packed with pillows and furnished with super soft white sheets. In addition, there is a snuggly sofa and a wood burning fire at the foot of the bed, all very romantic and I knew from the moment I walked in that I didn’t want to leave, or I at least want to redecorate the second we get home!

The kitchen area is very well stocked with, amongst other things, wax sealed apothecary style bottles with pre made cocktails in them. We had a Martini, a Negroni and an Old Fashioned in our larder, along with fresh bread, the creamiest of butter and a self-generating ice draw which was very handy.

 Finally, the bathroom was small but perfectly formed with a ginormous shower and large selection of their Cowshed Spa products to use freely.

Once unpacked…

Once all necessities had been checked (like if SkySports is available- tutt) we settled down on the terrace (the sun had come out at this point) with a bottle of wine and plan the rest of our stay.

First of all, we had dinner at the Fancy Barn and treatments at the CowShed for the following afternoon. As well as another dinner at Pen Yen, their poolside robata grill restaurant serving Japanese food. All was left to do was to relax and enjoy.

Getting round the estate was easy. It was a quick call to our farm hand to request a milk float to collect us or we could hop on the bikes and whizz around self-propelled!

The Boathouse with its indoor/outdoor pool and boating lake is spectacular – and adjoins Pen Yen restaurant which comes to life in the evening with a cool, luxurious Caribbean hotel feel – no mean feat on a stormy evening in March in Oxfordshire!

Things to do…

Also, located onsite is the Farm Shop and Deli. As well as stables, spa, cinema, a pub, fitness suite, crèche, a cookery school and kitchen garden. Not to mention a host of activities: cycling, boating, horse riding, tennis and five-a-side football!

In addition to all this. There are also several spaces available for private hire including the Barwell Barn for dinners up to 65, Hay Barn for parties up to 250 and you can have your wedding here on a Thursday if you have a healthy £110k budget! I did suggest renewing our vows in the future, after our lottery win!

In conclusion, we were looked after beautifully by the staff and had a wonderfully decedent and relaxing couple of days. I would return in a heartbeat. Further information regarding the hotels and membership can be found here.

Also, find more Pearl & Pear reviews here.

Take It From Us

  • REVIEW IN ONE WORD: Take me back!!
  • BEST TABLE: Overlooking the main barn from the mezzanine of the Fancy Barn
  • BEST CABIN: Our studio cabin was just perfect for the two of us, but the play cabin with four poster bed and separate kitchen or the large studio with split level mezzanine look fabulous for couples
  • AVERAGE PRICE PER PERSON (including 2 course, half a bottle of wine): Cabin was £292 per night. Meal in the Fancy Barn with wine aprox £65 per person inc wine (although for us it was £100 pp as we had the fillet for two!)
  • UNIQUE SELLING POINT: Whether you want to relax and spa, or keep busy and active, there is something for everyone. Reminds me of a super cool Dirty Dancing style resort!
  • WHAT TO WEAR: Casual during the day, but grab your fendi and your heels ready for cocktails at sundown
  • WHAT WE LOVED: The peace and tranquillity of the cabin and spa mixed with the buzz of the restaurants of the bars
  • WHAT WE DIDNT LOVE: Not enough tea in the cabin and having to leave!
  • HOW TO GET THERE: Nearest train station is Charlbury or Heyford, we drove from SW London and it took just under 2 hours

With special thanks to our industry expert

Jennifer Lockham

Jennifer Lockham

Head of Banqueting House

Jennifer has a passion for beautiful places! She is head of one of London's most prestigious Historic Royal Places and is always exploring the country finding new retreats and restaurants to shout about.

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