AN IDYLLIC SUMMER RETREAT : COWLEY MANOR
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AN IDYLLIC SUMMER RETREAT : COWLEY MANOR
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In terms of idyllic retreats of the quintessentially-British variety, Cowley Manor, a contemporary country house hotel and spa set in the heart of the Cotswolds, offers a pioneering holiday experience as both a temple to modern British design and a wellbeing haven, set within 55 acres of landscaped gardens, rolling parkland, woods and meadows.

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PETER AND JESSICA FRANKOPAN
Amy Murrell
 

Offering a refreshing contrast to the stuffy attitude of formal country hotels, the site, as the flagship property of A Curious Group of Hotels, closely reflects the personal aesthetic of the company’s co-founders, Peter and Jessica Frankopan, who approached the project as their dream country house, putting the emphasis on “service, comfort and very few rules”. The homely interiors work British art, punchy hues and design by homegrown talent (think Arts and Crafts-inspired furniture by Kay & Stemmer, and artisanal textiles by Govindia Hemphill).

Everything about Cowley Manor spells U.N.W.I.N.D, from the bucolic surrounds to the site’s modernist-inspired pool and spa house offering a range of therapeutic treatments. And it’s from here that the company launched its range of natural skin, bath and body products, Green & Spring. Decorated with illustrations of British birds, the chemical-free botanical range harnesses the properties of herbs and flowers native to the British Isles, using extracts renowned for their therapeutic qualities that have been used by English apothecaries for hundreds of years.

 

 

They include Rosehip Oil (invigorating and rejuvenating), a berry found all over the British countryside that was used as a main source of vitamin C during World War II; Yarrow (anti-inflammatory and healing), whose uses can be traced back as far as Anglo Saxon times; Dandelion (stress relieving and purifying); Elderflower (boosts immune system and detoxifies), and Cinnamon Leaf (anti bacterial, detoxifying and uplifting). High ratios of top-quality essential oils are also used in the products. “They wanted it to be a holistic experience true to the roots of Cowley,” explains James Semenowycz, A Curious Group of Hotels’ Director of Marketing & Sales, adding that all aqueous-based products in the range contain natural spring water sourced from the Cowley estate, whose expansive gardens feature several natural springs, a series of lakes and Victorian cascades. All of the products are made by hand in the British countryside – “literally hand blended in small batches” – so as to preserve the freshness and natural benefits of the ingredients.

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Inspired by aromatic kitchen herbs, the line’s bestselling Relaxing range combines the soothing fragrance of lavender with the nurturing and restorative properties of comfrey and rosemary; green, grassy fields are evoked in the Revitalising line, with its mix of peppermint (known for its nourishing and stimulating properties),  dandelion and fennel; while delicate notes of rose and jasmine scent the Indulging range, inspired by English country gardens, combined with the restful properties of elderflower and red clover.

The range’s site also features a bi-montly blog – Green & Spring Life – penned by Rose, a partner of the agency behind the gardens at Cowley Manor, Dale & Heybrook Landscape Design. Dishing out gardening tips while documenting the changing of the seasons, flora and fauna, her words, much like the Green & Spring range, beautifully awaken the senses to the fragrant aromas and therapeutic benefits of the great British countryside.

 

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