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Wildhive set to open first site this summer with Callow Hall | Article

New boutique hospitality brand Wildhive is set to launch this summer with the opening of its first property, Callow Hall, in rural Derbyshire. 

The site is surrounded by ancient woodland and 35 acres of wild open space, with Wildhive calling it the “perfect launchpad” for the Peak District.

Ed Burrows and Charles Randall are the “visionaries” behind Wildhive, creating a “unique and characterful” collection of sites inspired by the local topography. Each location will have working beehives and nature at its core, and feature a “unique wild space offering a sense of exploration and a true immersion in the landscape”.

Built in the 1850s, Callow Hall has undergone an extensive refurbishment and has been transformed by interior designer Isabella Worsley. Many of the materials used in the refurbishment continue the theme of landscape and nature and champion local artisans.

The Main House at Callow Hall has 15 individually designed bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and bespoke detailing. Beyond the house in the surrounding woodlands are 11 one-bedroom Woodland Hives. Each hive, also styled by Worsley, is complete with an en-suite bathroom, kitchenette and outdoor bathing.

The grounds also feature two treehouses from design agency Blue Forest. Each custom-built treehouse is geared for self-catering with open plan sitting rooms and kitchens, en-suite bathrooms and outdoor baths on the decking. Both the hives and treehouses will provide sticks and marshmallows for the communal firepit in the woods and binoculars for wildlife watching.

Meanwhile, executive chef David Bukowicki is overseeing the food and drink and has created a menu that “celebrates the seasons and the best of British produce”, using local suppliers for the dishes. 

Callow Hall’s 15 beehives will be managed by the Derbyshire Bee Society and will provide honey for the house, while Callow Hall’s kitchen garden will also provide seasonal vegetables and herbs.

The new bespoke contemporary glass Garden Room will serve seasonal dishes and has a sedum roof to provide a habitat for birds and insects. The feature bar will serve cocktails with views over the landscape, and doors opening onto the patio and gardens beyond. Away from the house guests will be able to enjoy afternoon tea in the Secret Garden, or a picnic by the Bentley Brook.

In addition, the Coach House Wellness Centre will offer an undercover gym area in the landscaped courtyard with rowing machines and interactive bikes. There is also a yoga studio and a sauna and steam room. 

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