The Bower House, Shipston-on-Stour opens five new rooms
The Bower House has opened five luxurious bedrooms on its first and second floors. The 75-seat restaurant opened three months’ ago to great reviews, and has already attracted a loyal local clientele. The rooms look set to expand the appeal of The Bower House, allowing guests from further afield to stay over in the glorious Grade II listed building, after a scrumptious meal.
The rooms are each individually designed and decorated, with a mix of antique, vintage and contemporary furniture set against unique heritage colour palettes, but common threads can be found throughout. All have custom-made beds with Hypnos mattresses, to ensure a supremely comfortable night’s sleep, and each has an elegant vintage silver salver laden with local craft alcohol and beautifully cut glasses, in which to mix a pre-dinner aperitif or a night cap. Fabrics and wallpapers come from carefully chosen British manufacturers, such as Timorous Beasties, House of Hackney and Barneby Gates. Walls are hung with thoughtfully curated original artworks, both modern and antique, and historical prints.
The two largest rooms are located at the front of the Georgian building, with large windows providing views over Shipston on Stour High Street. They have identical floor plans, which include a very generously sized bedroom and a bathroom of virtually the same size that has two matching basins, a stand-alone cast iron bath, walk-in shower and separate loo. A lovely touch in the bathroom is a table with vanity mirror, at which one can imagine sitting with a glass of Champagne, fixing make-up prior to a glamorous dinner downstairs.
Cosy room 2, on the first floor, has views to the back of the building over the rooftops to the church tower. It is the smallest bedroom at The Bower House and the only one with a King-size bed (all other rooms have Super Kings), but still manages to pack in a sizeable bathroom with an enormous bath and separate shower. Immediately above it, room 5 has the same picture postcard views, but is slightly larger, with a claw-foot bath by the window of the bathroom allowing guests to gaze out of the window towards the countryside while having a good soak.
Room 3, on the first floor towards the back of the building, is The Bower House’s family suite. The generously-sized main bedroom has a four poster bed and beautiful bay window overlooking Market Place, and there is also a children’s bunk room (sleeping up to two); the room also has a bathroom and separate shower room.
Breakfast/brunch is served downstairs in the restaurant, where a wide selection of favourites are on offer, including a full cooked breakfast, avocado & ricotta on toast, Croque Monsieur/Madame/d’Alsace/Florentine (available up until 6pm) and French toast with bananas. At weekends, Eggs Benedict/Florentine/Portobello & Royale are served till 2pm. Fruit salad, home-made granola, toast, croissants and freshly-squeezed orange juice are also on the menu.