In just four and half years, Ian and Christa Taylor have tripled their hotel portfolio, bringing a new lease of independent life to the hotel scene in Bath.
However, newcomers to the hospitality industry they are not; the Taylors have an impressive track record of creating successful hotels.
They first made their mark when they owned the Cotswold House Hotel and the Noel Arms in Chipping Camden, before selling both properties in 2007. In 2012, The Abbey Hotel came along and the couple investment a hefty sum in the property to transform its fortunes.
With the help of top chef Chris Staines, of London’s Mandarin Oriental fame, within four years sales at F&B sales at The Abbey edge close to £2m. In December last year, the grand unveiling of the hotly-anticipated Number 15 Great Pulteney sent a boom through the industry when it opened its doors as the third property in the now-named Kaleidoscope Collection.
One of the most impressive new hotels in the past 12 months, the new boutique boasts 40 bedrooms, a new restaurant and bar and has raised the bar for properties in the UK, not just in Bath. Ian has had a huge part to play in designing the property, with the help of acclaimed interiors’ stalwart Martin Hulbert, sourcing furniture and fittings from various markets and locations around the world.
Core to the offering however is the feeling that each guest should be truly spoiled, from the free larder to the complete Sky package available in each bedroom, penny pinching is never on the agenda for the Taylors. The Taylors now have strong ambitions to grow the portfolio across the UK to “build a nice little collection of hotels” and are setting their sights on other key cities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Cheltenham.