The Karma Group’s latest offering – Karma Salford Hall – is a stylish new heritage hotel in the heart of the British countryside. It can be the perfect base for a beautiful exploration of the region.
How many places have the distinction of being declared an ‘Area of Outstanding Beauty’? But the charming Cotswolds, the third largest protected landscape in England, not only have this honour, but always manage to live up to all the hype! If you haven’t already been, picture stately homes flanked by stone villages, rolling hills, green dales, gurgling brooks and plenty of cosy nooks. And plumb in the midst of all this storybook perfection that is Southern England, sits Karma Salford Hall.
This refined retreat is in the Vale of Evesham and has a lot of heritage and historic value, as Salford Hall dates all the way back to the 14th century. You can check in with your spouse but don’t be inspired by the notorious King Henry VIII, who once owned the place!
The majestic Hall is massive, boasting 36 guestrooms, done up in the typical English Arts & Crafts style that was favoured by another of the Cotswolds’ famous former residents – the textile designer, activist and poet William Morris. The four-poster beds flanked by busy wallpaper, oakwood furniture and colourful upholstery add a rustic charm to rooms that are otherwise very up to date in their modern amenities. The Sir Phillip Hobbie Restaurant seems straight out of an old oil painting, featuring a panelled hall lined with period paintings, chandeliers and plush carpets.
On the menu is English, European and International fare, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options too. Though it retains its old-world charm, Karma Salford Hall has everything from meeting and conference rooms, to games areas, libraries, and bars. If the fine weather holds, you could enjoy strolls through their beautifully manicured gardens, play tennis or even arrange an event at their outdoor marquee. The Karma Group has already confirmed further expansion, with plans for a pool, leisure centre, and more guest suites.
Round and about
Very accessible from Karma Salford Hall are a number of interesting places. The picturesque villages of Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Bibury, and Stanton are worth a visit or at least a drive-through. You could also pack a picnic and explore some of the pretty public trails in the region, such as Cotswold Way.
If you’re looking for a day trip from Karma Salford Hall, here’s what we recommend…
Warwick Castle: Dating back to medieval times when it was a wooden fort built by William the Conqueror in 1068, the solid stone battlements you see today were built in the 12th century and later fortified. Tussauds owned it for several years and it has since been turned into a tourist attraction called Warwick Castle – A Knight’s Village, which promises a fun day out with the family. It may be an honest-to-goodness castle with loads of history, but it’s brought to life with a lot of kid-friendly activities that include exciting encounters with knights and dragons.
Stratford-Upon-Avon: If you’re a fan of the Bard, this village where Shakespeare was born will be right up your alley. Explore his childhood home and even see the same bed that he was born in! Quaint buildings and jester statues make for the perfect backdrop for holiday pictures too.
Bath: This historic town still has the Roman baths from 60 AD for which it is named, beautifully preserved. The spa town, the largest in Somerset, is a world heritage site, with plenty of musuems, theatres, and parks. You can also see the Norman architecture of the Bath Abbey, with its flying buttresses, the Georgian construction in the city centre, and the classical façades of the terraces, like the Royal Crescent from the 16th century, which is symmetrical in the front and a strange mish-mash of styles at the back. Don’t forget to grab a Sally Lunn Bun (or, if you’re into health food, a baked biscuit called the Bath Oliver). We found that they make some of the tastiest Cornish pasties here as well.