A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest

A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest UK

A wonderfully festive stay, the perfect winter getaway – cosy up in a log cabin, curl up in front of a wood burner and escape the world at Soho Farmhouse. 

Last week, I was extremely lucky to be invited to the one and only Soho Farmhouse for #asohohomechristmas – a festive gathering of bloggers with Soho Home and Pinterest UK. Hidden away in the Oxfordshire countryside, Soho Farmhouse is a members club and hotel with 40 cosy log cabins, a four-bedroom cottage and a seven-bedroom farm house set amongst 100 acres of picturesque farmland.

A trip to Soho Farmhouse is a real restorative escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life – you can swim outside in an infinity pool on the lake, watch the ducks go by from a hot tub looking over the water, indulge in a treatment at the spa, watch a film at the cinema or simply hideaway from the world in your cabin and order room service. On a crisp, cold November day, it felt like a fusion between a Nordic hideaway and an English countryside retreat. In fact I’d say winter is the perfect time to experience this warm, cosy setting away from it all.

A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Soho Farmhouse across the still waters
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
The main barn at Soho Farmhouse

Soho Farmhouse is just over an hour’s train ride from London Marylebone station. We arrived on a crisp, bright day as the low light was filtering through the trees and across the shimmering waters of the lake. All the facilities are fairly spread out so even though there’s a lot of outbuildings and a few people milling about here and there, it didn’t felt busy or overcrowded. On the contrary, the ambience was calm and laid-back.

The hotel is clustered around the Main Barn, the tall-ceilinged, central hub  where you can eat, drink and relax in comfy armchairs and cosy nooks. There’s even huge indoor sofas dressed with cushions and rugs that spill outside into the Farm Yard. Around this space you also have the Mill Room, where you can enjoy local ales, a shop so you can take a slice of Soho Farmhouse home, and the Cowshed spa.

The original seven-bedroom farmhouse is set in its own garden, opposite the kitchen garden cookhouse and Electric Barn Cinema. Then there’s the Boathouse, which has a 16m indoor pool, a 25m outdoor pool onto the lake, as well as a bar and Japanese grill restaurant Pen Yen. And I haven’t even got to the cabins yet, nor the teepees, tennis courts, horse stables or football pitch! You really need to come for a week to fit it all in…

A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Lots of cosy nooks to rest a while in
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
It’s all in the little details
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
A hot tub and sauna faces the water
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Sail away…

Our first stop of the day was to the Kitchen Garden Cookhouse where we learnt how to prepare some Christmas canapés with the lovely cook and author Anna Barnett. We made charcoal blinis with creme fraiche and smoked salmon, brussel sprout tops filled with earthy beetroots and toasted walnuts, as well as scallops wrapped in prosciutto and cooked in rosemary butter. Delicious!

A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
A moody, atmospheric Christmas dinner by candlelight in one of the barns
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
A Pinterest worthy festive dining table if ever there was one
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Bubbles and Cowshed crackers

We then sat down to a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings – turkey, stuffing, red cabbage and pigs in blankets, followed by sticky toffee pudding and Christmas pudding – what a treat!

Barwell Barn, in the grounds of Soho Farmhouse had been transformed into a wonderfully elegant, festive scene, with tall, tapered candles and rich green and red foliage draped down the table. Cut crystals glasses,  Cowshed crackers and personalised menus finished each place setting. It was magical.

A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
An elegant, nature-inspired table setting
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Festive foliage was draped along the table and interspersed with tall, tapered candles
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
We tucked into Christmas dinner with all the trimmings followed by Christmas pud and sticky toffee pudding
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
The winter sun lights up the table display

Then it was time to head to our cabins! There are 40 in total, in various sizes dotted around the Farm’s lakes. Each one has bicycles outside to easily get around the grounds and their own little porch with logs for the wood burning stove inside.

