When co-founder Justin dropped out of uni to help out with the family B&B on Brighton seafront, he unexpectedly caught the hospitality bug, and set out to improve the business with very little budget. Inspired by the Brighton art scene, he sent out an ad for artists to decorate rooms in return for board. Hundreds of artists soon descended on the place decorating the walls, floors & ceilings with unique murals...and so, Artist Residence was born.
Where it all began...
From one seaside town to another...
Joined by then girlfriend (now wife) Charlie, 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 the seaside town of Penzance in West Cornwall...
To the big smoke!
...and after 4 years, a lot of hard work & lessons learnt, they were able to take on an old pub in Pimlico, London. Here, Justin & Charlie 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.
To the countryside, and beyond!
In 2017, the paid ventured out to the countryside to open our 4th place in Oxfordshire, and in 2018 we will be expanding to an old boot factory in Bristol! ...and then who knows? We LOVE creating fun & friendly places to eat, drink & sleep, so watch this space!