All our Guest Rooms are ensuite (Private bathrooms in each room).

My Philosophy:

THE NECESSITIES: Modern Functionality combined with the original historic Regency Elegance of Old Ivy Walk, plus Comfort and of course, Fun.

Working in design and antiques while staying and living in wonderful old houses and buildings in cities such as London, Paris, Florence and New York, I have always appreciated the co-existence of the truly old with the very modern.

BUT... when combining the antique with the modern, the combination has to work! It has to be favourable to the eye but it also has to function.

I will always remember staying in a suite in a grand old hotel in Naples, Italy, (the room in which they claimed Caruso died). The bathroom boasted a huge, modern tub - large enough for four people. It was a cold, rainy night in the port and I couldn't wait to climb into the tub and get warm. I turned on the faucets and three days later the water filling the tub still wasn't high enough to cover my feet, never mind the spa jets - nor was the water ever hot. Great modern fixtures in an antique bathroom are wasted and indeed annoying when the plumbing hasn't been updated.

I know from my past clients and my own experiences that traveling visitors and guests want the same familiar comforts of their own bedrooms and bathrooms back home. Add the "wow" factor through an exciting use of colour or by an unusual placement of the bathroom and guests have something different to experience.

Our guestrooms date from 1817, but the original windows have been faithfully copied and restored (closely overseen by the Heritage and Cultural Board) with the addition of screens for fresh air aficionados. Modern plumbing; central heat and air conditioning; WiFi; and satellite TVs bring the rooms into the 21st century but with the added enhancement of the antique mantels and fireplaces converted to gas log inserts for your convenience. Comfortable linen upholstered beds and chairs to curl up in and read or to watch TV by the fire in winter and the setting is magical.

Philip Thornber