Case Study – Studley Castle Hotel by phs Greenleaf

on Friday, 12 November 2021. Posted in News

Congratulations to phs Greenleaf who won a Gold leaf award for their Christmas installation at Studley Castle Hotel.

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General information
Studley Castle Hotel in Warwickshire is the newest hotel in the Warner Leisure Hotels collection. The castle underwent an extensive refurbishment, reopening in early 2019 with fantastic interior design that boasted an eclectic mix of traditional and classic styles and fun, modern designs.

For the hotel’s first Christmas in 2019 and, again in 2020, phs Greenleaf was appointed to create a festive design for the hotel that would wow guests and complement the hotel’s individually themed rooms. With free reign from the client to create a look they felt was in keeping with the hotel, the team at phs Greenleaf decided to make the hotel stand out from the crowd, creating bespoke designs for each room, including the restaurants and tea room, lobby, lounge areas, gallery spaces and the premium guest lodges on site.

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Over 20 different exterior and interior Christmas trees, as well as countless Christmas displays, were designed to match the existing themes of the rooms. They ranged from traditional reds and golds, to an Alice in Wonderland theme and even a pink feather tree for the hotel’s unique flamingo-themed room. The trees, which ranged from 20ft to 7ft and were both live and artificial, were carefully sourced, designed and decorated by phs Greenleaf’s dedicated Christmas designers and operators, who curated items from around the world to ensure guests experienced that special ‘wow’ factor from every room.

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Front lawn 1 20ft exterior real tree with lights
Exterior front entrance 6 8ft exterior real trees with battery lights in oak barrels
Main entrance 2 Stone planters Berry garland wrap
Main entrance seating area 1 2.1m Royal Cracker tree and skirt
Main entrance seating area cabinet 1 Gold bauble bowl

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Games room 1 2.1m Winter Spice replica tree

Games room fire place 1 bespoke display
Minstrel Hall Gallery 1 20ft replica tree in bespoke design with lights, parcels
Minstrel Hall Gallery fireplace 1 Large wreath in bespoke design
Minstrel balcony 6 Garlands bespoke

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Cinema 1 1.8m Slim line tree in red and gold
Oak Tea room next to the window 1 3 m replica bespoke tree
Oak Tea room fire place 1 bespoke display
Oak Tea room mirror 1 bespoke garland
Oak Tea room cabinet 2 Mini tea pots
Walkway glass corridor 3 bespoke garlands white gold and silver
Seating areas in corridors 1 Alice parcel stack

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Seating areas in corridors 1 1.8m Slim line tree bespoke design
Seating areas in corridors 2 Gold bauble bowls
Seating areas in corridors 1 Box sets in bespoke colours (3)
Walkway tall cabinet 2 Bespoke vase displays white gold and silver
Walkway occasional tables 2 Bespoke displays white gold and silver
Lounge 1 3.6m Candy Cane tree
Lounge fire place 1 Candy Cane garland
Lounge shelf unit 3 Box sets in bespoke colours (3)
Lobby bar Café 1 2.1m Red and Gold tree with skirt
Lobby bar Café Bay trees 6 mix of baubles

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Private dining room 1 2.1m Red and Gold tree with skirt
Bar seating area 1 2.1m Red and Gold tree with skirt
Spa visitors check in 2 Reindeer with lights and parcels stacks
Walkway to Spa mirrors 2 Gold bauble bowls
Spa Lounge 1 2.1m Decadent Delight replica tree with parcels

Treatment room x 5 5 Decadent Delight displays

Entrance to Spa 1 2.1m replica bespoke tree white gold and silver
Lodge suites x 3 3 1.8m slim line tree Scandinavian style


The team at phs Greenleaf worked tirelessly to create an incredible Christmas experience for guests at Studley Castle Hotel. Calling on their high quality local and international suppliers and experienced in-house design team, they created a unique look in each room, impressing the client and their guests with their creativity and ingenuity.

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The team, including Natalija John, Julie Buck and Lynne Williams, carefully reviewed the interior landscape of the hotel and sourced specimens and decorations in keeping with each room and the available space, including slimline trees for the guest lodges, and clever stacked box features for narrow rooms and hallways that may otherwise have remained undecorated. As well as Christmas trees, including a 20ft locally sourced tree, the team used plant and decoration features on fireplaces, tables and floor displays to create a visually stimulating design, full of texture, colour and vibrancy.

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Greenleaf supplies more than 2,500 Christmas trees each year to organisations across the country including hospitals, care homes, retailers, restaurants, hotels, pubs, schools, public buildings and businesses. Its specialist Christmas production team spend the year decorating artificial trees in preparation for the festive season while Greenleaf’s real trees are harvested at a sustainable farm in the Midlands. Christmas designers install each tree on location to ensure it looks perfect and ready to welcome staff, visitors and customers.

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Each tree is available in a wide range of sizes – from a standard 7ft tree to as high as 30ft tall alongside the 3ft tabletop tree, decorative wreaths, garlands and floral arrangements. As well as 2020’s unique Rainbow Tree, the themes available range from the traditional Red and Gold Tree, the sparkling Champagne Fizz Tree and a welcoming Winter Spice Tree, to the eye-catching Candy Cane Forest Tree, and, of course, bespoke designs. Each year, Greenleaf also creates special Toy Trees, decorated with a range of cuddly toys which can gifted from the tree to children at Christmas.