Luxury Hotels: Discover Jaw Dropping Castelbrac Dinard Hotel – Open since June 2015, Castelbrac’s 5 stars hotel with its 25 rooms and suites is composed of three buildings, each having its own character forged through the ages. The rooms are pleasantly integrated, offer a variety of space, and are all oriented toward the sea.
The atmosphere is serene. From the Superior Room to the Prestige Terrace Suite, all offer the same comfort and upscale amenities. Some rooms are also available for people with reduced mobility, while others allow for joining rooms by private corridor, especially suitable for families with children.
The architectural backdrop is absolutely astonishing. It is said that when British Colonel Robert William Hamilton set eyes on it in 1872 he exclaimed, “What a bric-a-brac!” due to the architectural layout of the villa, a composition of several mismatched buildings. However, the charm of this private mansion seduced the Crimean war hero and he bought it to be his own residence. Soon the transformations began with the aim of giving it the appearance of a British castle with an elevation, battlements, and stables overlooking the street. The English were avid naturalists and the Colonel installed large glasshouses in the garden that he called his “Green houses”.
The colonel’s wife, Charlotte-Marie Hamilton, who is said to have been a very fashionable lady, immediately took charge of the interior. Her inspiration was the English movement “Arts and Crafts”, the equivalent of Art Nouveau in France, while giving a feminine twist to the somewhat masculine architecture of the mansion. When designer Sandra Benhamou, in collaboration with interior designer Léonie Alma Mason, took on the project of transforming this hotel’s interior in 2012, they had the same challenge.
“I wanted to create a warm atmosphere, a female lightness. Maybe this architecture has something masculine and I have brought femininity, gentleness”. The challenge was to keep the place authentic while “projecting it into modernity,” says Sandra Benhamou, who refused to “fall into the trap of nostalgia”. She decided to keep the old character of certain elements (wooden ceilings, a fireplace, beautiful stairs), to redo others identically (woodwork, parquet floors), while bringing to everything a touch of “quiet sophistication and assumed eclecticism”.
The inspiration was an art deco style mingled with the sea. Consequently, throughout the hotel we see art deco projected in elements such as ironwork, the central staircase, and smaller details such as door handles, switches, faucets, headboards and frames.
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Source: castelbrac.com | CovetED Magazine