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Saturday, 12 November 2016

Soho Farmhouse ๐ŸŒฒ

I recently visited Soho Farmhouse for a weekend & my only word is simply 'wow'. Soho House never really disappoints and their hideaway in the country is no exception. You'll know if you're a Soho House member that there is a section on the 'House Seven' website called 'Spontaneous Stays'. The clue is in the title but here you can book a last minute, reduced stay at any of the houses with availability. If you know me I don't think you'd ever put 'Lily' and 'camping' in the same sentence, but anyway we went ahead & booked one of the bell tents (I think it was £80) and I was apprehensive. 

I put all of my things in the car on a very rainy Friday morning & I was having serious second thoughts about our choice of accommodation. It is about an hour & a half drive to get to Great Tew from West London (more time for me to stress about mud & being cold) but seriously it was worth it! We arrived, checked in & then we were taken to the main site in the most adorable converted milk float. Off we went to find our tent & all my initial worries disappeared..

Mention the word tent to me & I start having heart palpitations about the time I went to a festival and our tent nearly blew away. These tents are not your 'ordinary' tents, they are beautiful & so, so cosy! They even have a little log burner inside to keep you warm, the comfiest bed and lots of snuggley blankets.

As a member & guest you are able to use all of the facilities, apart from Horse Riding & the Cowshed spa which you have to pay extra for. I love horses and I've been riding since a young age, but there is one problem... I'm so allergic. I forgot my anti-histamine tablets so unfortunately couldn't go on a ride however I still managed to say hello to one gorgeous pony before sneezing my way to lunch.

[ Shirt : Whistles . Jeans: Zara . Bag : Hermรจs . Boots : & Other Stories ]

After lunch we headed to the pool but it was really busy! Trust me to turn up half way through what seemed to be a children's swimming lesson (nobody would probably notice 'Little Lily' though). There are two hot tubs & a sauna hidden behind the spa & nobody was using them, I'd definitely recommend disappearing off to this area to relax before getting dry & hopping on a bike to explore!

We ate dinner & talked about boring business stuff before venturing back to the tent. On the way back we met such a lovely lady with the most adorable dog & chatted until they closed the boathouse. This is the thing I love about Soho House , there are so many interesting members!

 I slept so well, we packed up our things and went to get breakfast. I absolutely love breakfast & couldn't decide between a sweet and savoury option... so obviously I had both.

Ok, my eyes are bigger than my tummy.

We had a little look around the shops & went for a walk before jumping on the milk float back to the main entrance.

We settled our food bill and I'll warn you now, you will spend a lot on food! You are in the middle of nowhere and realistically unless you plan on trekking across the countryside you are going to eat at one of the restaurants:
  • MAIN BARN MEZZANINES (the posh menu)

When you have checked out your car is bought to you & you are all ready to go home. If you have time before heading home I would recommend that you visit Bicester Village , it is only half an hour away and you can find some absolute designer bargains! Or if you head 30 minutes in the other direction you'll find the stunning Bourton on Water, this village is the true meaning of the word picturesque & is often called the ''Venice of the Cotswolds''

 Overall I had such a fab time & will most definitely be back, maybe to stay in one of the cabins instead now that it is winter. Realistically one night & two days was enough time for me to fit everything in but if you are a real 'outdoorsy' type I'd say stay a few more days and enjoy the beautiful countryside.

You can apply for membership here: https://www.sohohouse.com/membership

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