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 added to the art concept with a unique & eccentric design style, and added cafe bar spaces to each location for locals and guests alike.
To the countryside, and beyond!
In 2017 the pair ventured out to the Oxfordshire countryside to reinvent a quaint thatched pub in their signature quirky style...
5 years in the making, we finally opened the doors to our biggest place yet - an incredible old boot factory in the centre of buzzing Bristol.