Foxhill Manor, an eight bedroom boutique manor house, opened in April this year following a four month renovation programme.
The new venue lies within the walls of a recently refurbished Grade II building situated at the heart of the private 400-acre Farncombe Estate near Broadway, in Worcestershire.
Foxhill Manor was built in 1909 in the Arts & Crafts style and has now been restored to its original glory, in a multi-million pound refurbishment by the family who have owned her since 1970.
Works began on site in January this year, following a year of planning, with Trevillion Interiors acting as the project designers and Zenith Contract Services as the main contractor. Premier Hospitality caught up with Sarah Delasalle, Interior Designer at Trevillion Interiors, to find out more about the project. Sarah commented:
“Having worked on the Dormy House Hotel for the Sorven family we were invited to provide a design concept for Foxhill Manor to compliment the buildings Grade II Listed status, as well as represent the clients Danish heritage’’
The venue needed to be in keeping with the Dormy House Hotel located less than two miles from Foxhill. The manor is run and serviced by the fantastic team from The Dormy and all guests staying at the Manor have full use of the House Spa.
The venue is operated with a butler service and is available to hire out for weddings, events and conferences. Sarah, from Trevillion, told us more about the design concept at Foxhill Manor. Trevillion had to acquire planning permission for the project and get the layouts and drawings approved before works could begin.
The venue’s eight individual, bespoke bedrooms each have a different design, each with its own colour palette. The first bedroom, named “Juniper” boasts a soft green colour palette thus making the room light and airy. The bathroom is also very light and comprises a beautiful freestanding bath and double vanity unit on either side; using symmetry in its design.
The next bedroom, named “Oak”, uses a deep brown, earthy colour scheme making the space warm and inviting. The room’s large windows however add some much needed light into the space. The large four poster bed situated in the centre of the room adds a Danish feel to the space, and the sense of luxury is continued where guests are greeted by two beautiful baths boasting stunning views of the surrounding Cotswold’s.
The venue’s loft bedroom is a much darker, cosier space than the other bedrooms; however it has been lifted by a consistent use of vibrant colours such as pink, orange and raspberry. The other rooms use Danish influences boasting bright greens, yellows, blues and blacks.
Trevillion’s philosophy was to design a classic and stylish interior offering all of the guests’ premium accommodation. The Manor is full of history and character and this flows throughout the design of the building. Each bedroom has a state of the art bathroom with invitingly big, free standing bath tubs. Every single item of furniture has been hand-picked to include a number of antique pieces. The decor has a simple Scandinavian feel combined with luxurious textiles and textures throughout.
The venue has three suites all of which have top of the range mod-cons including Ruark radios and in-room tablets. All suites have seperate en-suite bathrooms and lounge areas complete with flat-screen TV. A delicious breakfast is on offer for guests in the venue’s Dining Room or Ballroom.
The main lounge comprises a selection of lovely antique pieces featured alongside a number of more modern pieces. The design team has combined modern and antique pieces to the communal areas of the hotel in order to give the spaces an eclectic feel.
The media room is a fun space ideal for the whole family, comprising large bean bags and an impressive comic book wall montage spanning the entire room. The space also contains a large cinema screen making this an ideal place to watch movies and relax.
Foxhill Manor’s Ballroom has a beautiful wooden floor, large feature fireplace and two impressive centre piece chandeliers. A stylish skylight runs down the middle of the space; this combined with windows on three sides of the room allow natural light to flood the space. The Ballroom’s far door leads out onto the terrace and offers spectacular views of the garden and the breathtaking Vale of Evesham beyond. The Ballroom boasts a beautiful painted tree detail on the wall and acts as a great centerpiece to the space.
Foxhill Manors Listed status caused considerable construction and design related challenges and huge efforts were made to run services within existing voids; such as using redundant chimneys as opposed to opening up the existing structure. The innovative design approach enabled the project to remain on track, in budget and in line with planning restrictions.
All events at Foxhill Manor are looked after by the Dormy House team and a dedicated House Butler. Foxhill Manor offers a choice of different dining options from a posh intimate dinner for up to 16 in The Dining Room to a big old bash for 80 in The Ballroom. The hotel’s Head Chef, Jon Ingram and his team, look after the menus for every event and are able to create bespoke menus in line with guests requirements; from posh sit-down dinners to more casual dining options including BBQs or spit roasts on the lawns, buffets and fun themed menus.
“We have used a wide range of materials and furniture in order to create an eclectic feel. We were striving to deliver a comfortable and welcoming space which guests would feel at home in. The building has a great light to it which is further enhanced by the plethora of beautiful large windows in the communal spaces and the bedrooms. In all of the rooms we have tried to enhance as much of the natural light as we could to create beautiful spaces that would feel calm and relaxed.
“As a company we are very privileged to be a part of Foxhill Manor’s Renovation. The boutique hotel is a great addition to the estate on which it is based and will be a venue for people to enjoy visiting. I feel we have delivered what we set out to achieve; a comfortable, enjoyable space that can be used for celebrations and special occasions.”
The manor originally sat at the heart of its own 100-acre estate, high on the Cotswold escarpment above Willersey and Broadway. Today the grounds have merged into the 400-acre Farncombe Estate with its own woods, footpaths and lakes.
The stories that surround Foxhill Manor take us from the Arts & Crafts ideal to WW2 military heroism. The building was designed by Joseph Lancaster Ball, a Yorkshire-born architect who designed a number of important houses and offices in Birmingham.
Perhaps the most notable feature of the Manor is its layout, which consists of an East-West facing body and four wings that reach out for sunshine at all times of day. At the front of the house is a sweeping gravel drive, a wonderful setting for wedding processions and classic cars. At the back, a sunset terrace has uninterrupted views over the Vale of Evesham towards the Malverns and – on a clear day – the mountains of Wales.
Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, Foxhill Manor is perfect as a base for exploring the English countryside. From Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare to Cheltenham, known for the famous Cheltenham Festival, there is lots to see and do. The nearby village of Broadway offers shopping, culture and great places to eat, as well as being close by to Oxford one of the world’s most famous university cities.
Zenith Ltd specialise in hotel refurbishments including internal refurbishments, as well as new build projects and external landscaping and repair works. The firm has been in operation for 12 years and since its inception has worked on a plethora of high profile project including Dormy House Hotel & Spa, Ellenborough Park Hotel in Cheltenham, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa as well as Francis Hotel in Bath.
Premier Hospitality caught up with Jonathan Rooney, Contracts Manager at Zenith Ltd, to find out more about the firms recent involvement with the Foxhill Manor refurbishment project. Zenith acted as main contractor on the project which involved all elements of the internal fit out and M & E installation, as well as infrastructure works, external works, building repairs and window replacements.
“It is important for us to be involved with this project as it is a bespoke hotel and allows us to work for the same client as we worked with at Dormy House. It is a great working relationship for us and following the success of the Dormy House Hotel project it is great for us to be involved with their sister venue.
“We pride ourselves on delivering projects on time and in budget, to a very high standard. The majority of our business comes from client referrals which say a lot about the nature of our service.”