Originally built in the 1700s, Heythrop Park Resort is a now high-class hotel, restaurant and leisure destination set in 440 acres of beautiful Oxfordshire parkland. The Grade II* listed Italian Baroque manor has been the subject of many changes over the last four centuries, and was most recently added to the Warner Hotels portfolio in 2020.
Following its acquisition, the historic venue subsequently benefited from a substantial refurbishment aimed at retaining the cultural splendour of the property, while making it fit for purpose as a modern hospitality destination.
The ambitious and extensive project took over 4 years, with interior design work headed by Brighton based consultancy DesignLSM and furniture designed and produced by Contract Furniture Group. The overall vision was to transform Heythrop Park into the jewel in Warner Hotel’s already impressive crown with contemporary comfort complimented by a sense of timeless elegance. Having seen use as a hotel previously, a key focus was to rejuvenate the outdated appearance of the sites buildings to create 331 bedrooms, bars, restaurants, leisure facilities and public areas that all reflected the style, class and identity of the Warner Hotels brand.
Following the direction set out by DesignLSM, Contract Furniture Group’s part in the project was to create, source, and install furniture, fixtures, and fittings that would bring the clear vision for the venue to life. Our work was carried out across the resort’s public and private spaces and was aimed at maximising both aesthetic appeal and practical functionality for the thousands of guests that would visit each year.
The team at Contract Furniture Group designed, built, and installed a diverse range of loose and fitted furniture, soft furnishings, and case goods. This comprised of sophisticated statement sofa and lounge pieces, including the Aria 2-seater Sofas, Sorbet Carver Chairs & Megan Lounge Chairs for The Late Lounge, Atrium & Theatre rooms.
For dining areas, the focus was on providing practical, elegant, and individually sourced solutions. This included marble and hardwood tabletops and bases, bespoke fixed seating arrangements, such as deep-buttoned banquette seating, and a range of semi and fully upholstered dining chairs. To bring it all together, Contract Furniture Group supplied made-to-measure soft furnishings such as curtains, cushions and bedspreads.
Given the scale and complexity of this extensive refurbishment, a highly strategic approach to project preparation and management was required. The deliverables were rolled out in stages, focusing first on public areas before phasing into the many guest rooms. Throughout the process, careful considered and ensured we delivered on all aspects of appropriate product quality, usability, and aesthetics for a unified and cohesive experience.
Heythrop Park Resort has undergone a remarkable transformation, resulting in a beautifully restored and rejuvenated venue that truly embodies the high-class identity of Warner Hotels, that also pays homage to the site’s tradition and heritage.
Through our collaborative efforts, the team achieved a significant increase in the capacity of the Hotel’s restaurants, bars and relaxation areas. Through the meticulous planning stages, they were also able to help optimise layouts for better hospitality workflow, providing teams with a more efficient and streamlined area in which to deliver exceptional service.
In consequence, the project was a resounding success on all fronts. Contract Furnture Group were able to complete the work on-time, on-budget and on-brand and has strongly positioned Heythrop Park Resort as a premier luxury destination. The venue has recently won many prestigious awards for its recent refurbishment including, Best Hotel Interiors at the BIID Awards.
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