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Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall unveils stunning, locally inspired new look

The elegant Bowden Hall Hotel has undergone an extensive refurbishment, transforming the grade II listed four-star Georgian country house hotel.
The hotel, nestled in 12 acres of sweeping parkland, will unveil its new, locally inspired look at an official opening on the 6th September 2016 with a special event planned to launch the hotel’s stunning new interior design. The renovation includes a transformation of all public spaces, including the restaurant & bar, lounge and reception areas.


Interior designer Helen Hooper of HH Interiors, who has previously worked with Jupiter Hotels on renovation projects across the UK, managed the project. Helen explained, “We wanted to give the hotel a new look, which was influenced by the hotel’s exquisite countryside setting and deliver locally inspired touches throughout, which lie at the heart of the design concept. The new interior fuses contemporary fabrics and colours with traditional, period features and detail, epitomising nostalgic elegance with a modern day style. There’s a Beatrix Potter inspired gold ‘M’ wall, a Gloucestershire inspired pig table complete with spots and a country forest mural; all of which enhance the hotel’s local heritage and picturesque countryside backdrop. We added pink leather and blue velvet chairs, a marble bar and marble coffee tables to convey luxurious elegance. Pastal tones are used throughout to deliver a serene and calming energy.”

The new look comes after the stunning Lakeside Suite was renovated last year, offering the perfect space for dreamy weddings or special events and accommodating up to 180 guests.

The lounge at Bowden Hall Hotel, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the front lawn, offers the perfect setting for guests to enjoy a traditional afternoon or a round of cocktails with friends and family before savouring a delicious Sunday lunch in the stylish new restaurant. Emma Kewley, Interior Designer at House & Hotel Interiors, worked alongside Helen on the project.

Emma comments, “ There’s an array of unique design features, which draw inspiration from the hotel’s beautiful countryside surroundings. The carpet pattern is designed to look like water and was inspired by the stunning lake at the bottom of the hotel’s sprawling grounds. We’ve added contemporary and bespoke artwork throughout with a butterfly cello, a copper wire bird migration, and boxed pictures, which contain maps of Gloucester, to enhance the hotel’s rural English heritage. Bespoke chandeliers and gold leaf lighting was added to deliver a sense of grandeur throughout.”

Commenting on the refurbishment, hotel General Manager Gavin Jones said: “We are delighted with the recent refurbishment and feel the new design concept continues to elevate our new vision, enhancing the hotel’s heritage and local community, whilst offering a contemporary edge.”

Shane Harris, CEO Jupiter Hotels, added: “The investment demonstrates our continued commitment to the growth and transformation of our portfolio in the UK. The renovation of Bowden Hall Hotel provides a taste of what’s to come over the next year as we increase hotel development and elevate customer experience in the mid-scale sector.”

Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel is ideally located in the Cotswolds country village of Upton St Leonards, just three miles from Gloucester city centre. The hotel is set in extensive grounds showcasing exquisite landscaped garden views.

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