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Name of hotel: 1823 Spinning Block at Holmes Mill

Owned by: James’ Places

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Managed by: Matt Barnett

Bedrooms: 38

Due to open in: First 16 bedrooms open now, expected to be fully open by Easter 2018.

Interior design: ‘Opulent industrial’. It is art nouveau with a feminine, indulgent look featuring beautiful, flowing lines.

The hotel: 1823 Spinning Block is the conversion of Holmes Mill, as part of the £10m redevelopment of the disused former textile mill. It was acquired in 2015 by James’ Places who has spent the last two years transforming the building. Alongside the 38-bedroom boutique, the complex is also home to other businesses owned by James’ Places: the Bowland Brewery, the Beer Hall (which features the longest bar in Britain), The Bowland Food Hall, Boiler House Café, gelateria and a multi-use function room. James’ Places was established more than 20 years ago and now has a portfolio of eight hospitality venues across the Ribble Valley, South Lakes and Yorkshire Dales.

F&B operations: The building is home to a number of different F&B offerings. The Bistro, Bar and Grill is a modern British seafood and grill restaurant championing local produce; The Beer Hall serves pub food with a vast range of real ales and is home to the longest bar in Britain. The Bowland Food Hall serves up tapas and platters from the region and is the ‘larder’ of Holmes Mill; the Boiler House Café specialises in coffees, hot drinks, specialist cakes and pastries, while the Gelateria is a traditional and inventive ice creams store.

Stand-out factors:

  • As part of the Holmes Mill complex, which is an attraction in its own right, the Spinning Block offers the option for an overnight stay to those enjoying activities at the venue including weddings, celebrations, live music, corporate functions, and more.
  • The whole complex is design-led and individual, inspired by the building itself and developed with love and attention to detail.

Aims for the property when it launches: To provide a sumptuous, comfortable and welcoming stay for guests in beautiful, cutting-edge urban chic surroundings. A pool, spa and gym will be on the cards for late 2018.


Name of hotel: Artist Residence Bristol

Owned by: Justin and Charlotte Salisbury

Managed by: Justin and Charlotte Salisbury

Bedrooms: 26

Due to open in: End of 2018

Interior design: Justin says: “We’ve always been very hands-on with the design process and over the years we’ve created our own eclectic design aesthetic through creating great relationships with British artists, galleries and independent suppliers. Essentially we pull together things we love, and juxtapose quirky modern art prints with reclaimed and antique furnishings to create a relaxed, bohemian style.”

F&B operations: The building will have an all-day restaurant, workspace, café and bar, The Boot Factory. As with the brand’s other sites, the F&B will play a huge part in the business and will be a social hub for the local community as well as for guests, with an emphasis on local produce as well as a calendar of events created in collaboration with local brands and businesses.

Stand-out factors:

  • Artist Residence Bristol will be located in Stokes Croft and will be the fifth property in the Artist Residence portfolio when it opens. Justin and Charlotte explain that they are striving to create a neighbourhood destination rather than a traditional hotel and want to be seen as a creative hub of the city, integrating into the community.


Name of hotel: The Langley

Owned by: City & Country Hotels Ltd

Managed by: City & Country Hotels Ltd

Bedrooms: 41 rooms

Due to open in: Summer 2018

Interior design: The Langley will be the sister hotel to The Wellesley in London when it opens next year following an multi-million pound, two-year renovation. Located in the Langley Park estate, the hotel will be home to 41 bedrooms and a 25,000 sq ft spa set within 500 acres. Comprised of two buildings, a historic mansion that was once the lived in by the Duke of Marlborough and a Grade-II listed 18th century building that was formerly used as a stables and brew house.

The interiors have been created in partnership with the award-winning interior design company Dennis Irvine Studio, who also created the design concept for The Wellesley and the two Wellesley yachts.

F&B operations: The Langley will be home to a collection of dining experiences including a signature restaurant and a bar serving cognac and cigars as well as a signature restaurant. Afternoon tea will be served in the hotel’s drawing room and back courtyard overlooking the lake. The property’s original Winter Garden has also been refurbished and reconfigured.

Stand-out factors

  • The Langley is an historic mansion that was once the former estate of the Duke of Marlborough and a Grade II-listed 18th century building that was formerly used as a stables and brew house.
  • The 25,000 square-foot spa set within 500 acres of idyllic Buckinghamshire countryside.
  • The Langley will also be home to a Matt Roberts gym and training facility.

Aims for the property when it launches: The Langley aims to attract and host Influential and affluent people. It will aim to give people a grand experience and aims to be a luxurious destination for guests.


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