Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire

Monday, March 6, 2017

My latest burst of inspiration comes from a place that I’ve been meaning to visit for a while now. Sundays are for laughing, indulging, relaxing and adventures and that’s exactly how I spent my Sunday last week at Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire. Possibly my favourite Soho House to have visited so far, it didn’t disappoint.

With all that it offers, it felt a little like a summer camp with horse riding, cycling, tennis, swimming and other outdoor pursuits and I can only imagine how beautiful it must be when all its blossoms have bloomed, and the sun is out. For me, when visiting any space, it’s always the interiors that I’m looking at. I’ve always loved Suzie Atkinson’s shabby-chic and playful approach to design, and it seems she had so much to work with here: extensive grounds, impressive architecture and such a variety of social and private spaces. I think Soho Farmhouse takes ‘shabby-chic’ a little further than any of the other houses and it really works, perhaps because it sits so harmoniously with its countryside location. We ate lunch in the Main Barn, the central hub of the Farm and home to the House Kitchen.It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with afternoon tea, local beers and cocktails.

We moved up to Comfy Farm on the mezzanine level for dessert (sticky toffee pudding if you’re wondering), which was such a cosy space with sofas, a wood fire and contemporary art. We finished off with a walk around the boathouse and a massage at the always wonderful Cowshed spa. Soho Farmhouse is like a dream country house away from home, and I can’t wait to go back!

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