Sneak Peek: Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
This is not your grandfather’s farmhouse.
Why Go: Each of the 15 Soho House clubs has its own way of transporting guests to an idyllic world of stylish surroundings, smart-looking companions, and delicious food and drink. Opened in August, the group’s first resort, Soho Farmhouse, does this à la country living. Note: This is no down-and-dirty dude ranch. The 100-acre, car-free plot has become a thoughtfully planned village, complete with a deli, pub, and flower shop at its heart. Most everything sold in the deli has been made on-site, from the butter to the cured meats, salads, and pork pies. Throughout their stay, guests can be doted upon or remain self-sufficient as they please. They can take a green salad back to their quarters and make a grilled cheese, as each cabin comes with a country kitchen, stocked pantry, double Gloucester cheese, and fresh sourdough bread. Guests also can visit one of six restaurants—or call the mobile diner and have a chef drive over in a restored 1950s milk truck to prepare a savory in-room snack.
What to Expect: Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, Soho House’s operation mixes cutting-edge hotel operations with old-fashioned fun. Upon arrival, cameras scan license plates for a seamless check-in and so staff members can greet you by name, welcoming you with a fresh cocktail. A correctly sized bicycle and pairs of Wellington boots await guests at their cabins. The 42 stand-alone structures range from studios to a seven-bedroom farmhouse and overlook man-made streams and lakes that run throughout the estate. Each dwelling is comfortable and spacious enough to hole up in for a weekend or more. The lake’s private island, home to Cowshed spa, is another desired hideaway, equipped with an ice room, steam room, sauna, and hot tub. Or, to stay busy, guests can swim at the boathouse in the indoor/outdoor pool, play on the tennis courts and football fields, ride horses, ice-skate in winter, and take cooking classes, among other leisurely pursuits. Cabins start at about $514 per night.
How to Get There: Find the farm 75 minutes by train from London, or fly into London Oxford Airport and transfer by car in 25 minutes. (sohofarmhouse.com)