Awards season is well underway, and we couldn’t be happier with the results so far.
We’re thrilled to announce that we have already been recognised by a number of established
organisations for our extensive work in the later living sector. See below to learn more about our success!
Recently, Sunningdale Park won a WhatHouse? Award for the best interior design, as well as a Retirement Living award for architecture/design. Sunningdale Park is one of the many projects we have worked on with our longstanding partner, Audley Villages.
The project was also shortlisted in the Later Living/Assisted Living Design category at the British Homes Awards, which were created to celebrate exceptional design.
The elegant design of the interior of this neo-Georgian property is inspired by the rich history of the
site. The building was constructed in 1930 by Sir Hugo Cunliffe-Owen, chairman of Cunliffe Aircraft
Limited. He and his wife Helen shared a deep love of horse racing and the property was used by the
family to welcome and entertain guests during Ascot house parties.
Therefore, nods to the house’s equine history are referenced throughout the interiors of the
retirement village. A large, horseshoe-shaped bar provides a prominent central focal point for the
whole building and is set within the double-height atrium-bistro to create maximum impact. To
further enhance references to the building’s history, the restaurant features chairs upholstered in
colourful striped fabrics reminiscent of jockey silks and bespoke velvet bar stools with appliqued
These details are matched by the adaptation of the building’s basement to accommodate the Audley
Club – Sunningdale Park’s luxury spa facility which includes amenities such as an indoor pool, health
club, state-of-the-art gym, well-being treatment rooms, and a hair salon. These facilities are also
open to members of the public, making sure this village is an important pillar of the Ascot
The Millhouse, Skipton
Another project that has been recognised this year is The Millhouse in Skipton, which we worked on
in partnership with our valued partner, Hadrian Healthcare.
The Millhouse has won a Knight Frank Healthcare Property of the Year award. It is a wonderful home for its residents that is full of culture and a true celebration of Skipton’s rich industrial heritage.
In particular, the canal-side cafe is an ode to the spinning, weaving, and manufacturing industries of
the mill, thanks to the burgundy ceramic wall tiles, rough green plaster wall, exposed original
brickwork, and vintage pendant lighting. The café also features an architectural masterpiece in the
form of a large arched window, which was historically used by bargemen to transport goods from
the mills to the canals. A truly unique feature of the project is the private boat for the exclusive use
of residents wanting to explore the waterway up close.
The good news doesn’t stop there. One of our projects created in collaboration with Yorkare Homes, Sleaford Manor, was also shortlisted for a Knight Frank Healthcare Property of the Year Award. This luxury care home has 67 bedrooms, including facilities such as an in-house bar, a relaxing beauty salon, a cinema, and outdoor terraces on each floor to reap the benefits of biophilic design. The gardens boast a bowling green, allotments, and private seating areas, so they are the perfect way to reconnect residents with nature. Overall, the project is a true testament to the shared commitment of Bernard Interiors and Yorkare Homes to creating warm and inclusive homes for all.
Overall, being considered by such well-respected organisations for these prestigious awards inspires
a true feeling of pride in our work. Our mission is always to ensure that the residents of the homes
we design enjoy a homely environment that offers comfort, culture, and care, so being recognised in
this way is simply priceless.