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Great Escape

BY Charlotte Safavi | September 24, 2018 | Feature Features National

A jet-setting hotelier finds his luxury retreat right at home.
A neutral sectional by Kristin Drohan adds subtle color to the open-concept main living space.

When Frankfurt, Germany-based Reiner Sachau, a senior executive for an international luxury hotel chain, wanted to create a sanctuary for himself in the States, he looked no farther than the metropolitan DC area.

“He chose Warrenton because the setting is bucolic and serene, yet close to the hustle and bustle of DC. It’s also conveniently near Dulles [International] Airport, which is important to him,” says interior decorator Erika Bonnell, who became involved in designing the five-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot house that Sachau acquired.

With a demanding career that keeps him traveling all over the world, Sachau, who is also a bachelor, was looking to create a comfortable, contemporary retreat in the countryside.

“We initially met to go over his needs and passions—he loves planes, cars, travel, cooking and wine. My job was to pull those influences into the overall home’s design,” says Bonnell. For example, the cocktail table in the open, main living area is a large travel trunk, and the former closet in the basement was outfitted to become a working wine cellar.

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