Get the Look: Lime Wood Lodges

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.”

Get the look lime wood lodges

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.”

Driftwood wall mirror, £179, Oka Direct

Driftwood wall mirror, £179, Oka Direct

Orange velvet cushion, £89, Rume

Orange velvet cushion, £89, Rume

 

Gubi Bestlite BL2 table lamp, £459, Nest

Gubi Bestlite BL2 table lamp, £429, Nest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Occa Vintage Parquet dining table, £2,601, Occa Home

OH Vintage Parquet dining table, £2,576, Houseology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engineered American Walnut Chevron flooring, £166.32 per sq m, Urbane Living

Engineered American Walnut Chevron flooring, £166.32 per sq m, Urbane Living

Andrew Martin Driftwood Timber wallpaper, £77.90 per roll, Amara

Andrew Martin Driftwood Timber wallpaper, £77.90 per roll, Amara

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