Brockencote Hall, a Victorian country house emulating a French chateaux in the Worcestershire countryside, joined Sir Peter Rigby's Eden Hotel Collection in late 2010, and by November 2012 was in need of some TLC.
A ?1.5m renovation project to re-inject the finesse into its French-inspired design was undertaken by Birmingham-based Nicholas Hollinshead Interiors and completed by May 2013.
The hotel remained open during the works except for four weeks during January, when alterations were made to the ground floors, including the installation of a limestone floor by Kinorigo in reception.
"Our client was anxious to retain the original features and enhance the French influence of the interior," says Nicholas Hollinshead. PICTURE: Carver armchairs and the sofas came from Jameson Seating, the lamps were sourced from Chelsom Lighting and A J Rudd Contracts supplied and fitted the carpet shown here.
The self-contained bedroom wing was the first area to be tackled followed by the public areas and finally the bedrooms in the main house. PICTURE: Jameson Seating supplied the upholstered furniture, soft furnishings were custom made by Rebecca Lea Interiors. Jansen Furniture supplied the desk, bedside cabinets and breakfast table.
"Many of the original features were retained, but much better use was made of previously unutilised areas: Storage cupboards within corridors were converted into wardrobes within the bedrooms. Bathrooms were replanned to allow for separate baths and showers. Second-floor unused staff rooms became three beautiful en-suite guest bedrooms," says Hollinshead.
Bespoke wine fridges were supplied By ColdKit and the wine rack joinery was done by Xylo Contracts. Overall the new wine cellar creates an impressive entrance to the hotel's restaurant. The public areas were remodelled to provide additional private dining space, a new bar within the conservatory and an impressive wine cellar adjacent to the restaurant.
The cloakrooms were relocated into old offices and refitted.
PICTURE: Tables and bar shown here were supplied by Martin Taylor and Art Interiors provided the artwork. Tempus Stet supplied wall lamps and chandeliers. The result brings out the distinctive French character of the building, fitting in perfectly with the seven-strong Eden Hotel Collection.