Lime Wood

Lime Wood

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Beaulieu Rd., Hampshire, England SO43 7FZ, United Kingdom

The 29-bedroom hotel opened after a $50 million investment in 2009. (Key collaborator: Robin Hutson, cofounder of the pioneering Hotel du Vin brand, and erstwhile chairman of the Soho House Group.) Interiors are by David Collins, designer of Claridge’s Bar and the Wolseley in London. For the main building, Collins has enlivened a stolid Regency manor house—all pale ash and limestone—with colorful accents and contemporary finishes. Raw-silk wall coverings change hue from lavender to cornflower blue as daylight shifts. French chairs upholstered in moss-green velvet sidle up to sleek 1960’s-style end tables. A fireplace framed in delft tile harks back to an earlier age, while provocative artwork from London’s Carl Freedman Gallery brings us up-to-date. In the airy central atrium, olive trees grow beside the glittering bar and sunlight pours through a retractable glass roof. Throughout the hotel, playful touches (like the boys and girls signs on the lobby bathroom doors) underscore that Lime Wood has been calibrated for a more youthful—if not necessarily younger—clientele.

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