Something different. Different, that is, for the burgeoning Artist Residence group of funky, art-themed hotels that have sprung up, courtesy of enterprising owners Justin and Charlie (Charlotte) Salisbury. Now this energetic couple has headed for leafy Oxfordshire and the former Mason Arms, stamping it with their inimitable look. There are five stunning bedrooms upstairs and a further three in the stables and outbuildings, plus a cool shepherd’s hut. Original features have been retained and restored, auction houses and reclamation yards scoured and modern art set against William Morris wallpaper. The restaurant features art by the Connor Brothers and their fictional character Mr Hanbury (a nod to the Mason Arms’ famously eccentric landlord Mr Stonhill), while the kitchen is run by rising star Tim Kewley. It’s early days, but you can be sure
that Justin and Charlie have another richly deserved hit on their hands.
Doubles from £110
+44 (0)1993 656220; artistresidence.co.uk
The history and splendour of Blenheim Palace, park and gardens.
Hearty pub classics with an inventive spin downstairs at Mr Hanbury’s Mason Arms
Designer finds at nearby Bicester Village
CLAIM TO FAME
Previous landlord Gerry Stonhill flouted the smoking ban and installed a helipad to create an exclusive hangout for the likes of Marco Pierre-White and Raymond Blanc.
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