A cosseting Cotswolds cocoon

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Photo credit: Shomos Uddin
Photo credit: Shomos Uddin

Those in search of a post-lockdown retreat should look no further than Bamford’s newly revamped spa, nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds at Daylesford Farm. The setup is “unlike any other wellness destination in the UK”, says the brand’s founder, Lady Carole Bamford. Indeed, the entire space, from check-in to the treatment-rooms, takes its inspiration from nature. Long corridors overlook lush farmland and the relaxation-room – gleaming with large crystals, comfy sofas and a fountain – has a bird’s-eye view of the rolling English countryside.

It’s this link to Mother Earth that forms the foundation of the treatments you can find here, including crystal-healing and astrology. The expertly curated menu also offers shiatsu massage, reflexology, acupressure, assisted stretching, LED light therapy and yogic breathing. A brand-new Wellness Tipi is home to daily yoga and Pilates classes, as well as sound-healing sessions. The latter begins with a series of breathing exercises designed to soothe body and soul, before the therapist incorporates chanting, gongs and crystal vases.

Photo credit: Shomos Uddin
Photo credit: Shomos Uddin

It’s also worth booking Bamford’s ultimate signature treatment – 90-minutes that start with an Epsom-salt foot bath, followed by a Japanese shiatsu massage to open the body’s meridians. Next, Swedish massage techniques target problem areas (particularly the neck and shoulders) and then a heated chakra stone is placed on the stomach to help improve gut health. The treatment ends with an Indian head massage and yogic breathing exercises to oxygenate and invigorate the body.

Photo credit: Shomos Uddin
Photo credit: Shomos Uddin

There is a lovely on-site café where the chef Dominique Park has created seasonal menus with ingredients from Daylesford Farm. There’s a particular emphasis on organic, wholegrain foods and, for those that want one, a wheat-free menu is also available on request. We dined on a detoxifying spread of light chicken broth and a hearty salmon salad; other standouts include fresh homemade juices and some seriously good seeded bread, which you can buy in the shop to take home.

If you are staying overnight, check in to the Wild Rabbit in the nearby village of Kingham, where accommodation is either in the award-winning pub or at one of the neighbouring cottages. The decor is rustic, with beds clad in Egyptian cotton linens, twig coat hooks, bathrooms stocked with Bamford products and a farmhouse kitchen equipped with an Aga. Exposed beams, stripped-back walks, piles of board games and cosy fireplaces to play them beside give it that quintessential English countryside appeal.

Photo credit: Shomos Uddin
Photo credit: Shomos Uddin

Make sure you book in for dinner at the wisteria-covered pub, where much of the menu is organic and based on what’s in season from the Daylesford estate: expect pizzas, pastas, and well-seasoned meats sourced from local farmers. The spacious restaurant is also welcoming to well-behaved dogs and has a place to leave muddy wellies after a long walk.

For more information, visit www.bamford.com.

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