Once in the estate of Sir Robert Peel, this West Midlands country house was close to dereliction when James and Fjona Hill came to its rescue. The pair have brought Hampton Manor into the 21st century with a hefty dose of contemporary chic, while gently restoring many of the period details, such as the oak panelling and stained-glass windows.The comfortable and inviting parlour (main image) strikes a more whimsical note thanks to floral wallpaper and indulgently plush seating, making it an ideal spot for languid afternoon teas or pre-dinner drinks.Here’s what you need to know…
■ There are 15 individually decorated double rooms, many featuring William Morris wallpaper and fabrics; from £160 a night, breakfast, £15.
■ The manor is set in 45 acres of woodland in Hampton-in-Arden, with Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle just 30 minutes’ drive.
Recreate the romantic country charm of the hotel’s parlour…Clockwise from top left: Viola in Heather P609/01, W70cm, £254 a roll, Designers Guild. Mesh Drum pendant, £1,500, Holloways of Ludlow. Fluted vases in white porcelain, £35 set of two, Bloomingville at Amazon. Isomeric cushion in Storm, £15, John Lewis. Velvet Tub chair in Crocus, £445, Oliver Bonas. Small Orb side table in Vintage Oak, £445, Oka.
Hampton Manor, Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-in-Arden, Solihull B92 0DQ, 01675 446080.
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