Transforming traditional-style hotel bedrooms into a superb collection of exclusive high end designer mews suites – many with private gardens – and all set around a stunning central feature ‘outdoor lounge’, created by RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold award-winner, Ann-Marie Powell, is a recently completed project at Sopwell House Hotel in St Albans.
Architects and interior designers for the project were award winning London Designers Sparcstudio; main contractors were Interiors UK.
Sopwell House is an elegant Georgian country house hotel discreetly tucked away in stunning surroundings and incorporates extensive facilities including a dedicated events area, two restaurants and two bars, a stunning spa, and 128 rooms and suites.
Separate from the main hotel, the 16 newly refurbished and individually designed mews suites all have their own design and character and are arranged in a ‘U’ shape around a breathtaking new landscaped communal space.
According to Sopwell House Hotel: “The very essence of the mews suites is accentuated luxury, with each suite featuring custom-made furniture and fittings, state-of-the-art facilities – from four-poster beds, to high-end kitchenettes, generously sized bathrooms with double-ended bath tubs, mood lighting, and stylish hot tubs crafted out of Cedar Wood – not to mention an eclectic mix of artwork and accessories displayed throughout.”
Some of the suites have interconnected rooms and all boast REVO Superconnect sound systems. All include a minimum sized 40″ TV with Sky HD, Nespresso coffee machine. Each suite is traditionally named after English flowers.
Sparcstudio Director Beverley Bayes said:
“The suites were originally hotel bedrooms – some with kitchenettes, but had become somewhat dated. Some of the suites are two storey, whilst others are single storey, and now each has its own sitting area and some have kitchens.
“We completely re-planned the interiors and created private gardens accessed by French doors for individual suites wherever possible. Some of the private gardens even have their own hot tubs – and all are arranged around a large central communal space rather like an ‘outdoor lounge’ and including sofas, a hydrotherapy pool with waterfall, beautiful sculptures, water features, extensive new landscaping and lighting.
“We have designed the suites to have a bespoke feel which could be described as ‘glamorous country’. The overall emphasis is very much on comfort, incorporating cosy features which reflect the scale of the buildings in which they are housed, such as welcoming feature fireplaces – the focal point of the lounge spaces. The fireplaces are very contemporary, with stacked logs included as part of the design. New cast iron radiators and air conditioning have also been installed.”
All of the interiors were completely stripped out and replaced from scratch, including new furniture.
Carpets have been replaced by grey oak timber flooring and large rugs by Crucial Trading. The colour palette includes neutral colours combined with bolder shades such as terracotta coloured leather to add richness, and all fabrics are soft and comfortable. All of the lighting, joinery and furniture is bespoke, including specially designed desks.
Beverley Bayes added:
“Some suites incorporate a double sided fireplace dividing the living area and the sleeping area, with a double ended bath in front of the fireplace included in the sleeping area. Some suites even include four poster beds.
“Some of the bathrooms have free standing baths, whilst others have walk-in showers and we have used Domus patchwork effect tiling behind the baths and in the showers.
“The artwork is another significant feature and is an eclectic mix including both humorous images and glamorous scenes related to country living.
“Since the project was completed, the hotel has been able to increase the tariff for the suites and the occupancy rates have been really good. The beauty of the new development is that it can be let out to a single party or corporate group.”
Hotel owner Abraham Bejerano – who also owns The Arch boutique hotel in London – said:
“We are very excited to have the new luxury mews suites launching at Sopwell House. They will appeal to our high-end clientele and also reflect the quintessentially British flair of Sopwell House as a whole.”
The hotel spa and pool area previously underwent an extensive refurbishment, also designed by Sparcstudio, who are currently working on a further scheme including a new ground floor extension to the hotel spa.
The Modern Garden Company
Established in 2000 by director Lynne Isham, The Modern Garden Company specialise in supplying high-end outdoor furniture within the hospitality sector, worldwide. The company provides beautifully crafted furniture that can add a touch of elegance or sophistication to any exterior or spa environment.
Products are made from high-performance, sustainable textiles and timbers – all resistant to sunlight, water and extreme temperatures. Offering contemporary outdoor dining options to luxurious day beds and stylish modular sofa systems, The Modern Garden Company guarantee quality and longevity of their products – essential when specifying for exterior environments.
The establishment worked closely with Sopwell House, focusing on the detailed design and development of the specifications for seats, loose cushions and lounge beds which had to be fully water resistant and fully compliant to BS crib 5 fire regulations.
Speaking to Georgina McGovern, of The Modern Garden Company, she told Premier Hospitality:
“Sopwell House was a great collaboration between designer, supplier and customer. It is a win-win process and the way we like to work best.”
Other projects that the company has been involved with include The Dormy House Hotel Spa, Limewood Hotel and the Grand Palace Hotel.