The Painswick will be a ‘touch unconventional’


The newest addition to the Calcot Collection will aim to be a ‘little brave and a touch unconventional’, when it opens next month, according to Richard Ball, executive chairman of the group.

The Painswick, a 16-bed restaurant-with-rooms, will open its doors on March 21 and according to Ball, will be positioned as ‘the naughty child’ of the portfolio, which consists of Calcot Manor, Barnsley House and Lord Crewe Arms in Northumberland.

The new property in the heart of the Cotswolds will form a triangle of hotels with Calcot Manor and Barnsley House and with stylish, bright and quirky interior designs, will aim to attract the younger market with a lower price point.

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Speaking last night at the preview of the new Painswick menu created by head chef Michael Bedford, Ball stressed that he didn’t want to create a cookie-cutter style brand with the Calcot Collection, but instead capture different audiences with each property’s individuality.

The Painswick has been closed since April 2015 for extensive renovation, and now top interior designer, Nicky Farquhar, is gearing up to style the hotel ahead of its opening date.

The 16 bedrooms include one larger suite, while the property will also consist of a 34-cover restaurant, which will be an informal and relaxed dining space where the staff will be kitted out in jeans and trainers.

The hotel will also be home to two treatment rooms, which Ball expects to be hugely popular.

The new general manager is Luke Millikin, who was formerly deputy general manager at St Mellion International Resort in Cornwall and also has experience at Abode Hotels and Bovey Castle.