Interior design & guest house management
Druids Lodge Polo club 2018 / 19
Task: I was asked to transform the client facing hospitality areas at Druids Lodge Polo Club from ‘run down family home’ into boutique commercial spaces, to strengthen and boost the Polo Club’s existing portfolio of facilities and services for its members and general public.
Challenge: The late Victorian manor house needed many of it’s rooms reviving on a shoestring budget, spending creatively and upcycling on-site materials to save on costs whilst trying not to compromise quality or style. The budget was largely limited, and had to include soft furnishings, bed linen, equipment and tools.
I had the first room guest ready for £150, spent mostly on bed linen, once the room was dressed in quality fabrics somehow the peeling walls and decaying floor was legitimised. Old Farrow & Ball paints were later excavated in the cellar and applied to brighten the dated walls, bath tiles were painted rather than replaced and old carpets removed to unearth the original parquet flooring.
Suite | Before
After | (Budget £150)
Completely redecorating the larger rooms would have been costly and time consuming, I decided the peeling walls were ‘old country house charm’, the size and age of the house helped with the illusion of eccentric rusticity. I left open pages of Country Life magazine in guest rooms displaying photos of antique furniture in decaying rooms.
Ensuite Bathroom | Before
After | (budget £250)
Removing the old bathroom carpet above revealed the same original parquet floorboards that ran through the house, however it was rotted and warped around the loo, sink and leaking radiators. Laboriously we pulled each board up with crowbars and hammers, then sanded down and treated the underlay boards that lay beneath.
Swallows Nest | Before
After | (budget £100)
The ‘Swallows Nest’ comprised of two rooms on the very top floor, one of which is photographed above. These two rooms were very run down, dusty, wallpaper hanging, dusty old burgundy carpet and black mildew on the windows.
We stripped it all back, ripped up carpets (luckily revealing more beautiful original floorboards), repainted walls and skirting boards, removed boards concealing old fireplaces and added various simple accessories and soft furnishings to create the entry level guest rooms.
Annes Van | Before
After | (Budget £200)
‘Annes Van’: We were tasked to give the club’s old white burger van a facelift, £200 to spend and the added complication to make a facade as a temporary structure. Upcycling the old bathroom parquet floor planks from the house (in above post) enabled us to create a cheap and authentic facade that required only the purchase of the frame materials, ratchet straps (temporary fixing method) and weatherproofing.
Clubhouse shower room | Before
After | (Budget £90)
Clubhouse Shower Room: A corridor galley shower room and very run down, with peeling wall paint, dated lino flooring and plastic wall lights. I immediately sanded the walls down and painted them Hague Blue colour (Farrow & Ball) which instantly improved the space, after that the lino came up to reveal floorboards and then removed the over sink plastic box light and replaced it with a copper vintage lamp light found on eBay.
Interior services I provide:
Invigorating dull rooms into enjoyable spaces
Guest house and B&B consultation
Decluttering & organising
Mood boards and advising on colours, lighting, fabrics and flooring
Sourcing furniture and accessories
Ergonomic and practical living, making the most of each room
Druids Lodge Guest reviews
We had a truly amazing stay with Olivia at Druid's, can't recommend this airbnb more highly! There's a lovely big drawing room with a roaring fire to read a book by, Olivia and Tom were so welcoming (and fascinating to talk to!) it felt like we were coming into a home and staying with friends, not at a guest house. Breakfast was homemade and fantastic. The location is incredibly convenient for Stonehenge and Salisbury - if you are coming to experience a solstice or equinox gathering you couldn't find a better spot. Hoping to be back for another visit soon, thanks again for everything Olivia! 😀
Excellent place to stay, very close to Stonehenge. Olivia was very welcoming and the rooms were beautiful - felt like you were stepping back into history, but with lovely modern touches.
Had a great stay at Druid’s Lodge - a perfect countryside retreat in a great location. Olivia was a brilliant host; offering great tips on local places to visit and generally being really helpful. The breakfast was a highlight - lots of locally sourced, good quality food, and an awesome coffee grinder! The site was also just what was needed - peaceful, surrounded by countryside, plenty of friendly animals as well! Would highly recommend
We had a lovely time at Druids Lodge. Olivia was warm and welcoming, we were shown around the stables, watched a polo match and I even had a go on the wooden horse - a new experience for me! Our room was tastefully decorated with a huge bathroom; it had a very peaceful ambience. We opened the curtains to find horses gently grazing as the sun came up. A welcome contrast to the busy London experience - highly recommended.
Olivia is a fantastic host. I asked about local pubs to eat and she went above and beyond to send me website links and numbers to book, she put the kettle on ready for our arrival. The room itself was lovely and had little homely touches like bubble bath, water by the bedside and all very clean. I liked all the polo and equine themed decor and we were provided with a great choice of breakfast. Olivia really couldn't do enough and was so polite and friendly we really felt welcome. Thankyou 🙂
This home is magical, full of history and welcoming. A real experience and so close to footpaths that lead to beautiful walks, great pubs and of course Stonehenge. The horses roaming and woodsmoke smells add to a peaceful and completely relaxing stay. The room was tasteful original and had everything we need. Although the bathroom is shared, we certainly didn’t realise. Thanks for a really unique stay