Over the last few years, two of our five hotels have been completely re-imagined.
Introducing StudioJill, the designer behind the interiors at Luxury Family Hotels
If you have ever wondered who is behind the unique interiors at Moonfleet Manor and Fowey Hall, it's the wonderful Jill Higgins and her team at StudioJill. Over the last few years, two of our five hotels have been completely re-imagined so we thought it was about time we caught up with Jill to discuss her plans for the future of Luxury Family Hotels.
What’s your background? How long have you worked in interiors?
My degree is in Interior Architecture and Design. I’ve been in the industry for over 25 years and have worked in a range of sectors, including hospitality, retail and residential.
What projects are you currently working on at Luxury Family Hotels?
Back in 2020, we completed a full hotel refurbishment at Fowey Hall. We’re now working on phase two there, which includes the addition of 20 bedrooms and four sea view Suites, atop the spa. The suites are very much the jewel in the crown. They will be more contemporary in style, with floor to ceiling windows, showing picture-perfect views across the estuary and beyond.
Like Fowey Hall, Moonfleet Manor is currently in its second phase of refurbishment, which will see the completion of the main manor house - including the final bedrooms and restaurant - and the addition of new Fleethouse rooms. In terms of style, the Fleethouse will strike a balance to create an elevated, modern twist on a traditional design whilst still keeping a rustic charm.
How would you sum up the new look and feel?
A carefully curated mix of old and new with a relaxed, homely feel and playful touches.
Do you have a favourite colour?
Anyone who works with me would say it’s grey, but I actually like all colours! For me it is not about specific colours but more about colour combinations and choosing the right colours for the location and project.
Across all Luxury Family Hotels, which is your favourite space?
That’s a really difficult question to answer as there are so many great spaces at Luxury Family Hotels and I like them for different reasons. In terms of the original architecture, I love the quirky cosiness of the bedrooms at Woolley Grange. In terms of spaces we have worked on, I really like the bar at Fowey Hall with its amazing De Gournay wallpaper and stunning views. Having said that, I also really like the rich, deep colour of the grey lounge and its intimate homely feel.
Why do you enjoy working with Luxury Family Hotels?
Firstly, the amazing buildings in stunning locations. There’s a complex mix of old and new buildings, which we love the challenge of.
Secondly, it’s a fantastic brand with a great philosophy, which is very inspiring from a creative perspective.
And finally, the Luxury Family Hotels team. They are lovely people to work with at all levels throughout the business.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
It is a core value of our studio that we take a bespoke approach to each project so our inspiration comes from different places, depending on the projects and briefs.
Inspiration could come from the building, location or history, or it could just as equally be inspired by an amazing new material or a piece of artwork or even something more abstract like a concept or philosophy.
Luxury Family Hotels aside, what would your dream project be?
I really love the challenge of a small space and low budget as it means you have to work more intelligently as a designer and attention to detail becomes even more important. So I would love to do something like a contemporary caravan interior or canal barge.
And finally, what’s next for Luxury Family Hotels after the Moonfleet Manor and Fowey Hall refurbishments are complete?
There are a couple of very exciting projects in the pipeline, but for now, they're top secret. Watch this space...