At the beginning of December 2020, as if to celebrate the easing of the restrictions that had blighted the year, Bamford opened its new Wellness Spa. Surrounded by an orchard in the middle of Daylesford Farm in the heart of the Cotswolds, the beautiful new space is an expansion of the existing facility.
An old Cotswold stone barn has been sympathetically converted, using the open-sided construction to maximise the amount of natural light filling the space and connecting it to the orchard outside and the countryside beyond. The original beams have been retained, preserving the character of the building and respecting nature.
The conversion, wherever possible, used materials sourced from the estate itself and recycled fittings. This was important to Carole Bamford who says, ‘The natural materials we’ve used to furnish the building recall our innate connection to nature and reflect Bamford’s philosophy that we need to slow our bodies and minds and live in harmony with our surroundings to enable that healing process.’
In this wonderful, light-filled space, the range of treatments on offer has increased greatly, creating a wellness destination unlike any other in Britain. The extended space includes a wet area with a herbal steam room, crystal sauna and a wellness pool. New, larger studio spaces will offer extensive forms of Bamford yoga, gong therapy, meditation and Pilates. Bamford practitioners and visiting specialists will provide crystal healing, astrology and craniosacral therapy, nutrition and osteopathy.
Bamford is renowned for its expertise in the field of holistic therapy, drawing its inspiration from both eastern and western practices, some of them discovered by Carole Bamford in India many years ago. Extended treatment rooms offer a selection of facial and body treatments, each devoted to restoring and nurturing your well-being through targeted, holistic methods. A fusion of ancient traditions, treatments work both physically on the body and on the mind, harmonising your emotional and mental wellbeing. They incorporate techniques such as shiatsu massage, healing jade stones, reflexology, acupressure, assisted stretching, LED light therapy and yogic breathing, all designed to the individual’s needs.
Outside the barn in the orchard clients will find the Bamford Wellness Tipi where yoga, Pilates and other treatments are on offer. Tucked away outside is the Bamford Crystal Hut where clients can enjoy private sessions with a resident crystal healer. Once your treatments are finished, you can repair to the Orchard Bar where you can choose from an organic, wheat-free menu of seasonal ingredients from Daylesford Farm.
Sustainability and a commitment to reducing its impact on the environment is a key feature of the Bamford philosophy. Its clothing uses the finest natural fibres and its skin and body care products employ natural active botanicals. Likewise, the new wellness centre uses renewable energy and a biomass boiler to heat the building.
The opening of the new spa reflects the renewed sense of optimism which the beginning of the vaccination programme engendered. Take time to slow the mind, unwind and face the world with renewed vigour.