It’s no secret we’re huge fans of Soho House… Largely down to their discerning & understated interiors… oh and of course our love of Cowshed Spa products. So when Soho Farmhouse opened its doors last year we couldn’t wait to push past the A listers and see what gorgeousness awaited on this sprawling 100 acre country estate. A members club style resort; rustic charm with the right amount of urban cool.
Imagine a place where you leave your car key at the gatehouse while you hop on a foffa bike or are whisked away to your cabin in a 1950’s milk float – both mint coloured, obviously! Across a green and pleasant land to sleep in your own log cabin hideaway…..wooden, blackened or corrugated iron, typical of upstate New York. Everything is perfect albeit in a slightly imperfect way…think Little House on the Prairie with a Cocktail Waiter!
Set around the 18th Century Farm buildings you can opt to stay in the 7 Bed Farmhouse, 4 Bed cottage or one of 40 log cabins of various proportions. If you need inspiration for your home look no further, the interiors are sublime. What we love about the style of all of the Soho House properties is that warm feeling of familiarity and relaxed comfort. You feel at home….that’s their idea…its perfectly acceptable to curl up on one of their many huge sofas and just flick through a magazine.
All the accommodation is executed beautifully, Design Director Vicky Charles always works to bring out the history of their properties and source pieces with integrity. Lighting is low but functional ( we particularly love the many lampshades dotted around made from vintage saris) you have your own wood burning stove, a well stocked kitchen (where bread and cheese is left for you to make your own cheese toastie) and there’s an avalanche of cushions in ticking fabric. Your time can be split between a comfy armchair, luscious Chesterfield sofa or divine emperor size bed, fittings are pared back perfectly. This is not glitzy….this is timeless, elegant and effortless.
With windows for walls you can wake up surrounded by lush green countryside – the ultimate in calm. Cabins are truly beautiful outside too with veranda’s dressed with rocking chairs and outside tubs with yet more indulgent Cowshed products.
Away from your room the decor continues to inspire. The Main Barn is a vast space with exposed brick walls, comfy armchairs in stunning fabrics….(you’ll spot lots of Zoffany, Mulberry Home, GP&J Baker and Andrew Martin Kilim) Discreetly the space has been zoned between informal and more formal areas. Throughout flooring is attractive though hardwearing so softened by layered, well trodden rugs and the beautiful wooden bar in the Mill Room pub has been brought over from Chicago.
Now I’m at the stage in life where I’m happy to admit that I score a Hotel room based on how much I want to steal…..here it’s the lot!!!! However the clever team have even addressed that with their book ‘Eat,Drink,Nap’ helping you create the desirable look yourself and their first ‘Soho Home’ store on sight enables you to ‘take the House home’!!!…no thievery required!!!