Aedas Interiors was commissioned by the Retreats Group to provide interior design services for the retrofit of its collection of historical landmark properties, beginning with Roch Castle. The retreat has six en-suite rooms and comes with a house manager and a chef, upon request.
Roch Castle was originally built in 1280 and was the home and birthplace of Lucy Walter, mistress to King Charles II and mother of his child, the Duke of Monmouth.
Aedas Interiors provided bespoke furnishing designs, custom detailing, art consultancy for specially commissioned artwork, tapestries and pottery and the procurement of non-allergenic fabrics and materials.
The designers integrated the Client’s Family Crest, bestowed by the Queen of England, into the architecture. The Crest adorns the Court Room mantle; extractions of it embellish the cupboard handles in the newly-added Sun Room and etched into glass panels separating the Court Room from the stairwell and weaved into the custom tapestry.
Penrhiw Priory is within St. Davids Cathedral Close, in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The property sits within 12 acres of private woods and gardens.
Restored as a five-star corporate retreat, the second property to the Retreats Group collection is also available to be rented as a luxury holiday home. It includes seven en-suite bedrooms, conference, library, lounge, dining, and lecture rooms.
Much of the original property’s fittings have been maintained and restored including the pitch-pine flooring, stained-glass panes and door at entryway, moldings, windows and two fireplaces with original tiles from William de Morgan. Inspired by the outdoor setting, the designers (Greg Farrell, executive director and Leslie Liu, associate) opted for color palettes and textures that kept within the colors of the outdoor environment with custom carpet designs inspired by the grasslands and field patterns of Pembrokeshire and artwork featuring local UK-based artists.