I seem to know a lot of people who are a member of Soho House… which means I hear a lot about Soho Farmhouse, the group’s countryside retreat in Oxfordshire. Last week, finally, I had the opportunity to visit this much-loved property for a day exploring the facilities.
Driving in through the grand entrance gates I was struck by the sheer size of the estate. 40 cabins, a four-bedroom cottage and a seven-bedroom farm house are set amongst 100 acres of lovely English countryside. Once inside the Soho Farmhouse gates, the most difficult decision you’ll make is where to enjoy your morning cappuccino.
The spa is particularly spectacular, with an indoor pool and heated outdoor pool, steam room and sauna, high-tech gym and a wide range of Cowshed spa treatments.
There are numerous spaces for relaxing and working, and I can only imagine how the outdoor areas come to life in the summer. We sat for a while in the main barn, where the sofas are topped with plumb velvet pillows, there are cosy log fires offering warmth and staff are on hand to bring you whatever beverage or snack you desire. I also loved the Farmshop & Deli, a perfectly quaint space with tiled floors, delicious delicacies and wholesome lunch options.
I spent a while wandering outside too… as guests rode by on their branded bicycles I went to say “hello” to the horses at the stables and visited the greenhouse and gardens. Kids can roam free in the Soho Farmhouse grounds, and with so many different activities there is always something to entertain them.
Hungry from the intake of fresh country air, we headed back to the Main Barn for lunch, though I was tempted by the Japanese cuisine at Pen Yen. The food is simple, wholesome and comforting, whether you want something indulgent like the house cheeseburger, or prefer to choose from the healthy salads and soups. We nearly opted for the Spit roast Springfield Farm chicken for two with pork stuffing and potato & onion bake (which felt fitting in these surroundings) but decided to choose an assortment of dishes from the main a la carte menu… wood oven margarita pizza, wonderfully creamy burrata and delicious charred roasted cauliflower with onion.
Sadly, after lunch it was time to return to reality and drive back to London, but not before a quick pitstop at Bicester Village… just 15 minutes drive from Soho Farmhouse. It is yet another reason to stay at this British countryside sanctuary.
More information and book a stay at Soho Farmhouse here.