Stephen Hargreaves adds UK’s first ‘smart home’ villa to growing portfolio

North-West-based hospitality entrepreneur, Stephen Hargreaves, has created a unique ‘smart home’ boutique villa for guests, the first of its kind in the UK.

Named ‘Bon Vivant’ and situated in a private space in Bowness-on-Windermere with views of the Lake, the superb three-bedroomed detached villa is a traditional Lake District stone and slate built property, completely refurbished and designed to produce an exquisite, boutique environment.

Costing more than £1.2 million to create, Bon Vivant combines the ultimate in modern luxury with state-of-the-art technology.

With a raft of distinctive features, each king-sized bedroom comes with its own next-generation bathroom with walk-in showers, 40-inch televisions, moonlighting, heated floors and first-class luxury facilities; two have super-sized air spa baths. Hargreaves has become renowned for successfully combining technology with ‘plush’ and Bon Vivant is the next step in sumptuous.

The very best in furnishings, wallpapers and fabrics sit comfortably alongside top-of-the-range lighting and technology, with all rooms controlled with iPad technology for music and movies. A Reako intelligent lighting system is used throughout the property. Creating an atmosphere in which to relax and unwind is a key element in all of his venues.

Other features include a five-star kitchen, a reading room, a dining room for six and stunning lounge area with speakers in the ceiling. The pièce de résistance however, is a purpose-built cinema room with more than 400 titles, leather reclining seats, a mini-bar, a surround sound system, laser projector and 108-inch screen. Outside, a private, decked area houses a hot tub with moonlighting and music.

With private gardens, parking for up to four cars and the bustling village of Bowness a 15-minute walk away, Bon Vivant ticks every box in terms of the ultimate 5-star getaway. Prices start from £995 per night (midweek) for six people. Guests also gain access to Hargreaves’ Bowness-based bar/restaurants, Baha and The fizzy Tarte, with additional access to the private concierge service.

2017 has so far, been a tremendous year for Hargreaves, with his opening of Cumbria’s first music bar, Baha, taking place in July. A huge success so far, there’s little doubt that Bon Vivant will also draw the crowds. When it comes to offering something unique, Hargreaves and his team lead the way. And he’s keen to credit their efforts, as he explains:

“Both Baha and Bon Vivant have been a team effort and I couldn’t have achieved either without the superb skillset of Managing Director, Kay Harrison-Mann and Marketing Director, Graham Hadaway,” he says.

“We’re really excited about the opening of Bon Vivant which has taken holiday letting to a completely new level. We have been listening to guest feedback and have created for them, an incredible and luxurious space; a superior experience. It’s completely unique, a ‘first’ in the UK and the ultimate smart villa.”

Prices from £995 for one night midweek (Sunday – Thursday); £1890 for two nights midweek and £2685 for three nights midweek. Weekend prices: £2190 for two nights (minimum stay).

Prices exclude Christmas and New Year. Christmas package includes Christmas lunch at BAHA. Please see http://www.thecranleigh.com/bon-vivant-boutique-luxury-smart-villa.html for further details.

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