If Brogue was pressed to say what it enjoyed most about its recent stay at Soho Farmhouse – Nick Jones’ ambitious 100-acre retreat in the Oxfordshire countryside – the open-air bathtubs would probably be a good starting point. The Farmhouse accommodation comprises 40 wood and tin-clad cabins featuring fully-stocked wet bars, wood-burning stoves and the aforementioned al fresco bathing facilities. Each chic shack is even afforded its own Hunter-welly-clad butler (or ‘farm hand’), although Brogue admittedly found its well-meaning Man Friday more of a hindrance than a help.
The site’s focal point is the Main Barn, where an open kitchen serves as an altar to comfort food – the menu has been designed by Tom Aikens – although there are plenty of other places to graze, from the farmhouse deli to an occasional curry house, a 24-hour pub and Pen Yen – a simply brilliant Japanese grill tucked away at the Boathouse, where the brave (or foolhardy) can clamber into rowing boats after one too many Hakushu Highballs.
Besides guessing at the media profession of fellow guests via Instagram there are plenty of other ways to have fun at the Farm, from a full-size cinema to the gargantuan Cowshed spa. A BMW i8 is also available for whimsical electric thrills beyond the front gate, although why anyone would want to leave is beyond us.
Cabins from £325 for non-members sohofarmhouse.com