Good things come to those who wait!

Never ones to take the easy route we set about designing and planning six different styles for our new guests suites at the French Rooms. Progress is on hold due to the Covid19 pandemic but this week we are excited to present a snapshot of the styles we have chosen and what you might expect when you check in for a luxury stay.


Industrial Parisienne loft style

With red brick walls, the stunning zinc baths, metal accessories and fittings and metallic tiles this room has a cool atmosphere. Rustic wood & a mixture of metal light fittings add to the overall theme we are creating . Furniture is a eclectic mix, well worn. My favourite feature is the concrete cast sink.

Provencal style

We have created a feeling of rustc charm by keeping to cool tones, stripped wood but decorative tiles and elegant bath and sink unit. This room has lots of light and an interesting view of the private garden terrace.


This is a nod to our favourite place on earth, we have taken inspiration from safari tent stays in remote parts of Africa. We have used warm light colours throughout, leather lounge chairs that you would expect to find on a stoep (veranda) of a luxury safari resort. Light fittings include rust coloured weaved shades and the bed, well that will be a sight to behold, no mosquitos in Bushmills but you can expect muslin drapes which will transport you to the exotic in your dreams.

Concrete wall mounted basin contrasting with the sand toned tiles

Allez Blue

This concept is an excuse to indulge in one of our favourite colour combo’s. Taking inspiration from a pretty blue and white plate we have sourced rustic tiles that look like they have been hanging for a century or two, a really cute tubby bath and you can probably guess the rest, striking white background with a number of dark pieces. Again this room has a bright outlook.


There was no decision here, what was originally the very popular Garden room restaurant at The French Room we are sticking to that theme .The high vauted ceiling, generous private terrace, Botanical fabrics, rustic garden paraphonalia give the ground floor that outdoor/ indoor feel. On the first floor guests will find a deep copper bath and a stunning drak green concrete sink/trough which compliment the theme perfectly. The herringbone tiles were not the first choice (they were out of stock) but we are delighted with how they tie in.

Heugenot Room

Converted from the original meeting room and gallery on the first floor we have taken inspiration from traditional design and motifs. This room is the only room which is on the first floor but has unique and interesting features none the less including a star gazing window in the bedroom and a view of the roof top garden from the window seat.

Creative challenges

Fortunately Roy is extremely creative and can put our vision on paper. Working with a team of top notch professionals such as Architect Colin Magowan from Turkington Magowan Partnership and Lyle Taggart from T&M Construction an idea can be enhanced with these guys input.

Fearing ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ we all have our area of interest and one of mine is colour and we are blessed to work with John Rodgers, a local ‘colour technician’ who has a eye for colour combinations, attention to detail and a passion for this project as if it were his own (which is why the results are so good). We have worked on a number of projects and John knows his way around a Farrow & Ball colour chart like no one I’ve ever met. So the pallet is diverse but at the same time ‘very French Rooms!’.

One of the challenges has been fire proofing all the reclaimed wood without destroying the natural tones and finish, we are pleased with the finish product and relieved we stuck with our gut instinct rather than paint over the problem!

Timing for the completion of these rooms is difficult to predict but our self catering townhouse ‘Maison’ is available to reserve via our website

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Chef owner of The French Rooms restaurant in Bushmills which is a French inspired experience soon to be offering six luxury guest suites.

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