The recent refurbishment of the Welsh boutique hotel Twr Y Felin by Hong Kong-based designers Aedas Interiors may have been a bit of a geographical challenge, but the results have been worth the air miles.
According to Aedas’ Greg Farrell, the 21-room hotel’s Pembrokeshire location on St Davids Peninsula – a short walk to Caerfai Bay and the 6th century St Davids Cathedral – kicked off the restoration’s mood-board. ‘We worked with the existing awkwardly shaped and sized room configurations and considered the preservation of original architectural elements including the bronze traceried windows, original wood and stone flooring. The designs drew strongly on the relationship between the exterior landscape and the interior space while the colour palette and textures were inspired by the outdoor setting.’
The result is a masculine mix of dark shades of brown, customised furniture and natural woods, with the designers, ever thoughtful for the sensitivities of the hotel’s guests, were careful to use only allergy-free and chemical-free furnishings, alongside non-allergenic products in the bathroom. The walls are festooned with original contemporary art pieces by the likes of Harry Adams, Pure Evil and Phil Ashcroft.
Probably the best room in the house is located in the hotel’s original windmill tower, built in 1802, which offers wraparound views of the peninsula.