Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa green-lights spa expansion

Refurbishment plans will reposition the Wiltshire-based hotel as a luxury lifestyle resort


By Mark Smith

21 December 2022

Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa has received planning and listed building consent for the expansion and refurbishment of its spa facilities.

A historic country house hotel in Wiltshire, dating back to 1817, Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa is situated to the south of Warminster in a picturesque landscape setting. The main building is grade II-listed and the whole site is a designated conservation area. Converted to a country house hotel in the late 1970s, it is now part of the Kaleidoscope Collection.

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“2023 is a pivotal year for us as we invest in refurbishment and repositioning, entering into year two of our five-year expansion strategy.”

Jonathan Walker

Managing director, Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa

New spa transformation

Part of a major five-year expansion project overseen by Aaron Evans Architects, the new spa will help to transform the hotel and spa into a wellness destination in its own right.

“The spa is an integral part of our business model, as we transition Bishopstrow into a luxury lifestyle resort,” said Jonathan Walker, managing director, Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa. “We’ve recently introduced a new product house, Voya, a sustainable organic brand we are proud to partner with. This is the first in many steps towards creating the full-service wellness retreat we strive for.”

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Exterior image of new spa facilities at Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa

Refurbishment plans at Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa 

The team is working closely with Alistair Johnson, founder, Spa Creators on the redevelopment of the spa. The proposals will provide new, enlarged changing facilities, a total of six therapy and treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms, an enlarged gym and fitness suite together with refurbished indoor swimming and hydrotherapy pools.

Salt floatation and outdoor thermal experiences are also planned, and extensions will create a new post-treatment relaxation space alongside a flexible private dining area enjoying views out to the west over the adjoining spa terrace and gardens.

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“We are at the very early stage of the concept design, we have been working with Ian Taylor the owner on this and the sister hotel Homewood on their spa offerings. It is planned that we will start work on site in the new year.”

Alistair Johnson

Founder, Spa Creators

In addition to the spa several internal alterations to the main house aim to improve the layout of guest accommodation and the creation of additional luxury bedrooms with new terraces within the stable wing and former Somerset Suite. The hotel’s extensive gardens, including the historic river garden with associated buildings, will also be sensitively restored. Work is slated to start in early 2023.

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Aerial view of the proposed plans for expansion at the luxury hotel

‘The spa project is part of an overall phased masterplan for the site,” said Kevin Murphy, director, Aaron Evans Architects. “These proposals have been carefully designed to minimise impacts upon historic building fabric and the character and setting of the property within the wider landscape.”

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The facilities at Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa will receive significant investment in 2023

Kaleidoscope Collection

Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa is part of Ian and Christa Taylor’s Kaleidoscope Collection An independent, privately-owned group of hotels that also includes Homewood Hotel and Spa, where Aaron Evans Architects has also secured consent for an expansion, located on the edge of Bath, earlier this year.

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