Wildhive is a new boutique hospitality brand opening its first property, Callow Hall, in Derbyshire this summer – and here’s a first look inside.
Set in 35 acres of wild gardens and ancient woodland, this restored Victorian house is ideally located for a stay in the Peak District, and is near the market town of Ashbourne.
Opening its doors to guests from September 2021, Callow Hall caters for hotel lovers and adventurous travellers alike with its unique range of accommodation.
Choose to stay in one of the back-to-nature ‘hives’, small treehouses which are hidden amongst the surrounding woodland.
Each stylish Hive sleeps two and comes with a king-size bed, ensuite shower, fridge, microwave and sink, plus outdoor deck with seating, perfect for alfresco evenings spent under the stars.
Bedrooms in the Main House are stylish with headboards to die for. Choose from a Cosy, Lovely or Fabulous room.
The two Fabulous rooms come with emperor size beds and in-room freestanding baths, plus ensuite showers.
All rooms have complimentary snacks, Nespresso machines and 100 Acre toiletries.
The hotel interiors have been transformed by designer Isabella Worsley, who has previously worked with Firmdale Hotels’ Kit Kemp.
Two luxury treehouses with outdoor baths on the decking and open-plan sitting rooms and kitchens, each sleeping up to five people, are available to book from January 2022.
Both the Hives and Treehouses come equipped with sticks and marshmallows for the communal fire pit in the woods, plus binoculars for wildlife watching.
When it comes to food and drink, nature is the star of the show. Executive Chef David Bukowicki’s vibrant menu is all about showcasing the very best British produce, sourced locally in Derbyshire where possible.
Honey for the house will come from the hotel’s 15 onsite beehives, and the kitchen garden will provide seasonal vegetables and herbs.
It all happens in the glass Garden Room restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, and has a natural living roof to house local wildlife.
Standout dishes include the Bubble and Squeak Cakes, Derbyshire Oatcakes (pancakes), and the Seafood Selection or Whole Rack of Texel Cross Lamb sharing platters.
Guests can also indulge in a cocktail or two at the bar, take afternoon tea in the Secret Garden or enjoy a picnic by Bentley Brook.
If you’re staying in a self-catering property but don’t fancy cooking, have a Wild Box of food and drink delivered to your door.
Other facilities include the Coach House Wellness Centre which has a gym, yoga studio, sauna and steam room, and offers organic and thermal spa treatments, perfect for unwinding after a long day of exploring.
Co-founders Ed Burrows and Charles Randall hope Callow Hall will be one of many Wildhive hotels to pop up around the UK in years to come.
Prices start from £179 a night