Simon Spence, Lodge Designer
Simon Spence specialises in the design of innovative timber constructions and has been involved in several ‘eco’ projects in recent years. Previously a rock climber and professional abstract painter with a first class honours degree in Fine Art, he combined his appreciation of all things visual with a lifelong love of the outdoors and commitment to green principles to help guide his vision on sustainable design.
“It has been a very exciting process and one that has been made all the more enjoyable because of Roy’s enthusiasm and readiness to take my ideas on board. We have shared the same vision from the outset with both of us wanting to do our best to enhance the bio-diversity of the site’s 26 acres while at the same time creating holiday accommodation of the highest standard. Roy has supported my efforts to be as innovative as possible both in the green techniques used and in the overall aesthetic of the lodges. It was always my aim to create homes that would stand out from the crowd while at the same time sitting naturally in the landscape.”
Rosie Mennem, Interior Designer
We wanted each lodge to have its own personality so as well as giving each one a name we commissioned acclaimed interior designer Rosie Mennem to achieve an individual look and feel for each interior.
After Rosie left school she worked with her mother on antique fairs in London and put her fine art qualifications to good use by decorating pieces of furniture by hand. Her skills didn’t go unnoticed and she was the first person to supply painted furniture to the General Trading Company in Sloane Square.
As her reputation grew, Rosie’s commissions began to come in thick and fast including restoring a fresco in the church of the hill top village of Mougin in the South of France and work in the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague. Rosie’s talent for decorative painting didn’t stop at furniture – she’s has also hand painted shoes for Jimmy Choo during which time she worked on shoes for Nicole Kidman.
“The brief was quite clear; to create interiors of distinction, the like of which would be above the standard normally found in self-catering accommodation before. For me the answer was simple – I wanted to create luxurious spaces that were visually inspirational whilst still being relaxing and comfortable. A fusion of colours, textures and patterns that combined to create a look that was unique to Brompton Lakes. The lodges contain many bespoke, hand painted pieces and original wall hangings. We’ve sourced wall coverings from some of the UK’s leading designers including Neisha Crosland, Clarissa Hulse, Cole & Cole and Jocelyn Warner and everything has been brought together with the help of a great team of interior decorators.”
Louise Bainbridge, Landscape Gardener
The landscape around the lodges at Brompton Lakes is just as important as the lodges themselves. It was always our ethos to embrace the environment and we asked experienced landscaper, Louise Bainbridge, to work with us in achieving this.
“Brompton Lakes is a wonderful project to be involved in. After learning about the Brompton Lakes project I was immediately struck by the importance placed on creating a setting that was sympathetic to the natural environment. With this in mind I tried to plan planting that kept wildlife in mind whilst creating subtle, natural, year-round interest. For me It’s all about balance; well thought out planting provides privacy between lodges and enhances the natural sight-lines and focal points around the site. This has been a marvellous and enormous task but I believe we have created an environment that will be enjoyed by visitors for many years to come”