The Cranleigh guest house, Bowness-on-Windermere undergoes hi-tech makeover with the Majik House

PUBLISHED: 16:14 25 June 2013 | UPDATED: 16:14 25 June 2013

The Cranleigh

The Cranleigh


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Award winning home automation specialists The Majik House have created many diverse and inspirational projects over the past fifteen years, yet a recent commission for a luxurious retreat in the heart of the Lake District is certainly one to include in the “exclusive” and “unique” categories.

“We were contacted by hotel operator Stephen Hargreaves who, together with his wife Louise, had set himself something of a challenge.” says Tim Burrow, Director of The Majik House. “Between them they had embarked on a project to create ‘simply the best place for two to stay in the North of England’. Stephen has a very high reputation for his properties, so we quickly appreciated this would be another ambitious project to get involved with.”

The Majik House are no strangers to working with the hospitality industry, having previously undertaken numerous commissions for various TV, audio, lighting designs and installations for hotels and commercial establishments throughout the North West.

Mr Hargreaves had previously attracted plenty of the accolades with The Cranleigh, a boutique guest house in Bowness-on-Windermere. “My family have been running successful hotels for three generations, yet The Cranleigh was my first solo venture. A very traditional building from the outside but once you get through the doors then you’re far, far removed from the chintz of the typical guest house.”

A bold statement, but being awarded the accolade of Most Romantic UK Hotel by TripAdvisor and nearly 70,000 approving followers on Facebook shows that Stephen certainly delivers on his word.

So on to the latest challenge.

“Stephen’s brief was that he wanted to create somewhere exceptional. Somewhere that would take the very best of The Cranleigh and raise it to new heights. Somewhere secluded and very, very unique.” continues Tim Burrow. “At face value, The Hideout is a relatively modest town house and located just a short walk from the bustling heart of Bowness-on-Windermere and nearby lake; attractive enough but, in essence, nothing extraordinary.”

The story changes quite considerably once you step inside as guests are instantly transported to a very luxurious place, where the eye is delighted at every turn, where everything you touch exudes sensuality. The Hideout is an exclusive retreat dedicated to intimacy, where nothing has been overlooked in the quest of relaxation and pleasure.

Carol Burrow from The Majik House: “The client had a vision and, with the appointed interior designer, were able to visualise their ideas. His concept was for a full-house solution with intelligent lighting, dynamic audio and HD cinema / video all operated simply and intuitively – whatever the guests want had to be easily and intuitively within reach.”

In return, The Majik House were able to take their concept, understand the brief and deliver a whole house system that thrills, excites and exceeded expectations.

Set over three floors, entering The Hideout offers three choices: upstairs to a contemporary kitchen and lounge area with state-of-the-art AV system, ground floor bedroom with king size four-poster and furnished to exceptionally high standards or, most invitingly, down the spiral staircase...

“The lower ground floor was just being used as a garage and storage area when Stephen purchased the building - now it’s nothing less than a pure pleasure zone!” adds Tim.

In conjunction with Aquajade Bathrooms, the lower ground floor is described as “the place where your in-home dreams are created”, a space dedicated to relaxation and enjoyment. The super-sized air spa bath has plenty of room for two with intelligent iPad controls to set the room and underwater lighting, music and entertainment.

Hidden 60” cinema screen, 3D smart television with full internet and AppleTV access, Netflix movies, Sonos music system, underfloor heating,walk-in chromotherapy shower enclosure, fully stocked bar – the whole room can only be described as sensational, with every sensation beautifully accommodated.

Since opening in the Spring of 2013, The Hideout has attracted nearly full occupancy and glowing testimonials from many delighted guests.

Tim Burrow: “We were already huge fans of what Stephen and Louise had achieved with their previous venture, so leapt at the opportunity to be involved with The Hideout. Being able to take a client’s vision, to deliver beyond the brief and help create this amazing venue is something which our team at The Majik House achieve time and again.”

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