The Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

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The Drake Devonshire Hotel

Bed and Breakfast Building Restoration in Prince Edward County, Canada – design by +tongtong

page updated 29 Sep 2016 with new photos

The Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Design: +tongtong, architects

Location: 24 Wharf St, Wellington, Prince Edward County, Canada

The Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

In the small historic town of Wellington, in Prince Edward County, Drake hotelier and visionary Jeff Stober enlisted design firm +tongtong under the direction of John Tong to reinvent a tired bed and breakfast and original c. 1880 foundry into an 11-room and two-suite contemporary inn.

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Perched over a meandering creek and a private waterfront, with sweeping views of Lake Ontario, the inn is the rural counterpart to its hip, urban sister, Toronto’s Drake Hotel, also designed by Tong and his former firm, 3rd Uncle. The Drake’s approach was to draw inspiration from the cultural background and vernacular of the local community, while instilling a contemporary perspective.

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

The Drake Devonshire takes aesthetic cues from a lexicon of references including; the British country inn, retreats in the Hamptons, summer camps, and Southern Ontario’s farmhouses and cottages, with their tapestry of historical layers and styles, practical adhoc renovations, readily available building materials, and mismatched furnishings.

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

With the help of ERA Architects, specialists in heritage and conservation, Tong removed a series of additions that had been made to the original foundry and then “reinstated” them, with seemingly iterative additions. These include a ‘barn like’ pavilion, a Douglas Fir dining hall, a modernist special events space, the Glass Box and an outdoor bar featuring a masonry chimney and double-sided fireplace and its cedar bleachers that cascade to the Devonshire’s waterfront.

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

The public areas offer a variety of open and private seating areas linked together through spaces that frame views and articulate the building’s new volumes and layers, presenting a building as an evolutionary experience, encouraging travellers to discover and delight in its offerings.

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Both the guest rooms and the public areas are teeming with doses of the Drake’s brand of idiosyncratic and mischievous personality. Bright and contrasting tiles are mixed with patterned fabrics and straight-forward materials in a deliberate, but seemingly ad-hoc manner that heighten the delicate balance of old and new. Tong and the Drake’s in-house stylist and Drake General Store buyer, Carlo Colacci, scoured local and international antique markets and vintage fairs, picking and curating furniture, fixtures and accessories.

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

These were refurbished and set with bespoke furniture, hand-turned lamps, virgin wool blankets and accessories that all follow the centuries-old tradition of “made not bought”. With the Drake’s in-house art curator Mia Nielsen, site specific and evolving contemporary art installations by emerging and well-known art stars were commissioned to surprise and delight throughout the property—indoors and out.

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

“The Drake Devonshire offered an amazing opportunity for us to explore another side of our design approach that has become integral to the Drake Brand. Drawing on the local culture is key to creating an authentic experience for visitors from abroad while also bringing something new and relevant to the local community.

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

One of our goals was to balance the rational aspects of the architecture with contrasting colours and textures throughout the interior spaces. The outcome is a seemingly ad-hoc collection of controlled compositions and dynamic collisions.”
— John Tong, Creative Director and Designer, +tongtong

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

“We are offering visitors and locals alike a really fun and inspired experience in one of the most beautiful regions of Canada,” said Jeff Stober founder and CEO of Drake Hotel Properties. “We’ve worked really hard to incorporate a number of classic Drake elements, whether cultural, artistic, design- or service-focused, and we think that our customers will agree it’s been well worth the wait. Obviously, we’re excited to show the world our labour of love that has turned this historic foundry into a playful, sophisticated country inn.”
— Jeff Stober, CEO Drake Hotel Properties

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

The Drake Devonshire Hotel – Building Information

Address: 24 Wharf St. Wellington, Ontario, K0K 3L0
Size: 3 floors, total area 11,000 square feet (1,010 square metres)
including 11 hotel rooms and two suites, micro Drake General Store, Glass Box
meeting/games room, Living Room, indoor/outdoor Pavilion, Dining Room and Bar,
Deck, Bleachers and outdoor Fire Pit
Completion: April 2015
Owner: Jeff Stober, founder and CEO, Drake Hotel Properties
Lead Design Firm: +tongtong, John Tong, Eunice Lam
Architects of Record: ERA Architects
Art Curator: Mia Nielson
Stylist: Carlo Colacci
Landscape Architect: Joel Loblaw
Construction: BLT Construction and Loyalist
Design Identity: Coolaide Design Field Office
Furniture: select custom furniture designed by +tongtong
Room and Suite Desks, Beds, Armoires, Folding Mirrors, Vanities
Dining Room corian + wood top tables
Picnic Tables
One Arm Stool
Photographs: Nikolas Koenig

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington

The Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington images / information from +tongtong, 13 May 2015


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