Celebrity favourite Soho Farmhouse has fast become know for it’s exclusivity which gives it an air of mystique which only increases its ever gaining popularity. Part of the renowned Soho House members club group, this edition promises tranquillity and all the peace associated with a country escape with the added luxury of five star service.
Set across 100 acres of rolling Oxfordshire countryside, Soho Farmhouse is just a 90 minute drive from London. The resort comprises of the farm’s existing 18th century buildings, including a seven-bedroom farmhouse and four-bedroom cottage. Each one has been restored and renovated, and alongside these buildings 40 one-, two- and three- bedroom wooden guest cabins have been specially built along the banks of the three lakes.
Soho Farmhouse is the 15th House from Soho House & Co, and the eight in the United Kingdom. The beautifully rustic styling has been spearheaded by Nick Jones and Soho House & Co’s Design Director, Vicky Charles. Influenced by upstate New York cabin culture, the interiors of the accommodation showcase a mix of exclusive designs with antique and vintage pieces. Rustically authentic yet contemporary, the decor creates the perfect ambience of a home from home. British custom-made range cookers and fridges from Stoves are fitted in each bespoke cabin, all with the Farmhouse green finish as co-designed by Nick Jones.
The beautifully rustic styling of the accommodation is complemented by the very modern five star luxury available at every turn. On-booking guests shoe size and height are taken, so that when they arrive they can find Farmhouse wellies and bespoke Foffa bicycles whose saddles have been perfectly height adjusted. An electric tuk-tuk and horse and cart are other forms of transport available for guests, and Soho House partner BMW has also provided vehicles for guests to tour the local area and drive around the Farmhouse itself.
A heated indoor-outdoor pool can be found in the south-facing Boathouse, surrounded by sun loungers and set next to another, larger boating lake. The Boathouse also hosts Pen Yen, Farmhouse’s Japanese grill restaurant, a collaboration with Salt Group. Using predominantly locally sourced British ingredients and the menu features the likes of sashimi, tempura and traditional Japanese Robata grill dishes, such as sea bass with Sancho pepper. Guests can also choose plates from other parts of Asia, such as Chinese spring roll with salmon and prawn and traditional Korean Kimchi.
Much of the Farmhouse food is locally sourced or grown onsite by head gardener Anna Greenland on a one-acre smallholding. The Farm Deli with a Wine Cellar, Pickle Room and Curing Room where charcuterie will be made on site, can be found in the central Farmyard buildings. Guests can also take produce sold here back to their cabins, or enjoy it served with Origin coffee and cold press House Press juices at the communal table and central courtyard.
Soho House’s first pub, the dog-friendly Mill Room, can be found on site and serves a selection of local beers, guest ales and ciders, plus classic pub bites. There’s also Farmshack, with a wood grill and smoke cabin cooking up curry on Friday and Saturday nights, with roasts on Sunday during the day.
The kitchen can come to guests for all-day breakfasts, as two reconditioned milk floats have been converted into mobile greasy spoons. Two further floats have been turned into mobile bars, for cocktails delivered right to guest’s cabin doors. From the AstroTurf tennis courts to the hidden spa island with steam, sauna and ice bath there is so much for guests to enjoy. Soho Farmhouse is also a storybook setting for a wedding, where up to 140 guests can stay onsite.
Established in 1995 by Founder and CEO Nick Jones, Soho House originated as a private member’s club for those in the film, media, and creative industries. The group has gradually expanded to include 15 Houses globally, as well as 32 restaurants, cinemas, spas and hotels.