Part of the New Forest’s Lime Wood Hotel, three charming rustic lodges sit apart from the hotel’s main accommodation, with a warm, cosy aesthetic that befits their secluded position. Interior designer Robert Angell – best known for sleek, urban five-star hotels and sophisticated restaurants – here runs with a new theme, a more casual look that mixes reclaimed timber panelling, big fireplaces, tapestries on the wall and a little hints of opulence.
“We wanted to literally make it of the forest,” says Angell. “The whole concept was born around the idea of a woodcutter’s house – we imagined that he would come home and carve, and play around with wood in his spare time. So it was all about whatever we could make out of wood – we clad all the interiors in timber, and all the furniture was beautifully detailed.
What was great about this project was that it had a very strong story and provenance. We could get our creative juices flowing on it.”
The timber panelling was reclaimed from an old barn, so it possesses that authentic weathered look, and the attention to detail is lovely – the wardrobe doors are covered with a three-dimensional chevron pattern of gnarled hazel (“to add texture, theatre and light”), while the tapestries add to the sense of cosiness.
Angell explains how, even though the look signals a departure from a slick urban hotel, “the principles are the same – whether you’re designing beautiful suede-lined drawers in the Berkeley or a roughed-up hazel drawer for Lime Wood, the principle is the same – it’s all about the idea, the detail and how it’s made. It may look a bit rough and beaten up – and that’s the intention – but the time it takes to do that is no less than something refined and elegant.”