The three-bedroom grade II building is located within the beautiful grounds of the St Tewdrics Estate. What was once the original gatehouse of St Tewdrics House is now a 3-bedroom Lodge, that creates the perfect space for the wedding couple’s family and friends to get ready in, with many of our couples and their friends choosing to extend their stay for two or three nights.
The Lodge has recently undergone an incredible makeover, and it’s safe to say that it’s now a space that truly reflects Sara, our owners’ vision.
Sara wanted to ensure that the original gatehouse’s character was maintained, whilst breathing some new life into the space.
To bring her vision to life, Sara enlisted the help of the talented interior designer Dawn Llewellyn – Jones.
The brief for the Lodge was clear: it needed to be practical, stylish, and low maintenance while exuding a homely, cosy, inviting cottage ambiance.
Achieving this balance required careful consideration and thoughtful execution. Starting with the layout, Sara and Dawn decided that in the ground-floor bedroom Maillot Jaune, they would create a wet room that was accessible and make some alterations to the two first-floor bedrooms La Rosiere and No.13.
As someone who loves interiors and has travelled extensively, Sara had many ideas about how the space should look and feel. Sara would send Dawn images of wallpapers, hotel bedrooms, and other design elements that she wanted to incorporate.
The rooms have been beautifully designed with a unique style, featuring carefully curated furniture, soft furnishings, and artwork. Each of the lodge bedrooms are named as a homage to our owner, Geraint Thomas OBE, and his achievements in the sport of cycling.
Sara emphasised the importance of creating the perfect space for the groom and his friends to use the night before the wedding. The room includes a Nespresso machine, mini bar, and sofa bed and is completed with a large bathroom which is perfect for getting ready in with friends.
Throughout the space, Farrow & Ball Estate Emulsion was used to create a beautiful, chalky, and matt finish. The hall, stairs, and landing were painted in the welcoming shade of Mizzle, which also has the added benefit of being low in odour and VOCs. The skirtings and architraves were finished with Eggshell paint, which is washable, wipeable, and scuff-resistant.
In the Maillot Jaune bedroom, Sanderson’s contemporary Byron plaid fabric was chosen for its beautiful wool-blend yarns. To finish off the windows, Laura Ashley velvet was used, a material that many people will be familiar with.
For the La Rosiere room, one of the first-floor bedrooms. Dawn took inspiration from the Morris Willow Bough wallpaper, originally designed in 1887, using a recently recoloured wallpaper version by Interior Architect, Ben Pentreath.
A bespoke headboard from the Romo Pluma collection was also selected. The idea was to add colour and texture, and a rich palette of deeper tones was used for this purpose. To complete the look, a Zoffany Rothko bed throw made of robust chenille fabric was added.
The No. 13 room features a sophisticated tonal damask design in Zoffany’s Cochin wallpaper. A Romo herringbone bed throw was chosen to complement the wallpaper’s design.
Throughout the room, Warwick Plush velvets were used. These soft, textured contract fabrics are of high quality and are super easy to clean.
As part of our sustainability efforts, we made an effort to recycle wherever possible. This included painting some of the cabinet furniture with Farrow & Ball paint and recovering existing dressing table stools and chairs.
Sara’s vision and desire to create a practical and stylish space is evident in every aspect of the newly renovated space.
We look forward to welcoming our wedding couples and their family and friends to The Lodge.