Justin and Charlie’s ability to create beautiful small hotels at the speed of light is unprecedented. Their fourth – lost in the country a few miles west of Oxford – is a reinvention of the country pub, though not as you might think. This isn’t a stripped-back monument to contemporary design, rather a cool take on all things retro with quirky art and a little neon mixed in for good measure. You’ll find vintage wallpapers, vivid colours, glass cabinets filled with curios, then a pink, upcycled sofa in the cocktail bar. Country rugs cover flagstone floors, a fire burns on both sides in the bar, an original pine bench comes with plumped-up cushions. You eat in The Mason Arms amid ferns and flock wallpaper, perhaps baked scallops and sweet chilli, buratta and olive tapenade, fish and chips or marinated lamb and mint yogurt, followed by a rhubarb and stem ginger crumble. There’s a dining terrace that overlooks the kitchen garden. Stunning bedrooms (eight dog-friendly, one in the shepherd’s hut) set the standard for others to follow: fat beds, exposed timbers, robes in flawless bathrooms, old tea chests for bedside tables. We’ve hardly scratched the surface. Exceptional.