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Posted in Case Studies / Projects
5th October 2023
The Ede Group is a third-generation property development and housebuilding company that started in 1959 remains to this day a 100% family-owned business. Since Builders Ede was originally created over 60 years ago, the company has delivered over 2,000 stunning homes, as well as 4-star hotels, office refurbishments and listed building conversions.
Originally acquired in early 2021, the Old Abbey House sees Ede return to the hotel sector, having previously built and co-owned the Four Pillars Hotel Group, with hotels including the Oxford Thames, Oxford Spires, Cotswold Water Park and Tortworth Court.
Old Abbey House is a 27-bedroom boutique hotel located in the heart of Abingdon-on-Thames. This lovingly restored 18th Century building combines historical charm and character with the modern convenience and technology of the 21st Century and is a true home from home, where no two rooms are alike.
All of the individually styled rooms and suites possess timeless beauty, with the option of kitchenettes and picturesque views of the Abbey Gardens. The wide variety of accommodation ranges from cosy doubles, twin rooms, king rooms, a family room, and deluxe suites.
The development of the hotel has ensured that this delightful period building remains wholly intact for the future and Ede have carefully restored many original features such as fireplaces, mantelpieces, the wooden staircase, and stain glass windows.
A long-term client of Minoli, Ede regularly specify porcelain tiles from Minoli’s Collections in the kitchens, bathrooms, ensuites and other living areas, of their unique new home developments. For the Old Abbey House, the exquisite ensuites shown here creatively combine different designs to great effect.
The first features the delightful marble-effect of Exigo Calacatta in porcelain, with a meticulously Matt finish and rectified 30/60 size on the walls and 60/60 format for the floor. This is contrasted with Luminous Lume Blue China, applied to full height in the generous shower enclosure, with its distinctive metro tile 6/24 format and Majolica style, oxidised edges.
The other ensuites shown use the prominent pattern of the porcelain De-Segni series in the 20/20 dimension MOUA design, to create a block-print surface on the floor. This is cleverly combined with Adana Bianco Flat, 7.5/30 ceramic tiles to the walls and shower enclosure, creating a truly traditional feel with period paint colours and a classic choice of sanitary units, fixtures and brassware.
The doors of Old Abbey House have now opened to guests, with a further two impressive new suites due to open early November. In keeping with Ede’s longstanding commitment to working closely with other local businesses, rather than offer food services at the hotel, they encourage guests to make the most of the wide array of popular restaurants in the Abingdon area, and 15 of the suites are equipped with convenient kitchenettes, for those who wish to cater for themselves.
Our thanks go to the team at Ede for specifying Minoli porcelain and ceramic ranges for this prestigious project and we wish them every success for this exciting new venture in the hospitality sector.
The interior design of the hotel was created by @accouterdesign / https://accouterdesign.com/