I often think that the guest bedroom is the most important room in the home because more often than not it is occupied by nearest and dearest. It is a room that does not have to be entirely practical but should be supremely comfortable. It is a room that must be friendly but private and above all it should be a room that expresses the host’s taste and style. I believe that staying in a person’s home is the ultimate compliment and it is for that reason the guest room should be as welcoming as possible.
A guest room should be far superior to any hotel room simply because the room is arranged and designed with love and care for the individuals who will spend time there. It is not about the size of the room, the quality of the antiques, the priceless art or the pedigree of the contemporary design; a great guest room is simply about comfort and the amount of effort we make for our friends and family to feel cocooned. There are certain ingredients that make a guest bedroom a delicious experience for friends and family.
*Soft lighting everywhere – staying over means not having to see it like it really is – and never ever a set of bathroom scales, they are an immediate downer for a visitor in France. Eating and drinking whatever and whenever is what the holiday is all about.
*A comfortable mattress.
*An armchair or sofa to lounge on.
*A pair of both feather pillows and firm pillows – sleeping with a familiar pillow goes a long way towards a sound sleep.
*Large square pillows for resting and reading.
*White linen or cotton sheets freshly pressed.
*Extra blankets and a duvet in case it turns cold.
*A throw blanket to curl up in – to nap or rest in the afternoons.
*Fluffy white bath towels, face cloths, hand towels and a cosy bathrobe.
*Bathroom soaps, lotions and potions to luxuriate in and practical pharmacy items that may have been forgotten.
*Too many coat hangers and a drawer or two.
*A super industrial strength hair-dryer.
Sweet dreams, xv.