Spa Hotel

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Lyme Regis, Dorset
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Lyme Regis, Dorset to provide them with a full exterior and interior design service for their new spa facility, restaurant extension and bedroom wing within the hotel’s grounds.

A well established hotel on the cliffs of Lyme Regis, Dorset, approached us to help them assess the feasibility of, and then design, additions for a spa facility in the grounds of the hotel, an extension to the existing restaurant, and a new bedroom wing for the hotel.

The hotel is listed and located in a prominent position on the cliff tops. Due consideration was therefore given to it’s character and setting before proposals were made. The proposals were designed to have clean lines and use bright natural materials such as limestone, copper and white render.

The spa needed to be located within the gardens of the hotel to enjoy the calm outside space and views over the sea and coastline. However, it was imperative that the new facility did not disrupt or disturb the enjoyment and views out from the hotel behind.

The spa building was therefore dug down into the ground on the cliff edge. Planting and landscaping would conceal the spa from view from the hotel and gardens; the building only revealing itself upon arrival to the steps down to the entrance.

Panoramic views of the sea from all internal spaces was crucial, and a full height wall of glass forms the front face of the building. This glazed internal volume was wrapped in a limestone ‘skin’, which creates the roof-top restaurant terrace.

A separate woodland spa-garden was located further up the cliff, accessed by a sunken stone and glass staircase.

Eilir and his team were great. We wanted a transformation of an old conservatory and kitchen in to a open living space full of natural light. They listened to our thoughts, gave suggestions and improvements, then drew up clear designs. They were also very helpful and committed throughout the whole process, doing alterations, adding new ideas, as well as speaking to our builders about how certain elements would work. A really pleasant experience from first ideas to final finished extension, which is very practical and looks fantastic.

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