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22 Mar

Beverley Boswell: Creating Linthwaite House interiors

We talk to Beverley Boswell, the talented designer responsible for the opulent and luxurious interiors at Linthwaite House Hotel. Thanks to the owner’s vision and Beverley’s expertise, this beautiful hotel incorporates the very meaning of modern British authenticity and prestige…

Set in 14 acres of expertly manicured gardens and natural woodlands, Linthwaite House is an Edwardian country hotel run by the renowned Leeu Collection group. Situated on a hilltop overlooking Windermere in the Lake District, it’s an ideal hideaway for those looking for a luxurious base from which to explore the scenic surroundings.

With a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, the hotel’s modern and elegant style makes it a popular destination for those who love the finer things in life. Guests can enjoy a game of boules on the lawn, or a peaceful afternoon of fly fishing before heading to the restaurant to sample dishes made from the finest, locally sourced ingredients.

The hotel underwent a 12-month, £10 million renovation project which included the refurbishment of 30 bedrooms. As part of the transformation, Westbury Garden Rooms worked with Gensler Architects to replace the hotel’s small, underwhelming Victorian-style conservatory with a bright and spacious orangery.

With expansive glazing that makes the most of the panoramic views, the orangery is an elegant bar and lounge where guests can unwind with a cocktail or two. Find out more about the orangery’s design by exploring our case study.

Styling the orangery…

The new orangery at Linthwaite Hotel ‘boasts beautiful décor and comfy sofas, tempting you into spending the entire evening there playing games and sipping drinks’. Its popularity is proof of the structure’s exceptional design, which balances composition and proportion to create a truly opulent and harmonious space. With her understanding of the Leeu brand and her ability to bring sumptuous materials together, Beverley Boswell has designed a modern scheme for the orangery interiors to celebrate the very best of British artisanship.

Credit: Beverley Boswell Designs

‘Bespoke design and luxurious detailing is my passion,’ says Beverley. She studied in Cape Town before completing an internship with David Easton Inc in New York, where she then joined Studio Indigo Ltd in London and worked on bespoke, premium residential projects. ‘Looking at the surrounding environment is key for determining the style of a room,’ she explains. ‘If a house has a classic Cape Dutch style set on a beautiful wine estate, then the interiors should complement and respect the architecture.   If you’re working with a modern build, it might be better suited to a more minimal, pared-back style.’ Beverley quickly built a reputation for creating truly inspiring living spaces by combining beautiful aesthetics with practicality.

Credit: Beverley Boswell Designs

In 2012, Beverley set up her own practice and now works between her London and Cape Town studios. She is the interior designer responsible for all the Leeu Collection’s properties in Franschhoek and the UK, after being referred to founder Analjit Singh by an acquaintance. Taking a collaborative approach, she’s worked on a range of their properties in Franschhoek, South Africa, including boutique hotels, restaurants, a winery and a microbrewery. ‘Leeu is very much an international brand, and whenever I work on one of their hotels, the choice of colours and furniture is always influenced by the location,’ Beverley explains. ‘This is what gives each property its own unique style’.

Celebrating British design…

Beverley understood that, just like the other Leeu hotels, Linthwaite’s interiors had to be synonymous with exceptional quality and opulent details. ‘The orangery is the hotel’s main focal point. It’s an interesting space, almost like a wonderful glass box. Right from the beginning, the spec was to make sure that nothing would obstruct the expansive views of the garden beyond when you walked into the room.’ All the furniture in the orangery is quite low, with Beverley collaborating with the team from London-based furniture makers Soane Britain to design custom versions of their Baby Bear Sofas.

That’s one of the remarkable things about this scheme; give or take a few items, everything in the orangery has been made in the UK. It’s a scheme that showcases the very best of modern British design from top end suppliers, with pieces from William Yeoward, Porto Romana, and Simon Orrell Designs.

Credit: Beverley Boswell Designs

Beverley selected timeless items with a unique twist, looking at the shape of a sofa or the detailing on a coffee table to use classic pieces in a different way, making the room feel modern and contemporary.

Great care was taken to ensure that the interiors would not compete with the views of the surrounding landscape, so she used a natural palette of blue, slate grey, pumpkin, and green to reflect the colours outside. ‘I wanted to make sure the room carried a sense of warmth and welcome which can be tricky in a conservatory or garden room,’ she explains. ‘I layered different materials in the room to give texture and depth, bringing in grass cloth covered walls, timber floors, relaxed linens, leather, velvet and bronze.’

Taking the purpose of the room into account, the fabrics are durable and hard wearing, especially velvet and leather. Beverley added some Ralph Lauren leopard print, as a subtle nod to her own South African roots.

Credit: Beverley Boswell Designs

Passionate about art…

Mr Singh is a big art collector, which is reflected throughout the different hotels. He states that ‘art is not only a pillar of the Leeu Collection. It is a passion and as important as food, wine, or sense of place.’ Beverley worked closely with Mr. Singh and a specialist art dealer to create an exclusive art and sculpture collection to adorn the walls at Linthwaite. Sculptures by Dylan Lewis and William Peers were chosen for the grounds.

Bringing the right people together to collaborate seems to be the secret to creating an unrivalled collection of hotels, a method that is used in every aspect. Beverley also worked very closely with garden designer, Francesca Watson, who is responsible for the landscape projects at all of the properties. ‘The landscaping plays a very important role at Linthwaite,’ says Beverley. ‘Interior design, art and landscapes are all balanced together with everyone working as a team, and that is why every one of the hotels has a sense of calm and cohesion. The guests can’t always put their finger on what it is, but they notice it as soon as they walk through the doors.’

‘I love the orangery, with its deep, buttoned sofas. Sitting in them while looking out over the landscape is amazing. Seeing that spectacular, ever-changing view is what makes the space so special.’

Linthwaite House serves Sunday Lunch every week with all the trimmings included, from 12.00 to 15.00. It certainly hits the spot after a day exploring the lakes and rolling peaks. Contact the team to book a table for the ultimate Mother’s Day treat for the whole family on 015394 88600 or email reception@linthwaitehouse.com