 

A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Soho Farmhouse’s cosy log cabins, complete with bicycles to get around the grounds
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
A festive touch to the front door and fresh milk delivered in the morning
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
A vintage number marks the front door
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
A little kitchenette has everything you might need for your stay

Inside, you have a little kitchenette with Cabin Supplies and everything you might need for your stay. There’s the usual tea, coffee and mini-bar, but also lovely touches like granola and a small loaf of bread for the morning.

A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Handy, utilitarian items on display in the hallway
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Make yourself a cup of tea, a slice of toast or a bowl of granola in the morning

The wood-panelled bedroom has tall ceilings and French doors onto a balcony. The bed is absolutely huge, the comfiest I’ve slept in in a long time, topped with soft, white linen, dozens of squishy pillows and layers of wool blankets.

Everything is well-thought out and considered for the guest, from the fluffy dressing gowns and slippers to the magazines on the coffee table and the radio playing Classic FM. It’s the little things.

A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
The wood-panelled bedrooms feature tall ceilings and huge, comfy beds
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Snug bath robes on hand
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Hide away in your cabin with a wood burning stove gently flickering away
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Fresh white linen and soft, cosy touches
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Brass details and a Marshall speaker
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Crumpled sheets and the perfect cup of coffee in bed
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
So many pillows to help you rest and drift off to sleep

The wood burning stove went straight on and I settled in for a wonderfully cosy night on the sofa watching a movie and ordering pizza. You really could easily hole yourself up in a cabin and not need to see another human being – apart from the delivery guy!

A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
By the fire
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Unique objects on display
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Soft, natural light
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Wool throws and hessian cushions dress the bed
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
The perfect hideaway

One of the best features of the cabins is the outdoor bathtubs – a really unique experience to bathe in the fresh, open air with the birds singing in the background. I thought it would be absolutely freezing, but the steam from the tub quickly warms you up and invigorates the soul.

A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
There’s even a tin bath outside the cabin!
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
An invigorating bath outside in the nature
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
The steaming outdoor swimming pool
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Turquoise bikes to get around
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Wherever you go in Soho Farmhouse, there’s always a warming fire
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Outdoor seating blurs inside and out with the sofas and patterned rugs
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Rustic armchairs next to the fire

In the morning it was time for a wander around and breakfast in the Main Barn. I chose from the buffet Farmhouse Table, which had platters of smoked salmon, hard-boiled eggs, breads, pastries, juices and fresh fruit.

A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
A delicious breakfast in the Main Barn

After a peaceful, restorative massage in the Cowshed spa and a few last snaps it was time to tear myself away from Soho Farmhouse and get back to the city. As you can probably tell, I didn’t want to leave at all!

A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
A calm corner
A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Bohemian touches give a homely quality

Soho Farmhouse was such a lovely, relaxing experience – the perfect winter getaway. I returned to London feeling revived and in a bit of a dream. I can’t wait to go back again!

A festive stay at Soho Farmhouse with Soho Home and Pinterest
Bye bye Soho Farmhouse, I’ll be back again!

Thank you to Soho Home, Soho House and Pinterest UK for hosting me at Soho Farmhouse, it was a truly wonderful stay! 

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  1. This is very very stunning, it looks the most perfect place. Your photos are stunning

  2. What a delighful hideaway! Would love to visit when in UK. Fab representation, thanks for sharing.

  3. What an absolutely beautiful place. It looks so serene!! Lucky you. X

  4. Wow, what a treat. I’m not jealous at all! You photo’s are amazing too – I’ve already pinned several. x

  5. I’m not actually sure where to start! Just wow, it looks absolutely amazing.

  6. Such beautiful photos Cate! I really enjoyed my visit last year but didn’t have the pleasure of actually staying overnight and the cabins look oh-so-magical for a winter hideaway. So jealous of your Christmas dinner too, I’ll bet it was pretty darn incredible! x

    • Thank you lovely! It was so magical this time of year, I’m not sure it would be the same in the summer without the wood burners and all the cosiness. Soho Home certainly know how to do Christmas! x

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