When houses become hotels
You could say they’re a hotel meets Airbnb crossover! We take a closer look at these private homes that provide a chic hotel service, including deliveries of fresh produce, a wine cellar and a bespoke concierge service.
An avant-garde guesthouse New Road Residence, London
More than six years ago, former footballer James Brown hung up his football boots and turned his interest to fashion, design and art with Hostem, a cutting edge concept store for men in London. The store presented a range of chic objects and garments fashioned by young and up-and-coming talents chosen by James Brown to illustrate his taste for discrete elegance, rather than ostentatious luxury. A few years later, Hostem expanded into womenswear with the help of the keen eye of buyer Christie Fels. But the adventure didn’t end there: in the summer of 2016, James Brown and his associate, Christie Fels opened the New Road Residence, an art gallery of a house, a hybrid and multifacetted location that they rent out to the lucky few. The idea was to offer a handful of guests–there are just three bedrooms–a place to stay in the heart of East London, a haven of fashion, design and contemporary art. Once you step inside and discover the dusky, intimate interior of this fourstorey Georgian townhouse, once home to a draper, you cannot fail to be enchanted. Cornices, a walled garden, pine wall panelling, an open kitchen, refurbished fireplaces, a period panty, a palette of muted colours and the original flooring… in short a rustic, minimalist haven. A mantle of serenity and the ultimate in comfort preside over the house. A curated selection of furniture, such as Pierre Jeanneret’s emblematic desk, Faye Toogood’s dreamlike ‘Roly Poly’ chairs and armchairs by Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner, is juxtaposed with contemporary art, notably works by Paul Lee, Linder’s photo-montages and paintings by Lotha Hempel. By contemplating the artwork selected by London-based Stuart Shave/ Modern Art, guests can slow down the passing of time. Indeed the whole house is akin to a hymn to slowness. Amongst other items in the house, the Crane cookware, ceramic crockery by Skye Corewijn and Blackcreek Mercantile’s tableware are all available for sale. The majestically soft and crisp Italian linen bed linen is by Once Milano. The New Road Residence is one of those places you’d prefer to keep secret to make sure you are the only person who can enjoy the intimate and voluptuous atmosphere of this house of character. 33NEWROAD.COM
Winter farm Chalet 1864, Haute-Savoie
Welcome to a winter wonderland here in the hamlet of Le Grand Bornand, at the foot of the Aravis mountain range, where if you look up towards the peaks, you can catch a glimpse of Chalet 1864, a historic building that evokes images of Heidi and which reminds you of your childhood. Intimate, serendipitous and authentic are just some of the words that come to mind as you step across the threshold into this hotel hidden in the mountains. Since 1864, for more than a hundred years, the chalet has born witness to pastoral life, all the time preserving its original structure: a traditional Savoyard abode. Even during its renovation nothing was altered and today
its signature vernacular architecture remains unchanged. Wood, linen, stone walls, wooden tiles… the very essence of Savoie is omnipresent. The chalet’s decoration is not without evoking a certain ‘wabi’ aesthetic, transporting us to a state of absolute plenitude, confronted with the primeval forces of nature in a return to the essential things in life. Chalet 1864 is composed of a farm, a barn and a type of building that is known locally as a ‘mazot’. The latter houses five bedrooms, a restaurant, a reading room and a kitchen. Each guest is free to occupy his/her time as they see fit and at their own rhythm. While one guest is relaxing in the library with a book, another may prefer to contemplate the pine boughs bending under the weight of freshly fallen snow. As the young children devour pastries at the ‘bar à goûter’ (teatime bar), hungry grown-ups feast on cold meats and other local specialities. Should it take your fancy, you can take a dip in the swimming pool that’s part of the spa hidden away in the stables or enjoy a massage; the more athletic will take one of the chalet’s special picnics and head off to hurtle down the slopes or put on snowshoes for a walk in the forest. From a practical point of view, every guest has his/her own locker. Luxury is not ostentatious; it is something you sense in the little details, in the care that’s taken. The whole place is conducive to a meditative state, to contemplating the natural elements, whilst making the most of the culinary pleasures of the mountains.