Upton Mill

Situated in the beautiful Cotswold town of Tetbury, Upton Mill takes its name from the town’s famous woollen mills industry and is a beautiful care home, that has incorporated considered design principles, for residents to reside in.


Porthaven Care Homes aims to create spacious, practical and stylish environments for its residents, and Upton Mill Care Home, because of its design, achieves this in abundance.

Offering a range of care levels, including residential and nursing care, with a dedicated suite for people living with dementia, Upton Mill provides private furnished bedrooms with en-suite wet rooms which are beautifully decorated but also designed with the care of residents in mind.

Kerry Southern of the Care Home Interiors Company worked alongside Sean Kime, Commercial Director at Porthaven, to create schemes that would provide a homely interior and also facilitate a safe communal living environment.


Upton Mill benefits from an extensive range of communal spaces, such as lounges, quiet lounges and dining rooms, as well as a café, a cinema, a hairdressing salon and a gym, together creating the perfect care community.

With the bedrooms, lounges, corridors and many communal areas all requiring carpet, Kerry and Porthaven set out to deliver a stylish finish that would provide home comforts along with a finish that is functional for all residents, especially those living with dementia.
As a result, Kerry and Sean specified a number of ranges from the Equinox Collection, including Tones and Evolve, and the Economix range, which have all been approved by Stirling University’s Dementia Services Development Centre as being suitable for use throughout dementia facilities.

The tonal finish of the various ranges plus the product features that include an antimicrobial yarn treatment, make the carpets ideal for residents and staff.

In addition to the tonal ranges other more patterned carpets from the Evolution Collection, including Origin, Forest, Geo Form, Manhattan and Scape were specified for the communal areas to create a more stylish interior finish.

The schemes we have created provide a homely interior and also facilitate a safe communal living environment for all resdients.


Kerry and Sean specifically selected a number of ranges from danfloor’s Healthcare Carpet Collection. The carpets not only create a beautiful, homely and comfortable interior for all but also offer the following outstanding performance features, which means that the carpets will maintain their beautiful appearance over time:

  • Antimicrobial yarn treatment – All the ranges have been developed to include Bi-Ome®, an innovative antimicrobial treatment that is designed to kill harmful bacteria including those that can cause MRSA and E-coli. It has also proven its effectiveness against SARS-COV-2.
  • DSDC Accredited Collection – All the colours within the TONES and ECONOMIX Collections received approval from Stirling University’s DSDC team; gaining either a 1a, flooring which can be used indiscriminately and 1b, flooring that can generally be used throughout a property designed for those living with dementia.
  • Extreme durability – The Economix and Evolution Collection are certified to British Standard classification 33 “Heavy Commercial Use” enabling them to withstand high volumes of foot and wheeled traffic and intense commercial cleaning. This makes the ranges ideal for the corridors and communal areas.
  • Appearance retention – Manufactured using solution-dyed Nylon and Polypropylene yarns, the collections offer a locked-in colourfast system that ensures superior colour and light-fastness even when subject to harsh cleaning chemicals.
  • Spill safe– All of the selected carpets have an integral protective membrane, preventing liquid spills from penetrating through to the subfloor, reducing contamination, fungal growth and unpleasant odours.
  • Naturally sound-absorbent – danfloor carpets have great sound absorption qualities, achieving in excess of 28dB reduction in sound impact levels, which helps to create a “therapeutic environment” in which people can relax and communicate effectively.


To find out more about The Care Home Interiors Company or Porthaven Care Homes please visit their websites.

Photography by Victoria Gibbs

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