Established in 1985, David Collins Studio is an architectural based consultancy which has redefined luxury interior design on a global scale. The creative director of David Collins studio is Simon Rawlings. Throughout his 16 years with the company, he has been fundamental in defining and implementing the studio’s creative vision, working in close collaboration with David Collins and the creative team.
The studio have been involved in designing unique projects for a wide range of clients both in the commercial worlds of high fashion as well as the design of some of London’s most loved and revered restaurants, hotels and bars. Works for private clients are no less impressive although they have developed a reputation for discretion as well as creativity in work designing homes for those who appreciate beauty, comfort and attention to detail.
Lime Wood Hotel opened in November 2009, and is the David Collins Studio interpretation of the English country house hotel. The colour palettes of the public rooms seamlessly fit with the new forest setting, and each room from the morning room to the drawing room, from the scullery to the library, serves its own function.
Lime Wood, a boutique country house hotel, is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park, 1.5 miles from the small town of Lyndhurst and just an hour and a half drive from London.
Lime Wood’s exterior is an architectural triumph in itself. A stunning Regency country house originally established as a hunting lodge in the 13th Century. It’s a charm that has evolved over years and one that’s given the country house a unique character.
Ben Pentreath of Working Group Design restored the main house and its extensions, comprising 16 bedrooms, a series of classically designed sitting rooms, library, dining room, informal eatery, bar, cellar and billiard room. Meanwhile Charles Morris, whose previous work includes the Orchard Room at Highgrove, designed the additional buildings which include a further 11 suites and two guest rooms.
New Forest luxury hotel interiors were originally created by David Collins and more recently by Martin Brudnizki who has created the interiors for the restaurant Hartnett Holder & Co and the Courtyard bar. The style is both luxurious and relaxed – an elusive and enticing balance. It has been made the most of local materials to ensure that the interiors ‘go’ with their surroundings. So that Lime Wood’s original charm isn’t lost, the furniture is an eclectic mix of antique and bespoke pieces while the hand-picked artwork and objects d’art. Because this is an old English country house, there’s the odd eccentric touch so that there’s always something to be amused by.
Lime Wood Hotel is the winner of the Hotel Awards 2012, Spa Trophy Relais & Chateaux, “Best Hotel For Ambience & Design” Conde Nast Traveller 2011, the “Pineapple Award For Outstanding Contribution To Hotel Design” (House & Garden) 2010, and “Interior Design Of The Year” at the European Hotel Design Awards 2010.
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