There are some places that feel like home, no matter where in the world you are.

And then there are some places that feel like the home you'd love to come home to every day. Mr. Hanbury's Mason's Arms, also known as the Artist's Residence Oxfordshire, is one such place.



I was lucky enough to visit the Artist's Residence on the eve of my birthday last week, whisked away after work to a pub dinner at this idyllic little inn in the countryside (a staycation for us really, as it was a super-handy 20 minute drive from home!). The food and relaxed atmosphere (and FOOD) won me over quickly - I had the house burger and J the beer battered hake and chips, both of which were fantastic. We ate outside in the setting evening sun, warmed further by pints of local lager and cider - if you ever find yourself in a pub in the Cotswolds, ask for Freedom! You won't be disappointed.

After a lazy wander around the grounds and a meander at the vegetable patch, we decided to trot down the road and back, before heading upstairs to our loft room. We had a note left on our room that this was a birthday celebration and the room selected of the five at the property didn't disappoint at all - airy, bright, decorated with humour and style - as soon as we walked in we were picking out all the bits and pieces we'd want in our own future home.

And the devil really is in the detail, the bits and pieces - locally procured snacks, the arran wool throw on the bed and the fluffy pillows and thick towels - right down to the Dyson Airblade to keep the room cool because the old inn had no AC! And then... there was the bathroom.

Roll top bath deep enough to swim in, rainfall shower with subway tiles, and spa-worthy Bramley bath products made this one of the most relaxing evenings in I've ever had. I ran myself a hot, long bubble bath, face mask'd up, and settled in with a podcast. Blissful.

It's also worth mentioning we had a deep, uninterrupted sleep, but our room did overlook the pub gardens - whilst this was a week night and the noise didn't bother us at all, I can't say that this would be the case at the weekend. That being said, the night was the best sleep I've had in a while, and waking up to an included(!) full English breakfast with tea on tap and fresh orange juice meant that I went home a very giddy Tami. This was bar-none one of the best overnight stays I've had full stop, let alone in Oxfordshire, and definitely one to put on your to-visit list if Oxford or the Cotswolds are in your travel plans. Now, when can I move in?



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