Ultimate Project Retreat is the UK’s only architecture, interior and garden design library for clients who are setting out to refurbish, build, buy or decorate their dream home.
Our objective is for you to use our specially curated and extensive design collection to inspire, inform and tailor your next interior project.
The idea is that you will spend a day studying our huge collection of design books in order to inform your decisions about your upcoming project. From the styles, pages and titles you choose at the library, we will create a hardback book of your favourite images, that will become the foundation of the design brief for your next interior project. This communicates a clear message to your architects, interior designers, engineers, quantity surveyors and project managers as to what you love, and is truly important in your project.
Having a clear and confident vision at the outset will save you time and money. Ultimate Project Retreat is entirely impartial. It will never take a referral fee from anyone, and is not paid to endorse any brand, service or product. The farm is currently undergoing a re-wilding programme in a peaceful spot, and the library is located in a recently refurbished stable that you will have all to yourselves to experiment with your ideas.
The library has been procured in a collaboration between Rupert Kenyon and Philip Blackwell and his team at Ultimate Library. Rupert has 25 years’ experience in companies that have designed and operated hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as working with HNW clients on building projects in central London and across the UK. Whilst working at Alias Hotels (co-founder in 1999), they won the Design Hotel of the Year for Hotel Barcelona, Exeter in 2002. Whilst at Walter Lilly in 2017, Damian Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery won the Stirling Prize for Architecture.
These successes came from good preparation and having a collaborative and creative space to allow ideas to flourish. A distilled version of all of this is the unique service that The Ultimate Project Retreat offers you.
“It was amazing to explore external windows and porches for our impending building project. You have a fabulous collection of books which have been so useful to help to visualise what we like most and more importantly – dislike. We want more time please.”
– Jonny Stevenson
“The first of many sessions for us as we explore the numerous possibilities whilst we develop our home. You have created the most perfect environment for anyone looking at redeveloping an existing house or new build. It really is fabulous to have an extensive library to guide us down the decision-making road.”
– Sarah Stevenson
“So wonderful to take time out to look through the extensive collection of books. It has been a very relaxing afternoon sitting in this calm and beautiful room. We have lots of ideas to go away with and lots of images too.”
– Isobel and Stuart Finlatar
“Overwhelmingly wonderful! I wish I had an infinite amount of time to spend in this inspirational space. Thank you so much for your help.”