When involved in the refurbishment of a historical building, one main concept streams to life and that is to not detract from the existing character of the building.
However, over the centuries our historical buildings have started to lose touch with modern society and the functional needs of our 21stcentury traveller. Bearing this in mind it is obvious as to why Alison Van Zijl, our interior designer, has focussed the refurbishment of Hacklewood Hill Country House on maintaining the authenticity and character of the original house whilst creating functional spaces for the modern traveller’s convenience.
Alison’s goal was to have a guest engulfed within the history of the house and lost in thought as to what era he or she may be in. The play on the past combined with the modern comforts were designed to create the perfect ‘home away from home’. Without changing the original style of the rooms, Alison has begun "uncluttering the perceived look”. These concepts have all been achieved with subtle changes such as: replacing the original drapes with plainer and less complex materials, providing reading lights and placing plug points near the antique writing desks so that guests may use laptops on the work spaces. The changes are subtle but they provide a clear functionality.
Alison has worked with The PE Hotel Group for many years and has laboured tirelessly in recreating the Victorian manor as a guest house. Not only did she sought out individual antiques from around the country but had craftsmen and artisans rebuild broken or lost artefacts.
This specific refurbishment concentrated on our yellow lounge and dining room, 2 of our bedrooms and our leafy garden. We couldn’t be happier with our fresh, simplified look with modern twists and look forward to hosting our wonderful guests.