The 21-bedroom wisteria-clad hotel on Abbey Lane is an a new country house proposition to complement Kaleidoscopes’ existing city centre properties.
Owners Ian and Christa Taylor have plans to transform Homewood into a “laid-back country hideaway”. Outside spaces will feature home-grown garden produce and shepherd’s huts in the woodlands, while onsite artisans will produce everything from ceramics to homeware, which guests will also be able to purchase to take home with them.
The bedrooms, public spaces, restaurant and spa will be refreshed, while the next phase of the project will see collaborations with local businesses and creative talent to give Homewood a completely new identity. As with every Kaleidoscope property, statement pieces of art and one-of-a-kind touches will be at the heart of this latest transformation, which is expected to take two years to complete.
Overseeing the kitchen team will be Kaleidoscope’s executive chef Marc Hardiman, who took up the position in June. Joining the group from his role as executive chef at Great Fosters country house hotel, Egham, Hardiman led the team to win three AA rosettes and a Michelin star for their Tudor Room restaurant.
Taylor said: “We’re delighted that Homewood continues the next phase of growth for the Kaleidoscope Collection. Adding a relaxed country house hotel to the group has been part of our long-term plan for some time now and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming the locals of Freshford and visitors alike in the early stages of this exciting new chapter.”