Checking in to The Mitre for a royal retreat • Hotel Designs

Set on the banks of the River Thames sits the Grade II-listed property that shelters a The Miter, which has just 36 keys. It is steeped in history and oozes charm, warmth and character thanks to its quirky, mood-lifting interiors and authentic blend of old-meets-new features.

Commissioned by Charles II in 1665 to house the overflow of courtiers, the hotel site is rich with historical and royal connotations and has been reconstructed several times over the years. Legend has it that The Miter was linked to Hampton Court Palace by a tunnel to facilitate kingly meetings with mistresses.

More recently, it was given a new lease of life in 2020 by Hector Ross and Ronnie Kimbugwe, founders of The Signet Collection, whose vision for the brand is to create meaningful stays in time-honoured places throughout southern England. If rumours are to be believed, due to the pandemic, Ross based himself inside the hotel alongside 30-plus builders during the first lockdown to conduct an extensive, multimillion pound refurbishment.

Image credit: The Miter Hampton Court

Bringing this vision to life, interior designer Nicola Harding, who worked on Beaverbrook and The Rose in Deal, was the creative energy behind the colorful reinvention.

Sticking to the brand’s ethos which “aims to connect guests with the history and the location of each hotel, providing characterful decorating bedrooms, and playful lively public spaces where people quickly feel at home”, Harding has certainly stuck to the brief, spaces with a playful mix of vibrant colors – an incredible 244 paint shades were used during the refurbishment – ​​clashing prints, a hand painted de Gournay electric blue wallpaper, all the while drawing inspiration from Hampton Court and the surrounding neighborhood including Bushy Park.

Each of the 36 guestrooms and suites have been individually designed with Harding’s signature aesthetic. Marrying bright colors with busy patterns, features include gingham chairs, Rosi de Ruig lamps, wallpapers from London-based Dutch designer, Ottoline de Vries and antique headboards. Vintage books, posters, and nostalgic toys are placed in stylish nooks, while some original pieces taken from the original hotel have been reworked or upcycled, a satisfying blend of old and new.

mixing the old and the new with bright colors in the guestrooms at The Miter Hampton Court

Image credit: The Miter, Hampton Court

The ‘heritage rooms’ are pet-friendly and themed around English countryside traditions of hunting, boating and other sports, while the showstopping Henry VIII bridal suite features a four-poster bed, a copper roll-top bath, and spectacular views of the River Thames and Hampton Court.

view over the river from guestroom window at the mitre

Image credit: The Miter, Hampton Court

A stay at The Miter is not just about feeding the soul. With two restaurants, a lively riverside terrace complete with Whispering Angel Boat Shack, an Orangery, a library, and a vintage food truck, it’s ideal for those in need of an overnight escape and a quality feed, along with plenty of opportunities for riverside walks and time to explore nearby Hampton Court. Thanks to its location, the property caters for guests looking for a chic, country house hotel experience within easy reach of central London.

This spring the brand is set to launch its second property, The Retreat at Elcot Park in Newbury. Housed in a Grade II listed 18th-century building located between Hungerford and Newbury, The Retreat will comprise of 55 individually styled bedrooms with magnificent grounds to match, combining quirky British sensibility, blending the old with the new. With stunning views of the Kennet Valley, the property is ideally situated for those looking to enjoy both country pursuits and culture alike, with its proximity to various famous sites including the Downton Abbey Highclere Castle and Newbury racecourse.

> Since you’re here, why not find out more about The Signet collection here and here?

Main image credit: The Miter, Hampton Court

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