Artist Residence Oxford
Opening date: February / March 2017
The Artist Residence, the creative boutique brand from talented young husband and wife team Charlie and Justin Salisbury, has revealed the location for its next pioneering hotel.
Opening in The Mason’s Arms in South Leigh Oxford, the new property will open in Q1 of next year and rooms will undoubtedly fly off the shelves just like the abodes at its sister properties in London, Brighton and Cornwall.
The Oxford property was originally owned by larger-than-life character Gerry Stonhill for 18 years and became quite the destination pub in its heyday, with its own helipad and endorsed by Michel Roux as one of his favourites.
Closed since 2014, Charlie and Justin are now restoring this country pub with an aim to reaffirm the business as both a local hub and travel destination. Initially the pub will be home to five boutique bedrooms, designed by Salisbury & Co – the ambitious pair’s new design company – and will eventually be home to 12 bedrooms, after a redevelopment of the stables on site takes place. Each of the bedrooms will boast a natural charm of its thatched building home, while a signature ‘ Artist Residence’ design touch of eclectic art will adorn the walls.
A huge focus of the hotel will be on the kitchen, with meats and fish cured and smoked in house and then cooked over a clay oven, with Ollie Moore, former head chef at the Michelin-starred Black Rat in Winchester joining the group as head chef.