Shepherd’s Run is the adaptive reuse of a former boarding school overlooking the Narrow River, a tributary of Narragansett Bay.
Working with a conservation-minded developer, Centerbrook is reimagining a 1930’s Norman Romanesque stone manor house and 1960’s residential buildings – with grounds designed by the famed landscape architect Beatrix Farrand – as a boutique resort hotel. We drew inspiration from Babylonstoren, a farm retreat in Cape Town, South Africa whose visitors can harvest from vegetable gardens and stay in the hotel, farm house, manor house, and cottages on the idyllic property.
Visitors to Shepherd’s Run are graced with outdoor gathering spaces that include a formal courtyard for weddings and special events, firepits, meadows, and a vineyard. A bar, restaurant, and events hall spill onto the courtyard enclosed by the manor house and the residential buildings, whose institutional appearance is masked by a trellis of ivy and hydrangea.
Future phases, which include small bungalows dotting the landscape, will complete the project and fully realize another special destination along Rhode Island’s south shore.