Di­pal Acharya cures the Jan­uary blues with an es­cape to Soho House’s coun­try pile

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Magazine - - Weekending - Edited by Di­pal Acharya

Jan­uary can be the very worst of times. Af­ter a month of rau­cous par­ties, free-flow­ing Prosecco and glut­tonous overeat­ing, the tran­si­tion into ‘New Year, New Me’ mode is a daunting prospect. But those search­ing for the per­fect way to soothe the fes­tive hang­over should look no fur­ther than a restora­tive week­end re­treat at Soho House’s Ox­ford­shire farm­house.

Set in 100 acres of sprawl­ing coun­try­side and less than a two-hour drive from Lon­don, Soho House founder Nick Jones’ new out­post opened to much fan­fare last sum­mer, with the likes of Ed­die Red­mayne, Alexa Chung and Cres­sida Bonas among the first lucky guests to se­cure a room.

The Farm­house is a heady mix of rus­tic charm and stylish mod­ern touches. The mini-vil­lage is made up of 40 spa­cious log cab­ins re­plete with tim­ber beams and their own wood­burn­ers, al­though larger groups can be ac­com­mo­dated in a cot­tage and a farm­house with four and seven bed­rooms re­spec­tively. The site has a no-cars pol­icy for guests, so hav­ing sur­ren­dered our car keys upon ar­rival on a Fri­day af­ter­noon, we were fer­ried to our cabin in a vin­tage milk cart — painted in the Farm­house’s sig­na­ture teal — by James, our as­signed ‘farm­hand’ (read: per­sonal but­ler).

Upon ar­rival, we were ac­quainted with our trans­port for the week­end: four trendy Foffa bikes parked neatly be­side a row of mint-green Welling­ton boots, each pro­vided by the ho­tel ac­cord­ing to height and shoe mea­sure­ments sent over to the book­ings team in ad­vance of our stay.

The in­te­rior of the cabin was trade­mark Soho House — cosily fa­mil­iar yet ex­pertly tailored to its sur­round­ings. We found stacks of logs and a pre-lit fire crack­ling away in the liv­ing room, and a Kirstie Allsopp-wor­thy kitchen stocked with fresh loaves of bread and bags of gra­nola snaf­fled from the in-house deli. The bed­rooms were kit­ted out with XXL dou­ble beds, mini Mar­shall speak­ers and en-suite bath­rooms loaded with the house’s sig­na­ture Cow­shed lo­tions and po­tions.

With so many home com­forts, we weren’t quite ready to ven­ture out­side — which proved no bad thing once we dis­cov­ered the cabin ser­vices menu. A quick phone call to our farm­hand and a mo­bile cock­tail ser­vice was

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