Around the world in Mans­field Road

Nottingham Post - - EG DAILY - By LYNETTE PINCHESS

HID­DEN away be­hind an anony­mous red door on one of Not­ting­ham’s busiest streets is a bou­tique guest house which trans­ports gu guests to some of the world’s most po pop­u­lar cities.

From F Lon­don to New York and Paris to St Peters­burg, Mama’s Inn takes vis­i­tors vis on a jour­ney of dis­cov­ery with ro­mance rom or ad­ven­ture in each of the 10 themed rooms.

It’s I been a real labour of love for Rus­sian Ru in­ter­preter Ma­rina Peshchan­it­sky Pe and her hus­band David Sly, Sly a re­tired IT con­sul­tant.

A “mid-life cri­sis/hobby” led to Ma­rina Ma sell­ing their home in Map­per­ley Ma Park and buy­ing two vil­las - -p pre­vi­ously used as coun­cil of­fices - half­way ha along Mans­field Road.

“I said to my hus­band, I want a ho­tel an and he said ‘Do you know how to spell it? it?’ The vil­las were un­der ren­o­va­tion - the first thing I saw was a dead rat. It did didn’t put me off. I knew it had been de derelict for some time.

“I was mulling over ideas to make it sp spe­cial and orig­i­nally thought of co com­poser’ names but they would have be been too dif­fi­cult to pro­nounce.”

I In­stead the 59-year-old chose cities, de dec­o­rat­ing each room with mu­rals of ico iconic scenes - from the Eif­fel Tower to Ve Venice’s Rialto Bridge and camels tre trekking across the Egyp­tian desert. There’s a wow fac­tor for trav­ellers as soon as they open the bed­room door. Each cush­ion, wall clock, du­vet cover, rug, chair, and wardrobe has been care­fully cho­sen to recre­ate an au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence. Even the style of tea cups re­flects each di­verse cul­ture.

It’s not just the bed­rooms. The din­ing room is Ver­sace-in­spired and the bar’s back­drop is a mu­ral of the Lords’ li­brary at the House of Par­lia­ment. Since open­ing in 2014, Mama’s Inn has at­tracted cou­ples want­ing a ro­man­tic week­end, par­ents of stu­dents at Not­ting­ham Trent Univer­sity, the­atre-go­ers and rock fans.

“It’s a quirky ho­tel with quirky guests,” said Ma­rina. “I just want peo­ple to en­joy stay­ing and re­mem­ber it.”

Here we have a look at the rooms:

Lon­don: The very Bri­tish decor com­prises Union Jacks and red tele­phone boxes. The rug, ta­ble and chairs, art­work and cush­ions are pa­tri­ot­i­cally pat­terned with red, white and blue. The wardrobe is a life­size tele­phone booth and a mu­ral show­cases the fa­mous land­mark.

Paris: A dreamy, ro­man­tic room where the four-poster bed, brought over from France, is the fo­cal point. Re­flect­ing one of the world’s most beau­ti­ful cities, hand-picked knick­knacks and vin­tage style fur­nish­ings cre­ate a Parisian air. The bath­room has a “win­dow” look­ing out onto the Eif­fel Tower.

St Peters­burg: A mag­nif­i­cent city like St Peters­burg de­mands a lav­ish room, decked out with turquoise, white and gold and an em­peror size four poster bed with satin and stonewashed li­nen.

Any­one who watched the World Cup games broad­cast from the Rus­sian city might recog­nise the Hermitage Mu­seum on the mu­ral.

Casablanca: Rich red and gold shades and a canopy over the bed turn an or­di­nary room into one full of Mid­dle East­ern prom­ise. The hand­picked Mo­roc­can fur­nish­ings, drapes, jewel lamps and a dome wardrobe trans­form the room into a lav­ish desert be­douin tent.

Tokyo: Red drapes and an orchid mu­ral wel­come guests to the sit­ting room of the suite, where silk ki­monos and a gi­ant fan hang on the wall. The ex­otic and el­e­gant ori­en­tal room is equipped with low Ja­panese-style beds and black mother of pearl in­lay fur­ni­ture dec­o­rated with orchids and pago­das.

Cairo: An ex­ot­i­cally-styled haven with bold prints and rich colour­ful decor in gold, black and blue. Guests can gaze at camels trekking across the Egyp­tian desert, sphinx on top of the wardrobe or strik­ing Tu­tankhamun art­work. New York: All the hus­tle and bus­tle of NYC has been cap­tured with busy and vi­brant decor in the mul­ti­coloured three-bed room. In­dus­trial yel­low fur­ni­ture cre­ate the clas­sic city look against a back­drop of sky­scrapers, while du­vet cov­ers graced by the Statue of Lib­erty, stars and stripes’ cush­ions and a Coca Cola fridge com­plete the all-amer­i­can de­sign.

Venice: One of the most lux­u­ri­ous and ro­man­tic rooms full of grandeur with an or­nate gold bed and warm red tones, in­spired by the fairy­tale of Vene­tian canals, breath­tak­ing ar­chi­tec­ture and gon­dola rides. A mu­ral of the city’s fa­mous Rialto bridge at night dom­i­nates the os­ten­ta­tious room.

Vi­enna Oh Vi­enna: A city of mu­sic, dreams and love. Its grand baroque in­spired or­nate fur­ni­ture, mirror, wall clock, all in black and gold, cre­ate a nos­tal­gic re­gal air.

The Loft: The at­tic bed­room has six beds, mak­ing it pop­u­lar with hen par­ties. Rather than tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from a city, the space has been made to look like a log cabin with wall mu­rals, rus­tic decor and neu­tral wood­land tones. The in­side of a tree trunk rug adds a fin­ish­ing touch.

Din­ing room: One of Ma­rina’s favourite designers Ver­sace was the in­spi­ra­tion for the room where guests have their break­fast. Flam­boy­antly decked out in black and gold, it’s not your typ­i­cal guest house din­ing room.

Bar: Guests can have a drink over­look­ing a strik­ing mu­ral of the Lords’ li­brary in the Houses of Par­lia­ment, sit­ting on chairs with backs re­sem­bling a din­ner jacket and bow tie.

PIC­TURES: JAMES TURNER

Clock­wise from far left: The Loft, Tokyo, Venice and New York and right, Ma­rina Peshchan­it­sky and her hus­band David Sly in the bar at Mama’s Inn

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