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Get the look: The Retreat at Elcot Park

If you love a hotel so much you want to live in it, do the next best thing and bring it home. In our occasional series, we reveal how to zhuzh up interiors chez vous with design elements from some of the world’s most luxurious stays. This time, we check in to The Retreat at Elcot Park, Berkshire



The brains behind The Mitre at Hampton Court, one of 2020’s most successful London hotel openings, are back with a bang. The Retreat at Elcot Park is a new luxury urban escape just 45 minutes outside of London. The 18th-century country pile boasts views over the rolling Wessex Downs, plus access to two restaurants, a whisky room and a health club complete with hydrotherapy pools.

Some rooms in the Signet Collection property are named after horses and jockeys, in a nod to the nearby Newbury Racecourse – while each of the three suites is inspired by past residents of the historic house.

We caught up with Harriette Cayzer, creative director at London-based luxury interior design studio Taylor & Turner, who was responsible for the interior design choices at the Retreat. Here, she shares some secrets on how to make eccentric interiors and patterns work for you – even if you don’t live in a 55-bedroom, Grade II-listed house (sob).