The inspiration behind our rooms…
Where to start? The question most often posed when beginning a refurb project. We find that a good place to begin is with the bare bones of the building. How it feels, where the light comes from, what a room space offers and whether it has any quirks or charm which should be celebrated. We like decoration which highlights the charm of an old building in a sympathetic way, not detracting from any historical beauty but lifting it. The Embankment was built in 1891 by Higgins’ Brewery. It was the only public-house allowed along the Embankment – a restful place which unsurprisingly draws a great many people in to its picturesque view of the River Great Ouse.
We are proud of the Embankment’s place in our Peach family and this Spring we set about breathing some new life into its 20 bedrooms. Bedrooms can often be the forgotten room in your home because no one else sees it, but it should be the opposite. It’s the exclusive space where you get to recharge. When you are staying away from home you want exactly that – a comfortable room in which you can unwind, relax and ultimately get a good night’s sleep.
We settled upon two different types of room décor to suit the rooms above the pub. Muted grey-pink (romantic without being overly feminine) and an illuminating blue (think serenity on a wall) were chosen for our more ‘classic’ rooms with high ceilings for a tranquil feel with a contemporary undertone. Rich velvets, copper frames and beautifully bright cushions add a depth of warmth and a pop of colour and we can’t leave out a mention of our Anglepoise wall lights which were made to be admired – we couldn’t stop touching them. This cool theme runs into our premium rooms which have an added luxe feel thanks to a charming collection of antique furniture inclusive of some stunning mirrored armoires. Room 102 has a bathroom made for weekends with a gorgeous copper bath and a marbled Edwardian vanity unit – check in here and you may never leave.
In our more ‘modern’ rooms, which tend to be cosier but lovely and quiet, we chose two nature-inspired wallpapers to adorn the walls. One of them features Mauritz the Monkey who, we hope you will agree, makes you feel instantly at ease while bring an element of fun to your room. Botanical prints, yellow gold velvet and black Artemide wall lights give this look the current edge we were after.
Last but by no means least, by using British manufacturers of paint, fabric, wallpaper and furniture wherever possible, we hope we have delivered what we set out to – a great British pub with great rooms for you to enjoy whether you’re away on business, a mini-break or with friends for a good time.
And while we have kitted out the rooms with everything we can think of to make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible, don’t forget that downstairs you will find a lovely pub on the river where you can watch the world (and its boat) go by with a delicious coffee, a good glass of wine or a grand gin.