Photographing Windermere Suites

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Cumbria hotel photography always offers surprises.  Behind those classic slate walls lies a myriad of styles, from classical old B&Bs to hidden swanky glamour.  Windermere Suites offers the latter!  The sign outside hints at the modernity within, but the post-script “Funkiest B&B of the Year” seems at odds with the typical Lake District building.

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As soon as you walk through the front door, two imposing chandeliers – made up of intricately suspended individual crystals – slap you round the face with style.  You’re in a different part of Lakeland now, and it’s not one Beatrix Potter would recognise.

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In an area where the guesthouses are crammed into every side street, with as many beds squeezed in as possible, Windermere Suites lives up to its name, with large, airy and bright rooms throughout.  And the details are what set this place apart.

Every item of furniture has been handpicked by someone with an obvious passion for design, and quirky features abound.  I’ll let the photographs illustrate that for you.

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What you won’t see are the other little touches; in two of the suites, breakfast can be anonymously delivered through a hatch inside a cupboard – perfect for a lazy morning, or if you’re too hungover to manage a conversation.  The lavish spa baths sit below flatscreen TVs, which in turn sit below a remote controlled coloured light show.

A really well thought out hotel with a clear design-led approach, which definitely lives up to its funky accolade: an absolute joy to photograph!

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