Hotel Architecture – The Best of Both Worlds
There is an undeniable charm to staying in a traditional Lakeland hotel, rich in history and crafted to match its magnificent location using local slate and stone. Yet despite this love of tradition, today’s visitor expects a blend of character and comfort. Bringing these traditional buildings up to modern standards is never easy. Keeping the best of the charm and character, while introducing modern interiors takes real skill, subtlety and sensitivity.
That’s where forward-thinking hotel architects, like Harrison Pitt Architects, come into our own. Our experienced team know how to develop older buildings in a way that keeps them in harmony with both their existing environment, and modern expectations. Recently, we’ve been proud to be part of two great examples of this process, at Forest Side and Another Place.
Forest Side Hotel and Restaurant
Built in 1853 as a gentleman’s residence, Forest Side is a classic slate and stone Cumbrian country house. Sadly, by the time the building was acquired by its current owners, it had fallen into dilapidation and was run down and overgrown. Nonetheless, they were able to see its potential and imagine how, fully restored and modernised, it could return to its former glory.
Forest Side engaged Harrison Pitt Architects to create the plans for the conversion to a modern hotel, and the project was taken by Director Richard Parker and led by one of our architects Andrew Walters who has a great deal of experience in hotel architecture. He oversaw a wide range of improvements, including the replacement of the old, institutional windows that spoiled the look of the building. The replacements are a great example of the blend of old and new that makes Forest Side such a success, with Victorian style sash windows, double glazed to the highest modern standards of insulation.
Using traditional materials, locally sourced for authenticity, Harrison Pitt Architects created a wide range of changes, including some that literally raised the roof to transform cramped servant’s quarters into spacious rooms with amazing views. Thanks to our input, Forest Side Hotel and Restaurant is enjoying a new lease of life, yet one that respects and preserves its rich history and heritage.
Another Place, The Lake
Nowhere is our delicate blend of old and new, traditional and modern more apparent than at Another Place, The Lake. A brand new hotel on the shores of Ullswater, it was voted ‘Outstanding New Hotel’ at the 2018 Independent Hotel Show Awards. The design process was led by one of our Directors, Zoe Hooton the hotel renovation saw the restoration and conservation of a classic Georgian building and the creation of a crisp, modern extension to house the swimming pool, a restaurant and additional rooms.
Hotel renovation is all about knowing what to take away and what to keep, and at The Lake, this meant removing over 60 aging brass chandeliers, while retaining classic touches like ornate fireplaces and decorative ceilings.
Today the hotel has 40 bedrooms, split between the traditional country house and the new contemporary wing, and offers guests an ideal balance between Cumbria’s past and ever-growing future as a tourist destination.
Local experts with local understanding
Harrison Pitt Architects are able to handle projects of such sensitivity because we understand The Lake District and what it means to visitors and residents alike. We have a great deal of experience in hotel architecture and full understanding of the planning process and restrictions within areas of natural beauty and a World Heritage Site. We respect the traditions we are trusted with, but we also have empathy with the expectations of modern guests. Bringing these two elements together, in inspired designs, is where our experience really makes a difference, creating hotels and private homes that everyone can enjoy.