After a year of uncertainty, hotels, restaurants and resorts can open their doors to the wider world, which comes as great relief to hospitality businesses, hanging on for their dear lives. We are all in much need of rest, relaxation and a change of scenery, so this climb out of hopefully, our final Covid lockdown is appreciated by people from all corners of Britain.
Over the years I have created travel art for a number of resorts and boutique hotels. I've salivated over steam filled spas, lustered after luxurious bed linen and hungered for the breakfast buffet. One of my favourite holiday themed artworks was for a new hotel: The Star at Alfriston, which opens next month and is part of the Polizzi Collection and with that, forms a trio of artworks that reflect the very different characters of each of their three, stunning hotels ...
The Star in Alfriston, is a timber clad, medieval house in the quintessentially English village of Alfriston, lying in deepest Sussex. As an art student at Brighton, I used to cycle around the South Downs and drawing The Star brought back fond memories of days gone by and unsurprisingly, the landscape hasn't changed at all. I remember being charmed by Charleston and loved the pretty, little Norman churches that had been part of the village life and architecture for centuries.
Moving West and close to my home in Devon, is the Endsleigh Hotel ... a country manor house with fairytale gardens, home to follies and magical grottos. A huge variety of trees grow in the beautiful woodlands within its grounds, which rolls down to the River Tamar. I am looking forward to calling in to the Hotel Endsleigh for lunch or afternoon tea next month, the latter of which is one of my guilty pleasures and features in my illustration of this country hotel.
The first drawing I did for the Polizzi Collection was of the Tresanton Hotel in the Cornish fishing village of St Mawes. Formally a yacht club, the hotel overlooks the deep blue sea and the smell and sound of the ocean can be found within its walls. My illustration of St Mawes captures the local landscape, of which the Tresanton Hotel is as its heart.
I was recently contacted by an old school friend who has just opened a luxury, holiday home in Scarborough. The arts and crafts themed interior reflects the architectural legacy of the house and I absolutely love the characterful and elegant detailing both within the house as much as the iconic red roof tiles, small paned windows and decorative brickwork that characterises the arts and crafts movement.
I was thrilled when she chose a customised version of my Scarborough illustration, featuring her holiday home, as wall art in the kitchen at Scarborough House. The little drawing now features as their instagram badge, which is super cute.
If you would like one of my illustrations to be customised with your home, which can be adapted as an instagram badge, (written permission required) then simply choose the "Add Customisations" option on any product page.