Design + Architecture

Fashion Hotels

by Mark Ellwood

A PROPER MANSION

Roger and Monty Saul are the husband-and-wife team who founded the oh-so-English leather label Mulberry (not to be mistaken for that oh-so-English label Burberry). They own the Charlton House, a huge, renovated mansion in the English countryside south of Bath. The property has a habit of attracting movie stars like Cate Blanchett and Clive Owen, who stay here while they shoot period flicks in nearby Wells. And there is a correlation between the label's designs and the 25 rooms themselves: classic but never chintzy, with a propensity of burgundies, dark browns, and golds. There's an on-site croquet lawn, and you can easily arrange some trout fishing, clay-pigeon shooting, or horseback riding (tallyho!). The Sauls were ousted from their company in a bitter battle a few years ago, so there's no Mulberry discount for guests (sorry), but the factory shop, with deep discounts, is just a brisk five-minute hike away.

Charlton House
Tel: 44 1749 342008
Doubles from $333

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