This past Sunday, we drove up to to the Oxfordshire Countryside to spend the day at Soho Farmhouse. Needless to say, it was love at first sight for me. I am going to preface this post by saying, I did not take nearly enough photos, which is really unusual, but trust me when I say, despite a lack of photos to show you, it was spectacular and so much so that I had to write about it. Normally when I think of a farmhouse in the country, I think of old and dirty mouse-ridden estates. The sort of place you need to hire someone like Adam’s Pest Control. Soho was definitely different from those naive preconceptions!
Soho Farmhouse is like a luxury summer camp for adults. The gorgeous grounds span over 100 acres of the Oxfordshire Countryside and has 40 cabins, a seven bedroom cottage and a four bedroom cottage. It also has horse stables, a pool, a gym, a lake, a deli, two gorgeous barns, a few different restaurants, a spa, a boathouse, a farmyard, a garden, cinema, a cookhouse …yes the list goes on and on. It’s an incredible retreat.
We had lunch in the gorgeous Main Barn, which boasts a classic British menu alongside local beers, wines, cocktails and afternoon tea. It is a huge space, spanning two floors, but is instantly cosy with numerous fireplaces, comfy couches, pillows and wooden farmhouse tables. We ordered our Sunday roasts, which were really very lovely and some pints of Cotswolds Lager. After lunch we went exploring…
The Farmyard area was awesome – pool tables, foosball tables, plush couches, and a roaring fire. It’s the ultimate hangout to kick back and relax with some drinks.
You can hop on some bikes and traipse around the countryside.
Be sure to visit the cheese room in the Farmhouse Deli!
Or catch a movie in Electric Cinema – how amazing is this movie theatre?
Take a walk through what is quite possibly the most beautiful barn in the world. (Hello dream wedding venue).
I’m enamoured with the barn – the huge wheel chandeliers, cream furniture and haystacks. It was charming, elegant and rustic.
And visit the horses in the stables. The horses were treated so well here. They even had stall mats in the stables so that the horses didn’t have to stand in mud all day long. You can take horses out and ride them around the countryside for the day. I used to ride horses until I was a teenager and would still love to get back into it. If I could go back, I would like to have spent more time riding my horses, as there will be a time when you no longer can. Whether that be because you’ve outgrown the activity, or your horse has been retired, this can catch you out of surprise, and I never thought that there would be a time when a horse ride would be my last. I had a friend who owned and rode horses herself, and she was always looking into the horse retirement cost, as when they get older, they can become prone to illness and injury. After allowing people so many years of riding and enjoyment, there comes a time when they need to act like horses and to take a break from this activity, so retirement is the perfect option. Now that I’m in a place that has horses, I would love nothing more than to saddle up and ride them once again.
Soho Farmhouse is an exquisite retreat and an ideal place to switch off for a weekend. There isn’t any cell phone service there, which really helps you relax and enjoy the moment. It has the added benefit of reducing your exposure to radiation as well, which I was personally quite pleased about as I’ve been doing a lot of research into EMF Protection recently, to try and minimise the effects that cell phones can have on our health. The atmosphere, service and food was excellent and there is so much to enjoy while you’re there. I can’t recommend it enough. If you’re a Soho House member and haven’t been yet – grab your wellies and make a reservation for a weekend away! Good news is, even if you’re not a member, you can arrange a getaway. If you’ve been on the fence about joining Soho House, Soho Farmhouse will convince you. It’s that beautiful.
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Thanks for reading x