A recently opened glamping resort in the heart of North Wales will feature on tonight’s episode of BBC One’s Interior Design Masters, hosted by comedian Alan Carr. Brook Cottage Shepherd’s Hutsa glamping retreat near Pwllheli on the Llyn Peninsula, is the focus of tonight’s episode after owners Mark Barrow and Jonathan Gooders applied for the show in the summer of 2021.
The show is a series of reality competitions where 10 interior designers compete for a chance to win a commercial contract to design a bar in one of London’s hotels. Each week a different challenge is launched, designed to test their ability to respond to various customer briefs in different commercial and residential contexts.
Throughout the series, contestants redesign commercial spaces, from boutiques to restaurants and lounges. The third series is currently airing on BBC1 with the fourth series already ordered for 2023.
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Speaking about the experience, Mr Barrow said: “It was a great opportunity. We have five huts and they were down to five designers by episode five, so they each got a hut.
“Unfortunately one of the designs didn’t work out, but it gave us the opportunity to create something unique from scratch, but you’ll have to watch the program to see what it’s all about.”
Situated near the border of Snowdonia National Park, Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts offers a peaceful rural retreat in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with stunning views of the Yr Eifl Mountains. Nestled in a wildflower meadow overlooking a private lake, each cabin offers all the luxury of a 5-star experience, while allowing guests to truly disconnect, relax and connect with nature.
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The award-winning retreat offers luxury adults-only glamping and the five traditional shepherd-style huts have been lovingly handcrafted by the co-owners who both have a background in fine art.
“We started construction almost two years ago,” said Jonathan, “and when we heard the BBC were looking for a glamping site to use as a location for the new series, Mark contacted the production team. , who came for a reconnaissance. We finished building all five cabins, so they were ready for the designers to come and put their mark on them.”
Speaking to North Wales Live ahead of the TV show about how the couple arrived in North Wales, Mark added: “We visited Portmeirion in 2019 and absolutely fell in love with the We had already decided about five and a half years ago that we wanted a lifestyle change and when we arrived here we knew it.
“We opened in November last year and were fully booked over Christmas and New Years. We are open all year round, we really want to celebrate Pen Llyn all year round, this area has so much to offer, it’s not not all about the eight-week school holidays during the spring and summer months.”
The couple now hope to expand their business and provide unique experience days by partnering with other local businesses in the area.
The new Masters in Interior Design series airs on BBC One at 9pm on Wednesday evenings.
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