The Venue at Hencote Vineyard
Hencote Vineyard is nestled high within the Shropshire countryside on the outskirts of Shrewsbury framed by the dramatic Wrekin hills. The vineyard and surrounding areas are popular with those wanting to stroll the ancient woodlands, take in the beautiful landscape and taste and purchase award-winning locally produced wines. While visiting the winery, The Grange, a stunningly restored Georgian farmhouse is also available for those wanting to extend their stay.
What was the Overview and Scope for the Project?
The owner of the estate, Andy Stevens, wanted to expand the company profile of the Hencote Vineyard and luxury onsite accommodation. The plan was to develop the winery experience and add a new restaurant that only uses the finest local and national produce. Aptly named “The View”, with its stunning views overlooking the rolling hills of Shrewsbury.
The onsite restaurant was to be accompanied by a glamping village of luxury glamping lodges looking over the Hencote vineyard below. Lugo’s team of loose furniture suppliers were commissioned to produce glamping furniture and casegoods for both the restaurant and the glamping village.
The View Restaurant
The interior design of the new 112 cover restaurant was carried out by Interior Panda, designed to ooze comfort and capture the serenity of the 180-degree panoramic views of surrounding countryside. Lugo was appointed and assisted the interior designer throughout the specification process and supplied all loose restaurant furniture to this charming rural project.
The Glamping Village
The glamping lodges were designed through a thoughtfully combined approach between the owner operator and the Lugo design team.
What Hospitality Furniture was Supplied to the New Restaurant?
The 16 Arki-base table designs specified had four stylish steal powder coated tripod legs and were supplied in a variety of square and round table tops that span the restaurant. They were finished in a medium oak laminate with a solid walnut edge.
Restaurant Furniture and Bar Seating
The restaurant furniture was upholstered in plush fabrics from Malone Fabrics, Mulberry, Harmony, Moss, Duck Egg and Kasbah. All the luxury camping furniture designs were complemented and formed a unity throughout the bar, lounge area and restaurant with delicate piping detail around the edges.
Bar Lounge Area Furniture
Within the lounge area, seven two and three-seater bespoke sofas in vibrant blue and purple plus 26 contrasting scatter cushions for extra comfort were mixed amongst the Nancy lounge chair in an array of blues and greens. To complete this impressive lounge area a mix of the Bubble and Tavro champagne tables were a luxurious addition to the ambience, finished in an Ash Veneer and stained to match with integral champagne buckets.
The surrounding bar areas were scattered with Sage bar stools also in matching fabrics creating a variety of seating options for guests. This meant they could perch at the bar counter or recline in the lounge area while sipping the finest wines produced on the grounds. This gave the bar lounge area a versatile setup, which can be rearranged in to suit different uses of the space.
What Glamping Furniture was Supplied to the Luxury Glamping Village?
The team of contract furniture suppliers at Lugo installed fitted and loose glamping furniture as well as lighting to the two styles of glamping lodges available, which were the “Plus Range” and a “Two-Story Lodge”.
The client wanted to continue the theme of wine throughout the glamping furniture design process. To achieve this the furniture upholsteries used in the lodges were in a range of colourways that reflected the tones of Hencote’s award-winning wine.
Lugo suggested luxury camping furniture that was both stylish and practical to best suit the dimensions of the lodges and to withstand the punishment from glamping guests that they would likely receive.
Supplying the Main Living Area with Luxury Glamping Furniture
The main living area consisted of a bespoke dining table and coffee table with toughened glass top. These were stained in walnut and accompanied by four to six Arisa restaurant chairs in each lodge.
All lodges were furnished with either two sofas or a sofa and lounge chair depending on lodge configurations. These were customised versions of the Delphine sofa in a range of Panaz Linier split fabrics with stitch detail to the outer arms. These were upholstered in a variety of colourways in each lodge to match the dining table chairs.
Glamping Furniture for the Bedrooms
Bedrooms were fitted with a king size divan bed base and mattress finished with an upholstered winged headboard with deep buttoning in reds and neutrals. Bespoke single and double wardrobes, TV units, shelving units and bunk beds in the children's bedrooms were also installed by the team at Lugo.
The tripod legs of the restaurant tables were a design feature which was continued into the design of the glamping lodges for continuity. This was replicated through the leg design of the coffee tables, bedsides and stand-alone lighting.
All the restaurant furniture and luxury camping furniture was delivered and installed by Lugo’s installation team within just one day. The team carefully considered the delivery and installation of all the furniture for the restaurant and glamping lodges due to working to a strict opening deadline and very restricted access.