Discover Hampton Manor, a country house hotel designed for the 21st Century
5 Apr 2016
Hampton Manor marries historic features, crafted furnishings and luxurious finishes
The perfect sanctuary for design lovers
Hampton Manor, a restyled Neo-Gothic mansion, succeeds in being utterly contemporary, yet loyal to its history. Set in 45 acres of glorious woodland in the picturesque village of Hampton-in-Arden, this family-run hotel with 15 bedrooms and suites exudes the warmth and hospitality of a luxurious country house retreat.
The property, built in 1855, had fallen into decline when married hoteliers, Fjona and James Hill, embarked on an extensive 18 month, multi-million pound restoration project. Fjona Hill acted as interior designer, drawing on her photographic background and sharp visual eye to ensure her first hotel project was a triumph.
She transformed the Manor with a unique concept that drew on the building’s original features as inspiration. Stained glass windows, magnificent oak panelling and a staircase finished with intricate carvings are vestiges of the Arts and Crafts style of the period. The beautiful manicured gardens inspire colours and textures. And a ‘Made in England’ stamp of quality and provenance is displayed across the interiors. Victorian design features are juxtaposed with luxurious materials and contemporary finishes.
Most of the guest rooms, Peel’s restaurant and The Parlour were redecorated in 2015. The look draws on current trends and celebrates local industrial and artisanal heritage. Commissioned furnishings and accessories from handpicked artisans and craftsman, include Cotswold based potter Neil Alcock and abstract painter Wendy Satchwell, whose works creates a modern look against a traditional backdrop.
Public spaces are sumptuous and grand, as well as warm and welcoming. A dazzling chandelier in the palatial entrance hall makes the most of the soaring ceiling height to enchant guests. Peel’s Restaurant is an intimate, elegant dining room, combining original wall panels with hand-painted wallpaper by Fromental. West Midlands-based craftsman William Self made the exquisite American black walnut wine station. The innovative, 3 AA Rosette awarded seasonal cuisine is as beautifully presented as the room it is served in.
The Parlour, in the original drawing room, is the most recently completed space. The style combines painterly florals, seen in the Viola wallpaper by Designers Guild and geometric shapes, across the leather topped tables by British furniture makers Style Matters and copper and marble tables from Bloomingville. Open fires and chandeliers provide a glamorous atmosphere and a neutral palette offset by pops of striking colour provides a modern edge. It is the perfect spot for leisurely afternoon teas and pre-dinner cocktails and aperitifs, overlooking glorious views of the gardens.
The spacious bedrooms and suites have been individually styled with bespoke furnishings. Wallpapers and fabrics are in archived William Morris patterns from Morris & Co. With high ceilings and expansive windows, every room is finished with homely touches, like ladder bookshelves from Rockett St George, stocked with beautifully designed page-turners. Key colours include the inky richness of Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue in the Henrietta Maria room, which is blended with accents of brass.
Architectural details, like the striking clock tower in the grounds, reflect the history of the original manor. Its most famous resident was Sir Frederick Peel, son of 19th-century Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel, who established the English police force. Frederick built Hampton Manor in the mirror image of Drayton Manor, his father’s house close by.
Frederick was a proud industrialist and his home reflected his beliefs. ‘Industria’ is engraved on the staircase and a crest of a lion, carved in myriad locations across the building, features a weaving shuttle. Its decorative details impose a fascinating contradiction between the celebration of industry and a focus on craftsmanship, advocated by William Morris and the Arts and Crafts trend of the time.
Notes to editors:
Key design pieces to get the same look at home include:
Handmade wallpaper in Peel’s Restaurant is Paradiso Chinoiserie by Fromental
www.hamptonmanor.com Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-In-Arden, Solihull, B92 0DQ
01675 446 080 twitter @HamptonManor Accommodation priced from £150.00 per night