In Australia, we have quarantine hotels where returning citizens must stay isolated for 14 days to ensure the virus doesn’t escape into the community. We are very, very lucky to have extremely low and in most cases, no community spread. Unfortunately, none of our quarantine rooms looks anything like this “Waking up in Palm Springs” suite by Patricia Bustos. If only! Bright, fun, great vibes and positive energy.
When I spotted this property on Shoot Factory I was shocked I had never seen it before and then knew it had to be associated to a fabric/wallpaper company (no kidding!) and after about 35 seconds of sleuthing found out this is Trematon Castle and its magical garden in Cornwall, which also seems to double as a B&B through House of Hackney. Some info on this absolutely spectacular (inside and out) property: the castle was built in the 14th century, the main house has 6 bedrooms and sits on 9 acres. The Castle then fell into neglect and ruin for centuries until, in 1807, the Duchy of Cornwall granted a 100-year lease to naval man Benjamin Tucker, alongside permission to construct a house within the castle courtyard. Yet more change came when part of the medieval castle wall was demolished to create a view from the house down to Plymouth Sound – and then again in 1812, when an ornate swimming pool was carved out in the lower reaches of the garden to commemorate a visit by the Prince Regent, who was later crowned George IV. Now, the Castle not only serves as the gateway to Cornwall, but to a mythical land dreamt up by its newest guardians: Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle. Adorned in House of Hackney’s imaginative prints, the interiors also act as a miniature museum for irreverent British design. In keeping with our ethos of championing local factories and generations-old techniques, the décor is anchored by timeless yet characterful creations, crafted by artisans – the finest our fair isle has to offer. From the artwork to the lighting, each piece you see is available to buy and take home with you (or purchase later via the House of Hackney website) as a memento of your stay.
The home of landscape designer Will Dangar, architecture by Andrew Burges and interiors curated by David Harrison and Karen McCartney of Design daily, it’s a design dream and you can stay there. Bismark House, a four bedroom urban oasis minutes walk from Bondi Beach is the ultimate Sydney experience. Now we just have to wait for the borders to open.
One day when things go back to normal and the pandemic of 2020 will only be a memory, we will be able to travel again with no restrictions and visit magical places like Bordeaux, France and perhaps stay at the Yndō Hotel. Late 19th century architecture converges with modern furnishings to bring you a spectacular luxury experience.
Unexpected dashes of colour and unique details can be found throughout hotel Le Cloître in Arles, France. India Mahdavi’s trace is everywhere through an unusual mix of contemporary and rigid furniture made of warm, ancient stone, and hints of cheer and subtle eroticism that flirts with the 70s. She infuses this place with well-being and delight, like she does everywhere else. The Designer India Mahdavi uses a palette of local colors that are both fresh and deep to illuminate Le Cloître and its Épicerie. She shows the greatest respect for the work of memory in this building, which has been sustained by successive types of architecture since the Middle Ages, if only by the choice of raw materials used in the claddings and in the custom-designed furniture, all of which is brought together in an expressive and singular way, giving Le Cloître a unique, magical dimension.
Photos: François Halard & Matthieu Salvaing