Lake District hotel owner commissions unique piece of art from top artist as part of renovation

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The owner of the four-star Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel has commissioned a local artist to create a unique piece of art as part of a refurbishment at the property.

Stephen Leahy, who owns the hotel in the Lake District, commissioned Ulverston-based artist and blacksmith Chris Brammall to design and make a bespoke bar top to feature in the hotel’s main lounge bar area.

Made from mild-steel, the bar top features a bronze ribbon which depicts the landscape and view from the front of the hotel including the Langdale Pikes and Coniston Old Man.

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Working from a series of photographs taken from the hotel front door, Brammall transferred the Lakeland landscape into a working one-to-one template.

A series of individual hand-cut sections were hand-forged to fit the shape of the bar top and the bronze strip hand-tapped into position.

Speaking to the Westmorland Gazette, Leahy said: “It’s been a goal of mine to have a bespoke piece of artwork by Chris on show at the Holbeck for some time so when we started planning our latest refurbishment it seemed to be the perfect opportunity to approach him with our idea.”

Leahy said he was inspired by Brammall’s work since he designed the Cumbria Tourism Small Hotel of the Year and Holbeck Ghykll won in 2015.

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