Travel: The Bamford Haybarn Spa

If you’ve been lucky enough to experience British lifestyle brand Bamford, the very mention of their name will have you day dreaming of lazy afternoons, spent in an exclusive spa, enjoying their pure, sustainable, holistic approach to wellbeing. What you might not know though, is about their Cotswolds bolthole, spanning cosy cottages, a Michelin starred restaurant, organic farm shop and eponymous spa – where it all began.

Founder Lady Carole Bamford has used her family’s connection to nature and travel as inspiration, establishing a group of companies – Daylesford, Bamford and Bamford Body – that reflects their lives, loves and interests.

Daylesford grows and produces organic food and is home to their now renowned farm shop. Bamford makes clothing – a simple line of fine knits, separates and loungewear, accessories – plus home products from the finest natural materials including organic cotton, cashmere and alpaca. The Bamford Body collection is the newest range, born from the Haybarn Spa, also located the Daylesford farm in Gloucestershire. Plus, nearby is her Michelin starred restaurant with rooms, The Wild Rabbit, under the guidance of head chef Tim Allen

Since the company’s inception in 2006, Lady Bamford has been dedicated to sourcing the finest artisan craftsman from across the globe to help create her unique product ranges and services. Across these ranges Bamford’s beautifully simple aesthetic is combined with the passionate belief that organic and natural products are better for us; “what goes on the body is as important as what we put inside”. The ranges are stocked at the Haybarn Spa as well as online and at a growing number of boutique stockists across the globe.

The spa is very much the heart of the brand, offering yoga, pilates and meditation classes alongside massages and facials in nine light-filled treatment rooms, contributing to the space’s tranquil interiors that combine natural stone and neutral materials.

Vettri Sulvan is the resident yogi master having taught yoga and meditation for over 15 years. Lady Bamford met him in India and he remains her private yoga instructor as well as imparting his expertise on to the Haybarn’s guests.

Extending beyond the brand’s Cotswolds base, the London Haybarn Spa at Fortnum & Mason consists of three beautiful treatment rooms, whilst the Bamford Haybarn Spa within the Berkeley health club, offers a relaxing day retreat with a holistic approach to wellbeing, alongside a strong commitment to caring for the mind, body and spirit.

On 1st December 2016, the team opened its first-ever Haybarn spa in the US at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach in Miami. Designed by luxury hotel and spa designer Spencer Fung, the spa incorporates 1 Hotels’ brand mission of sustainability into its design and décor, featuring reclaimed ash log walls, hickory floors and willow bundles from salvaged trees.

Back in the UK, we keep coming back to the Cotswolds (read our article on Soho Farmhouse too, here – http://oliviapalermo.com/travel-to-soho-farmhouse/) – the perfect country base with a real focus on taking life at a slower pace; a foodie heaven with more than enough options to keep those with a penchant for the great outdoors to those looking for some serious R & R very well occupied.

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