The dynamic boutique brand Artist Residence has announced it is lining up the next property to launch in Oxfordshire, which will mark the group’s fourth hotel when it opens in February 2017.
The brand, run and owned by husband and wife Charlie and Justin Salisbury, is transforming The Mason Arms in South Leigh Oxford into a ‘cosy pub and restaurant’ with five boutique bedrooms housed in the original thatched roof farmhouse.
Once open in February next year, the property will become the fourth in the Artist Residence portfolio, which currently consists of hotels in Brighton, Cornwall and Pimlico, London.
Closed since 2014, 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.
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 later in 2017.
Recognised artists The Connor Brothers will work closely with the brand on a bespoke collection of work for the bar focussed around their fictional character Mr Hanbury, a small nod to the pub’s characterful history.
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.
Charlie says: “We are extremely excited to be able to share our latest project with you…we’re off to the countryside to restore an old pub to its former glory.”