Part boutique hotel, part adventure hideout, The Fish is a quirky collection of restored farm buildings and shepherds huts located on a lofty hilltop on the Farncombe Estate. The hotel reinvigorated Cotswold accommodation when it opened in June 2015 and is continuing to do so after a four-million pound renovation project which saw it reopen in March 2018. New features include a seafood restaurant by two-Michelin star Chef Martin Burge, revamped interiors and a restored farmhouse. Three luxury Treehouses, ten new bedrooms in the Coach House and five Hideaway Huts will be introduced over the course of the summer.
In total, 63 bedrooms and suites span the quirky accommodations options set into a steep Cotswold hillside, with all boasting spectacular views of the 400-acre bucolic playground that lies below. The new six-bedroom farmhouse is styled by owner and design director Nette Reynolds and just the ticket for large families or groups, whilst the Hilly Huts and Hideaway Huts are as rustic as they are romantic with wood-burning stoves and private hot tubs. Rooms and suites in the main lodge and Coach House feature all the country comforts with contemporary Scandinvian style, whilst the long-awaited treehouses — spectacular arboreal retreats — embody all the pleasures of childhood adventures with a handful of grown-up perks including en-suite bathrooms and underfloor heating.
Offering gourmet dining with a twist, Hook restaurant is a laid-back but luxurious celebration of responsibly-sourced seafood with a menu featuring the finest, freshest fish. The all-day eatery will welcome both hotel guests and non-residents and feature an open kitchen, 360-fire and cosy corners, with outdoor seating on the terrace for alfresco dining in the summer months.
With an endless sprawl of fields and woodland on the doorstep, stays at the Fish are just as much about what’s outside as what’s inside. From sedate country strolls to more hardcore hiking and biking, there are a host of outdoor adventures for active guests along with an array of group activities, including treasure hunts, soap-box derbies and archery. Meanwhile an eight-obstacle dog agility course and kids play zone created using recycled wood from across the estate will keep little ones and furry friends amused.