Part boutique hotel, part adventure hideout, The Fish reinvigorated Cotswold accommodation when it opened in June 2015. Now this award-winning hotel on the 400-acre Farncombe Estate is undergoing an extensive, four-million pound renovation project which will include a new seafood inspired restaurant by Chef Martin Burge, revamped interiors and an exciting and eclectic accommodation offering. Three luxury treehouses, ten new bedrooms in the Coach House and five hideaway huts will be introduced over the course of the summer, joining the recently renovated six bedroom farmhouse to inject a fresh sense of fun and adventure into this much-loved Cotswolds hideaway.
Offering gourmet dining with a twist, Hook will launch on the 6 March following a million-pound redevelopment. The vision of two-Michelin star chef Martin Burge, Farncombe Estate’s Culinary Director, the new restaurant is a laid-back but luxurious celebration of responsibly sourced seafood with a menu featuring the finest, freshest fish. Signature dishes include Porthilly rock oysters, poached blue chip salmon, whole baked seabass and lobster thermidor. The all-day restaurant will welcome both hotel guests and non-residents, with outdoor seating on the terrace for alfresco dining in the summer months. Combining the sophistication and refinement synonymous with Burge’s gastronomy and the warmth and welcoming rusticity that has made The Fish a firm favourite over the last five years, the new-look restaurant will feature an open kitchen, 360-fire and cosy corners. Honouring the owners’ Danish heritage, the hygge design will fuse neutral interiors, cosy textiles and clean lines.
Over the course of the next six months, The Fish will add a number of quirky accommodation options to its existing collection. Kicking off with the six-bedroom, family-friendly Farmhouse, this former private home styled by owner and design director Nette Reynolds is now available for exclusive use, and is just the ticket for groups of up to 15 guests.
Come the Springtime, ten new bedrooms will be added to the Coach House, an original coaching inn with views over the Vale of Evesham. Perfect for couples and families, there are three unique room types, of which two have private terraces overlooking the downs. The fresh, calming interiors have been designed by Trevillion and will combine bespoke Scandi features with traditional Cotswolds woven willow and original stonework.
Three new treehouses will follow in May with space for up to four guests, ideal for families or friends looking to share. These spectacular arboreal retreats, designed by interior designer Hannah Lohan, will embody all the pleasures of childhood adventures with a handful of grown-up perks including en-suite bathrooms and underfloor heating.
Next, five new luxury Hideaway Huts will join the collection, embodying the youthful and adventurous ethos for which The Fish is now known. With interiors designed by Blackdown Shepherd Huts and distinguished set decorator, Marina Morris, each hut will have its own distinctive feel inspired by nature and botanicals. Bespoke Tom Raffield lights and tailor-made William Holland baths will sit against a backdrop of locally designed fabrics and wallpapers printed in the Cotswolds.
In the main Lodge, guests will be greeted by an entirely new-look. To the right, a new boot room designed in conjunction with The Original Muck Boot Company will provide guests with boots for loan, maps for the area and walking equipment. Refreshed interiors across the rest of the hotel including updated bathrooms, some featuring roll top baths and bespoke tiling will also be introduced.
To time with the re-opening, the hotel will be launching a number of additional family-friendly features. A screening room with capacity for up to 15 people showing a range of films, a soon-to-launch ‘film and supper’ club for both Fish residents and locals to enjoy will run monthly, kicking off in May. Meanwhile an eight-obstacle dog agility course and kids play zone created using recycled wood from across the estate will keep little ones and furry friends amused.
Once complete, the new look Fish is set to provide stylish travellers with a much needed natural antidote to the hustle and bustle of everyday life, bestowing accessible luxury with uncompromised style.