Lancaster-based Mackies Interior Design and Decoration has overseen the hotel interior with the in-house team. Emphasis has been placed on bringing the feel of the gardens into the hotel and many of the old materials from the original building have been recycled.
The bedrooms feature pastel tones of powder blue, silver and grey. Each room has an accent wall of Zoffany paper and fabric curtains. Wooden furniture is given a raw finish and carpets are made from the local Herdwick wool made by Wools of Cumbria. Harrison Spinks was commissioned to make bespoke Herdwick wool beds and every mattress has over 10,000 springs, and includes natural fibre and Herdwick wool padding, finished with a lace canopy.
The kitchen pass is open, offering guests a glimpse of Kevin Tickle and his team at work. Diners will also enjoy beautiful views of the grounds, the forest bank and the fells beyond, giving a real sense of being a part of the Cumbrian landscape.
A 70-square metre heated greenhouse inside the extensive Victorian-walled kitchen garden houses ingredients such as micro greens, grapes and peaches, and a further two 30 x 14 foot wide polytunnels have been installed to grow edible flowers including violas, nasturtiums and dianthus. Other home grown produce such as beetroots, carrots, leeks, lovage mint, oyster leaf and oxalis will also appear on the menu throughout the year. Credit: Jenny Heyworth