Horwood House to reopen following £20m redevelopment

Grade II-listed Buckinghamshire hotel, Horwood House will reopen on 17 May following an extensive refurbishment.

New owner, ZIZ Properties, has invested circa £20m in the redevelopment of the hotel with renovations throughout including the hotel’s lounges, spa and 165 bedrooms and suites, alongside the introduction of two new dining concepts.

Acquired in 2019, the property has been redeveloped in partnership with design studio ICA to create new interior concepts throughout informed by the hotel’s 110-year history and 38-acres of landscaped gardens.

Complementing the building’s original features while ensuring a contemporary design throughout, the scheme features original timber beam work, warm textural finishes and an earthy, muted palette to bring the outside in with references to the estate’s gardens and agricultural heritage.

A new reception area, developed in the property’s original stable block, features double height walls, panelling and ambient lighting to ensure style and comfort from check in. The bedrooms and suites, reconfigured as part of the refurbishment, have each been individually designed and refurbished with a fresh, light colour palette running throughout the 165 spaces.

The redevelopments also include two new and distinct dining concepts. Opening on 17th May, Harry’s Bar & Kitchen will offer a seasonally led menu showcasing locally sourced and home-grown ingredients with a refined dining offering opening later in the year.

A stand-alone luxury spa featuring a 12 metre indoor pool, treatment suites, state-of-the-art gym and sauna will open over the summer whilst the property’s function suites have also been redesigned for weddings, as well as corporate and private events.

Karim Kassam, owner of ZIZ Properties, said, “Horwood House has a unique history and spectacular gardens. We are breathing new life into the estate, preserving the hotel’s character but elevating the rooms, food and beverage spaces and spa, in line with modern expectations.

'Our vision is to establish Horwood House as one of the UK’s leading independent country house hotel destinations and, with the pent-up demand for staycations and weddings, we are looking forward to a busy summer and rest of the year.”