Situated in the picturesque village of Smarden in Kent, lies The Cloth Hall, a Grade II listed property with exquisite design features. Grand in stature and steeped in heritage, it was built in the 15th century and meticulously restored in recent years. Every element was carefully curated to balance the building’s Tudor legacy and the requirement for modern functionality. The bathroom spaces were dictated by the original shape of the building and demanded huge creativity to achieve the ultimate design.
A Weaving History
The village of Smarden was renowned as a weaving community in the 16th century, hence the property’s traditional namesake. Encouraged by King Edward III, who brought weaver craftsmen over from Flanders, the ready availability of wool from the sheep of the Romney Marsh helped contribute to the rise of one of England’s biggest industries.
Attracting hundreds of such skilled workers, the profession spread along the Weald, and as far north as Maidstone. Cloth Hall would in fact have once contained trading stalls for the sale of cloth and fine silks. The projecting hoists used to hold the bales of cloth subsequently remain visible in the gable area of the Cloth Hall property.
Boasting four exquisite bathrooms – two spacious guests en suites, a master bathroom, and one cloakroom. Each room is stamped with its own clear identity.
“We had a clear vision for the design of the bathrooms from the outset. We opted for a mixture of brass, nickel, and brushed chrome fittings to coordinate with each room. The only challenge was choosing which styles to opt for.”
The Guest Annex – The Brass Bateau, with Venetian Crest, and Wall Mounted Bath Filler.
The Master Ensuite – The Charcoal Bateau, with Polished Nickel Interior and Bathfiller on Standpipes in Silver Nickel.
The Family Bathroom – The Saracen in Painted White with Deck Mounted Bath Filler and High-Level Deluge Cistern in Painted White.
The Cloakroom – The High-Level Deluge Cistern in Charcoal with Bespoke Plaque.