Calcot Collection prepares to launch newest hotel in March


March will see the launch of a new 16-bedroom boutique property in the Cotswolds, less than a year after it was purchased by new owners, the Calcot Collection.

The Painswick has undergone a complete renovation since April 2015, and is gearing up to officially be relaunched as a chic new restaurant-with-rooms in just a few months’ time.

The new Gloucestershire property will join Calcot Manor, Barnsley House and The Village Pub to complete Calcot collection’s ‘Cotswolds triangle’, alongside Northumberland’s Lord Crewe Arms.

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The owners say they are aiming to create a hotel that comes with a ‘splash of luxury with a country-cool edge reminiscent of Covent Garden, rather than Mayfair’.

The Calcot Collection’s executive chairman, Richard Ball says: “Something of a realignment is happening in the country hotel arena. After years of pushing the boundaries of luxury to extremes, a return to the essence of its core offering is underway. Consumer preferences have shifted too – not just on the back of recent challenging economic times but also due to a desire to pare back on excess and make more of simplicity. A very appealing middle ground between luxury at full-tilt and posh pubs on the rise has opened up. The Painswick will root itself there and lead the way in answering the current call for a fresh approach.”

Alongside the 16 bedrooms, The Painswick will feature a statement restaurant, a bar, lounge and private dining rooms, as well as two beauty treatment rooms.

Taking the helm in the kitchen will be Michael Bedford, who is well-known from his role as chef proprietor of The Chef’s Table in Tetbury and more recently The Butcher’s Arms at Oakridge Lynch.

General manager is Luke Millikin, who was formerly deputy general manager at St Mellion International Resort in Cornwall, having previously worked at Exeter’s Abode Hotel and Bovey Castle.

“The anticipation is that those visiting the area for events such as the various Cheltenham festivals and Painswick’s Art Couture festival in July will adopt The Painswick as their home, heading out-and-about in the daytime and returning to enjoy it fully in the evening,” says Millikin.

The Painswick will join the 35-bedroom Calcot Manor, which opened in 1984 and the 18-bedroom Barnsley House – relaunched in 2009 – plus the Village Pub with six rooms of its own.

Northumberland’s Lord Crewe Arms at Blanchland was opened in 2014.