Interior Design Masters Champion Secretly Transforms Cornwall Hotel Apartment

A Cornwall hotel apartment has been transformed by BBC One Masters in Interior Design winner Alan Carr, which was announced to the public on Wednesday night (April 27). Throughout the winter, Banjo Beale has been secretly traveling to Cornwall to refurbish his award-winning project at the Watergate Bay Hotel in Newquay, which ended just ten days ago.

After taking on nine other competitors in knockout design challenges, Banjo’s consistently strong performance earned him his own commercial contract at one of Cornwall’s most popular hotels in the eyes of Chief Justice and designer, Michelle Ogundehin. The self-catering apartment, named Winnow, is just a stone’s throw from the beach and has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large open-plan living area with a large balcony.

Banjo, who is influenced by his Australian roots, has designed a beach-inspired space with a natural color palette and an abundance of textures that he says are inspired by a couple of artists and marine biologists. According to Beach Retreats, which manages the experience at Watergate Bay Hotel, Banjo used a sustainable approach by sourcing vintage materials and reclaimed items from as far away as India, as well as using local artisans in wherever possible. You can see more photos here.

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According to Beach Retreats, which manages the experience at Watergate Bay Hotel, Banjo used a sustainable approach by sourcing vintage materials and reclaimed items from as far away as India, as well as using local artisans in wherever possible. Will Ashford, owner of the Watergate Hotel, said: “Banjo is incredibly good at seeking out and finding unique items that tell a story. Ironically, they’ll probably age very well because they already have that rich, rustic appearance.”



This includes a lampshade made from an old Hungarian chicken coop, wicker umbrellas that had a past life on an Ibiza beach and stuffed driftwood, barnacle bottles and a lobster trap. The kitchen cupboards are also sawn oak from a local carpenter and, what might be mistaken for a leather chair, are actually made from discarded pineapple tops. Banjo also featured fellow countryman and runner-up Amy Davies’ wallpaper in its design.

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



Banjo had a budget of £100,000 to renovate Winnow, just 250m from the sea. The dog-friendly apartment will be available for up to ten people from £1,888 for a minimum stay of three nights.

Discussing his partnership with Beach Retreats and the redesign of Winnow, Banjo Beale said: “Interior Design Masters was a wild rollercoaster ride across the country that ended in beautiful Cornwall. Transforming Winnow to reflect the beauty of the county was an incredibly exciting challenge and I loved working with the Beach Retreats team. I think design doesn’t have to be taken seriously, so I wanted to create character space for colorful characters.

“Anyone who’s watched the show knows that I create a quirky personality for every design, and Winnow was inspired by a couple of cool marine artists and biologists who travel the world, collect art and ephemera. before landing in Watergate Bay at their large seaside home. Winnow is a place where their children, grandchildren and dogs can gather and share seafood feasts around long tables, before reading in plush armchairs and relaxing in daybeds.

Andrew Easton, Managing Director of Beach Retreats, comments: “It was amazing to see the design aesthetic of Banjo, which fits so perfectly with our own ethos, being applied to Winnow. All of our retreats are within walking distance of a good beach and to see the beautiful coastline of Watergate Bay reflected in such an elegant design is wonderful. We are thrilled to see our guests experience the beautiful home away from home that Banjo has created.

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