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).
Lighting greatly affects the atmosphere of a room, so using it to create the perfect setting is an art form. In the Retreat’s brasserie, 1772, each table is topped with a unique, rechargeable Pooky lamp designed by Matthew Williamson. Our favourite has got to be this sophisticated marbled number, named after Phileas Fogg.
£152Light up your room
Breakfast might be a daily occurrence, but it shouldn’t be boring. Whether your early-morning tipple is tea or coffee, everything tastes better when it’s sipped from a china vessel. These William Edwards Sultan’s Garden cups and saucers subtly complement the Retreat orangery’s sage-green interiors.
£18-£103Liven up your kitchen table
Each of the Retreat’s three suites has an individual style that showcases the history of the house. “We’re particularly proud of the suites,” says Cayzer. “We were keen to have as many British brands as possible, so the Sutton suite has Walks of Westminster wallpaper, while the Percy Shelley suite has some from Morris and Co.” Go for the same in your bedroom, either on a feature wall or all over.
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Cut the mustard
The Percy Shelley suite’s living area features a statement, mustard coffee table in pride of place. “The personality of the building is so strong, it was very easy to see what worked and what didn’t,” Cayzer tells us. “It meant we could have so much fun with it.” Bring the same playfulness to your own sitting room with this coffee table from Ceraudo, a London-based brand with a flair for Italian design.
“We were briefed to design an incredibly smart country house, where people feel at home and comfortable,” says Cayzer. Plonk yourself down on one of these Vincent Sheppard wicker loungers and imagine yourself whiling away an afternoon soaking up Wessex Hills views – or whatever’s in your line of vision from your patio.
£761Pimp up your patio
“We wanted to champion smaller, lesser-known British brands where possible, and those tended to be female-led, too,” Cayzer tells us. This simple, piped-tulip cushion from Sussex-based Molly Mahon instantly freshens up any space and is the perfect accessory for perking up a monotone or neutral-toned sofa.
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