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.

I have no hesitation in recommending van Ellen + Sheryn Architects to any prospective customer. My experience was excellent – great service without fault, and very good value for money. If I need to employ an Architect again I would engage van Ellen + Sheryn without question.

van Ellen + Sheryn offered a flexible and scalable service from initial consultancy, through design and application, and even including project management of the build, according to our needs and budget.

Our project was quite modest in scale, nonetheless the company were thorough and professional in every way, paying great attention to all the details, and showing full understanding of the many regulations, procedures and formalities that had to be observed for planning and building compliance.

Van Ellen + Sheryn made the entire process very simple and easy to understand, explaining all the steps in plain English, providing valuable advice while interpreting our wishes and needs to deliver a design we were very happy with, and delivering or facilitating the planning applications, engineering drawings, surveys and consultancy with the builders and various other agencies, so that the project ran smoothly, on time and without stress.

Thank you van Ellen + Sheryn!

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