HR: Did you stick to any particular colour palettes or themes?
CH: Green is our ‘neutral’ and I’ve found it to be incredibly versatile, complementing just about any other colour. We also used a dark grey with gold to highlight some of the panelling in the Baa Bar, that’s added a touch of glamour to what is essentially a very simple space. These plain colours work as a neutral foundation, allowing the spaces to change with the seasons and the time of day. Of course, we have many buildings at Thyme – it’s a village within a village – and we’ve decorated many of the rooms in the houses and cottages in what I’d call a modern take on English country style.
Green is our ‘neutral’ and I’ve found it to be incredibly versatile, complementing just about any other colour...These plain colours work as a neutral foundation, allowing the spaces to change with the seasons and the time of day.
HR: Did you face any specific challenges during the design process?
CH: The biggest challenge was to ensure the buildings were bought up to modern standards but in a seamless way. Insulation, along with economically viable and eco heating systems, means that everywhere is warm and inviting. This was particularly successful in the Tithe Barn, a vast space that’s heated with a ground source heat pump that makes it feel cosy in the winter despite its size. A second challenge was to ensure that the main spaces looked effortless and uninterrupted but had everything they needed to be practical. Operations needed to remain invisible as possible.
HR: What role did sustainability play in your design choices?
CH:They were absolutely at the fore. In the Ox Barn, the beautiful herringbone cladding and massive beams were all left untouched, so extra insulation was put above the boards by taking off the entire roof. It was a huge task but essential to ensure we could heat the space as efficiently as possible.