UK: Heythrop Park Hotel Extensive Year-Long Transformation
Heythrop Park Hotel embraces a New Year following an extensive transformation with DesignLSM
Heythrop Park hotel, the stunning Grade II* listed property set within 440 acres of parkland located on the outskirts of the idyllic Cotswolds, has re-opened following a monumental renovation.
Award-winning design agency DesignLSM has spearheaded the project, undertaking a strategic and creative position, evolving the Warner Leisure Hotel property, with a predominant focus on three key principles – relaxation, exploration and entertainment – to enhance the overall guest experience.
The refurbishment has bridged the gap between the Grade II* listed 18th century charming manor house and the contemporary extension; creating an engaging aesthetic that runs through the whole estate including The Orangery, six lounges, three restaurants, two bars, a ballroom and a state-of-the-art theatre – all of which were under the design remit of the creative agency. With the property originally built for the 1st Duke of Shrewsbury in 1706-1711, the transformation has been inspired by his exciting Grand Tour adventures with each space boasting its own unique design identity that encourages a journey of discovery for guests.
Left: Atrium. Top: The Orangery. All images (c) Stevie Campbell
Retaining the beautiful architecture but bringing the estate into the future for today’s modern travellers, careful consideration has been made to tell the building’s story through intricate design features.
The Churchill, Bladon and Blenheim rooms – a tasteful trio of lounges set within the listed house – have been influenced by the Duke’s modes of travel across Europe. Taking a more quintessential approach to the spaces, the seating is inspired by the detailing of train carriage upholstery whilst warm and opulent velvet soft furnishings with contrasting piping and a leather bar front with metal detailing and a striking back bar display all join together to tell a story.
Located within the extension, The Market Kitchen, the largest of three restaurants, takes its design cues from the traditional kitchen garden. With a pantry-come-conservatory, a calming colour palette which is balanced with citrus-patterned upholstered chairs and floral wallpaper adding bursts of colour the space, a bright and refreshing restaurant has been curated for guests to enjoy their dining experience. Meanwhile, the Brassey Bar echoes Thomas Brassey’s love of engineering and background in the railways, and houses traditional industrial patterns and materials such as dramatic beamed structures, metal detailing, warm leather banquettes, and intimate lighting – seamlessly taking the space from day into the evening.
Taking a contrasting approach to the classic aesthetic of the wider hotel, the Warwick Wing Theatre adds a striking contemporary touch of glamour and decadence to the hotel’s evening offering, with live music and cinematic performances on stage for the guest’s entertainment. The atmospheric space is brought to life with dazzling arched lights that emit a warm glow throughout the room, whilst the theatrical ‘Show Time’ neon feature lights ignite a sense of excitement of what is yet to come.
The neighbouring Late Bar and Lounge plays with opulent fabrics, delicate patterns, dazzling lights and rich tones creating a perfect backdrop for a more dynamic evening ambience, providing guests with a luxurious space to relax and unwind for the night.
Navigating a project of such importance and grandeur, DesignLSM have once again shown creativity and vision, with Heythrop Park sitting as a testament to the beauty of design.
“Projects like this don’t come around very often, and to be a part of one on such a vast scale has been an incredibly exciting for both myself and the DesignLSM team. We’ve taken great care in respecting Heythrop Park’s historical roots, whilst bringing it forward into a new era of enjoyment and adventure for guests, for many years to come.” Holly Hallam, Managing Direction at DesignLSM.