Welcome to the Luxury Chapter UK Luxury Escapes segment, our ultimate regular guide on where to stay, eat, and things to do on luxurious weekends away. To begin, we are bringing you a luxury weekend escape in one of the most breathtaking cities in England, Oxford.
For over 800 years, Oxfordshire has been home to royalty and scholars with the ancient University of Oxford to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, there is an abundance of rich history and culture to explore. Weather you’re looking to take in some of England’s culture, dine on the finest cuisines, stroll through the classic cobbled streets or relax in one of Oxford’s boutique hotels, we have something to suit your desires.
THE ARTISTIC RESIDENCE
Nestled in the countryside of Oxford is home to one of the most luxurious boutique inns. If you are looking for a charming authentic artistic place to stay that creates a luxurious home away from experience, then the Artistic Residence Oxfordshire is the place you want to stay.
Justin and Charlotte Sailsbury have designed their Oxford edition of the Artistic Residence with a big focus on the artwork and interiors. A personally curated selection of artwork adds to the signature Artistic Residence injection of colour throughout the unique boutique inn. Notable artwork includes The Connor Brothers, Harland Miller, Dan Hiller, Bespoke Andy Doig Neon’s and a Lucy Sparrow cabinet of felt British household products.
The unique Farmhouse Suite and Stable Suite feature an exquisite free standing bathtub in the bedroom for that added signature touch. For the best space in the house, the spacious Barn Suite is ideal. Designed with a high pitched ceiling, bespoke four poster bed and a luxe bathroom with free standing bathtub and rainfall shower. The Barn Suite also has a private terrace, seating area with a mini bar cabinet and a log burner. With antique furnishings, Morris & Co fabrics and eclectic artwork, the Barn is a luxurious take on the bohemian countryside retreat.
THE OXFORD ARTISAN DISTILLERY
For those wanting to indulge in the history of the city’s finest and first distillery, the tour of Oxford’s Artisan’s Distillery is one of true unique indulgence,discovering the principles of distilling and follow the production process which makes the craft spirits incredibly unique.. Using sustainable grown populations of ancient heritage grain to create, cultivate and curate the very finest spiritsas well as growing their own grain, you’ll get the opportunity to see their beautifully crafted hand made copper stills.
In order to create distinctive spirits from field to bottle, the distillery built their own stills with the help of artisans and engineers who share their ideals on craft and total provenance. South Devon Railway Engineering are steam engine craftsmen and are the greatest historical industrial coppersmiths in England.
Indulge in one of their two tour options:
You’ll be shown how the vodka, gin, absinthe and rye whisky are made following every step of the journey from grain to bottle. This close you’ll gain a real appreciation of the extra mile they go to make this a true craft distillery. The tour will finish with an opportunity to ask questions and taste a selection of our spirits.
Hosted by one of the three founders this tour gives a unique insight into the journey from conception all the way to bottle. You will spend time learning how they source the ingredients and the work that goes into making their unique vodka, gin, absinthe and rye whiskey. After this in-depth tour, you be hosted in an extended tasting session, taking you through all the different spirits and finishing with a large gin and tonic.
No1 SHIP STREET
Winner of The Oxford Times | Oxford Mail 2018 Restaurant Awards – Best Opening, No1 Ship must be top on your list of places to dine during your visit to Oxford. When you step into the luxurious world of No1 ship you are welcomed by a beautiful ambience and world class service. It’s a restaurant that not only focuses on creating a vibrant food menu but also delivering quality service for each of their clients. No1 Ship Street creates a full unique dining experience. The Bar sees a creative cocktail list alongside fine and rare wines, grower champagnes and premium spirits. The wine list focuses on small family run vineyards and independent suppliers, biodynamic and natural wine making – quality is key.
Created by Ross Drummond and Owen Little, No1 Ship Street has set a new standard for the fine dining experience.
No.1 Ship Street, Oxford, OX1 3DA.