Our latest private commission has been installed at a top Lake District hotel which prides itself on offering a luxurious home from home service.
The unique piece of art - a bespoke bar top - is now taking pride of place in the recently refurbished main lounge bar area of the four red star Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel at Windermere which has stunning views across Lake Windermere and to the fells beyond.
Having long been an admirer of works by Chris Brammall, owner of the Holbeck Ghyll Stephen Leahy contacted us with the unusual request and Chris was only too happy to take up the challenge.
Made from mild-steel the bar top features a bronze ribbon which depicts the landscape and view from the front of the hotel including the Langdale Pikes and Coniston Old Man.
Working from a series of photographs taken from the hotel front door Chris transferred the Lakeland landscape into working one-to-one template. A series of individual hand-cut sections were hand-forged to fit the shape of the bar top and the bronze strip delicately hand-tapped into position. The whole piece was burnished to give a distinctive mottled finish and sealed with a protective coating to give it longevity and to withstand general use.
Mr Leahy comments “Its been a goal of mine to have a bespoke piece of artwork by Chris on show at the Holbeck for some time so when we started planning our latest refurbishment it seemed to be the perfect opportunity to approach him with our idea. We’ve loved this style of his work since seeing it featured on the Cumbria Tourism Small Hotel of the Year Award that Chris designed and we won in 2015 and were keen to see if he could make the design work on a much bigger scale. Needless to say we are absolutely thrilled with the result.”
The Lakeland landscapes have been inspiring artists, writers and poets for centuries and in his spare time Chris enjoys walking the fells and mountains where he too finds inspiration for his work.
Chris Brammall comments; “There is a lot of small intricate processes involved in creating a piece like the bar top so it was quite a challenge to get it just right. The landscape profile had to be hand-tapped into position very carefully to ensure the bronze ribbon kept its formation and depth along the full length of the piece – it was a delicate process that couldn’t be rushed. The finished piece looks amazing and gives the hotel a fantastic and unique talking point for its many guests and customers.”
To find out more about the fantastic Holbeck Ghyll - a 32 bedroom Country House Hotel situated between Ambleside and Windermere visit the website here https://www.holbeckghyll.com