Derby Manor Hotel
Recently opened and already prompting outstanding reviews from guests – as well as being featured in the national and international press – is the newly and impressively refurbished and re-named Edwardian-built Derby Manor Hotel in Bournemouth.
Originally known as Langtry Lodge, the property was purchased in Dec 2014 and was re-named Derby Manor in recognition of its history.
Such is the success of the boutique hotel’s refurbishment that TripAdvisor users are already calling it ‘stunning’, and a ‘hidden gem’ of a hotel, attracting an unblemished top rating of five out of five.
The refurbishment was carried out by main contractors RT Carpentry, with local firm Basic Elegance assisting with the procurement of the Versace-inspired furniture.
James Milligan, manager of the hotel said: “The hotel used to run at around 30 per cent occupancy – but since we have carried out the refurbishment we are running at a constant 80 per cent plus and have also have had articles about the project published in the national and international press.”
“We are 100 per cent happy with the outcome of the refurbishment and the contract team did a very good job.
“The design is based on an Edwardian look with a contemporary twist with the aim of creating a venue where traditional service, excellent cuisine and a relaxing atmosphere is the key objective.
“On purchase the building was ‘dated’ although tasteful, and the original plan was to ‘spruce up’ the current interior and open within a few months.
“But as we started to upgrade one or two rooms this typically made everything else look even more dated.
“It was then decided to carry out a complete £1m renovation based on the original Edwardian architecture, and entirely designed by our chairman David Ricks.
“As an Edwardian building, the whole ethos of the renovation was to reflect Edwardian design principles, whilst providing a contemporary twist.
“The hotel was also refurbished externally, including the construction of a replica of a timber conservatory which we saw featured in a 1903 picture of the hotel – so now the building looks the same as it did in that era. We also had the gardens completely re-landscaped.”
“The new look Derby Manor, once used by Lord Derby when visiting Bournemouth, endeavours to reflect his keen interest in horses and horse racing with rooms and suites such as Newmarket, Cheltenham, Derby Cup, Goodwood and Ascot.
“The design provides a warm, relaxing and inviting atmosphere to all visitors; whether staying for a cream-tea, having dinner or taking a well-earned rest from the ‘day-to-day’ pressures of the modern world.
“Versace-inspired furniture, London designed wallpaper and pure attention to detail now provides guests with a complete relaxing environment in the heart of Bournemouth.”
Facilities of the hotel include a fine dining restaurant and a large bar area leading to beautifully landscaped gardens – all located just 10 minutes’ walk from the beach. The restaurant menus are based on traditional and classical cooking techniques, using, wherever possible, ingredients locally sourced from suppliers and farms specially selected for their ‘organic,’ environmental and animal welfare credentials.
Every room at Derby Manor has been designed and decorated to the highest standard.
Each bedroom has deep pile carpets, individually designed wallpaper and Versace-inspired furniture, combined with ultra-modern bathrooms to provide a unique and welcoming experience.
All of the rooms are finished to an exceptionally high standard. For example, the Goodwood Suite comprises comprise a luxury bathroom, complete with its own Jacuzzi bath, large walk in shower, sink and toilet, a large double bedroom with sumptuous super king size bed, walk in dressing room, bedside cabinets and dresser on the first floor of the suite, with a private sitting room/additional sleeping area located up eight steps. Comfortably furnished with sofas, table and 40″ TV, the sitting room also has an adjoining additional WC.
The Oaks executive deluxe double room features sumptuous deep pile carpet, Italian inspired bedroom furniture, including a super king sized bed with dresser, bedside cabinets and wardrobe, a 40” flat screen TV and a fully tiled en-suite bathroom including a luxury corner bath with shower over.
The executive deluxe /Honeymoon Suite has been romantically designed for couples spending their special days at the Derby. The luxurious ‘roll-top’ bath situated on a raised platform in the bedroom is the main feature of this room. Sumptuous deep pile carpets, a raised super king sized bed romantically lit with feature lighting, Versace inspired furniture with matching dresser, bedside cabinets and wardrobe, complete the stunning effect.
Basic Elegance Furnishings Ltd
Basic Elegance Furnishings Ltd is a bespoke furniture specialist, designing unique products for clients throughout the UK. The company has been in operation since 2005 and currently boasts more than 5,000 products, with new lines added each month.
Over the years, Basic Elegance Furnishings Ltd has built up an enviable portfolio, ranging from the provision of bespoke furniture for Barratt Homes and Persimmon Homes to turnkey operations for a range of private clients. Most recently, Basic Elegance Furnishings Ltd was involved with the refurbishment of Derby Manor, providing bedroom furniture, curtains, bar stools, lounge chairs & sofas and dining room furniture.
Basic Elegance Furnishings Ltd Managing Director, Denis Bussell, said:
“Derby Manor was a great project to be involved with and one which really showcased our range of products. We look forward to working on further projects within the hospitality sector.”
“At Basic Elegance Furnishings Ltd we pride ourselves on our full range of products, which are designed to suit different price ranges and different styles, be it modern, traditional or unconventional. We cater for all markets.”