The Duchess of Cornwall Inn, situated centrally in attractive Poundbury, looks out over Philip Jackson’s statue of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and boasts stunning views across Dorset as you ascend the elegant staircase to the upper floors.
The work of international hospitality design and brand consultancy Harrison featured in a Royal visit to Poundbury, when the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall officially opened the Duchess of Cornwall inn. Senior architectural technician Graham Wood and designer John Hennessy, who spearheaded the design for the inn, were introduced to the Royal couple and congratulated on their work, which forms part of a joint venture between The Duchy of Cornwall and well-established Dorset brewer, Hall & Woodhouse.
The Duchess of Cornwall inn, which takes inspiration from Hall & Woodhouse’s flagship site in Bath, sits at the heart of the Prince of Wales’ visionary Poundbury development and boasts 20 bedrooms and restaurant facilities, as well as the traditional public house offerings. Decorated with exquisite attention to detail, the inn has been tastefully styled with two themes of Georgian England in mind: Gentility (Jane Austen) and Mercantilism (Charles Hall, Harrison’s founder).
‘The design for the inn is based upon the Hall & Woodhouse ‘1777’ concept (the year in which the company was founded) and the bedrooms are set out with furnishings, fittings and decorations reflecting the themes of Georgian England – adventure, gentility and trade.
‘Throughout the space, traditional elements are given a contemporary twist, and strong focus is placed on the use of reclaimed materials. We have also built in a sense of fun, which is typified in the central ‘Hogwarts-style’ staircase and art gallery wall near the entrance.
‘The ground floor, which includes a mezzanine, provides for drinking and dining, with flexible areas given over to functions, meetings and further dining on the first floor. The 20 Georgian-style letting bedrooms occupy the upper three floors and mesh seamlessly with the hospitality offer downstairs.’ – John Hennessy, Designer
‘The Duchess is a proper inn that looks, feels and smells like an inn. We aim to replicate a Georgian coaching inn – offering ale, food and bedrooms for the weary traveller and warm hospitality to all – whether prince, parson or ploughman.
‘Woven through the décor of each bedroom are Georgian themes of gentility, exploration and mercantilism. We have worked hard to design the bedrooms as an integral part of the guest’s stay, places to enjoy in their own right as much as the Dorset countryside and town around them.’ – Matt Hughes, General Manager of The Duchess of Cornwall Inn