experimental group acquires Cowley Manor & Spa | South West real estate news



French boutique hotel company, Experimental Group, has purchased Cowley Manor & Spa in the heart of the Cotswolds.

The 31-bedroom Grade II listed building – sold for an undisclosed sum – is the group’s second purchase since partnering with Brookfield.

Cowley Manor & Spa is also the company’s first acquisition of a British hotel outside the capital.

Set in 55 acres of gardens, the country hotel is said to have inspired Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Its former owners, Peter and Jessica Frankopan of Curious Hotels, bought the heritage property, which dates to the 1860s, in 1999.

Romée de Goriainoff, Founder of Experimental Group, added: “Cowley Manor & Spa is an exciting and historic addition to our portfolio right here in the Cotswolds.

“It’s been in good hands for a generation and now we can’t wait to make it a popular addition to our offering.”

Peter Frankopan, Chairman of A Curious Group of Hotels, added: “We are extremely proud of what we have achieved over more than two decades, during which we have transformed a magnificent country house into one of the the best known in the UK.

“Experiments are a perfect fit for Cowley Manor, and we know their plans involve building on what we’ve created, keeping the design contemporary and maintaining the exceptional service that has made Cowley Manor so popular with its many guests. regular.”

Gavin Wright, Senior Director (Hotels and Hospitality) at JLL, said: “The Cotswolds are a notable example of the extent to which rural leisure destinations in the UK are currently thriving and remain in demand due to pent-up demand following the the pandemic.

“Investment opportunities in this region are therefore in high demand and with the continued appetite for historic hotels in particular, this trend shows no signs of abating.

“I have no doubt that this much-loved property will prove to be an excellent addition to Experimental Group’s luxury portfolio.”

Richard F. Gandhi