Design stays: spaces to reserve to draw inspiration from interiors


ith the rise of the boutique candle hotel, staycationing has never been so chic.

From refurbished caravans to quirky hotels and townhouses, there’s plenty of interior inspiration to be found whether you’re visiting IRL or scrolling on Instagram.

Sculptural lighting, textured headboards, and vintage poster walls are some of the design statements you might want to think about for a chic weekend, before bringing them into your home for the long haul.

Luxury hotel classics – think four-poster beds – aren’t for everyone, of course, but there are ways to recreate that posh hotel feel without wreaking havoc on your bank balance.

Try bringing symmetry to your space, two sofas facing each other rather than along the walls is a cool hotel look, or expand the accessories with a taller coffee table or a grand light fixture.

If this semester has made you want to take a candle break, check out these designer stays for your next real-life getaway.


Nestled in 55 acres of nature, just 30 minutes by train from London, Birch bills itself as “looking like a hotel but feeling like a festival” thanks to the laid-back lifestyle on offer once you check in. the “cultural program” includes lessons from glass blowing to soda bread making.

The Grade II listed property in Cheshunt is the self-proclaimed hangout for ‘escape artists’ and with Instagrammable decor like this, we can see why. Imagine: vast walls with bare plasterwork and colorful paintings, mosaic floors juxtaposed with exposed industrial-style pipes.

The spaces offered inside include a wellness centre, a music room (with karaoke machine), two bars, two restaurants, a bakery and The Hub; an open co-working and social space.


Described as “Pontins meets Palm Springs,” we can’t believe this chic space is a trailer.

Head to Maragte (well, nearby Birchington) for a stay at Club Jupiter – a completely relaunched 2010 Willerby Bluebird that aims to make caravanning coveted.

With the soothing tones of the open-plan living space and three themed bedrooms, the one thing that can’t be guaranteed on this classic British seaside stay? Sunshine. But with such a setting, you won’t want to leave.


All Artist Residence hotels offer a feast for the eyes inside, but their space in Oxford is particularly impressive.

With just seven rooms, this quaint thatched-roof farmhouse-turned-pub has a bohemian flair and artsy vibe, making it the perfect escape from the city.

Inside, the original fireplace, flagstone floors and half-timbered eves stand alongside House of Hackney wallpapers and neon signs by Andy Doig. Go for the pub grub, stay for the interior inspiration.


The real deal: This bouji boutique hotel was once a drunken beat. Now? It’s a candy-colored riot, thanks to fashion stylist turned interior designer, Michelle Kelly.

Each of The Rose’s eight rooms has its own unique look, feel, and color palette — think pink, green, and every color in between. Style to perfection with bespoke headboards and jazzy table lamps.

Even if you’re not heading to the Kent coast for a stay here anytime soon, it’s worth following the gram for some lovely bedroom inspiration.


Based in Hertfordshire, 18 miles from London, The Grove is affectionately known as ‘Londoners’ country hotel’.

Martin Hulbert Design, who oversaw the original decoration in the 90s, recently modified the interiors for a new look.

The ambitious renovation tackled the three dining spaces – The Glasshouse, The Stables and The Lounges – as well as the lobby and the 189 rooms in the West Wing.

We’re particularly taken with The Library’s makeover, incorporating contemporary artwork in a punchy palette, as well as an on-trend biophilic scheme.


More than a hotel (there’s also a bakery, grocery store, and rooftop restaurant), this resort is housed in a former Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch.

Designed by Sir Terence Conran, each of the 12 rooms (and five suites) is inspired by an iconic designer or design movement of the 20th century.

You’ll notice carefully selected furniture and decor in each, just like this divine Eames chair.


This quirky Georgian townhouse gives off a country hotel vibe – but you’ll actually find it tucked away in Marylebone.

Belonging to (fictional character) “wicked Uncle Seymour”, the interior design takes inspiration from the nearby Sir John Soane Museum with decadent décor and curiosities to match.

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