a design transformation • Hotel Designs


Set in 15 acres of beautiful English estate in Buckinghamshire, Horwood House Hotel is a Grade II listed boutique mansion built in 1911 by renowned architect Detmar Blow. The property has a rich history spanning centuries and was built on the grounds of the former farmhouse, Old Horwood. However, the building is best known as the birthplace of famous gardener Percy Thrower. The house, lily pond and Pytheas Gardens provide a truly stunning backdrop and were an inspiration for the new interior scheme of the mansion renovation.

Image credit: Horwood House Hotel / Ica

Ica Studio was commissioned by ZIZ Properties to transform the public spaces and guest rooms of this historic property. The transformation journey spanned two years allowing the hotel to remain partially operational. The studio has reimagined the original bricks and mortar in a new collection of guest-centric spaces while ensuring that the building’s original distinctive features are not only retained but celebrated.

Original period paneled walls with views of the leather-fronted bar designed by Ica Studio for the Horwood House Hotel

Image credit: Horwood House Hotel / Ica

“Ica Studio delivered a transformational design for the hotel that helped reposition Horwood House as a luxury leisure destination,” said Karim Kassam, Founder of ZIZ Hospitality. “It was an overriding goal when I appointed Ica Studio as architects and interior designers for the project. From appointment to where we are today, they worked exactly to the brief. and the feedback so far has been fantastic!”

wooden beams and leather seating in the public area at the Horwood House Hotel

Image credit: Horwood House Hotel / Ica

The design process required a delicate balance between the beautiful historic interiors and the more modern extension areas. The careful intervention has ensured that the listed areas meet both operational needs and planning requirements. The more modern extension areas seamlessly continue the look and flow of the original mansion, while retaining the appropriate design in a more contemporary setting. Horwood House’s head-to-toe transformation included the Grade II listed mansion, comprising suites, bedrooms, reception, lounges, ballroom and meeting rooms, private dining rooms and a new restaurant and bar with the design of a new spa.

The color palette channels opulence and tranquility – light with subtle accents of grey, green and gold – all supported by the rug which has been custom made by one of the Kingdom’s finest producers. United, Oriental Weavers Hospitality. Upon entering the mansion, you will discover a salon, a grand yet intimate event space ideal for weddings and parties. Coated in rich textures of buttoned leather, paisley prints and textured velvets, the space evokes elegance and luxury and will be the backdrop for many happy occasions for years to come.

Working with leading lighting designers Imagine Global and Lightique, the lighting installation throughout the hotel offers multiple focal points. Iconic chandeliers have been carefully dotted throughout the mansion, inspired by the traditional 19th century lighting found in many stately homes. A centerpiece hangs above the mansion’s signature staircase – this three-tiered chandelier is crafted from steel with a plated finish and features smooth, ribbed glass tubing.

Horwood House hotel guest bedroom decorated in shades of gray by Ica with oversized upholstered headboard and patterned wallpaper

Image credit: Horwood House Hotel / Ica

Guests of Horwood House will have the opportunity to explore some intriguing aspects of the mansion’s history through specially commissioned artwork by Indigo Art. A nod to 1911, the year the mansion as we know it today was built and milestone events that mark the era, such as the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, as well as the publication of “The Secret Garden” and the works of the famous poet DH Lawrence.

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Main image credit: Horwood House Hotel / Ica


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