Capturing the essence of a manor house
The ambition was to create a destination hotel and wedding venue with a signature restaurant and bar that would attract hotel guests, visitors and local residents alike.
We were approached by ZIZ Properties to transform the public areas and bedrooms of this beautiful grade-II listed manor house hotel built in 1911 by architects, Blow and Billerey, and birthplace of the famous gardener, Percy Thrower.
This type of undertaking requires specialist knowledge and our experience was utilised to guide the client through every step of this process — ultimately ensuring that their vision for the hotel was realised.
The design process required a delicate balance of blending the beautiful historic interiors with the more modern extension areas. Careful intervention was required for the listed areas to meet both operational needs and comply with planning requirements. The more modern extension areas needed to continue the look and flow of the original manor, while keep the design appropriate within more contemporary setting.
The interior has a comfortable and relaxed country house feel with rustic touches such as timber beams and an earthy muted palette which draws from nature's nuances, all set within a series of stand-out individual spaces that each offer something extraordinary.
Careful intervention was required for the listed areas to meet both operational needs and comply with planning requirements.
The top-to-toe transformation of Horwood House consisted of the grade II listed manor house, reception, lounges, ballroom and meeting rooms to the stunning new brasserie restaurant and bar along with the design of a new destination spa.
Ica have delivered a transformational design for the hotel that has helped to reposition Horwood House as a luxury leisure destination. This was a primary objective when I appointed Ica as the architects and interior designers for the project. From appointment to where we are today, they have worked exactly to the brief and the feedback so far is fantastic!
Founder, ZIZ Hospitality
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