By Katie Wilson
The former design director at Soho House has opened a new hotel in Wiltshire – and here’s a first look inside.
James Thurstan Waterworth has joined forces with hospitality entrepreneur Andrew Kelly to launch The Bradley Hare.
A next-level pubs with rooms, you’ll find it in the quaint village of Maiden Bradley on the grounds of the Duke of Somerset’s estate.
Of all the new UK hotels to open this summer, this is the one we’re most excited about.
There are 12 rooms, each uniquely styled by Waterworth with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique pieces.
Seven are in the Main House and a further five larger bedrooms can be found in the Coach House. Rooms range from The Den to the Coach House Upper.
Expect sumptuous beds, ‘fit for a Duke or Duchess’ linens, and freestanding baths or monsoon showers.
In addition to the boutique rooms and countryside location, The Bradley Hare has a big focus on food – and being as zero waste as possible.
Headed up by chef Jake Shantos, who has worked in some of London’s top kitchens, the menu will feature ever-changing produce from the local butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers in the village.
Dishes include succulent lamb loin and crispy pork belly, smoked haddock, and barbequed asparagus with ricotta and wood-fired shallots.
The hotel has a ‘dine anywhere’ policy, allowing guests to opt for casual or more formal culinary experiences during their stay.
Outside, the large private garden will offer al fresco drinks and dining all year round.
Indoors, the entrance opens into a traditional pub space with antique chairs and tables set around the main bar, leading to a casual lounge and a dining area called The Snug.
‘Skittle Alley’ is The Bradley Hare’s light and spacious private dining room for those wanting a more intimate gathering.
Guests wanting to fully recharge during their stay can take a short walk to the Potting Shed, a secluded beauty studio hidden within the grounds.
It offers a range of vegan and organic beauty treatments, as well as holistic therapies in picturesque walled garden surroundings.
The Bradley Hare is also ideally located for trips to Bath, Frome or Bruton, recently voted ‘one of the coolest places to live in the UK’.
Rooms start from £115 a night including breakfast