Artist Residence – Brighton, East Sussex
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The story of the Artist Residence group began ten years ago when Justin and Charlie Salisbury first met as students. Justin’s mum, who’d just bought a Brighton guesthouse in need of renovation, was seriously injured in an accident and 20-year-old Justin stepped in. Having no idea how to tackle the redecoration, he filled the listed townhouse with artists, asking them to decorate the rooms in return for free board. And so the first Artist Residence, successful and buzzy, was born. It was soon joined by three more, in Penzance, Bristol, Pimlico and Oxford. The Brighton original has sea views and retro-style bedrooms ranging from tiny crash pads to a huge suite. Two new art bedrooms, designed by Ben Eine and Pure Evil, have just been unveiled, while artists Maria Rivans, Charlie Anderson, Fox Fisher and Jessica Albarn have designed four other fabulous rooms. There’s also the sparky Fix Bar for drinks and in the Set Restaurant next door chef Dan Kenny serves an inventive menu of hearty seasonal dishes.
Doubles from £95
+44 (0)1273 324302; artistresidence.co.uk