I've been meaning to write about my trip to Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, UK for a few weeks but upon my return to San Francisco life got crazy (more on that in a future post!) I couldn't not write about this place though, as it was one of the most magical 24 hours I've experienced in a while!
Soho Farmhouse is part of the Soho House group, a private members club that has locations in London, Somerset and New York. I've been lucky enough to visit Soho House and Shoreditch House in London through friends or work despite not every being a member (it's around £2k a year so I'm told) and was very excited when I heard that I'd be experiencing their new site out in the countryside for my friend Jenifer's birthday.
As this was at the end of my whirlwind trip to Europe I hadn't done any research and had zero expectations about what to expect. We took a train for about an hour and a half from London and then had to wait a while for a taxi (tip - book a local cab company in advance as it's a very rural location!). When we arrived we were asked to board a milk float which would take us to "the farm". Needless to say we were excited!
The farm resides of over 100 acres of land and has a mixture of accommodations including 40 Cabins, a farm house and a cottage you can hire, as well as the collection of Teepees where we would be spending the night. There are several restaurants/bars/cafes, a shop, a fitness center and a spa, all laid out in typical farmhouse style. The result is a luxurious yet relaxing countryside oasis. We wasted no time in getting straight to the food, and ate at the smaller 'cafe' style restaurant where you could choose a selection of homemade vegan salads. It was as delicious and fresh as it looks!
Next stop, spa time! The cowshed spa is laid out with private shower rooms laden with products that smelt divine, fluffy robes that you never want to take off and a roaring fireplace surrounded by comfy sofas - I was in heaven. The outdoor hot tubs and sauna/steam/ice rooms are in the middle of the lake, and the rustic vibe and attention to detail made it feel unlike any spa i'd ever been to (and I love a spa).
After a few hours of stewing in the hot tub and putting the world to rights Chlo, Jen and I made our way to the Teepee field to check out our new home. We were blown away by how cosy and beautifully decorated the interior was and Jen had the fire going in no time (who needs men!) Despite the fancy decor it still felt more like camping then a hotel room which gave it a more adventurous feel which I really liked.
The grounds are big enough that you can explore for a good few hours; on our afternoon wander we saw people boating in the lake, horse riding, playing ping pong and plenty of cyclists. It seems to be the perfect place to come whether you are the outdoorsy type that wants to roam or someone who just wants to curl up in front of one of the many roaring fires. That night we ate in the main barn and the food was excellent, with plenty of vegan options.
Soho Farmhouse was the perfect place to go with the girls to disconnect with the rest of the world and have a much needed catch-up. It felt really special and I'm so happy I got to experience it with them and wake up there with one of my best friends on her 31st birthday!