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THE MOUNT, SOMERSET

Located in the Somerset countryside is this elegant Grade II* Regency period stately home with 18 bedrooms, renovated for full venue hire for retreats, weddings, conferences and flexibly to be operated as a hotel.

For the client, supporting local small businesses and energy efficiency were priorities, whilst working within the framework of creating a luxury experience. Through briefing workshops we defined what luxury means to develop a scheme around craft, provenance, ease and comfort.

A neutral canvas creates a calming, restful space to unwind and restore. Generous linen curtains quietly frame the sash windows and view across the hills, whilst other textiles layer in comforting tactility with boucle, velvet and jacquards to elevate the ordinary.

Items from the previous hotel site were reused and adapted, with selected antique pieces introduced with an appreciation for arts and craftsmanship. Local makers and crafters produced beautiful bespoke furniture pieces, such as a console table designed to suggest the presence of a absent fireplace, with a handmade oak leaf "over-mantle mirror" referencing the nearby Blackdown Hills AONB.

Technological comforts are quietly integrated, with a TV disguised as artwork, smart control cast iron radiators and motion sensor lighting lighting in the bathrooms.

With all the clean air of a rural escape, there's no compromise within the rooms on air quality either, with low VOC, natural paints and wax floor finishes. Metal elements such as the bed frame are finished in beeswax, and socket plates left in raw brass to naturally patina over time, evolving as a new chapter in the story of this fascinating building.

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