Interior Design Masters champion secretly transforms Cornwall hotel apartment

An apartment at a Cornwall hotel has been transformed by the winner of BBC One’s Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr, which was announced to the public on Wednesday evening (April 27). Throughout the winter, Banjo Beale has been secretly visiting Cornwall to renovate his prize project at Watergate Bay Hotel in Newquay, which was finished only ten days ago.

After competing against nine other contestants in knock-out design challenges, Banjo’s consistently strong performance secured him his very own commercial contract at one of Cornwall’s most popular hotels in the eyes of head judge and designer, Michelle Ogundehin. The self-catering apartment, named Winnow, is only a stone’s throw away from the beach and has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large open plan living space with a large balcony.

Banjo, who is influenced by his Australian roots, has designed a beach-inspired space with a palette of natural colours and an abundance of textures that he said is inspired by an artist and marine biologist couple. According to Beach Retreats, who manage the experience at Watergate Bay Hotel, Banjo used a sustainable approach by sourcing vintage materials and reclaimed items, from as far as India, as well as using local craftsman where possible. You can see more photos here.

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According to Beach Retreats, who manage the experience at Watergate Bay Hotel, Banjo used a sustainable approach by sourcing vintage materials and reclaimed items, from as far as India, as well as using local craftsman where possible. Will Ashford, the owner of Watergate Hotel, said: “Banjo is incredibly skilled at sourcing and finding unique items that tell a story. Ironically, they will probably age really well because they already have that rich, rustic appearance.”

This includes a lightshade made from an old Hungarian chicken coop, wicker parasols that had a former life on an Ibizan beach and foraged driftwood, barnacle bottles and a lobster pot. The kitchen cupboards are also sawn oak from a local carpenter and, what might be mistaken for a leather chair, is in fact made from discarded pineapple tops. Banjo also featured the wallpaper of his fellow contestant and finalist, Amy Davies, in his design.

Amy, who incorporated her wallpaper into each of the show’s challenges, customise designed a wallpaper with campervans and surfers to capture the scene at Watergate Bay. Over the course of the series, Banjo and Amy transformed cafes, shops, hotel rooms and shepherd huts with prestigious guest judges including Matthew Williamson, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, and Mary Portas, deciding who will advance to the next stage each episode.

Banjo had a £100,000 budget to work with for the refurbishment of Winnow which is just 250m from the sea. The dog-friendly apartment will be available to sleep up to ten guests from £1,888 for a minimum three-night stay.

Discussing his partnership with Beach Retreats and the Winnow redesign, Banjo Beale said: “Interior Design Masters was a rollicking rollercoaster around the country that ended in gorgeous Cornwall. Transforming Winnow to reflect the beauty of the county was an incredibly exciting challenge and I’ve loved working with the Beach Retreats team. I believe design doesn’t have to take itself so seriously, so I wanted to make a characterful space for colourful characters.

“Anyone who has watched the show knows I create an eccentric personality for each design, and Winnow was inspired by a cool artist and marine biologist couple who travel the world, collecting art and ephemera before landing back in Watergate Bay in their large seaside abode. Winnow is a place for their children, grandchildren and dogs to reunite and share seafood feasts at long tables, before reading in pillowy armchairs and relaxing in daybeds.”

Andrew Easton, Managing Director of Beach Retreats, comments: “It’s been incredible to watch Banjo’s design aesthetic, which sits so perfectly with our own ethos, be applied to Winnow. All of our retreats are within walking distance of a good beach and to see Watergate Bay’s stunning coastline reflected in such elegant design is wonderful. We are so excited to see our guests experience the beautiful home away from home that Banjo has created.”

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