Situated in the picturesque Hampshire countryside, a short distance from London, Four Seasons Hampshire is a country getaway for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
MBDS were asked to reimagine the Reception, Lounge and Bar and downstairs Drawing Room as well as designing the hotel’s restaurant, Wild Carrot, and the Royal Suite. Inspired by the pastoral scenery, the hotel transcends a feeling of the English Country House all whilst remaining elegant with a contemporary twist.
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On entering the high gloss marble Reception, guests can turn either left into the Drawing Room or right into the Bar and Lounge. The Drawing Room, with its wooden panelled walls, original fireplace and traditional rugs, offers a warm welcome to travelling guests. A variety of seating and cosy nooks provides the perfect spot to relax once guests arrive whilst art work and objet inspired by country sports and pursuits tie together the overarching theme of the hotel.
The Lounge and Bar to the right features a colour palette of blue and yellow mixed together with richly patterned fabrics and materials including mohair velvet, leather, timber and brass detailing. A central patisserie display provides guests with a self-service afternoon tea option whilst the original full-height windows welcome the outdoors in and show off the views of the surrounding countryside.
Downstairs, the Bar and Lounge have been designed with a distinctly British style in mind. Rich colours, textures and fabrics have been used to accentuate a relaxed and luxurious ambience. Utilising the heritage of the space, classic detailing is juxtaposed against subtle contemporary pieces to give the room the playful edge of a drawing room at an eccentric country house. Further eclecticism is found in the Arts and Crafts-inspired wallpaper; coming in a decorative foliage design, it brings the freshness of the countryside into the comfortable bar area.
The restaurant and accompanying terrace exudes a glamorous and relaxed atmosphere, created through a mixture of tables, chairs and more intimate banquettes whilst an eclectic spread of vintage lamps and waiter stations add further character. The playful ambience of a country house is continued as the open kitchen adds drama to the space. Verdant planting inside provides subtle accents of colour, alongside creating a fresh and sophisticated feel.
An adjoining dining room complete with bespoke oak bookcases and red leather dining chairs provide guests with a comfortable space in which to entertain. Each bedroom is designed with comfort in mind with statement tufted headboards and relaxed seating. Fresh en suites can be accessed from each room with a free-standing bath tub in the master bedroom and marble fittings throughout.
Occupying one side of the hotel, the Royal Suite comprises a spacious living area with accompanying dining room, a master and queen bedroom plus en suites and a private terrace with enviable views across the grounds. A colour palette of blue and yellow is utilised in the traditional-inspired living room with a mixture of sofa and armchair seating. French windows out onto the terrace bathe the room with natural light and accentuate the eclectic collection of artwork and curiosities.