Slow Cotswolds

  • Opening of The Painswick - the 'new' boutique hotel of the Cotswolds

    It's nearly here. In less than three days time - on Monday 21st March -The Painswick will open. You could say the hotel (or 'restaurant-with-rooms') is new. Well, it is, sort of. For this 'new' hotel is hosted by a rather beautiful late-Palladian country house and, in a more recent former life, was the Cotswold88 Hotel. But since May 2015, it has been filled with the buzz of architects, interior designers and craftsmen to bring a new country zing to the building.

    Perched on the side of the Painswick Valley, in the historic hilltop town of the same name, The Painswick will be more a restaurant with rooms than an all-out hotel. And while it won't be filled with all the services that allows it to be graded as a million-starred hotel, it will be filled with fun and finesse and, of course, located in an incredible setting. It's easy going but with a splash of affordable luxury. Sixteen cosy, comfortable rooms combine with no-nonsense but outstanding food. A relaxed and simple countryside experience.

    The Painswick will feature a statement restaurant with 34 covers, an open-plan first floor with bar, chill-out lounge and private dining room, two beauty treatment rooms and the 16 bedrooms. Across the entrance hall from the restaurant is a cosy reception lounge with fireplace and views of the garden. A central staircase leads the eye up to a centre-piece bar.

    It's Painswick's famous churchyard Yew trees that have inspired a fabric known as 'The Painswick', which will be used in the ground floor reception lounge. Nicky Farquhar, the in-house interior designer for The Calcot Collection (owners of The Painswick) has called upon many of the rural elements that surround the hotel, without being afraid to turn them on their head to excite and surprise. The interior design is bold, strong on colour and contemporary.

    In the restaurant there's a sense of theatre with a vast window displaying the kitchen where Head Chef Michael Bedford is planning to create high quality, imaginative menus whether a mid-morning snack or celebratory dinner. The classically trained chef has an impressive CV, including a Michelin star.

    The Painswick will be joining sister hotels of the Cotswolds, Calcot Manor (near Tetbury) together with Barnsley House and The Village Pub (both in Barnsley, four miles from Cirencester). While being under the same ownership, each venue is inidividually distinctive in style, interior and outlook.

    You can find out more about visiting the beautiful town of Painswick and the surrounding area in Chapter 8 of Slow Cotswolds.

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