First look: Inside the Cotswolds' new Roman-inspired baths

It's been a five-year labour of love to bring Eynsham Baths to life at Estelle Manor in the Cotswolds and the final result is absolutely stunning.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
The grand 3,000 sq m property has neoclassical architecture inspired by the Roman villa ruins discovered close to the estate.

The Cotswolds' newest private members club and hotel, Estelle Manor, has already made a name for itself, thanks to its luxurious setting and interiors.

But now it's just upped the stakes with the introduction of a stunning bathhouse inspired by the Roman era.

Eynsham Baths has taken five years to create and boasts a vast bathing hall with carved marble details, five thermal pools, a steam room, a hay sauna, a lounge and ten treatment rooms, including couples’ suites and thermal cabins.

An open-air hideaway and bar, found on the east side of the spa, also offers a secluded spot for members. 

The grand 3,000 sq m property, which opened this March 2024, has neoclassical architecture inspired by the Roman villa ruins discovered close to the estate, with sculpted stone columns, pilasters and hand-shaped bricks. 

Tucked away in a centuries-old forest within the 60-acre Estelle Manor estate, it oozes the wow factor right from the entrance hall with reclaimed oak beams leading up to a skylight and marble panelling and limewash walls.

Changing rooms are reached via symmetrical marble staircases with traditional balustrading. The elegant spaces have hand-glazed tiles and natural oak flooring that is heated underfoot. 

The star of the show is the grand mezzanine bathing hall at the centre of the baths which conjures up majestic ancient Roman bathing scenes.

Four pools sit within the hall: a tepidarium (36C), caldarium (40C), and two cold plunge pools in the frigidarium (6C). Additionally, a traditional Scottish bucket provides an invigorating deluge of cold water with the pull of a chain. 

There's also a marble hammam with a domed ceiling, a 12-person hay sauna that reaches temperatures of between 70 to 100C, steam room and open-air hideaway for members with a hidden pool and cascading waterfall surrounded by natural wildflowers and woodland ferns.

The hideaway bar is reminiscent of King Triton’s kingdom. Design details include coral-encrusted chandeliers, distressed plaster walls and patterned Roman fan tile marble flooring. 

A tea lounge sits in an opulent domed space with distressed plaster walls surrounding a monolithic Breccia Medicea marble bar serving a vast tea programme. A checkerboard marble floor and deep terracotta mohair banquets create a playful and inviting space. 

Owners describe the spa as a serene space to unwind and a place of ritual and indulgence where time can soften and slow. 

Treatments draw inspiration from ancient healing rituals found within Indian, Tibetan and Chinese traditions including massages and facials.

Spa access, plus a guided thermal journey, is complimentary for Estelle members and £95 per person for hotel guests and Estelle members’ guests.

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