Our historic property is now well into its final phase of redevelopment, with the closing chapter of over two years of work focused on the beautiful Grade II-listed Manor House. The building is currently underdoing a complete transformation which will reimagine the original bricks and mortar into a new collection of stunning spaces including 9 spacious bedroom suites, a breathtaking wedding ceremony space, expansive lounges and a private dining room. It’s been a fascinating time for us here at Horwood House, and we wanted to share a little sneak preview of what you can expect when renovations finish later in the year…
Horwood House has a rich history which dates back across many centuries. Originally a farmhouse (some 300 years ago), the Manor House was upgraded in the early 1900s by Frederick Denny – whose name is honoured by “The Denny” – a pork and apricot croquette – on the menu at Harry’s Bar & Kitchen. However, the building is best known as being the birthplace of the famous gardener, Percy Thrower, who created our famous lily pond and the beautifully manicured Pytheas Gardens that surround the hotel. These gardens have proved to be a rich source of inspiration for the new interior scheme within the Manor’s refurbishment.
When we began planning the renovation of the Manor, we worked closely with our designers, ICA, to start afresh with the interior scheme but to ensure we are in keeping with the building’s original features and reflect the surrounding 38 acres of grounds.
The colour scheme is light with subtle grey, green and gold accents whilst our carpet has been created specially for us by one of the finest producers in the UK, Oriental Weavers Hospitality.
Our ground floor lounge, layered with rich textures of buttoned leather, paisley prints and plush velvets, will be a luxurious and elegant space, worthy of the special weddings, events and parties that the space will host for years to come. The upper floors of the manor will house 9 stylish suites, each with its own individual character, featuring freestanding baths, grand bay window seating and luxury king-sized beds.
Ensuring our public areas sparkle, leading lighting designers, Imagin Global, have created a number of signature chandeliers for the Manor, inspired by the traditional 19th century heritage lighting found in many stately homes. A statement piece hangs above the Manor’s feature staircase – this showstopping three-tier chandelier is made from steel with a plated finish, features smooth and ribbed glass tubes, and faux candles.
Finally, in a nod to our history, we have commissioned new artwork for the Manor that explores 1911, the year in which the Manor House as we know it today was built and the landmark events that mark the period, such as the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, along with the publication of “The Secret Garden” and works by the celebrated poet, D.H. Lawrence. 1911 is also the name of our new dining concept, which we hope to launch later this year.
If you’d like to keep up to date with the refurbishment, you can see more behind the scenes content on our Instagram @horwoodhouse – we can’t wait to welcome you to the Manor House soon.