Christa and Ian Taylor, owners of The Bird in Bath and Homewood in Freshford, have made a £5.5 million acquisition of Wiltshire’s Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa.
Bishopstrow has been added to the portfolio of the couple’s Kaleidoscope Collection and is expected to create approximately 30 new jobs in one of the most significant hotel acquisitions in the South West over the last 16 months.
The purchase of the historic country house in Warminster, handled by the Knight Frank Hotels team, comes after a difficult time for the UK’s hospitality sector and marks the start of a new chapter for guests and businesses across the South West.
Known for its eclectic and spirited style with relaxed dining, Kaleidoscope Collection already boasts an impressive portfolio of independent hotel transformations such as Homewood and more recently, The Bird in Bath.
Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa is set to open on Thursday 1st July and will offer 32 rooms, spa and wellness facilities and the Maple Bar and Terrace. It will also cater for boutique weddings of up to 40 guests.
Set within 27 acres of countryside along the River Wylye including the Doric Temple and other historic Grade II listed monuments, Christa and Ian Taylor are aiming for the venue to be heavily outdoor-oriented, making use of its vast green space.
Ian Taylor said, “The hospitality sector has arguably been hit harder than any other, both within the local and national economy, but it has the potential to bounce back stronger than ever before.
“We understand that there was significant interest in Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa from investors, both in terms of its prestigious heritage and historic grounds and a spike in the staycation market as a direct consequence of the pandemic.”