Parad­ing a world of dif­fer­ence

These ser­viced apart­ments in Har­ro­gate are fit for roy­alty. Sharon Dale re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

THE ser­viced apart­ment sec­tor is boom­ing as vis­i­tors em­brace the space, self-suf­fi­ciency and free­dom that ho­tels can’t of­fer.

Most of the flats have an iden­tikit con­tem­po­rary look, so it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore some­one stepped for­ward to of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent.

Mother and daugh­ter duo Janet and Tanya Love have cre­ated a niche in the mar­ket with three bou­tique apart­ments on Royal Pa­rade in the cen­tre of Har­ro­gate.

They’re a vis­ual treat, re­fresh­ingly dif­fer­ent and fur­nished with an in­ter­est­ing mix of an­tiques and well-cho­sen new pieces. Each spa­cious onebed­room apart­ment has its own dis­tinc­tive iden­tity. The Royale is in­flu­enced by Parisian style and fea­tures French doors, gilt mir­rors and chan­de­liers.

The Ra­jasthan is a fu­sion of In­dian and Western styles and fea­tures In­dian doors, fur­ni­ture and lanterns.

The Brook­lyn pays homage to retro de­sign and New York loft liv­ing and its quirky fea­tures in­clude a stack of old suit­cases used as a TV stand.

There’s also a strong eco el­e­ment thanks to the “re­cy­cled” fur­ni­ture, nat­u­ral fabrics, wool car­pets, low VOC paints and eco friendly clean­ing prod­ucts.

The Loves got the idea af­ter re­search­ing what to do with the prop­erty, owned by in­te­rior de­signer and an­tique dealer Janet.

“I lived here at one point and had my stu­dio here and then it was of­fices,” says Janet.

“One op­tion was to make it into a huge three-bed­room flat, but the lo­ca­tion, the his­tory of the build­ing and the trend for ser­viced apart­ments per­suaded us to do this.”

Op­po­site the Pump Room mu­seum, the Royal Pa­rade was the place to stay a hun­dred years ago when over 6,000 vis­i­tors a week came to Har­ro­gate take the wa­ters of­fered by the spa town.

It was a favourite with the Royal Fam­ily, who recog­nised that a ho­tel didn’t give them the op­por­tu­nity to of­fer hos­pi­tal­ity to other vis­it­ing no­bil­ity or to hold court, so they rented el­e­gant, spa­cious rooms.

“That’s why this build­ing has such a grand style be­cause it catered for that mar­ket,” says Janet.

The prop­erty’s large rooms and pe­riod fea­tures, com­bined with Janet’s pas­sion and knowl­edge of an­tiques, had an enor­mous in­flu­ence on the in­te­rior de­sign.

“Fur­nish­ing with an­tiques of­fers a dif­fer­ent style and it’s also some­thing that no-one else can repli­cate be­cause ev­ery­thing is a one-off,” says Janet, who sourced most of her fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories from London, where she now lives.

The apart­ments are be­ing of­fered for ev­ery­thing from overnight stays, week­end breaks, hol­i­days and cor­po­rate use to a venue for din­ner par­ties and cel­e­bra­tions. “All the ta­bles are big be­cause then they can be used for a din­ner party or cel­e­bra­tion meal or for a board meet­ing,” says Janet.

You can also buy add-on Royal Pa­rade Ser­vices, which in­clude per­sonal as­sis­tants, chefs, house­keep­ing and pri­vate tours.

Royal Pa­rade Apart­ments cost from £275 a night and £140 for a half-day meet­ing or cel­e­bra­tion. Tel: 01423 709723, www.roy­al­pa­rade.co.uk

STAND­ING OUT FROM THE CROWD: East meets West in the Ra­jasthan apart­ment, and, right, loft-liv­ing style in the Brook­lyn.

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