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Beaverbrook The Village, Leatherhead

Commercial | Hotel

Given the opportunity to reincorporate a collection of former workmen’s cottages back into the historic estate in the Surrey Hills, we were brought in to create the feel of a traditional English village. The ten cottages needed to be brought back to life and reconnected with their Victorian beginnings as we artfully doubled the Beaverbrook’s capacity.

Interior with a chair and lamp, creating a cozy atmosphere.

We designed the 21-bedroom village to offer a different experience to the grand, unapologetically swanky main house hotel. More modest in scale, the village meets different needs.
Guests are offered the choice of balconies, terraces and private gardens, along with vaulted ceilings, four-poster beds and interconnectable rooms. Six of the cottages include cute, curtained bunk beds that feel like railway carriages in a children’s storybook.

A cozy living room with a couch, table, and chair.
A cozy bed with a brown blanket neatly spread over it.

Each luxe, spacious suite is decorated in its own playful riff on the Victorian cottage vernacular. We designed an original collection of organic cotton and linen fabrics in joyfully coloured ginghams and stripes, which we had woven in two historic Lancashire mills. We collaborated with a local artist to create a series of wallpapers, which we then printed at one of the oldest wallpaper workshops in the UK.

A room with a bunk bed and a toy car.

Cottages are named after and inspired by an illustrious Victorian or Edwardian, from Walter Scott to the Bronte sisters. A large, framed map of Middle Earth hangs on the wall of the JRR Tolkien cottage, and bookshelves are lined with The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit, alongside anthologies of Victorian poetry and collectable issues of Country Life.

A room with a wooden table and two chairs, set against a patterned wall with a window on the side.
A table with a newspaper and a teapot on it.

We created Mrs Beeton’s, a brightly coloured, playful take on a tiled Victorian café, and a flexible event space flooded with natural light called The Writer’s Block that works just as well for reunions and celebrations as it does for workshops.

A table with a lamp and a glass of wine, creating a cozy ambiance.

Nestled in its secluded woodland setting, the village gathers around a charming courtyard with plentiful outdoor seating set among decorative planters, bicycles, boot scrapers and a boules court. A joyous, light-hearted affair.

A table with two chairs, ready for a meal or a meeting.
Nicola Harding & Co

Nicola Harding & Co is a London-based interior design studio that creates places, not spaces. Rich in atmosphere, our interiors are refined yet reassuringly familiar. At the heart of our work is Nicola’s unique ability to create a sense of place, that peculiar alchemy that gives a space a soul.

About Nicola Harding & Co