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Amtico transforms a Grade II Listed manor house into a stunning hotel.

Amtico transforms a Grade II* Listed manor house into a stunning hotel. 

Heythrop Park Hotel is a stunning Grade II* Listed property set within 440 acres of parkland located in the idyllic Cotswolds. Design agency DesignLSM spearheaded the redesign of the property for Warner Leisure ahead of the hotel’s grand re-opening, the brief was to retain the beautiful architecture while modernising the estate to enhance the overall guest experience.

The refurbishment has bridged the gap between the 18th Century manor house and the contemporary extension, which is home to the hotel’s hospitality spaces, including lounges, restaurants, bars, a ballroom and a state-of-the-art theatre. DesignLSM specified Amtico’s durable Signature and Spacia LVT flooring collections in areas throughout the estate, opting for laying patterns and designs that complement the hotel’s historical roots.

Commenting on the choice of flooring, Lisa Robertson, Lead Designer at DesigLSM, said: “Amtico’s flooring range provided extremely durable and cost-effective solutions for the vast project whilst also offering the flexibility to customise products. This allowed our design team the opportunity to be creative in specifying items that would complement our beautiful schemes for each room within the Grade II* Listed hotel.”

Luxurious and dramatic, the hotel’s Brassey Bar conveys the history of a former owner of the estate, Thomas Brassey, who created most of the world’s railways in the 19th Century. DesignLSM was inspired by his love of engineering and illustrated it throughout the bar with metal detailing and intricately patterned flooring from the Amtico Signature collection in the form of Key Stone Mini. The contrasting floor design zones the bar area, surrounded by Dark Walnut laid in Stripwood Xtra and divided by a strip of Diffusion Charcoal, paying homage to the heritage of the building while creatin an engaging aesthetic.  

Amtico’s Key Stone Small laying pattern in Stucco Quartz and Stucco Flax was used for The Orangery, located within the property’s extension. The space provides a relaxing ambience for guests and takes its design cues from the ‘enchanted fish pond’ at the bottom of the park with a calming colour palette and bespoke ‘submerged’ wallpaper. The laying pattern is unashamedly influenced by Victorian style, it floods the space and delivers timeless elegance with classic geometry. The floor is bordered by tiles in Diffusion Charcoal and Encaustic Kyanite to complement the green hues used for the fabric and upholstery. 

Tom Carter, Managing Director at Carters Flooring (Leisure), explained why Amtico was the perfect fit for the project. “Amtico seamlessly provided the solutions to harmonise the charm of the manor house with the contemporary vision of the refurbishment”, he said. “Throughout the journey, the Amtico team offered invaluable guidance and unwavering support, whether in product selection or timely delivery updates. The remarkable outcome speaks volumes – it’s a project that stands as a testament to the collective pride of all involved.”

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