The Artist Residence Story

It all began back in 2006, when co-founder, Justin, discovered that his mother had been in an accident, and left university - aged 20 - to be by her side and help out with the family B&B on Brighton seafront. Whilst standing outside the B&B one day, Justin was asked about available rooms. Soon he had managed to fill the whole place for the weekend and, just like that, he had caught the hospitality bug!

With a new-found interest in improving the hotel, but no budget for a revamp, Justin had to come up with a plan. Inspired by the Brighton art scene, he sent out an ad for artists to decorate rooms in return for board. Hundreds of artists responded, and soon descended on the place decorating walls, floors & ceilings with unique murals, some of which are still there today... and so, Artist Residence was born. Joined by girlfriend Charlotte, the pair set about making the concept and hotel a successful business.

Three years later, the duo set their sights on their next project, a manor house in West Cornwall, and after four more years, a lot of hard work and lessons learnt, they were able to expand to a townhouse in London. Here, Justin & Charlotte perfected their design aesthetic, adding to the art concept with a unique & eclectic style, and put a big focus on food and beverage in their places, adding a restaurant and bar to each location to appeal to locals and guests alike.

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The Mason Arms & Artist Residence Oxfordshire

The pub has maintained its original features, and is focussed on providing a warm and hospitable experience with an all-day offering of great and simple food and drink. The restaurant side of the pub has a separate menu, with a dining room and cocktail bar. Justin and Charlotte have designed the interiors in their unique and eclectic style, although this is in keeping with the original features of the pub.

There are five bedrooms upstairs. These rooms will form the Oxfordshire outpost of the Artist Residence boutique hotel family, and will have a ‘comfy-luxe’ feel, recreating the traditional Inn with an English bohemian twist.
The Artist Residence Story

It all began back in 2006, when co-founder, Justin, discovered that his mother had been in an accident, and left university - aged 20 - to be by her side and help out with the family B&B on Brighton seafront. Whilst standing outside the B&B one day, Justin was asked about available rooms. Soon he had managed to fill the whole place for the weekend and, just like that, he had caught the hospitality bug!

With a new-found interest in improving the hotel, but no budget for a revamp, Justin had to come up with a plan. Inspired by the Brighton art scene, he sent out an ad for artists to decorate rooms in return for board. Hundreds of artists responded, and soon descended on the place decorating walls, floors & ceilings with unique murals, some of which are still there today... and so, Artist Residence was born. Joined by girlfriend Charlotte, the pair set about making the concept and hotel a successful business.

Three years later, the duo set their sights on their next project, a manor house in West Cornwall, and after four more years, a lot of hard work and lessons learnt, they were able to expand to a townhouse in London. Here, Justin & Charlotte perfected their design aesthetic, adding to the art concept with a unique & eclectic style, and put a big focus on food and beverage in their places, adding a restaurant and bar to each location to appeal to locals and guests alike.

The Mason Arms & Artist Residence Oxfordshire

The pub has maintained its original features, and is focussed on providing a warm and hospitable experience with an all-day offering of great and simple food and drink. The restaurant side of the pub has a separate menu, with a dining room and cocktail bar. Justin and Charlotte have designed the interiors in their unique and eclectic style, although this is in keeping with the original features of the pub.

There are five bedrooms upstairs. These rooms will form the Oxfordshire outpost of the Artist Residence boutique hotel family, and will have a ‘comfy-luxe’ feel, recreating the traditional Inn with an English bohemian twist.